Category Archives: Protestantism

Rev. Ian Paisley: RIP

I was reading the “Notable Deaths” page in my Sunday newspaper (September 14) and came across the news of the passing of the famous Irish Presbyterian minister, Ian Paisley. The AP report said: “Paisley [was] the Protestant firebrand who devoted … Continue reading

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Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation

Today the second global Lausanne Catholic-Evangelical Conversation begins at Mundelein Seminary, near Chicago. I have the joy of leading this small group dialogue. Tonight there is an “open” conversation at Mundelein and you are welcome to come. If you have … Continue reading

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The Sudden Passing of Ecumenist Tony Palmer

Many of you know by now of the sudden death of Bishop Tony Palmer last Sunday (July 20). This news was stunning to so many of us who knew a little about this wonderful, Spirit-filled, man. I had just begun … Continue reading

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Westminster Theological Seminary – Can Institutions Respond to Controversy in Radical Love? (Part Four)

A friend has asked me, “John, can you market a seminary today without suggesting that we are the really faithful heirs of our particular tradition?” He added, “Could a school market itself as a loving, caring, and biblical community and … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twenty-Two)

In this my final post in this series I wish to note that the way forward is for Protestants and Catholics to get to know one another much better. Out of dialogue we can learn to say very simple things … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twenty)

I want to conclude this series with three posts that will, I sincerely hope, summarize some important observations that I’ve made over recent weeks. First, the Bible plainly teaches that God alone saves human persons therefore God alone gets the “credit” … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue (Nineteen)

We’ve looked at the Council of Trent in several comments I’ve made in this series of blogs. More particularly we’ve looked at what the Council said about justification by faith alone. Now I would like to come to the simple and … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Eighteen)

In my opinion what the Council of Trent anathematized was (ultimately) a caricature of the robust and clear evangelical view of justification. Who is to blame for this problem? Honestly, both sides bear fault in my estimation. The Reformers were … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Fifteen)

For many Protestants the doctrine of the Council of Trent that was, and still is, the central point of the Reformation, is the doctrine of justification by faith alone. This Trent question, it seems to me, comes down to this – did the … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Twelve)

The various comments that were made on the iMonk site (April 24) – the post where Michael Mercer responded to Tim Challies’ negative post on Pope Francis – the most substantive concern expressed  was about the Council of Trent (1545-1563). It … Continue reading

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