My Most Significant Publication Yet…

I received a copy of Philosophia Christi (The journal of the Evangelical Philosophical Society) in the mail today. It contains my article, “Peter Martyr Vermigli’s Account of Petitionary Prayer.” As wierd as it sounds this is the most personally significant essay I have ever published…. The year was 2007 and I was sitting in myContinue reading “My Most Significant Publication Yet…”

Was the Reformation a Mistake?

Today we celebrate (mourn, think about, reflect upon, take your pick) the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. With this momentous event upon us, numerous people have turned their attention to the various historical and contemporary implications of the Reformation. You can see this in the number of books, articles, and blogs that have beenContinue reading “Was the Reformation a Mistake?”

Book Giveaway – Martin Luther in His Own Words

Its that time again, time to win a free book! This time around I am giving away a free copy of Martin Luther in His Own Words! You can read my review of the book here.   To win a copy of the book all you need to do is one of the following: Tweet out the linkContinue reading “Book Giveaway – Martin Luther in His Own Words”

Martin Luther in His Own Words

Martin Luther. As the 500th anniversary of the reformation this name will be on the lips of many people. Yet, most people will know of him little more than the fact that he “started” the Reformation – or better yet he caused the split between Catholics and Protestants. Some won’t even know that! They willContinue reading “Martin Luther in His Own Words”

How John Calvin Dealt with Refugees and the Poor

In the 1550’s Geneva witnessed an influx of French refugees into the city. William Naphy has argued that this influx, and the growing influence of these French religious refugees was the single most common complaint in Geneva during this period. (Naphy, 121) Prior to the influx of politically powerful French refugees, there was an influxContinue reading “How John Calvin Dealt with Refugees and the Poor”

Reformed and catholic!?!?

It seems like a simple question, which doesn’t have a very simple answer: Can Christians and churches be catholic and Reformed? Can they commit themselves not only to the ultimate authority of apostolic Scripture but also to receiving this Bible within the context of the apostolic Church? Allen and Swain believe that the answer toContinue reading “Reformed and catholic!?!?”

Happy Reformation Day!

It has been said that justification by faith alone is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls; on reformation day we discover the “rediscovery” (in a Christopher Columbus sense) of this doctrine. So on this Reformation I give you an awesome quote from the reformer Zacharias Ursinus: “The righteousness with which we areContinue reading “Happy Reformation Day!”

The Righteousness of God in Historical Context

A few days ago I posted some thoughts on what I think Paul meant by “the righteousness of God” in Romans 3:21-26 21 But now, apart from law, the righteousness of God has been disclosed, and is attested by the law and the prophets, 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all whoContinue reading “The Righteousness of God in Historical Context”

The Catholic Universalist

Pope Francis is a Universalist! At least that is what some people are going to want to say once they read the statements on atheism that he made during his homily at Wednesday Mass on 5/22/13. It has been reported that Francis made some incendiary comments on Wednesday that has infuriated many Catholics and hasContinue reading “The Catholic Universalist”

Cool Christian Beards (pt. 2): John Calvin

This week’s beard is a good one, perhaps even my favorite one. Not because of how cool the beard is, although it is quite cool, but because of how cool the man behind the beard is. I’m not going to lie, I have reformed leanings so this dude holds a special place in my heartContinue reading “Cool Christian Beards (pt. 2): John Calvin”