Blog Posts by Scott Swain

Tribute to Trueman

Article by   October 2014
Being an unapologetic Carl Trueman fanboy, the recent announcement of his departure from the ranks of regular contributors to the Reformation21 blog has hit me quite hard. I'm told that my feelings are not shared by all. (Apparently the Alliance... continue

"Theism raises the ceiling on our hopes for happiness"

Article by   October 2014
Today Justin Taylor posted one of my favorite sections from C. S. Lewis's sermon, "The Weight of Glory." In that sermon, Lewis speaks eloquently about the "desire for our own far-off country"--the desire for heaven. I worry that much contemporary... continue

Turretin's treasure

Article by   September 2014
About fifteen years ago at one of the annual meetings of the Evangelical Theological Society, Allan Fisher gave me, a poor doctoral student at the time, one of the best gifts that an aspiring student of theology could ever receive:... continue

Some thoughts on the Mosaic Covenant

Article by   September 2014
I have read with profit Mark Jones's recent posts on the covenant of works (see here and here), having benefited from his other writings on this topic as well. Such theological clarity and historical awareness are much to be appreciated when it comes... continue

What are church historians good for?

Article by   September 2014
I'm in the process of reading an excellent manuscript on Martin Luther, of which I hope to say more at a later time. Recently, I also finished reading an exceptionally fine study of the Westminster Standards by John Fesko. Both... continue

New theology blog: "Common Places"

Article by   September 2014
Today Zondervan Academic launches a new website that includes, among other things, a new theology blog entitled, Common Places, edited by Michael Allen and the Fourth Horseman of the Apocalypse. The first post describes our vision for the blog. Later today Fred... continue

Pushback on the pushback

Article by   August 2014
Over at First Things Peter Leithart recently posted some comments on Gijsbert van den Brink's article in the July issue of the International Journal of Systematic Theology. Therein, van den Brink addresses recent lack of enthusiasm in academic theology for "social... continue

"Great kindness; great mercy": Augustine on adoption

Article by   August 2014
Augustine's second homily on the Gospel of John offers one of the richest commentaries on John 1.12 that I have read. His explanation of what it means for God to give us "the right to become children of God" is... continue

Owenian musings on God's eternal decree

Article by   August 2014
I've been working of late on the doctrine of the pactum salutis, i.e., the eternal covenant between the Father and the Son concerning the redemption of elect sinners. Here, as in so many places, John Owen is instructive. Although it... continue

You had me at Nacho Libre

Article by   August 2014
I'm not quite sure what I'm doing here. I've stayed away from blogging for all the normal reasons: I'm not certain that I have anything to say in 500 words, much less anything to say in an interesting way. Moreover,... continue
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