Category Archives: Reformed Protestantism

What Would Happen if the PCUSA and OPC Started Ecumenical Dialogue?

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If the OPC began to enter into ecumenical discussions with the PCUSA would someone be justified in thinking that the OPC had changed its estimate of the PCUSA? And would this change indicate a shift within the OPC itself to the point that you might plausibly argue that the denomination’s teaching had changed? In other… Read More→

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Should Biography Be So Important?

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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 Feel His Pain

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And I imagine that Boniface could feel mine even though the Tiber separates us. Boniface explains why conservative or traditional Roman Catholics are worried about Pope Francis and the recent public foot washings are just one example. People prone to view conservatives as folks who don’t care for the poor or oppressed, or who think… Read More→

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Southern Baptists and Jason and the Callers Together

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SBC Today continues to press hard against Calvinism, this time by sponsoring a conference with four former “Calvinists” under the theme, “Leaving Geneva” (hello! Geneva is not in the South): Please join us for supper! We will explore the journeys of four former Calvinists who have each found a spiritual home within our tradition. Afterward,… Read More→

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Neo-Calvinist Reality Check

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David Koyzis can’t help but notice that Kuyperianism didn’t work out so well: As a young man I was shocked during a visit to Amsterdam to see the proliferation of “sex shops” and the brazenness of the city’s red light district. In the four decades since then the Netherlands has come to be known for… Read More→

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Radio Worship

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Yesterday’s call to worship came from Hebrews 12: For you have not come to what may be touched, a blazing fire and darkness and gloom and a tempest and the sound of a trumpet and a voice whose words made the hearers beg that no further messages be spoken to them. For they could not… Read More→

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Lean and Means

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Charles Pope — good for him, none of this Rodney King, CTC pose — takes issue with Protestants for separating faith from works, grace from transformation (ugh), and Scripture from church authority: There are a lot of “solos” sung by our Protestant brethren: Sola Fide (saved by faith alone), Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone is the… Read More→

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The Burden of Being Presbyterian

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From a recent review of Stonewall Jackson’s biography (thanks to our federal capital’s correspondent): Though Jackson’s soldiers were in awe of him, he was a camp-and-battlefield tyrant who arrested and court-martialed subordinates for the slightest disappointment of his expectations. J. William Jones, an army chaplain and biographer of Robert E. Lee, believed that Jackson “probably… Read More→

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Turns Out this Liturgical Calendar Thingy Is Complicated

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First — hello — Advent is not Christmas: There’s a segment of evangelicalism that’s increasingly drawn to liturgy, especially the Anglican tradition, said Larry Eskridge, associate director of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals at Wheaton College. But he thinks that’s a part of the Advent boom. “There’s also undoubtedly a commercial element… Read More→

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Redefining Declension So Numbers Ascend

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When you are having trouble with lack of resolve and dwindling numbers among the communicants (and clergy), you find a different paradigm that allows you to turn defeat into victory. For instance, David Robertson reported on efforts within the Church of Scotland to advance Christianity and extend membership: Rev John Chalmers, Moderator of the Church… Read More→

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