Category Archives: Adventures in Church History

No It’s Not


Evangelicalism’s greatest problem is its beliefs. So thinks Jake Meador: Evangelicalism’s biggest problem with regards to those outside evangelicalism isn’t our image, it’s our beliefs. That’s why Louie Giglio was uninvited from President Obama’s second inaugural. That’s why there was a mass freakout about Chick-fil-a despite the fact that even gay rights activists admitted that… Read More→

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The Basis for Unity


What if Protestants are actually orthodox by Roman Catholic standards? After all, both sets of western Christians affirm the Nicene Creed and some of us actually use it as the basis for catechetical instruction. Is the difference simply that Protestants are not in fellowship with the Bishop of Rome? And is it that Protestants will… Read More→

Also posted in Application of Redemption, Modern Church, Otherworldliness, Reformed Protestantism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , | 63 Responses

How Scotland May Feel the South’s Pain (or not)


Turns out that getting out of a united and centralized nation may have been easier if you fought your way out (or, count the ways I was wrong): The SNP has no idea what it is doing, or the risks it is running. Worse, nor does it seem to care. During a debate in the… Read More→

Also posted in High Church Presbyterianism, Novus Ordo Seclorum, Old World Presbyterianism, Reformed Protestantism | Tagged , , , , , | 16 Responses

Rod & Carl v. Brad (let charity leak)


Rod Dreher is just getting around to Carl Trueman’s review of Brad Gregory’s Unintended Reformation, a book featured here in a series of posts. The quotations are juicy in a no rocks, peaty, neat sort of way. Both authors observe the singular defect in Roman Catholic apologists — the denial of glaring realities out of… Read More→

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Nine is Greater than Two Times Four


So is that why the ninth commandment matters more for Tom Brady fans than the fourth commandment, you know, the one about keeping the Lord’s Day holy? I’m writing this not as a BradyHater™, but as a full-on fanboy. You are my favorite sportsman ever — in any game, from any era. And I’ll tell… Read More→

Also posted in Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight, Piety with Excitement, The Sabbath | Tagged , , | 25 Responses

Thought Experiment


After reading Mustafa Akyol: On this latter issue, however, President Rouhani Obama spoke recently in a tone very different from what Iranians Americans are used to hearing from their leaders. At a gathering with police commanders, he said, “Police do not have a duty to enforce Islam Christianity. No police officer can do something and… Read More→

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Making Straight the Way of the Green

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Lots of excitement in certain quarters of the Roman Catholic Church about Pope Francis’ forthcoming encyclical about the environment, but Protestants wonder where the energy was when Protestants beat the papacy to the punch. First, what’s coming: Vatican officials announced Tuesday that Pope Francis’ much-anticipated encyclical letter on the environment is now finalized and is… Read More→

Also posted in Are the CTCers Paying Attention?, Evangelicalism, Modern Church, Neo-Protestantism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , | 11 Responses

Social Gospels


Sometimes art imitates life. Sometimes Rome follows Geneva or Philadelphia. It looks like Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical about the environment that will likely repeat what mainline and evangelical Protestants have already said. That pattern of repetition also occurred during the heady days of social ferment and church reform in the late… Read More→

Also posted in Are the CTCers Paying Attention?, Modern Church, Neo-Calvinism, New World Presbyterianism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , | 60 Responses

An Evangelical Warrior Child


Here is what may be the turning point in John Frame’s development: PEF (Princeton Evangelical Fellowship) was dispensational in its viewpoint, as Barnhouse was, but Gerstner thought dispensationalism was an awful heresy. I never accepted the dispensational system, but neither could I accept Gerstner’s harshly negative verdict about it. My friends at PEF were godly… Read More→

Also posted in J. Gresham Machen, New World Presbyterianism | Tagged , , , , | 16 Responses

Selective Condemnation

turkey galatia tower

I am still wondering about the wisdom of Pope Francis’ condemnation of Turkey for the Armenian genocide. If the pope opposes the persecution of Christians, why not also condemn the nation of France since the French persecuted Protestants in the 16th century and Roman Catholics in the 18th? Or what about condemning England for persecuting… Read More→

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