Archive Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

Douglas Wilson and Justification

Douglas Wilson is the embodiment of “RIP my mentions.” His controversies range from politics to theology to literature. People laud him as a visionary leader, and people deride him as a cult leader. To some he is too conservative. To others, he has departed from the true Reformed tradition. Wilson has copycat followers, deranged former […]

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William Tyndale on Law and Gospel

In the letter “To the Reder” at the end of his 1526 rendering of the New Testament–the first time the New Testament translated from Greek had ever appeared in English–William Tyndale makes his familiarity with Luther clear (Tyndale, moreover, was in Germany at the time; the book was printed at Worms before being secreted into […]

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John Steinbeck On the Inherent Dignity of Preaching Law

I know it seems like an unlikely source, but while reading Travels With Charley: In Search of America, I came across this entertaining and theologically instructive narrative of a church in Vermont. Steinbeck firmly presents himself as a sinner, and the sermon does not seem to “stick,” at least not as of the writing of […]

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Law and Gospel, in Brief

Particular applications of the distinction between Law and Gospel sometimes cause controversy and give rise to criticism. At the level of the basic distinction itself, however, I should think that most of that controversy would dissipate. Shortly after the definition of “the Gospel” quoted here previously, Niels Hemmingsen gives such a basic, concise summary of […]