Here is a link to an excellent piece by G. H. Visscher. One of the most disturbing trends of modern Reformed church life is the disappearance of the second service. What does it mean? It means at least two things: 1) we’ve . . . Continue reading →
I’m getting some interesting feedback on the earlier post regarding the second service. A few thoughts:
Gordon Cheng raises this question (HT: Colin Adams) as part of a brief post on a passage from Richard Baxter’s Reformed Pastor. Cheng says, I’ve never really agreed with the evangelical emphasis on preaching, and never quite understood how evangelicals make so . . . Continue reading →
So says Pastor Marty Fields of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Laurel, MS.
More good stuff at WSC.
The question was raised on the PB how a congregation ought to respond to practicing homosexuals who are visiting a congregation regularly. Here’s a slightly revised version of my initial answer. First, praise God that they are in the congregation where, one trusts, . . . Continue reading →
He’s a Cornhusker writing from Omaha.
Iain Campbell explains the importance and even the necessity of the second service.
This question arises on the PB. I reply: Well, as I argue in RRC, there’s a strong case to be made from Scripture and the confession (defined broadly and narrowly) that, in Reformed theology, the public “means of grace” (the “due use . . . Continue reading →
Given some of the discussions that have taken place recently on the HB on the topic of the Lord’s Supper I thought it would be helpful to post Calvin’s Short Treatise (Petit traicté de la saincte cène; 1541) in a series of . . . Continue reading →
Part one. 7. The Means of Knowing the Great Benefit of the Supper It is now time to come to the second point, viz., to show how the Lord’s Supper is profitable to us, provided we use it profitably. Now we shall know its . . . Continue reading →
Part 7 49. The Ceremonies of the Ancient Law, Why Appointed—Those of the Papists Censurable It is true, indeed, that the sacrifices under the O1d Testament were performed with many ornaments and ceremonies, but because there was a good meaning under them, . . . Continue reading →
I wish I had thought of that.
At the Ligonier blog (HT: Danny Hyde).
…the Reformed tradition recognised, alongside its great emphasis on grace, that while we experience that grace personally and individually, we recognise it through particular channels, or ‘means’. There is a distinction to be made between means and ends – the end that . . . Continue reading →
Good stuff at the Reformed Reader.
This is solid, helpful, brief account. I’m not sure we should read Berkhof’s distinction back into the Heidelberg Catechism (nor am I confident that the Westminster Divines meant to distinguish their doctrine of prayer as a means of grace from the HC) . . . Continue reading →
Fix writes to ask about prayer as a means of grace. I’ve thought quite a bit lately, about the question of prayer as a means of grace…. Question 1: When the Westminster Divines spoke of prayer as a means of grace, were . . . Continue reading →
Conservative sideline Presbyterian and Reformed folk like to think of themselves as distinctly different from the liberal mainline Presbyterians and even borderline denominations such as the Christian Reformed Church but the Christian Century (HT: Aquila Report) describes a study done in the . . . Continue reading →
Americans love a comeback story. Americans also love magic. Sometimes the two converge as they did in the Ted Williams story. He was a radio announcer, with a great voice, who became a drunk and a drug addict.