Category Archives: Church History

John Calvin’s Doctrine of Election is Christocentric

According to church historian Timothy George, “Calvin did not teach this doctrine [election] because he was a ‘dour despot’ or a mean man but because, rightly or wrongly, he believed it was clearly found in the Scriptures” (Theology of the … Continue reading

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Why Preaching?

More and more are calling for less preaching, and if preaching at all, just a few minutes. Things like dramas are replacing much of our preaching in many of our churches. So why preaching? God’s people have always viewed preaching … Continue reading

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Book Review: Justification in Perspective

Paperback: 278 pages Publisher: Baker Academic (October 1, 2006) Language: English ISBN-10: 0801031311 Amazon.com WTS Books Baker Academic Many thanks to Baker Academic for this review copy of Justification in Perspective: Historical Developments and Contemporary Challenges. The essays in Justification … Continue reading

Posted in Calvinism, Christology, Church History, E.P. Sanders, James D.G. Dunn, John Calvin, Justification, Karl Barth, Martin Luther, New Perspective on Paul, NT Wright, Pauline, Reformation, Reformed, St. Augustine, Thomas F. Torrance | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Wednesdays with Wright: The Role of Tradition in the Reading of Scripture

As Brian Leport continues to reflect on his reading of Scripture here and here, especially in light of inside critics , I’ve found a passage in N.T. Wright’s The Last Word that may lend a voice in all this: Paying attention … Continue reading

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Calvin to Viret

While in exile from the city of Geneva, Calvin received a call to return.  Calvin didn’t want to return.  His friends pressed him to. Then Viret naively suggested that it would be good for Calvin’s health.  Now you got to love … Continue reading

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