But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

In aprevious post, we looked at Melanchthon’s response to the birth of Joachim Camerarius’s daughter and to the death of his own son, Georg, in August of 1529.

Two days after that event, Martin Luther wrote to his friend Justus Jonas about Georg’s death and Melanchthon’s...

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Sunday, 12 January 2020 13:38

The Federal Vision: A Systematic Critique

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(This is the final essay in a series on the Federal Vision. The first installment, a general introduction to the state of the conversation, can be found here. The second installment identifies the various personalities and their history. The next three essays explained the FV theology in more...

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Another Sunday, another Collect. Here is the prayer for the First Sunday after the Epiphany from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States.

The prayer asks for grace so that we can know our duties and perform them. It is quite similar to today’s Collect from The...

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From the vantage-point of centuries, it can be difficult to remember that the magisterial Reformers–or, indeed, any other historical figures–were actual human beings, made of the same stuff as we are, subject to the same joys and sorrows we share. In Act 3 ofThe Merchant of Venice,...

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(This essay continues a series on the Federal Vision that I have been writing since November, 2019. The first installment can be found here. The second is here. The third is here, and the fourth is here. Though I earlier stated that this essay would be my final one, I see the need for one more to...

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I’m a couple of days late with this, but here isthe Collect for the Second Sunday after Christmas from theOrder of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States.

It turns on the same general theme as the Collect for this Sunday inThe Book of Common Prayer, but is slightly longer and...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 08:06

Douglas Wilson and Justification

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Douglas Wilson is the embodiment of “RIP my mentions.” His controversies range from politics to theology to literature. People laud him as a visionary leader, and people deride him as a cult leader. To some he is too conservative. To others, he has departed from the true Reformed...

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New Year’s Day traditionally coincides with the commemoration of the circumcision of the infant Christ, in whom “dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily,” on his eighth day, as recorded by Luke. Below is the Collect for that occasion from the Order of Worship for the...

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The Collect for the First Sunday after Christmas from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States is below. Whereas The Book of Common Prayer repeats the Collect from Christmas Day, the Order gives a different prayer that takes its beginning from John 3.16.

T...

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December 28 marks the commemoration of Herod’s slaughter of the Holy Innocents. Particularly in light of circumstances here and around the world, it would perhaps be prudent for all Christian churches to observe the Festival of the Holy Innocents as a matter of public testimony.

(One of the...

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The second day after Christmas has traditionally provided an occasion for Western Christians for reflecting on the Apostle John. Below is the Collect included for that purpose in the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States.

The editors comment that December 27 is used for...

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It is not, of course, problematic from a Protestant point of view to remember with gratitude the example of holy men and martyrs. Indeed, it is meet and right so to do. After all, Hebrews 11 does the same.

To that end, here is the Collect for December 26, the day that in the West conventionally...

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Here are the prayers for Christmas Day from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. The Collect is the same as that found in The Book of Common Prayer, which connects Christ’s being born of the Virgin to our being born again or regenerated such that...

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Below is the Collect for the Fourth Sunday in Advent from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States.

Once again it differs from that found in The Book of Common Prayer:

O Lord, raise up (we pray thee) thy power, and come among us, and with great might...

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At long last, the last section of the  “Guide to Private Devotion in A Liturgy, or, Order of Christian Worship. The texts and prayers focus on (a) praising God in the watches of the night and (b) preparing for death. The final prayer contains an allusion to the Te Deum.

It would be...

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I must apologize for the month-long delay in completing this series on the Federal Vision. Seasonal travels and other obligations interfered. Nevertheless, I will begin to lay out a summary description of the theological issues involved in the Federal Vision and offer some critical observations.

Befo...

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Last week Iposted a Christmas poem by Geerhardus Vos. That, however, was not the only such poem he wrote.

The second poem in an earlier volume of verse, calledCharis (1931), 1 bears the same title as the poem in the previous post: “Nativity.” Like the later poem, this earlier one...

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Monday, 16 December 2019 05:32

“The Lord of Glory”

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Herewith another Christmas poem by another American Presbyterian: this time a man namedLouis F. Benson (1855-1930), whose memory has mostly faded away.

Benson was a Philadelphian who went to Penn, then was a lawyer, then a Presbyterian minister in Germantown, PA, and then a writer, as well as anedi...

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Here is the Collect for the Third Sunday in Advent from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. Once again, the prayer is different from the one for the same week in TheBook of Common Prayer, which reads:

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at thy first coming didst send...

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Thursday, 12 December 2019 09:26

Warfield’s Christmas

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While we’re on the subject of Christmas:

I noted in my most recent post that Geerhardus Vos fancied himself something of a poet; at the link you can see his poem on Christ’s Nativity. Vos was not unique in this predilection. One of his Princeton colleagues, B.B. Warfield, also wrote a...

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At various points, we’ve discussedthe celebration of Christmas andother holidays invarious sectors of the Reformed tradition, including amongsome conservative Presbyterians in the nineteenth century, as well astime-keeping more generally.

The same favorable attitude we see in Hodge...

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Below is the Collect for the Second Sunday in Advent from the Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States.

I mentioned last week that the Collects in this volume are not simply reproductions of the Book of Common Prayer. Thus the prayer for this week is quite different....

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The predecessor of theOrder of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States, theLiturgy, or, Order of Christian Worship (1858), which I have discussed previously (e.g.here), includes a section of “Prayers for the Festival Seasons,” the material of which is (at least, mostly)...

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Last week Iposted the Collect for the Sunday before Advent from theOrder of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States. Now the cycle starts over, and included below is theCollect for the First Sunday in Advent

The reader familiar with theBook of Common Prayer will immediately...

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Since I’ve been posting selections from the Mercersburg liturgies, and since it’s Thanksgiving week here in the U.S., I thought I’d post aprayer of thanksgiving from the 1866Order of Worship for the Reformed Church in the United States.

THANKSGIVING FOR HARVEST

ALMIGHTY and...

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