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Calvin and the Reform of Worship

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Here is the outline of Dr. Clark’s message delivered on Saturday Jan. 17 at the Westminster Seminary Faculty Conference.

A Really Great Conference

Monday, January 19th, 2009

On Friday and Saturday Jan. 16&17, Westminster Seminary California hosted its annual faculty conference. With 2009 being the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the theme of the conference was  . . . .  well, you can guess. Actually, it was “Calvin’s Legacy: Reforming the Church Today”.

Puritan Patristics: Protestant Catholicity

Friday, January 16th, 2009

B. The Puritan use of the Fathers. This positive exposition still needs some careful qualification. No reformed writer treated any church father as if his writings were on a par with Scripture. But neither did they succumb to a naïve Biblicism, thinking that they alone with their Bibles could arrive at a satisfactory system of […]

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 […]

Puritan Patristics: Historical Continuity

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Puritan Patristics A statement cited by Alister McGrath may serve as an entrée to our study. While not a puritan, the great Anglican Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626; a chief translator of the AV Bible) is said to have “declared that orthodox Christianity was based upon two testaments, three creeds, four gospels, and the first five centuries […]

The Puritans and the Past

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Over the next few days, I will publish some material from my Puritanism in Context lecture notes. In developing the class, it seemed important to spend some time considering how the Puritan divines viewed themselves in relation to the past. They were well aware of the criticism of novelty leveled against the Reformers and their […]

Making Progress in a Day of Decline

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009

Submitted by Prof. Renihan In my last post, I mentioned my encouragement at the general state of the many churches I visited and pastors I spoke with in 2008. Overall, the state of our churches seems to be healthy. But I cannot say the same about the state of Evangelical Christianity in general. When I […]

Christ’s Ascension Gifts

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

From Spurgeon’s Sermon on Eph. 4:7-12 preached in March 1871 (Thanks to Rob Cosby for these quotations) We have thought that Christ’s gifts were valuable enough for us to treasure up and improve them. Our College has now received and sent forth, in the name of Jesus, more than two hundred ministers of the word. […]

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 […]

A Very Important Project

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

The growing number of reprints available today is really wonderful. Major works of the past, so useful to saints for generations, are again accessible for us. What a blessing. Now, another new project has begun, and this one is slightly different.

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