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[Review] BibleWorks 10

We are embarrassed by a wealth of riches in this age in which we live. Books are not only available in print but in electronic form as well. We can build whole libraries of the best in Reformed and broader…
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Why Are We Afraid to Be Reformed and Presbyterian?

Why are we afraid to be Reformed and Presbyterian when we teach church government and pastoral theology in our seminaries? I realize that not all seminaries that self-identify as Reformed and Presbyterian are negligent or derelict in their duty to…
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Standing on Giants’ Shoulders (6): The Ancient Church and a Figural Reading of Scripture

After a hiatus we are back to our reading through and engaging with the text of Lewis Ayres’ Nicaea and its Legacy. We come now to the third point of departure that Ayres’ discusses in the opening chapter of the…
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[Review] Preaching with Spiritual Power by Ralph Cunnington

Ralph Cunnington. Preaching With Spiritual Power: Calvin’s Understanding of Word and Spirit in Preaching. Fearn, Ross-shire, Scotland: Mentor/Christian Focus, 2015. pp. 126. A controversy has been going on for some time among generally Reformed churches in the United Kingdom (and regions beyond) regarding…
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Standing on Giants’ Shoulders 5: A Series Formerly Known as Criterion

Is Origen the Root of All Kinds of Hermeneutical Evil? Renaming the Series This week we rechristen this blog series Standing on Giants’ Shoulders since that reflects more the character of what I am trying to accomplish with this series. Because…
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Criterion 4: The Traditional Well-Worn Path

Lewis Ayres begins his consideration of the four points of departure in his Nicaea and Its Legacy by looking at the circumstances which obtained in the church from the time of Arius until the Council of Nicaea in 325 (15–20).…
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Criterion 3: Let’s Begin at the Beginning

A New but Classic Text We are reading through Lewis Ayres’s Nicaea and its Legacy (Oxford University Press, 2004). Our goal is to read this relatively new but still classic text on the fourth-century Trinitarian controversy with intelligence and understanding.…
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Criterion 2: Reading Wisely & Constructively

Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren (played so well by Ralph Fiennes in the movie Quiz Show) argue in their very useful How to Read a Book that we ought to read above our present level of familiarity and understanding.…

Introducing a New Blog Series: “Criterion” with Jeffrey C. Waddington

I Am Not Normal I love to read. I have been doing it for years. I cannot claim to read with pen in hand in the way Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) did so many years ago. Edwards puts me to shame.…
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Two Kingdoms and Cultural Obedience

Recently the Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity in Canada sponsored a conversation between Dr. Joe Boot, founding pastor of Westminster Chapel in Toronto, Ontario and the Ezra institute, and Dr. Matthew Tuininga, assistant professor of moral theology at Calvin Theological…
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