Studying the Confession of Faith

Chad and Emily Van Dixhoorn visit Christ the Center to speak about Confessing the Faith: Study Guide. This is a helpful guide to Confessing the Faith: A Reader’s Guide to the Westminster Confession (Banner of Truth Trust, 2014), which is itself a thorough help for understanding the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Emily Van Dixhoorn graduated from Brown University as a math major and from Westminster Theological Seminary with an MAR. Dr. Chad Van Dixhoorn is Associate Professor of Church History at Reformed Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C. He is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary (MDiv, ThM) and the University of Cambridge (PhD). He is the editor of The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643–1653 and he was featured on Christ the Center episode 134 and episode 342. Chad and Emily have five children.

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The Work of Prayer: An Exercise in Helplessness

Glen Clary and Camden Bucey discuss Ole Hallesby’s classic book on prayer. Hallesby was a Norwegian Lutheran, who taught at the Free University of Oslo. He wrote over sixty books in his lifetime, including his excellent book, Prayer. While this book is a twentieth-century classic, it is relatively unknown and unread in Reformed circles. We hope this discussion on prayer will compel you to consider more deeply the important work of prayer.

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Live Q&A Session

We took to Facebook to broadcast a live Q&A session. With questions submitted through email and the live comment thread, we covered Lord’s Day observance, fasting and gluttony, and membership in the New Covenant.

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Episode 500: Doctrine for Life

We celebrate five-hundred episodes of Christ the Center with an open discussion on worship, the regulative principle, and the apologetic impetus. Join us for a conversation that ties together many of our favorite themes from the past nine+ years.

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Dutch Neo-Calvinism and the Roots for Transformation

In June 2011, we spoke with Bill Dennison, Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Covenant College, about Transformationalism and Christian Higher Education. In that episode, we touched upon his article, “Dutch Neo-Calvinism and the Roots for Transformation: An Introductory Essay” from the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 42/2 (June 1999). We only had a few minutes to discuss the article in episode 180, and so today, we pick up where we left off. Dennison contends that while Dutch neo-Calvinism sought to transform culture in response to the threat of the Enlightenment, they stood upon a foundation of Enlightenment principles to do it. Many of the themes discussed in this episode were developed and applied in our twelve-part series on Christ and Culture, in which Dennison debated Darryl Hart, Nelson Kloosterman, and Doug Wilson.

Previous Episodes with Bill Dennison

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The Gospel: A Matter of First Importance

While many in the Christian tradition prepare to celebrate Good Friday and Easter Sunday this week and next, we turn to consider the meaning of the gospel. Paul describes the gospel in 1 Corinthians 15:1–8 as a message of Jesus’ historical life, death, and resurrection for sinners. This is a matter of first importance.

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TGC Followup, Evangelical Worship, and Oecolampadius

Earlier this week, we exhibited at The Gospel Coalition 2017 Conference, “No Other Gospel: Reformation 500 and Beyond” in Indianapolis. We were able to share 900 copies of our new book No Uncertain Sound with interested conference attendees. We had numerous conversations with people about confessional Reformed theology, worship, apologetics, and ecclesiology. In the few quiet moments, we picked up the microphones and spoke about our experience.

In his plenary address at TGC, “The Reformed Tradition Beyond Calvin,” Ligon Duncan spoke of Johannes Oecolampadius and Dr. Diane Poythress’ work on the Reformer. In Christ the Center episode 269, we spoke with Dr Poythress about her dissertation, “Johannes Oecolampadius’ Exposition of Isaiah, Chapters 36–37,” which is one of the only lengthy treatments of Oecolampadius in English. She has also written an excellent book about him titled, Reformer of Basel: The Life, Thought, and Influence of Johannes Oecolampadius, published by Reformation Heritage Books.

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The Attestation of Scripture

Today we speak about John Murray’s “The Attestation of Scripture,” a chapter in The Infallible Word. Scripture attests to its own character and authority. Being God’s Word and our ultimate authority, it could be no other way. Murray writes,

The doctrine of Scripture must be based upon the witness of Scripture just as any other doctrine in the whole realm of Christian confession.

The objective witness is that Scripture is authoritative by reason of the character it possesses as the infallible Word of God and this divine quality belongs to Scripture because it is the product of God’s creative breath through the mode of plenary inspiration by the Holy Spirit.

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Bible Reading as a Discipline and a Means of Grace

As another year gets into swing, many people have begun new Bible reading plans. Reading through Scripture each day is a powerful and transformative discipline. We discuss the practice of Bible reading personally, in the home, and in the church.

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Highlights from 2016

As we head into our tenth year of Christ the Center, we look back at some of our favorite guests and moments from 2016.

Episodes

  • 425 — David VanDrunen, God’s Glory Alone
  • 428 — Vern Poythress, The Miracles of Jesus
  • 441 — John Galbraith and Danny Olinger on John Galbraith’s Life and Ministry
  • 443 — Alan Strange, Charles Hodge and the Spirituality of the Church
  • 444 — Iain Murray, J. C. Ryle
  • 445 — Lane Tipton, Trinity, Processions, and Missions: The Pactum Salutis
  • 449 — Rob McKenzie and Bob Tarullo, Dispensationalism
  • 452 — Michael Kruger, A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament
  • 453 — Dennis Johnson, Walking withe Jesus through His Word
  • 455 — Richard Gaffin, Jr., Calvin and the Sabbath
  • 461 — Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo, The Unfinished Reformation
  • 464 — Mark Vanderhart and Cornelis Venema, The Reformed Church in Latvia
  • 467 — Patricia Clawson and Diane Olinger, Choosing the Good Portion: Women of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church

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