Category Archives: Jure Divino Presbyterianism

Having Your Organism and Organizing It Too


Tim Keller devotes several chapters to cultural engagement in his book Center Church. In it he shows that he may have as much time as Fr. Dwight does for reading and reflection beyond sermon prep. Keller sees problems in both the transformational model and 2k, and in his ever constant search for a “third” way,… Read More→

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Congregationalism as Constantinianism

Jean McKeown, Charlotte Greenwood, Phyllis Heebner, Dorothy Loper, Fredia d'Auria, Grace Traubel

Peter Leithart wants to add to my work as clerk of session. First, he’s reading a lot of sociologists of religion (would John Milbank approve?) on the capacity of congregations to function like families and provide for members in similar ways: This social capital is not merely intangible. Congregations offer material support to needy members:… Read More→

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With Friends Like These


This caught my eye (from under the bus). Matt Tuininga calls me a friend and I guess that’s supposed to weaken the sting of what’s included: But Scott Clark’s version and Darryl Hart’s version is not the Reformed version. And it is not just their conclusions about religion in the public square that are different.… Read More→

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2 Paradigms and a 2K Wrinkle

Mark Massa

Maura Jane Farrelly thinks the difference between the way Roman Catholics and Protestants know God also explains support for political freedom: What is curious about this unwillingness of non-specialists in American Catholic history to entertain the possibility that nineteenth-century anti-Catholicism might have been rooted in something real is that historians who focus on the American… Read More→

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White Smoke over Synod of Dordt


Commissioners to the 82nd General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church have unanimously elected Archibald Alison as its moderator. We did not even vote. Only one nomination and then silence. For information on Archie, go here. In point of fact, Presbyterians, who do things decently and orderly, don’t blow smoke when we elect a moderator.… Read More→

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You Can’t Spell Presbyterian with “Me”


My personal advice to any American Protestant is never to interrupt a debate between two English dissenting Protestants about celebrity pastors, but when one of them, Paul Helm, calls the other, Carl Trueman, a Presbyterian perfectionist, afflicted with “Bannerman’s Disease,” and “the zeal of a convert,” I can’t resist. There are books of Church Order… Read More→

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Should Biography Be So Important?

Bergog family

Ross Douthat’s article on Pope Francis reflects the smarts, insights, and courage that characterizes almost everything the columnist writes. His conclusion about a potential disruption of the church by the current pope is again refreshing, especially coming from a conservative, since most converts and apologists hum merrily the tune of “nothing changes, we have the… Read More→

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I Guess Crossway Will Not Be Publishing the Collected Works of John Murray Soon


From the 1966 OPC report on whether or not to admit Baptists to church membership (from our Mid-West correspondent): The committee considers, however, that to admit to communicant membership those who “refuse” to present their children for baptism would constitute a weakening of the witness the church bears to the ordinance of infant baptism as… Read More→

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If You Don’t Go to Church, What Do You Do with A Coalition?

Martini Feature Box

The Bar Jester, previously Calvinist now Eastern Orthodox, explains why going to church is not the way to think or even be (hence all that ontological language): It’s not quite right because “go” and “going” are words wholly inadequate to the reality of membership. It may be that in “going” to a building you enact… Read More→

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Overseer Overload


Do bishops who claim apostolic succession have it this rough? (I am, by the way, according to the Form of Government for the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, a bishop: “Those who share in the rule of the church may be called elders (presbyters), bishops, or church governors. Those who minister in mercy and service are called… Read More→

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