Category Archives: Piety with Excitement

What Would John McWhorter Say?

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For one, he might say that this afternoon’s conversation about race, sponsored by the Gospel Coalition, is not really necessary: Despite frequent claims that America “doesn’t want to talk about race,” we talk about it 24/7 amidst ringing declamations against racism on all forms. Over the past year’s time, I need only mention Trayvon Martin,… Read More→

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A New Calvinist becomes a Regular Calvinist

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Danny Hide Hyde may not detect sufficient earnestness, but Todd Pruitt makes clear the limitations of New Calvinist awakenings among the Babdists (which is a big world but for every Southern Baptist Seminary there are three Furmans, four Baylors and six Wake Forests): As I reflect on the past year as a Presbyterian several things… Read More→

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New Calvinism is Warmed-Over New Evangelicalism with a Hint of Hipster

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John Turner’s post about Henrietta Mears reminded me of a thought I have had for some time — namely, that the New Calvinism and Gospel Coalition are simply trying to do what Carl Henry and Harold John Ockenga were trying to do in the world of Protestantism outside the mainline churches. Mears was arguably the… Read More→

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How about Every Single Second of Every Single Day?

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Tim Challies would have us believe — channeling John Owen — that temptations to sin come in seasons, the way the leaves turn colors: We live in a world that is full of temptation. There is no rest from sin and no rest from temptation to sin. There is not a single moment when we… Read More→

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Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?

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I don’t think Dwight Longenecker meant to imply this, and maybe the pitch for contributions to his parish hampered his thinking, but when he suggests that the shortage of priests stems from bad liturgical architecture, I was hardly persuaded: As I travel around the country and see archive photographs of our Catholic churches it is… Read More→

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Preparation for Worship

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I had to scratch my head after reading this one: Why are you part of a church community? Why are you a member of a church? Why do you go to the public gatherings of the church on Sunday morning? Broadly speaking there can be two reasons: You go for the good of yourself, or… Read More→

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One Thing She Overlooked

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11. Neo-Calvinists are slimey. If Corrie Mitchell had to account for Nelson Kloosterman in her brief for Calvinism’s better, kinder, gentler side, what would she say? Of if she read Dr. K’s latest post, would she continue to say this about Calvinism? Often, Calvinists are accused of being cocky, arrogant, abrasive — usually toward those… Read More→

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Revivalist or Metaphysician?

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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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Gratitude and Motivation

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The good (loaded term?) folks over at Gospel Reformation Network state the following: We deny that gratitude for justification is the only valid motivation for holiness, making all other motivations illegitimate or legalistic. I am not sure how many critics of neonomianism or flattening insist that gratitude is the exclusive motivation for good works. But… Read More→

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From DGH on Knowing Jesus Submitted on 2014/09/25 at 9:58 am

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Mark, since Ref21 doesn’t take comments, I’ll carry the discussion on over here at OL. I am responding to your latest post, which appears to address my (and others, not all about me this time) insufficient knowledge of Christ. That may not be the way you meant it — to prompt me to doubt myself.… Read More→

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