About R. Scott Clark

R. Scott Clark is the President of the Heidelberg Reformation Association, the author and editor of, and contributor to several books and the author of many articles. He has taught church history and historical theology since 1997 at Westminster Seminary California. He has also taught at Wheaton College, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Concordia University. Read more» He has hosted the Heidelblog since 2007.

John Owen Did Not Read Hebrews Like A Baptist (Part 1)

It is the habit of some of our Particular Baptist friends to imply, suggest, or even to say plainly that the great English Reformed theologian John Owen (1616–1683) was practically Baptist in his covenant theology.1 He is arguably one of the greatest theologians . . . Continue reading →

Devlet Kiliseyi Taklit Etmeli Mi?

K isimli bir okuyucumuz bana yazarak şu soruyu sordu: “Eğer Tanrı’nın Sözü kadınların öğretmesini ve yetki kullanmasını yasaklıyorsa, devlet neden aynı ilkeyi izlemesin?” Bu güzel ve ilginç bir soru. Elçi’nin 1 Timoteos 2:11-13’te kadın-erkek ilişkilerine dair öğretisini 613 emir (mitzvoth) yerine yaratılışa . . . Continue reading →

At Work In The Fields Of The Lord

Great crowds, international fame, best-selling books, intense media attention, sniping critics, and simmering concerns among orthodox pastors all swirling around the arrival and work of a great and famous traveling preacher—these phenomena are well-known to us today, but they also marked the . . . Continue reading →

Sub-Christian Nationalism? (Part 14)

Continuing on article XIV: More important, however, than the Statement’s confusion about general equity is what the authors want to do with it, and what assumptions they bring when applying the moral law to civil life in 2023. The Statement says the . . . Continue reading →

Why Did Arminianism “Win”?

Sometime back, Howard wrote to ask, “How and when did Arminianism become the predominate view?” That is a good question. First, we should distinguish between Jacob Arminius (James Harmenszoon, 1560–1609) and the Arminians (or the Remonstrants). Relative to the conclusions Arminian/Remonstrant theology later . . . Continue reading →

Sub-Christian Nationalism? (Part 13)

The theocratic impulse is truly ancient. All the pagan nations of the Ancient Near East had state religions. The Israelites, Egyptians, and Canaanites all had state religions, as did the Greeks and the Romans. The latter were particularly vicious in enforcing the . . . Continue reading →

The Gospel According To John (MacArthur)—Part 18

Throughout this series, however it might seem to devoted fans of John MacArthur, I have endeavored to be honest and fair—both of which require me to acknowledge, as I have before, that chapters 14 and 15 are quite edifying. The beginning of . . . Continue reading →

After Calvin: Recommended Reading

There is a popular view of church history that tells a story in which there was a pure, believing church during the apostolic age and then, for all intents and purposes, there was not a church (except for the Waldensians who alone . . . Continue reading →

Of Wheels, Spokes, And Ruling Elders (Part 2)

Previously, we looked at the office of Ruling Elder (RE) in P&R churches. Today, we continue that conversation. Truing The Spokes When a bloc of REs, however, becomes less a counter-weight to progressive tendencies and more an anchor to prevent Reformation according . . . Continue reading →

The Problems with Paraphrases and Continuing Revelation

My interest here is not so much paraphrastic Bible translations—though these may not be good for ecclesiastical use (e.g., worship) or close study, like a commentary, a paraphrase can put light on a passage or otherwise edify. My concern here is the . . . Continue reading →

The Gospel According To John (MacArthur)—Part 17

Dispensationalism is as much a theory of the church as it is of dispensations. Or rather, dispensationalism divides humanity into three distinct groups: Israel, the church, and the nations. The first two are in covenant with God. Israel has the starring role . . . Continue reading →

Hepimiz Gerçekten İbrahim’in Çocukları mıyız?

Geçenlerde duyduğum bir şey, üç büyük Batı dini hakkında sıkça dile getirilen bir iddiayı düşünmeme neden oldu: Yahudilik, Hristiyanlık ve İslam. Hepimizin sık sık “kitap ehli” ve aynı sıklıkta da “İbrahim’in çocukları” olduğumuz söylenir. Bazen bu iki ortak noktaya dayanarak, birbirimizi ortak . . . Continue reading →

Hyper-Calvinism, Rationalism, and Anti-Predestinarians

By definition, hyper-Calvinism is that doctrine which goes beyond (hyper) Calvin. Often, however, it is used incorrectly by critics of predestination to describe anyone who believes in reprobation. If teaching reprobation makes one hyper-Calvinist, then Calvin would be one himself, and that . . . Continue reading →