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The Importance of the Love of God

Christians struggle with two kinds of assurance – assurance that God loves them and assurance that God likes them. We might immediately cringe at such language as overly anthropomorphic and sentimental. I want to forestall this reaction, however, by admitting that such language can and has been used in all sorts of distortedly sentimental ways. […]

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The Conquest of the Rock: A New Look at Matthew 16 and the Keys of the Kingdom

Matthew 16:13-20 has been the subject of enormous controversy in the history of the Christian church. This is particularly the case with respect to the interpretation of its famous “rock” and “keys of the kingdom of heaven” clauses.[1] It is safe to say, in fact, that the church has never quite arrived as a universal […]

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A Review of James Dolezal’s All That Is In God

James Dolezal – All That is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2017), 162 + xiv pages. James Dolezal has written an important book, a passionate and pastoral defense of a doctrine (divine simplicity and its implicates) which has fallen on hard times. In Professor […]

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Election and the Goodness of God: A Reply to Roger Olson

In this recent post, Roger Olson has attempted a deflationary argument against any argument presented in favor of a Reformed doctrine of election. His argument seems to be that (a) we can only trust the Bible if God is trustworthy, (b) we can only be confident that God is trustworthy if He does not violate […]

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A Mirror of Modernity: How Should Christians Respond to Pro-Choice Logic?

It is not surprising that the conservative reaction to the recent Planned Parenthood scandal has been varied. Some are hopeful that these videos will have substantive effects. Others are more cynical. In either case, the footage is iconic– making plain what technocratic medical-speak really sounds like behind closed doors. One could reduce “It’s a baby” […]

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And “What is Reformed Catholicism?”

Following up on Pastor Wedgeworth’s post regarding “Reformed Irenicism,” I thought it important to explain a few points regarding the relationship of this term to the idea of “Reformed Catholicism,” as it is often called. As it turns out, different people mean very different things by the label – though I think they (broadly speaking) could […]

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Luther on “Impassibility”

It is almost historical orthodoxy in some circles that Luther fundamentally revised the Medieval doctrine of God, particularly with respect to God’s “impassibility.” Luther, it is argued, anticipates Jurgen Moltmann’s claim that, in Christ, suffering enters into the divine nature itself. Significantly pushing back against this historiographical trend is a recent work by David Luy. […]

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Protestant Orthodoxy and Darwinism in the Late 19th Century

David Livingstone is the author of an excellent paper, “Re-Placing Darwinism and Christianity,” in When Science and Christianity Meet. Several things make his presentation unique. First, he treats the religious convictions of Charles Darwin dialectically rather than diachronically. That is to say, he sees Darwin as always vacillating rather than as moving toward a particular […]

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The Doctrine of Election: A Primer

Introduction Like many who consider themselves Reformed (of the “young and restless,” confessionalist, or whatever varieties), I was introduced to the world of Reformation theology through the doctrine of election. And like many within this camp (especially the “young and restless”), the doctrine of predestination composed a significant portion of my younger self’s identity. It […]

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Leithart’s God

Alastair Roberts has posted some very helpful reflections on The Future of Protestantism conversation here. In particular, he has some very helpful reflections in relation to Leithart’s seeming collapse of redemptive and ecclesiastical history. If we do not reckon with the uniquely redemptive-historical nature of the Bible and its contents, consequently blurring the lines between the historically […]