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A Neo-Calvinist Critique of Common Grace?

The following is an excerpt from the work Christ and Culture by Klaas Schilder (1890-1952), in which Schilder challenges the popular doctrine of “common grace” as developed by Abraham Kuyper. His logic is rather clever here, and it has consequences for our understanding of the Christian’s relationship to non-Christian culture. Is God’s restraint of his judgment against sinners […]

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A Quick and Easy Chart on Two Kingdoms and Neo-Calvinism

The doctrine of “two kingdoms” has received a lot of attention in Reformed circles lately. Some say the idea is clearly Calvinistic, while others reject it as a “Lutheran” distinctive. To clear up some of the confusion over these issues, I recently created this chart and posted it publicly. It has generated a lot of […]

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Robert Lewis Dabney: A Review (Part Two)

This is Part Two of a review of Dr. Sean Lucas’ biography of the Southern theologian, Robert Dabney. In Part One of this review, readers were invited to consider the impact of Robert Lewis Dabney’s life and work. This overview of Dabney’s life shows that, like every minister, he was both a saint and a […]

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Robert Lewis Dabney: A Review (Part One)

This is Part One of a two-part review of Dr. Sean Lucas’ biography of the Southern theologian, Robert Dabney. Robert Lewis Dabney is one of the more polarizing figures in American Presbyterian history. Depending on whom you ask, Dabney was a staunch defender of biblical authority and the Westminster Standards, an important leader upholding the […]

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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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What Does Republication Have to Do with Christotelic Hermeneutics? Quite a Lot, Actually

Those who have followed the Reformed blogosphere lately will likely have heard a lot of talk about two intramural controversies over Old Testament interpretation. What they may not realize, however, is just how much these two controversies actually have in common. The first controversy has been around for quite a while, although it has attracted […]

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Review: Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment

Alan Stanley, editor. Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. Scripture consistently holds two seemingly contradictory truths in tension: we are justified by grace through faith, and we will be judged according to our works. How are we to resolve this tension while respecting the authority […]

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“You Forgot Something” A Reformedish Commentary on an Orthodox Commentary on the Sanctification Debates

On his blog Reformedish, Derek Rishmawy gives his thoughts on Gabe Martini’s Eastern Orthodox commentary on the current sanctification debate swirling in the Reformed world (and especially The Gospel Coalition). He notes that there is a major lacuna in Martini’s post: he doesn’t address the Reformed doctrine of union with Christ. Because of the reality […]

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Sanctification and the Heidelberg Catechism, Part Two

Jon Payne has now written his second post on sanctification and the Heidelberg Catechism (HC) at Reformation 21. In his first post (to which I responded here), he discussed the variety of motivations for Christian obedience, which extend beyond mere gratitude for our justification (as important as that is). Now, he takes up the subjects of […]

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