Blog Posts by Mark Jones

The Westminster divines were compromisers

Article by   May 2015
I love reading a good book, the type that keeps you reading till the end. A recent book by Hunter Powell, The crisis of British Protestantism: Church power in the Puritan Revolution, 1638-44, reminded me of the importance of good scholarship... continue

Hell's Horrors vs. Heaven's Happiness (Updated)

Article by   May 2015
Updated: response to Professor Helm below.When we speak of grace, hell, heaven, etc., we must not merely speak in generalities, but as specific as the Scriptures allow us, which includes good and necessary consequences (Matt. 22:32). Someone may reference the... continue

The Act & Habit of Faith in Relation to Union with Christ

Article by   April 2015
I've been meaning to write a book on important theological distinctions and how they can be of practical use to ministers and lay Christians. In the past I've discussed the distinction between God's absolute power and God's ordained power. Today... continue

The dying thief: What was so great about his faith?

Article by   April 2015
There are many acts of extraordinary faith in the Bible. The one that has impressed me the most concerns the dying thief on the cross. We could take the approach that he had nothing to lose, so he decided to... continue

A Gracious Response to Concerns About Grace

Article by   April 2015
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Can Humans Merit Before God? (2 of 2)

Article by   April 2015
Part 1 here.Westminster Seminary California Professor, David VanDrunen, critiques Norman Shepherd for rejecting Adamic merit:"It is not difficult to see how such a view, if taken seriously, makes belief in Christ's active, imputed obedience impossible. If image bearers do not... continue

Can Humans Merit Before God? (1 of 2)

Article by   April 2015
Some recent defenders of justification by faith have appealed to the concept of Adamic merit because of what they perceive to be the obvious parallels between Adam and Christ. Christ merited as the second Adam, ergo...How do we understand the... continue

As I was saying about myself...

Article by   April 2015
I profited from Paul Levy's review of Dangerous Calling by Paul Tripp (Carl Trueman today called it a "penetrating review"). In the review Levy makes the following point:"The memorable if somewhat ironic statement 'The bottom line is this: proud people... continue

The Incarnation Apart From Sin?

Article by   April 2015
Christological supralapsarianism can take on a variety of forms. In connection with this doctrine, I would like to address whether the Son would have become incarnate if Adam had not fallen (Cur Deus homo si Adam non pecasset?). Reformed theologians... continue

Learn Languages, Like Latin

Article by   April 2015
I have noticed that European students of theology are usually far better linguists than North American students. This often comes down to the rigour of their linguistic education in high school. A lot of us spend our time catching up... continue
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