If You Need Some Ecclesiology to Go with Your W-W

The OPC is seeking applications from college students and seminarians for its Summer Institute. This year’s sessions will be conducted again at Shiloh Lodge from June 19 to 21 in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Successful applicants will have their travel and lodging expenses covered.

The Summer Institute offers a glimpse of Reformed ministry as understood and practiced in the OPC. Instructors include John Muether, Greg Reynolds, and (all about me) D. G. Hart. Students will spend several days considering the following topics:

The OPC’s distinguishing characteristics and continuity with the Reformed tradition.

The centrality, nature and benefits of being a confessional church.

The importance of the means of grace in the church’s mission.

The church’s calling as a pilgrim people.

The work of a minister of the Word in an organized church and a mission work.

For more information, go here. The application deadline is April 16 but extensions may be granted.

6 thoughts on “If You Need Some Ecclesiology to Go with Your W-W

  1. What about John Kinaird, the next justification by works, and “union” with the resurrected Christ? Are these topics on the menu?


  2. Speaking of the Wv word, Tabletalk magazine has posted this JG Machen quote on their FB page (www.facebook.com/tabletalk):

    “For Christians to influence the world with the truth of God’s Word requires the recovery of the great Reformation doctrine of vocation. Christians are called to God’s service not only in church professions but also in every secular calling. The task of restoring truth to the culture depends largely on our laypeople. To bring back truth, on a practical level, the church must encourage Christians to be not merely consumers of culture but makers of culture. The church needs to cultivate Christian artists, musicians, novelists, filmmakers, journalists, attorneys, teachers, scientists, business executives, and the like, teaching its laypeople the sense in which every secular vocation-including, above all, the callings of husband, wife, and parent–is a sphere of Christian ministry, a way of serving God and neighbor that is grounded in God’s truth. Christian laypeople must be encouraged to be leaders in their fields, rather than eager-to-please followers, working from the assumptions of their biblical worldview, not the vapid clichés of pop culture.”

    I’m curious as to the source of the quote. Do you have any idea where this came from, Dr. Hart? I don’t think it’s from Christianity and Liberalism.


  3. RL:

    I found it in a chapter by Gene Edward Veith in Here We Stand (page 95). I also saw it attributed to Machen and Veith alternatively around the internets, but never any book title for Machen. It sure sounds like Veith to me.


  4. I’m pretty sure it’s from “Christianity and Culture,” a 1912 essay available in its entirety at Mars Hill Audio’s website last I checked (as well as Selected Shorter Writings).


  5. The Mars Hill link is dead, but I found it here. http://homepage.mac.com/shanerosenthal/reformationink/jgmculture.htm. The quote is not in there.

    If you search for some of the words in the quote here http://www.amazon.com/Here-Stand-Confessing-Evangelicals-Reformation/dp/0875526705/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1334257591&sr=8-16 using Look Inside, you’ll find the quote in Veith’s chapter (not attributed to Machen).

    Either it is misattributed to Machen or Veith plagiarized.


  6. For what it’s worth, if I may indulge in some amateur textual criticism, I would guess that someone took a quote by some more recent person (perhaps Gene Veith) and confused it for this quote from Machen, “The Christian cannot be satisfied so long as any human activity is either opposed to Christianity or out of connection with Christianity. Christianity must pervade not merely all nations but also all of human thought,” which is from his essay, “Christianity and Culture.”


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