Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition

Pentecostal Outpourings! That definitely doesn’t sound like the title of a book which has a major emphasis on the puritans in the reformed tradition. Nevertheless, it’s a term that’s quite appropriate for describing a number of revivals in the Reformed Tradition during the 18th and 19th centuries. After all, what exactly happened at Pentecost? WellContinue reading “Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition”

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Sanctified by Grace – The Triune God

Sanctified by Grace (Eilers and Strobel) is an attempt to do theology in a way that involves more than the comprehension of Christian truth, rather it is an attempt to do theology in a way that helps bring about Christian faithfulness. In their preface to the book Eilers and Strobel write that the normal ChristianContinue reading “Sanctified by Grace – The Triune God”

Reordering the Trinity

If you were to ask a systematic theologian “Is the Trinity in the Bible?” there would be various answers that she could give you. If she says “yes” she will have to nuance her answer quite a bit – the word “Trinity” never appears in the Bible, the words we use to describe the TrinityContinue reading “Reordering the Trinity”

George Hunsinger’s Lecture on Barth & the Trinity

Last week in our Trinity Seminar George Hunsinger led a discussion about Church Dogmatics 1.1 Sections 8-12. Here are some notes that you might find helpful/interesting: Reading for the Outline Barth has a very detailed outline by which he structures Church dogmatics. “Every paragraph is written around a central mainpoint” if you read each mainpointContinue reading “George Hunsinger’s Lecture on Barth & the Trinity”

Faith, Freedom, and The Spirit

Several years ago Paul Molnar wrote a book on Divine Freedom and the doctrine of the Immanent Trinity – now he adds to his works on the Trinity by offering us a book on Freedom and the economic Trinity (specifically in Barth, Torrance, and contemporary theology). Summary Molnar’s aim in this book is to exploreContinue reading “Faith, Freedom, and The Spirit”

Redemption & Limited Atonement

Redemption is a comprehensive term regarding our salvation through justification, expatiation, and reconciliation in Christ. It is eschatological and teleological. It is the consummation of Gods’ redeeming purposes in the new creation. It tells us that glorification is an essential part of our salvation. In Atonement Torrance runs through the uses of the words forContinue reading “Redemption & Limited Atonement”

Top Ten Books of 2014

Christmas is the best time of the year to make lists! Santa Claus is checking his list of kids who were naughty and nice, deciding which kids are going to get presents and which kids are going to get coal. The nice kids are making lists of toys they want. (God bless the greedy littleContinue reading “Top Ten Books of 2014”

Experiencing The Trinity

The Trinitarian revival that has been experienced among academic theology has now started to trickle its way down into popular theology. This is a good thing! We can always get better at knowing God’s heart – and the way to really do that is to dive deeper into his Trinitarian character and nature. A coupleContinue reading “Experiencing The Trinity”

Why The Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You

Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to serve the purposes of the gospel. The Holy Spirit first enables us to believe the gospel and then continually re-opens our eyes to its beauties… He empowers us to carry that gospel throughout the whole world. The Holy Spirit is given in the gospel, for the purposes of theContinue reading “Why The Spirit Inside You is Better than Jesus Beside You”

John Calvin on The Holy Spirit’s Sense of Humor

I will explain Calvin’s view on the Holy Spirit’s sense of humor, but first a few jokes: Knock Knock. Who’s there? Annie. Annie who? Annie way you can Let me in now? (badum – chhh!) When drilled for details, the Dentist replied that his favorite hymn was “Crown Him with Many Crowns” #cleanhumor #divineappointment –Continue reading “John Calvin on The Holy Spirit’s Sense of Humor”