Results tagged “Christology” from Reformation21

Praying the Psalms in Christ

Article by   December 2016
If we are to interpret the Psalms as Christian scripture, I believe that we need to interpret them "in Christ." This does not mean interpreting all of the Psalms simply as predictions of Jesus Christ, or as expositions of New Testament doctrine. continue

Results tagged “Christology” from Reformation21 Blog

The Advent Season: Not Just Christmas

Article by   December 2016
Early in my pastoral ministry a thoughtful young man came with an interesting question while our congregation was in the midst of celebrating the Advent season. The question arose from a hymn sung during a Lord's Day worship service. The... continue

Van Til's Critique of Barth's Christology (Part 2)

Article by   September 2016
In the first post in this series, we gave consideration to Van Til's assessment of Barth's Christology. In this post we wish to examine Barth's own teaching on Christology. The key to understanding Barth's Christology is to understand where... continue

Van Til's Critique of Barth's Christology (Part 1)

Article by   September 2016
In the recent resurgence of interest in the theology of Karl Barth--particularly among evangelicals1--theologians of no mean significance have opined on Cornelius Van Til's writings about the dialectical theologian. Van Til, according to some, offered an "absurd"2 and "inept... continue

Christ Descended into Hell: No Hope without It

Article by   March 2016
Of the twelve affirmations that constitute the Apostles' Creed -- perhaps the most regularly recited statement of basic Christian doctrine in the western Church of the last 1500 years -- none has caused greater uncertainty and debate over the centuries... continue

Did the second person of the Trinity die?

Article by   March 2016
Who died on the Cross?Did the Second Person of the Trinity die on the cross?We affirm. (But not all of us)I recently read an argument by R.C. Sproul that suggested we should not say the second person of the Trinity... continue

Concluding Postscript to Christological Confusion Series

Article by   March 2016
Since writing and submitting the series of posts (beginning here) on the pervasive Christological confusion in China, I have received a communication confirming that my caution about attributing to our brother the view suggested by his assertions is well founded. As... continue

Reviewing Ligonier's Christology Statement

Article by   February 2016
Ligonier Ministries have produced a Creed, as well as Affirmations and Denials, with a focus on Christology - a "Christology Statement". While I wonder what possible ecclesiastical authority a Creed can have when offered by a parachurch organization, I think... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 12)

Article by   February 2016
This is the final post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 and 10 and 11).ConclusionThere may be ways to construe the supposed pre-existent humanity of Christ without transgressing Chalcedonian orthodoxy--Klaas... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 11)

Article by   January 2016
This is the eleventh post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 and 10).Seventh Statement: The "Unknown Humanity of God in Christ""Until recent times," Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen observes, "the idea... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 9)

Article by   January 2016
This is the ninth post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8)Fifth Statement: Merely Functional LikenessIronically, holding a univocal view of God's image (see part 8) leads... continue

Transfigured Hermeneutics 3: Transfiguration as Theophany

Article by   January 2016
This is the third part of a multipart series of posts on the subject of the Transfiguration and its significance for Christian theology and biblical reflection. Within the first couple of posts I explored the literary presentation of the event... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 8)

Article by   January 2016
This is the eighth post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7)Fourth Statement: The Recast Image of GodRecast by the concept of Christ's eternal humanness (see part 5),... continue

Proverbs: Written to Christ, for Christ

Article by   November 2015
Connecting Christ and the Proverbs isn't so easy. How do we read the book of Proverbs as Christians in a way that would distinguish us from how a Jew might read the same book? Also, why then was the book... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 7)

Article by   November 2015
This is the seventh post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community  (see part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 and 6).Third Statement: Incarnation as the Assumption of a Body (Alone?)Despite his apparent anthropological dualism, our brother does not... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 6)

Article by   October 2015
This is the sixth post in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed community (see part 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5).Second Statement: Platonic DualismAs noted at the end of the previous post (see part 5), his... continue

"It is not we who can sustain the church..."

Article by   October 2015
I begin every semester in my Church and Sacraments course with the following quotation from Martin Luther, which Karl Barth used "In Place of a Foreword" to introduce Church Dogmatics, volume 1.2. The quotation says so much about the relationship... continue

Christological Confusion & China's Reforming Churches (part 2)

Article by   September 2015
This post is the second in a twelve-part series on the current Christological confusion taking root in China's emerging Reformed Community (see part 1 here).Context & Cause of the Current ConfusionIn one of the most fascinating developments in global Christianity... continue

Gregory of Nazianzus on the crucifixion of the God-man

Article by   April 2015
Some time in the autumn of 379, Gregory of Nazianzus answered the summons issued by the Synod of Antioch to take up residence in Constantinople. His job description was clear: to promote the Nicene faith in a city given over... continue

Christ's Entrance into Heaven

Article by   February 2015
Have you ever wondered what it must have been like when Christ entered heaven after having ascended? This was a unique moment in redemptive history, and one that we should probably meditate upon a lot more than we do. At... continue

Is Jesus on Every Page (in the Old Testament)?

Article by   October 2014
Is Jesus on every page in the Old Testament? According to the title of a recent book, he may be. Is Christ in every sentence (e.g., "tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!" Ps. 58:6b)? Should we... continue

Book bites

Article by   November 2013
A couple of bits and pieces to recommend, either of which you might already have sampled, I hope to your edification.First, Antinomianism by Mark Jones (Amazon.com/Amazon.co.uk/Westminster). We are not lacking expressions of the blunter forms of antinomianism in our day,... continue

Review: "The Public Ministry of Christ"

Article by   January 2013
The Public Ministry of ChristWilliam G. BlaikieThis volume, first published in 1883, bridges the disciplines of Christology and pastoral theology, and its author will need no commendation to those who value Scriptural studies that blend scholarship and devotion. Blaikie's contention,... continue
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