Archive for the 'Reformed Theology' Category

Thoughts on “Christ crucified” and the gospel according to Jesus and Paul

Recently I was listening to a pastor describing the gospel in the predominant Reformed fashion as the message that sinners are absolved of guilt because Christ died in order to allow God to punish sin without condemning vile, sinful humanity (at least those of us who are fortunate enough to be among the elect). Under this rubric, […]

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

One of the greatest Christian sermons comes to YouTube

At long last, David Baldwin‘s labor of love has given us an annotated recording of George MacDonald’s theological tour de force, “Justice.” This is definitely MacDonald at his finest; his beliefs on the Atonement, hell, God’s Fatherhood, and, of course, justice are nowhere more compelling than in this masterpiece. Enjoy, disseminate amongst all your loved ones […]

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Justice and the demands of the law

Here’s a little thought experiment. Let’s say you heard tell of a ruler of a foreign country who decreed that all citizens of his country who broke even one of that country’s laws deserved to be, and henceforth would be, locked up and tortured for the rest of their lives. Additionally, he took the most […]

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Mr. Sola Scriptura weighs in on inerrancy

Take the great 16th century reformer Martin Luther, for instance.  Most would argue that Luther — who argued for “scripture alone” — had a high regard for the Bible.  Yet, he was quite critical of some of it. For instance, Luther argued … (1) God’s prophets in the Old Testament were sometimes in error, (2) […]

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Shortest commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism?

“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.” So begins the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Here’s George MacDonald: “For my part, I wish the spiritual engineers who constructed it had, after laying the grandest foundation-stone that truth could afford them, glorified God by going no further.”

Monday, August 16th, 2010

Disputing Calvinism: vessels of temporary, conditional wrath?

I wanted to share this excellent article that answers, mostly via Scripture, many if not most of the arguments of Calvinism. In an admirable show of the author’s critical thinking, while he certainly rejects the Calvinist doctrine of election and predestination, he still refuses to embrace what he considers to be overwrought and unconvincing alternatives such as a […]

Friday, July 9th, 2010

Substitutionary atonement: “a grotesquely deformed absurdity”

Although the term “penal substitution” is not uniformly familiar, the concept itself is something that the majority of American Christians accept as the official summary of how Christian salvation works. In essence, there is tension between God’s justice and His love: our sin offends God in such a way that His wrath can only be appeased […]

Sunday, June 27th, 2010