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Happily Inebriated: The Lord’s Supper and Assurance of Salvation

Paul’s call to self-examination in 1 Corinthians 11 has shaped the Reformed way of celebrating the Lord’s table for better or for ill. In those churches that emphasize self-examination in their fencing of the table, Paul’s requirement can sometimes appear to overshadow the ultimate purpose of the ritual itself. In 17th century England, many honest church goers felt overburdened by […]

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Archive Civic Polity Reformed Irenicism Steven Wedgeworth

John Piper, Guns, and Civic Responsibility

A few weeks ago, Jerry Falwell Jr. made headlines by encouraging the students of Liberty University to acquire permits to carry guns on campus so that they could, if necessary, “end those Muslims before they walked in.” This rather artless way of expressing himself led to immediate worries about religious hostility and even possible genocide, […]

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The Greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven: Thoughts on the Religious Rights of Christian Children

At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” And calling to him a child, he put him in the midst of them and said, “Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever […]

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Hymn for Christmas-Day

Many people are at least passingly familiar with the late fourth century/early fifth century Christian Latin poet Prudentius because of John Mason Neale and Henry Baker’s translation of nine verses from Cathemerinon 9, the Hymnus omnis horae (“Hymn for Every Hour”), titled “Of the Father’s Love Begotten.” (Kevin DeYoung recently wrote about it here.) The Cathemerinon (“Daily Round”) is a […]

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Augustine on Incarnation

Augustine, commenting on 1 Tim. 1.15, gives what he believes is the cause of Christ’s Incarnation. Just as we saw in the cases of B.B. Warfield and Irenaeus, here too the cause is human sin; that is, the Incarnation is soteriologically motivated. Text and Translation 1. 1. Quod lectum est modo de sancto Evangelio, hoc […]

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5 Reasons For Infused Grace or Why God’s Favor is Not Merely Imputed

“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace in me was not in vain” (1 Cor. 15:10). The famous English theologian, John Davenant claims that the Reformers affirm infused grace, that is, grace inhering within the souls of believers after being “poured in” (or inspired – “inbreathed”) to the soul […]

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Archive Civic Polity Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Simon Kennedy

Althusius on the role of ruler

In his Politca, Althusius says the following about the ruler: The ruler, prefect, or chief directs and governs the functions of the social life for the utility of the subjects individually and collectively … Petrus Gregorius says that just as the soul presides over the other members in the human body, directs and governs them according […]

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Irenaeus and Incarnation

I’m going to follow up here quickly on a post over at Reformation21 on Warfield and the Incarnation. Warfield notes that, even if the redeemed are able to trace out indications or foretellings of the Incarnation in the created order, that is only because the world God made is the one that would fall and […]

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Hemmingsen on the Church (3)

Here, in part 3, Hemmingsen begins to list the titles of the church as found in Scripture. In the following passage he deals with two: “the house of the living God” and “the pillar and foundation of the truth.” Text and Translation Haec Ecclesia variis titulis ornatur in Scriptura, 1 Timoth. 3 domus Dei viventis […]

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Archive Civic Polity Economics Natural Law Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

Calvin’s Natural Law Theology of Work

Commenting on Genesis 2:15, John Calvin offers a general philosophy of the goodness of labor and the duties of cultivating the earth. He says that this is a “natural” duty for all men, and he includes the themes of activity, frugality, and legacy. This is often summarized simply as “stewardship.” Calvin explains: And the Lord […]