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

Thursday, 30 April 2020 18:27

Jesus on the cross. What are we to say? Featured

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When it comes to the death of Jesus Christ, there is, I think, a lack of definiteness in how people describe it. Of course we must respect Paul’s emphasis that ‘great is the mystery of godliness’. (I Tim.3.16). Yet  it is one thing to respect the unfathomableness of the...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020 16:39

Coronavirus19 – What’s It for? Featured

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What do Creed–reciting Christians have to say about the plague? ? They believe in God the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. How do they relate sudden evils such as we are presently enduring, to God’s almightiness? Many different theological and religious approaches are...

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Saturday, 14 March 2020 02:28

Easter gifts Featured

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This is my second effort at themes for Easter, if you keep Easter. The first dealt with the tearing of the Temple curtain from top to bottom, signifying the new way made by Christ’s work.
New Life
An Augustinian, Reformed confession holds that our Lord Jesus Christ, through his atonement,...

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Friday, 31 January 2020 16:06

The Curtain, His Flesh Featured

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After two postings about the anniversary of the coming of the Saviour, I thought it would be appropriate have a post on Easter, in good time,
The three synoptic Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, each tell us that at  the time that Jesus died, the curtain (or veil) of the Temple in...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 16:29

'Not Simple or Absolute' Featured

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This is the second of the posts on ‘Christmas reflections’. The first was on Jesus's present physical absence which  Christmas nativity plays, on baby Jesus’s appearance, are rather misleading rather than helpful. The Christmas (of 2019) is by now rapidly  disa...

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Sunday, 01 December 2019 16:10

‘He is not here’ Featured

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There was a time when some met Jesus, the eternal Word made flesh,  as we meet each other. Notably, his mother and father, and sisters and brothers, met him. And then his disciples met him, who when they talked with Jesus more often than not seemed to be puzzled by what he had to say about...

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Thursday, 31 October 2019 17:16

.....And more on Molinism Featured

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Luis De Molina (1535-1600) 
The Reformed theologians in the 17th century who faced Molinism, such as Rutherford and Twisse, seem to have focused their arguments against middle knowledge by stressing the divine decrees. It is a pity that most of their writing is in scholastic Latin. The most...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 20:06

A review of a book on Molinism Featured

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This is an enlarging of the text of a review that was published some time ago
Molinism, The Contemporary Debate, ed. Ken Perszyk, (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2011, vii+320 pages)
The popularity of ideas, as that of other things, ebbs and flows. This is true even in philosophy, where the...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 01:39

Jonathan Edwards and the Rabbi Featured

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John 'Rabbi Duncan, 1796-1870
I dissent from Jonathan Edwards’ doctrine, because he hazards a speculation, on will quawill, and therefore in reference to all will, divine and human. It is fatal to establish a necessary chain throughout every will in the universe. The divine acts are...

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Sunday, 30 June 2019 16:15

The Ethics of 2K Featured

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 Two Kingdoms and Two Cities
Occasionally, there are single verses of Scripture the Bible student encounters that encapsulate a doctrine or a duty completely. So it is, I believe, with this verse from Paul’s letter to the Galatians. ‘As we have opportunity, let us do good to...

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Thursday, 30 June 2016 22:38

What are creeds and confessions? Featured

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The Council of Nicaea - The SistineChapel
 
Tuesday, 14 June 2016 07:24

Warfield on the Trinity

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Those interested in ‘subordination’ or its absence, and eternal begottenness Nicea -style, ought to take a look at what Warfield has to say about such questions. Below is a section toward the end of his paper ‘The Biblical Doctrine of the Trinity’ (Biblical Doctrines). The paper can be downloaded as a PDF by Googling it. In
Wednesday, 01 June 2016 04:39

An Elbow in the Kingdom

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Thomas à Becket
The news that Thomas à Becket’s elbow – a Roman Catholic relic – has arrived in the UK from Hungary set me thinking about the Two Kingdoms again.
This fragment of à Becket’s remains is one of several remaining bits of the late Archbishop of Canterbury who was
Friday, 13 May 2016 07:39

Truemania?

