Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine

Nature and Grace in Richard Sibbes

Introduction With respect to the relation between nature and grace, the mainstream Christian tradition does not hold that grace obliterates or destroys nature, but rather that it works with it in some sense as its necessary substratum. The most well known formulation of the idea is found in Thomas Aquinas’ Summa theologiae I, Q. 1, Art. […]

Archive Ecclesiastical Polity Mark Jones Natural Law Nota Bene Sacred Doctrine

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 […]

Archive Mark Jones Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

God Helps Those Who Help Themselves

In broadly Reformed circles there are many theological catchphrases that are mocked and ridiculed for being theologically perverse. But on a little closer reflection, the phrases have a fairly solid Reformed pedigree and it is only the recent weakening of Reformed theology that has caused us to totally reject statements that are capable of being understood […]

Archive Eric Parker Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

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 […]

Archive Nota Bene Steven Wedgeworth

RIP Robert Farrar Capon

Robert Farrar Capon has gone to be with the Lord. He was an interesting if sometimes frustrating man, and he was certainly a great writer. His books were actually of varying quality, his culinary tastes were at times mischievous in their decadence, but his prose was always full of grace. Perhaps most surprising, given the […]