Category Archives: Adventures in Church History


Episode 301

Hard-question-failure alert. Maybe this is a reason for reconsidering the attire rather than embracing it. Think about it. At Mass the priest comes out robed like a Roman senator. Did you know that’s where the vestments first originated? And maybe Patti Smith is not going to blog soon for Called to Communion: Granted, Smith’s coarse… Read More→

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Hard or Soft?

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Yesterday I participated in an ETS panel on The New Calvinism. (Here is one of the presentations. Here is evident of another ETS sighting.) One thing that I kept asking myself and then asked everyone in open discussion was why so few New Calvinists ask hard questions about the movement. People talk a lot about… Read More→

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This Day in Protestant History


Four hundred fifty years ago Roman Catholic clergy professed a faith that said “not gonna happen” to Protestants. The Tridentine Profession of Faith became obligatory for all bishops, priests and clerics charged with teaching. It reads: I, N, with a firm faith believe and profess each and everything which is contained in the Creed which… Read More→

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Does My Local Church Have the Authority to Contradict George Whitefield?


A recent survey indicated that 90 percent of evangelicals think the local church has no authority to declare whether a person is a believer. The responses from evangelical leaders indicated that upwards of 90 percent of those with authority in the church think the church has authority. Go figure. Here are a few of the… Read More→

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Putting a Point on It


John Calvin as early as 1536 put the problem with sin and the law this way: For while the law, as has already been demonstrated, leaves not one man righteous, we are either excluded from all hope of justification, or we must be loosed from the law, and so loosed as that no account at… Read More→

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Revivalist or Metaphysician?

Barn Owl

Marilyn Robinson (thanks to our virtuous commonwealth correspondent) joins the New Calvinists in claiming Jonathan Edwards as her homeboy. Along the way she makes one significant concession: The “awakenings” that were an effect of the preaching of Edwards and others met with objections on the part of conservative churches and leaders in his tradition. While… Read More→

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Methodists and Roman Catholics Together

Bolen and Chapman

Looks like Jason and the Callers need to rethink their call to Protestants. Their pontiff just declared hostilities between Protestants and Roman Catholics to be sin: Catholics and Evangelicals should not wait for theologians to reach agreement before praying and working together, Pope Francis recently told a group of Pentecostal Anglican bishops in Rome. To… Read More→

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Reformation Day Sobriety Test

The Killing (Season 1)

Travels and responsibilities from a former life have taken me to Wheaton College this weekend for the closing public events of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals. I directed the place from 1989 to 1993 and learned much from the Institute’s senior directors and many programs. In reflecting on my time at the… Read More→

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Evangelicals and Catholics Sixteenth-Century Style


Brad Littlejohn reflects on the contribution of Peter Martyr Vermigli and the consequences of the Colloquy of Poissy (among others): One more tantalizing opportunity was to present itself in 1561, however, and Vermigli once again was involved, after an illustrious career through the Protestant centers of northern Europe. In France, a nation that, while devout,… Read More→

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