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Meditations on TULIP, Part 1

In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the Reformed Churches in Holland were fighting for survival. Among many of the political dangers of the day, a minister named Jacobus Arminius was teaching doctrines that had not been taught since the days of Pelagius. 1,309 more words


The Riches of the Father's Grace in Christ - A Sermon on Ephesians 1:3-10

Before we come to the actual substance of the message I wish to present a few goals for this message which I hope to accomplish. I have four goals: firstly, to see that it is the very heart of the Father to lavish His grace upon us, undeserving and wretched people; second, to see the quality of His grace which is lavished upon us; thirdly, to see how, or in what manner, He lavishes His grace upon us, according to the text; and lastly, to close with a few applicational remarks. 3,401 more words

Reformed Theology

Nancy Guthrie on the White Horse Inn

The Christ Covenant women’s group has been reading Nancy Guthrie’s book The Son of David: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books. She was recently interviewed by the White Horse Inn and discussed her newest book… 23 more words

Martin Luther's 'Real Reason for the Protestant Reformation', and What Critics of evangelical Calvinism Don't Get about evangelical Calvinism's Impetus or Their Own Mode of Theologizing

Martin Luther famously critiqued and rejected Aristotle, and the impact that Aristotelian philosophy had had upon Christian theology in the late medieval period; particularly as mediated through the synthesis of Thomas Aquinas’s theology with Aristotelian philosophy. 1,448 more words

Evangelical Calvinism

What is church?

I often hear and read the criticism that Fresh Expressions and similar new forms of Church are not really Church at all. Personally I have little vested interest in such new forms of church, I have always worked in relatively traditional, if relaxed and informal, church environments. 189 more words


1 John 2:28-3:3, "The Marvelous Love of the Father"

28 And now, little children, abide in him, so that when he appears we may have confidence and not shrink from him in shame at his coming. 127 more words

Confident Evangelism: Meekness

Recently I began teaching a class at my local church, which I titled “Confident Evangelism without a PhD in Apologetics.” This is Week 5: Confidence in our Faith Leads to Meek Apologetics. 216 more words