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The Spirit without Measure

Herewith comments from Calvin on John 3:33-4: “Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true. For he whom God has sent utters the words of God, for he gives the Spirit without measure.” First, on v. 33: for there to be faith–that is, for there to be a “church” at […]

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Archive Authors E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Ecclesiastical Polity Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

The Scripture Principle in the Didache

The Didache, or “Teaching of the Twelve Apostles,” written around the turn of the second century, is one of our earliest non-canonical witnesses to post-Apostolic Christian faith and practice. It is refreshing in its simplicity, directness, and practicality. In this post, we look briefly at the incipient theology of revelation that sits behind the author’s […]

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Melanchthon on the Church

Continuing with our Websterian/Calvinian theme for the moment… Philipp Melanchthon, in his oration┬áDe discrimine Ecclesiae Dei et imperii mundi (“On the Difference between the Church of God and Worldly Sovereignty”), about which I may have more to say in the future, concisely defines what the “church” is on the basis of Isaiah 59:21 (“‘And as […]