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The Problem with Words

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Human life is all about communication. God made us to be social creatures, interacting with others over a wide spectrum of occassions. From the womb onward, we express ourselves. Parents nurture their children; friends encourage friends; people reach out to one another. But most importantly, the Lord speaks to us.

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Theology

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Let’s consider two key points. The study of the writings of their predecessors were important for two reasons—it established right and wrong doctrine and practice: 1. Archetypal theology and practice. How does one establish orthodoxy and orthopraxy? By building from scratch? No. Rather it is by recognizing the work of the Spirit in the church [...]

Great is the Mystery of Godliness

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Profound words, very relevant today, from John Owen, Vol. 1 Some would have all things that we are to believe to be leveled absolutely unto our reason and comprehension — a principle which, at this day, shakes the very foundations of the Christian religion.

The Glory of the Incarnation

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Excerpts from Owen, Vol. 1 “He, therefore, is the Word, the Christ, and the cause of old of our being; for he was in God, and the cause of our well-being. But now he has appeared unto men, the same eternal Word, who alone is both God and man, and unto us the cause of [...]

John Owen’s Epitaph

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The greatest puritan, John Owen, is buried in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in London. His epitaph is in Latin; here is an English translation. The reference in the final sentence is to 24 August–St. Bartholomew’s Day–a day upon which in previous years French Protestants were massacred and English Puritans were driven from the church by [...]

Man’s Duty and God’s Purpose

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

More from Owen Volume 10: 3. We must exactly distinguish between man’s duty and God’s purpose, there being no connection between them. The purpose and decree of God is not the rule of our duty; neither is the performance of our duty in doing what we are commanded any declaration of what is God’s purpose [...]

The New Covenant and the Spread of the Gospel

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

From Owen, Vol 10 Continued: 2. A second thing to be considered is, the economy or administration of the new covenant in the times of the gospel, with the amplitude and enlargement of the kingdom and dominion of Christ after his appearance in the flesh; whereby, all external differences being taken away, the name of [...]

Definite Atonement and the Spread of the Gospel

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

One of the most frequent objections to the doctrine of definite atonement as made by its opponents, is that this doctrine by its very nature undermines the proclamation of the gospel. Those who read texts such as John 3:16 in a universal light cannot understand how an atonement, intended by God for the salvation of [...]

The Limits of Pastoral Authority

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

What are the limits of pastoral authority? This is a pressing question with very significant practical implications. We have posted several essays or thoughts on this topic over the months, and have noticed that perhaps the most frequent web search that brings people to this site is some variation on the theme.

Edification and Beauty

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan On Monday, my book Edification and Beauty came forth from the press and should be available soon from online retailers.

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