Category Archives: church

FV, Shepherd, and where the bodies are buried

I’ve put off doing an autobiographical post on my relationship to the Federal Vision for quite a while.  Maybe for several reasons.  Too much blood still on the floor. RTS never distinguished between those who were mentally Baptists (e.g., RTS) … Continue reading

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Clowney review from 11 years ago

I found this in my old email archives. Jacob Aitken Sermon Preparation Prof. Alan Hix 29 April 2005 Clowney, Edmund P. Preaching and Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdman’s, 1961), 124pp. Biographical Information The late Edmund Clowney is renowned throughout … Continue reading

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When Matter Becomes Form

This is a review of Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation vol. 4. And so ends the greatest theologian of all time. The following are highlights around the central theme of grace restoring nature. Indeed, with Bavinck … Continue reading

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Many episkopoi in one church

Let’s assume for the moment that episokopos in the Greek New Testament means “bishop.”  Things get really interesting in the following passages: Acts 20:28 Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made … Continue reading

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Calming down on Neo-Calvinism, to all

The evangelical/Calvinist resurgence in American life is properly termed “New Calvinism.”  The Dutch intellectual tradition from 1880 to sort of today is Neo-Calvinism.  Admittedly, new and “neo” are the same thing, but they are applied differently at different times in history. So, … Continue reading

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Can cessationist pray Eph. 1:17?

Paul writes, “That God would give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.” What does “revelation” mean?  The bible lists several types: Natural revelation (creation, logic, science, etc). Special revelation (God’s speaking, theophanic appearances, etc). … Continue reading

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Lost Virtue of Happiness

Moreland, J. P. and Issler, Klaus.  The Lost Virtue of Happiness (Navpress). Far from being a self-help book, Moreland and Klauss (MK) define happiness in terms of its more ancient setting: a happy life is one that allows me to pursue … Continue reading

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