While I’m in the midst of drafting a series of posts that I hope will shed some light on the ongoing sanctification controversy, I thought I’d point my readers to an excellent resource on the subject.

Moon, Byung-Ho. Christ the Mediator of the Law: Calvin’s Christological Understanding of the Law as the Rule of Living and Life-Giving. Studies in Christian History and Thought. Waynesboro, Ga: Paternoster, 2005.


Some Futher Thoughts on the Jones/Tchividjian/Rosebrough Kerfuffle (Part 2)

I want to continue today with this series of posts, despite the possibility of flogging a dead horse. Given the brevity of my last post and the need to further flesh out these matters, it is necessary to continue in this vein, despite the fact that I find this to grow more and more distasteful with every passing hour.

I awoke this morning after a sleepless night to discover that my previous post had attracted a good bit of attention; in fact, it seems that some kind soul was good enough to post it directly to Chris’s Facebook wall. Needless to say, that is where the majority of the traffic is coming from; my audience can now properly be described as “hostile,” I suppose.

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Tullian Tchividjian, Chris Rosebrough, and Sanctification

No LawFor those of you who have been living in a cave for the past week or so, the latest kerfuffle in the Presbyterian and Reformed world is over the subject of sanctification. So far it centers around Tullian Tchividjian, and Dr. Mark Jones, and the accusation that Rev. Tchividjian has (at minimum) some serious antinomian leanings.

Since the dustup started, the Rev. Dr. Carl Trueman, Rev. Rick Phillips, and Chris Rosebrough have all thrown their hats into the ring, with Trueman offering to be Jones’s second in a debate with Tchividjian over the tertius usus legis and Tchividjians’s consistently poor use of Luther, Phillips accusing Tchividjian of out-and-out antinomianism, and Rosebrough interviewing Tchividjian on Fighting for the Faith and accusing Dr. Jones of teaching that good works are necessary for salvation.  And lets not forget that Dr. R. Scott Clark is practically frothing at the mouth over this issue, too.

Now you’re all caught up. Are you tired yet?

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Southern Presbyterianism, Millenials, and Diversity

First-Scots-Presbyterian-Church-Charleston-SC-7An acquaintance of mine recently posted a link to an article that sought to provide pastors with six reasons that millennials aren’t at their church. I often find these sorts of articles both depressing and informative; informative because they give me a peek into what others in the pastoral field are struggling with and what pressures they find themselves under, and depressing because it very often shows just how disconnected modern churches often are from Scripture and from their own history.

In this article it was reason four that I found myself meditating on:

4. You aren’t diverse.

Millennials are the most diverse generation in history and they want their church to reflect that.

More than 40 percent of adult Millennials are non-white, the highest share of any generation. About half the newborns born today are non-white.

If your church has no interest in reaching people outside of one ethnic or cultural group, your church has no interest in reaching Millennials.

I found this assertion so interesting that I thought it was worth interacting with a little bit.

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A Man With No Country: Seeking a Home in Presbyterianism (Part 5)

The WeddingWithout revealing all of the intimate details of our courtship, just allow me say that I fell head over heels for my wife almost instantly. She’s Dutch, has tons of backbone, and knows her catechism.  When she was able to tell me her “only comfort in life and in death,” that pretty much sealed the deal. I knew I had to get her off the market before somebody else did.

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