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Piper “Plagiarizing” Thomas Goodwin?

The debate over John Piper’s theology of works and salvation has caused a minor stir in the confessional Reformed community. I say minor because, it seems to me, a lot fewer people actually care than we might (wish to) think. Mr. Brad Mason has written a post that a number of people I know are […]

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A Brief Wrap-Up

I am reliably informed that Professor Clark is not interested in a public debate. That is fine. He is not obligated to debate me. I was hoping to use the occasion to bring clarity and unity to the Reformed churches on these important matters. Professor Clark’s minister, Rev. Chris Gordon, wrote a post asking me […]

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A Proposed Debate

For many years now Professor R. Scott Clark has been tweeting and writing (on his blog) about matters that cause him grave concern. I have it on pretty good authority that I am one individual he has concerns about, and I think it is fairly obvious that he is referring to me when he denounces […]

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The “Means and Way” to Salvation

When we speak of good works being necessary for final salvation we need to make use of words and phrases to explain the meaning of this aspect of our salvation. By far the most common phrase I have come across in Reformation and Post-Reformation dogmatics concerning good works being necessary for final salvation is the […]

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Assessing Piper’s Critics: Love Hopes All Things

Editor’s Note: This post is written by Mark Jones and D. Patrick Ramsey. Charity The Aquila Report and Professor R. Scott Clark continue their onslaught against a foe that doesn’t actually exist. The most depressing thing about the various articles that are supposedly defending the doctrine of justification is the apparent lack of love/charity towards […]

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John Piper Compromising Sola Fide?

John Piper John Piper wrote a post some time ago on justification, good works, and salvation. Most Reformed folks agree with his basic position, but there is a vocal minority who accuse him of compromising the doctrine of justification. The man who took on N.T. Wright to defend justification is himself actually just as bad, […]

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Paul Zahl: The World Needs Tullian Preaching Again!

Paul Zahl and Tullian Tchividjian are busy writing love letters (See here and here) to one another on Tullian’s personal website. Zahl’s article makes the following contention: “I would go so far as to say that Tullian’s personal experience, as bad as you want to make it out, has qualified him (and qualified him brilliantly!) to […]

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Dat Old Debbel Tritheism?

So I do want to point out the virtual impossibility of talking about these things without “sounding like” we might be drifting toward a problem. If the Son is the one who made the actual decision, where did the unified divine will (that which makes decisions) go? If Jesus made this as a voluntary decision, does this […]

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Reformed Theologians Using Pagan Sources

For Reformed Catholics, appreciation extends well beyond our Reformed heritage. It has to. For our appreciation of the Christian tradition to cease to move beyond our Reformed borders is in fact to cease to be Reformed. But just how far can appreciation extend? Even to pagan sources? Yes, indeed. After Calvin, in the time of […]

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Tim Keller, the Cross, and the Love of God

A few days ago, Pastor Tim Keller posted the following devotional line to facebook: Now, we can assume that this was meant as a sort of “pastoral” exhortation, something intended to encourage and inspire rather than to serve as truly provocative or revisionist theology. It is also possible that someone other than Pastor Keller wrote […]