Two Admirable Men

The Rev. Drs. Pipa and Smith

Two of the most admirable and upstanding gentlemen I’ve ever met—Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr. (on the left) and Dr. Morton H. Smith (on the right).


On the Incarnation

Ladies and gentlemen, I had hoped to have a couple of reflection-type posts up today on our reading through “On the Incarnation” by Athanasius the Great, but since my schedule has shifted around dramatically, and my presence is required at presbytery this weekend, all posts are pushed back one week. Thanks.

What’s Old is New Again: The Return of “Biblical Unitarianism”

Athanasius of Alexandria

The Black Dwarf, Athanasius of Alexandria.

Every pastor and every theologian that has both a pulse and even a modicum of concern for the church usually has his own opinions about what “the next big thing” to trouble the church is going to be.

If you asked ten pastors, you would likely get twelve different answers. Some see a rising and subtle assault on the doctrine of Scripture. Others see a dangerous reformulation of the doctrine of justification.

Speaking only for myself, what I’m seeing is far more deadly: a sudden (at least to me) desire to reboot the Trinitarian controversies from the earliest history of Christianity.

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A Letter to My Wife

Small82Smokin_228004382Hey Sweetheart,

We’ve been outsiders from the start. I was an outsider to the Presbyterian and Reformed world when we met, and that hasn’t changed a bit. You were raised in the CRC, but the more…conservative end of the P&R spectrum was just as new to you as it was to me.

Neither of us knew what we were getting into when we moved here to start seminary; knowing what I know now, there are a lot of things I would have done differently. I wouldn’t have started seminary two weeks after we got married, that’s for sure. It would have been better to be married for a year or so first, and then make the move, but hindsight is 20/20, I suppose.

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Exodus 24: A Theology of Worship

Mount SinaiI hadn’t intended to post anything this week since I’m spending every day sitting in a seminar on Old Testament Biblical Theology; however, we spent the better part of two hours examining Exodus 24, and that discussion was so fascinating that I couldn’t resist pointing out some interesting features in the text here at Southern Reformation.

Let me provide you with the Hebrew text of the salient verses from Exodus 24, and then I’ll ruminate on the most intriguing features of the text.

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Thursday Tunes

1650 Scottish PsalterI’ve posted before about my love for singing the Psalms, so I’ll not continue to flog a dead horse on that subject. My wife and I most often use either The Book of Psalms for Singing or The Book of Psalms for Worship, published by the RPCNA (Crown and Covenant Publications).

But occasionally, we dig out my copy of the Scottish Psalter of 1650 (The Psalms of David in English Meter), which was the Psalter used by the Covenanters and our Reformed forebearers. It’s simplicity and majesty of language are hard to beat.

So for today’s edition of Thursday Tunes, here’s Psalm 102:13-18 from the Reformed Presbyterian International Psalm Sing in 2013.

I hope y’all enjoy!