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For a Continuing Church: A Review, Part Two

Note: Part One of this review offers an evaluation of For a Continuing Church and its main thesis concerning the PCA’s identity. Applying Our Identity As Dr. Sean Lucas convincingly establishes throughout For a Continuing Church, the PCA was formed as a “conservative ‘mainline’ Presbyterian body.” The founders chose to establish broader boundaries for the […]

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For a Continuing Church: A Review, Part One

Introduction: Identity and Reformation “Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.”[1] Wisdom, according to John Calvin, requires an accurate self-assessment. That Calvin sets this assertion at the very head of his magisterial Institutes shows that the calling […]

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Review: Baptized into Christ, by Jordan Cooper

Jordan Cooper, Baptized into Christ: A Guide to the Christian Life, Just and Sinner Publishing (2016). 175 pages. Jordan Cooper is a conservative Lutheran pastor, whose blog and podcast can be found at Just and Sinner. Although I have never personally met Jordan, we have engaged in conversations via social media over the past couple years, […]

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Setting the Record Straight on Lutheranism: Four Myths

Calvinists and Lutherans have a complicated history. Both traditions are rooted in the Protestant Reformation understandings of justification (sola fide) and authority (sola scriptura). Calvin himself acknowledged his debt to Luther and was even accused of being a Lutheran. In their early years, the two movements were able to find much common ground, and at […]

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Calvinists and Lutherans on Law and Gospel (Part 2)

This is the second post in my two-part response to Lutheran minister Jordan Cooper’s critique of John Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando (Rev. Cooper’s critique can be found here, here, and here; part 1 of my response can be found here). Dr. Frame has called into question the traditional […]

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Calvinists and Lutherans on Law and Gospel (Part 1)

One of the ongoing debates within the Reformed world centers on the purported distinction between law and gospel. There are some who insist that such a distinction is an indispensable pillar the Protestant Reformation. But others see the distinction as a uniquely Lutheran doctrine that tends to eclipse the historic Reformed emphasis on the so-called […]

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Roman Catholic Ecumenism: Let the Evangelicals Speak

Leonardo De Chirico has posted this piece on The Gospel Coalition, reflecting on the recent joint statement of Italian evangelicals living in the shadow of the Vatican. These evangelicals reaffirmed their commitment to the teachings of Scripture over against any extra-biblical dogmas. They hold to the agency and mediation of Christ alone for salvation, they reject the […]

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Summer GA Roundup

The summer avalanche of GAs is over.  Here a quick roundup and links to further info. The PCA GA has video archives here.  Rev. Dr. Bryan Chapell was elected moderator, the Cooperative Ministries Committee identified five key issues for future focus, and a universally approved Overture 6 to protect children.  The statistics for 2013 are […]

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The “Evangelicals” Who Are Not Evangelicals

Over at The Anxious Bench, Thomas Kidd has written this post discussing four groups of people who are commonly—and erroneously—labeled “evangelical.” Theological liberals. Often these folks come out of mainline Protestant denominations, but many are now associated with the emergent church movement. Reformed/confessionalist Christians (like myself). It might surprise some readers to learn that this […]

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Ecclesial Collaboration

In Kyle’s earlier post, “What is a Culturalist Presbyterian?” He emphasized the value “CP’s” place on cross-denominational unity. In light of that I wanted to share a blog post Carl Trueman wrote for Scot McKnight. McKnight also wrote a favorable review of Carl’s recent book “The Creedal Imperative.” This is a great example of two […]

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