He’s Not Young or Restless, But He is Reformed!

Stephen Ley has an interesting review and comparison between Colin Hanson’s “Restless” and Bob Godfrey’s Unexpected Journey. I’m glad that people are becoming enthused about elements (mainly soteriology) of the Reformed faith. One problem with the “Restless and Reformed” approach is that . . . Continue reading →

The Problem of the Minimalist Definition

Yesterday someone sent a link to an essay posted on a seminary website. In the comments that follow I am not speaking to the seminary per se but I do want to challenge the implied premise of the essay. The fundamental question . . . Continue reading →

Young, Restless, and Arbitrary?

I’m watching a video interview of Collin Hansen, author of Young, Restless, and Reformed. At about 21 minutes into the interview I heard a familiar voice: WSC alumnus Jonathan King (MA, HT), now a PhD student at TEDS. You might know JK . . . Continue reading →

Who or What Gets to Define "Reformed" (re-posted)

In response to the post on Bob Godfrey’s Unexpected Journey, Arthur writes to ask, “So does someone who does not hold to every point of doctrine in the Reformed confessions be considered “Reformed”. More to the point, can a credobaptist not be . . . Continue reading →

A Little More on Defining "Reformed"

Recovering the Reformed Confession

In response to the “Who or What Gets to Define ‘Reformed’?” post and others like it, some have argued that if the definition of Reformed includes a certain (paedobaptist) view of Baptism then it should also include a certain polity. Some have . . . Continue reading →

Don't Stand There in the Entry, Come on In!

Kevin DeYoung, on of the authors of a terrific book on the emergent/emerging movements has a blog and he writes today about a conference just held at his congregation with Collin Hansen. He makes a couple of points to which I want . . . Continue reading →

Calvinism Old and "New"

In response to the recent TIME magazine piece on the YRR, Mark Driscoll published a piece on the Resurgence contrasting the “new” Calvinists with the “old” Calvinists. It was followed up by a piece with a kinder, gentler treatment of the tired, . . . Continue reading →

Post-Thanksgiving Cartoons: Reply to James White

Yes, I’m aware that James White has posted a caricature of my views. Thanks to everyone who wrote to make sure I saw that. Rather than trying to respond to all of his claims, let me focus today on just one to . . . Continue reading →

The Trouble with TULIPS

When the young neo-Evangelicals, Billy Graham, Carl F. H. Henry, & co. established Christianity Today in 1956 they did so to offer an alternative to the more liberal Christian Century magazine. In its early years there was a strong confessionally Reformed presence . . . Continue reading →

The Fork in the Road for the "New Calvinists"

Thanks to Darryl Hart for pointing us to this challenging essay by Dale Coulter, who self identifies as a “Classical Pentecostal” in the holiness tradition. He writes on the official blog of the Regent University School of Divinity. He favors the Edwardsean . . . Continue reading →

Volume 2: Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries

The purpose of the Heidelblog is to help the Reformed churches, Reformed Christians, and those interested in the Reformed faith to “recover the Reformed confession.” Of course, the first and most important resource in doing that is to “read, mark, learn, and . . . Continue reading →

"Informed" or Reformed? A Sub-Text of the PCA Strategic Report?

Of course Reformed Christians want to be well informed but PCA church planter Martin Hedman has been writing some of the most thoughtful and incisive commentaries about the PCA strategic plan. Recently he commented, …it seems more and more that I am . . . Continue reading →

Jeremy is Strangely Attracted to "Recovering" (Updated)

He finds the tone abrasive and high-handed at times, he accuses me of making arguments I don’t recall making (e.g., excluding congregationalists from the definition of Reformed. I’ve been accused of doing that but so far as I recall I didn’t discuss . . . Continue reading →

Do Reformed Christians Confess the Sabbath?

Justin Taylor has posted material by Tom Schreiner, from a forthcoming book, who argues, “I do not believe the Sabbath is required for believers now that the new covenant has arrived in the person of Jesus Christ.” He considers the sabbath purely . . . Continue reading →

Was Barth Reformed?

Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey

Among the Followers of Karl Barth (d. 1968), both evangelical and mainline (and especial Among the Followers of Karl Barth (d. 1968), both evangelical and mainline (and especially among evangelicals in the mainline) it is sometimes assumed that Barth’s theology was and . . . Continue reading →