In the book Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry, W. Robert Godfrey writes a chapter entitled “Faith Formed by Love or Faith Alone”. Where he responds to those who are critical of the doctrine of justification by faith alone by examining the medieval definition of faith, Calvin’s definition of faith alone and examining the Apostle Paul. … Continue reading Calvin and sola fide
Is the doctrine of penal substitutionary atonement a necessary conclusion of Scripture? Does the reading of the Old Testament and the interpretation given by the New Testament bring us to this conclusion? And how does this doctrine to be understood theologically? At the ETS in 2018, William Lane Craig gave a lecture in defense of … Continue reading The Necessity of Penal Substitutionary Atonement
The Westminster Shorter Catechism ask and answers the following. Q. 34. What is adoption? A. Adoption is an act of God's free grace, whereby we are received into the number, and have a right to all the privileges of, the sons of God. Exposition Adoption in our context has some similarities but also some differences from … Continue reading What is Adoption?
“That sounds too Catholic.” I have heard that more times than I can count. This raises the question, “Can we be Reformed and catholic?” We confess in our creed that we believe in the “Holy catholic church.” Many are familiar with the distinction where small “c” catholic is used to mean universal and whereas capital … Continue reading Reformed Catholic?
The thought that the body is a vehicle for our soul is not a biblical view. This is a pagan view on the nature of man. A view that looks for an escape from the body and focusses on the escalation of the soul. Man was not a created as a house to be inhabited … Continue reading The Nature of Man
In Dogmatics Vol 1., p 98 Vos answers the question, “At what points is the doctrine of predestination or election related to the rest of Reformed doctrine as a whole?” In other words “What other areas in Reformed theology are connected or impacted from the doctrine of predestination?” Vos answers with five points: God’s Sovereignty, … Continue reading Vos: What Points of Reformed Theology are Related to the Doctrine of Predestination?
Mark Jones writes for Reformation21.org. It's a blog site that, honestly, I read because Carl Trueman & Scott Oliphint contribute. That said, it isn't a place that I frequently visit. But today I ran across this article on images of Jesus. I honestly never thought when I first came to the PCA as an ordained minister … Continue reading Mark Jones on Images of Jesus – We Live By Faith Not Sight