Blog Posts by Scott Swain

Zwingli, divine impassibility, and the gospel

Article by   January 2015
Wesley Hill's two recent articles at First Things on divine impassibility (see here and here) have caused a bit of a stir among the theologically minded denizens of social media. The traditional doctrine of divine impassibility states that God does... continue

The catholic Luther: two resources

Article by   January 2015
I thought I might interrupt Ref21's ongoing series on John Wesley's view of Christ's descent into hell by mentioning a couple of resources related to another uncontroversial theologian: Martin Luther. These two books have very different foci--one concerns Luther's understanding... continue

Marking our days and God's eternity

Article by   December 2014
As we come to the end of the year and stand ready to mark the beginning of another, it is good to remember that we mark time because time is intrinsically measurable, intrinsically finite. Not only is time itself finite,... continue

Jonathan Edwards and the freedom of the will

Article by   December 2014
Jonathan Edwards' Freedom of the Will has exercised considerable influence on contemporary Reformed thought about divine sovereignty and human freedom. For many, Edwards' work represents the gold standard of Reformed thinking about these topics. Recent scholarship on divine and human... continue

Ends of the incarnation

Article by   December 2014
Christmas (along with Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, and Pentecost) is one of five "evangelical feast days" that celebrate key moments in the Son of God's saving mission. On these days, the church turns its attention in a special way to... continue

Ref21's postmillennial turn

Article by   December 2014
On many occasions in my younger days I imagined what it would be like to be "left behind"--to walk into an empty house after school, perhaps, only to discover that everyone had experienced the rapture except for me. Never, however,... continue

Eternal Birth and Temporal Bird at ETS Annual Meeting

Article by   November 2014
The Annual Meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society is just under a couple of weeks away. This year's festivities will be held on November 19-21 at the Town and Country Resort & Convention Center in San Diego, California. The theme... continue

For the Lord is good

Article by   October 2014
"Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!" (Ps 34.8)The goodness of God is a topic that repays careful contemplation. Vast tracts of biblical teaching are devoted to this theme (Exod 33.19; Pss 34.8; 100.5; etc.), and the singular... continue

In which I respond to Frank Turk

Article by   October 2014
Last evening's post was flagged by the Turkish police. Apparently, it was deemed unsafe for the little ears. I'm not quite sure why. But I do have a guess. Perhaps the worry was that I was repeating the antinomian error... continue

Jesus saves, faith does not.

Article by   October 2014
Jesus is the "agent" of salvation. Faith is the "instrument" of salvation. We must not confuse the two.Jesus is the agent who accomplishes all saving graces for us and in us. Jesus "saves," "justifies," "sanctifies," and "glorifies" his people in... continue
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