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People in the US are getting in a right tizzy about lavatories. Now the President is to issue a Decree about what the arrangements must be in public schools, to the effect that the test of which toilet you end up in should depend on what gender you choose, and not on the gender you were born with. That tizzy is likely to boil over soon.
Of course
Monday, 02 May 2016 06:06

This time, in praise of John Owen

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It is often said that the ‘faculty psychology’ that the Puritans endorsed, together with many of their non-Puritan contemporaries, in which the understanding, the will and the emotions look to be in tidy order, produces a one-dimensional view of the human self. 

But not so. Or, it does not need to be so.

John Owen explored the world

Thursday, 31 March 2016 23:56

Did John Owen have two minds?

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In this post I am interested in the mind of John Owen during the time when he was  part of Oliver Cromwell’s ‘leadership team’ as one of Cromwell’s chaplains, travelling with it as military strategy determined, to Ireland, and then to Scotland and so on. The period ends with his published sermon of 1656.

As

Wednesday, 16 March 2016 23:47

Sacred and Secular

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The late R. A. Markus, a former colleague at Liverpool, author of Saculum: History and Society in the Theology of St.Augustine

'Sacred and secular'. A well-used phrase. But what does it mean? Does it make a contrast between the religious and the non-religious?  Between the church and the world? The public square where everything that matters

Monday, 29 February 2016 23:33

2K and Quietism

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John Bunyan - Pastor, Pilgrim, Tinker

I don’t think I can take much more 2K versus ‘transformationalist’ journalism. Nor tired tirades against Socialism in the name of Christ and Capitalism. Nor the usual stuff about segregation in the South of the United States in years gone by, convictions formed with the help of current

Thursday, 18 February 2016 04:40

Willing and Not Willing

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Joseph Truman (1631-71) was an ejected minister from the Nottinghamshire area. He wrote (among other things) a Discourse of Natural and Moral Impotency (2nd edn. 1675) which is not a medical handbook, as you may think, but a tidy theological essay in which he sets forth the distinction between moral ability and natural or physical ability. All the

Sunday, 31 January 2016 23:51

Confessing the impassible God - II

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This is the concluding half of the Foreword to

Confessing the Impassible God (RBAP, Palmdale, California)

edited by 

Ronald S. Baines

Richard C. Barcellos

James P. Butler

Stefan T. Lindblad

James M.  Renihan

III

We have already noticed the close connection between divine impassibility and divine immutability, that one is an aspect of the

Friday, 15 January 2016 16:03

Getting into hot water

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I see that the oft-rehearsed question of whether Christians and Moslems worship the same God has surfaced again. Quite a few years ago I got into hot water by saying things about Islam that implied that a Moslem could be said, on a certain occasion, to worship the same God as us Christians.

But before we get to that, it seems that Paul had

Thursday, 31 December 2015 23:36

Confessing the Impassible God

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Confessing the Impassible God (RBAP, Palmdale, California)

edited by 

Ronald S. Baines

Richard C. Barcellos

James P. Butler

Stefan T. Lindholm

James M.  Renihan

Available from 

http://www.rbap.net/our-books/confessing-the-impassible-god-the-biblical-classical-confessional-doctrine-of-divine-impassibility/

Or Amazon

What follows is the Preface

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 01:04

Laughing at ourselves

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'O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us. '

(Robert Burns, (1759 - 1796),  'To a Louse') 

Hundreds of thousands of people have joined an online ‘petition’ that Donald Trump not be admitted to the UK (tho’, as far as is known, he has no plans at present to come here). This is on

 

 

There’s not been a post on John Calvin on Helm’s Deep for some time. So here goes.

Do you ever review what you’ve come to think about a particular matter?  I’ve  been taking a brief reprise on what I have come to think, little by little, about Calvin and  natural

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