Category Archives: Jure Divino Presbyterianism

To Which Church Do You Belong?

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The fault line that still doesn’t show up on the Allies’ radar: The recent controversy surrounding World Vision USA’s decision to open employment to same-sex couples and the organization’s subsequent reversal reveals the fault lines in evangelicalism today. For the evangelicals distraught by World Vision’s initial decision, the controversy was never about the legitimacy or… Read More→

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Giving Old Meaning to Celebrity Pastor

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Can you imagine the mayor of Grand Rapids taking a delegation of city officials to Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, the home of the OPC’s headquarters, to solicit last year’s moderator of General Assembly to attend this year’s assembly in Grand Rapids? I can’t. You can’t. No one can. The reason is that a moderator of an… Read More→

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Now the New Calvinists are telling us about the need for church unity: The history of Christian thought leaves no place for unbridled individualism. The Nicene Creed declares that we are “one church” (unam ecclesiam), and according to the Westminster Confession, such oneness has implications for our corporate identity: “The catholic or universal church, which… Read More→

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Why Do You Need to be A Christian to Feed the Hungry?

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The flip-flop of World Vision on gay marriage has attracted lots and lots of comments but no one seems to be asking a couple of important questions. That’s why we have confessional Reformed Protestantism. 1) As the title here suggests, why is it necessary for Christians to dispense aid to the poor and hungry through… Read More→

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Why Monarchies Are Out of Favor

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For more of the West’s history than not (from roughly 600 to the present), monarchy has been the preferred political order. Not until 1789 did constitutional republicanism become an alternative. Since then, republicanism (rule by the few) or democracy (rule by the many) have been the characteristic features of the West’s politics. Sure, we still… Read More→

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Persuasion by Innuendo

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Bill Evans is baaaaaaaaaack with another dismissive post about 2k. I am not sure why he grinds this ax, though I have ideas. Also, I detect another attempt to tarnish 2kers with unmentioned and unmentionable implications of their position — the guilt by association technique: We will cheerfully admit that 2K advocates have some legitimate… Read More→

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Calvinists are Mean — Again

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Derek Rishmawy asks for the umpteenth time why Calvinists are so proud and dismissive: Let’s be honest and say a lot of Calvinists won’t admit this difficulty [i.e. election, divine sovereignty, origin of sin], and it comes out in the condescending, aggressive, abrasive, and unhelpful way they approach theological engagement with people who disagree. You… Read More→

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Are Christians as Scary as Muslims?

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In the current issues of New Horizons, I ran across an editorial note about the Islamic presence in Britain. According to the Gatestone Institute, an international policy council: . . . Sharia courts, which operate in mosques and houses across Britain, routinely issue rulings on domestic and marital issues according to Islamic Sharia law that… Read More→

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Lutherans Did Not Spook Machen

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Thanks to Gene Veith for the reminder: Moreover, even among those who, unlike the Roman Catholic Church, hold that the Bible is not only an infallible rule of faith and practice but the only infallible rule of faith and practice, there have been great differences of opinion as to what the Bible teaches. These differences… Read More→

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Callers’ Cognitive Dissonance

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Ross Douthat wrote recently about the odd reaction of liberal Roman Catholics to the notion that Pope Francis may change church teaching. He referred to Damon Linker’s surprise when doing an NPR talk show and a liberal Roman Catholic caller indicated that Linker was wrong to think that Francis changing the church’s stands was a… Read More→

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