The Gospel Proclaims Eternal Life in Jesus

John 17:3 And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.  A Christian who lacks joy is an odd creature. The reason it is so odd is because by definition a Christian has joy. A Christian is a possessor of eternal life and that … Continue reading The Gospel Proclaims Eternal Life in Jesus

Are the Westminster Standards Contrary to the Reformers?

In the book, Scripture and Worship, Muller and Ward analyze some of the exegetical background of the confession and debates surrounding the writing of the Directory of Public Worship. They also argue against suggestions that the confessions and catechisms were a rejection or distortion from the original thought of the Reformers. How can this be … Continue reading Are the Westminster Standards Contrary to the Reformers?

Vos: What Points of Reformed Theology are Related to the Doctrine of Predestination?

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?

The Mosaic Covenant, Was a Type of Works Principle, According to Calvin

When the subject of the covenant God made with Moses (The Mosaic Covenant) comes up it raises a number of questions. Questions such as, “What was the purpose of the Mosaic covenant?” “What purpose does the Mosaic covenant have for New Testament Christians?” or “How are we to understand the function of the Mosaic covenant … Continue reading The Mosaic Covenant, Was a Type of Works Principle, According to Calvin

The Work Ethic of John Calvin

  I have been teaching a class on Reformed worship and the formulations of Presbyterian liturgies. This class will have to have the story of Calvin and Geneva to make sense of how some of these liturgies were made. A source on the life of John Calvin I found helpful and well-written is John Calvin: Pilgrim … Continue reading The Work Ethic of John Calvin

Calvin’s Geneva – Calvin’s Liturgy

I have written in the previous two posts about the progression in Geneva in the formulation of their worship. In this post I want to provide the basic outline of Calvin’s Liturgy in Geneva according to Eutaxia; Or the Presbyterian Liturgies Charles Washington Baird then add commentary. Prior to Calvin, Farel came through and purged … Continue reading Calvin’s Geneva – Calvin’s Liturgy

Calvin’s Geneva – Calvin’s Thought to the Liturgy and the Order of Worship

In the last post I wrote about that prior to Calvin in Geneva there was William Farel. Farel was instrumental in cleansing Geneva from all the remaining superstitious traditions of Rome but he wasn’t equipped to be the person to replace their forms of worship. Calvin, however, was equipped and in a very methodical and … Continue reading Calvin’s Geneva – Calvin’s Thought to the Liturgy and the Order of Worship