Category Archives: Church History

Nature’s God: The Origins of the American Republic and Why It Matters (Part Two)

Matthew Stewart’s Nature’s God: The Heretical Origins of the American Republic is, at least to my mind, one of the most interesting, readable and important books I have read in 2014. I could hardly put it down. It reads easily … Continue reading

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Nature’s God: The Origins of the American Republic and Why It Matters (Part One)

The American patriots who were directly responsible for the founding of our nation were considered, by almost all orthodox Christian ministers at the time, to be “radicals” and “atheists.” So goes the essential claim of philosopher/author Matthew Stewart in his … Continue reading

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The Moravian Daily Texts and My Contemplative Practice in 2014

A dear friend, Gerald Stover (PA), gave me a lovely gift at the Luminosa Award ceremony in June. I have used this gift, The Moravian Daily Texts, regularly in 2014. Most historians agree that the Moravian Church, which began as … Continue reading

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

There have been a number of previous controversies at Westminster Theological Seminary (PA). In the middle of the last decade there was one that many believe is linked (in some way) to the “retirement” issue of Doug Green. The Enns … 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? (Thirteen)

Earlier this week Pope Francis spoke to the 37th Convocation of the Renewal in the Spirit, the International Catholic Charismatic meeting held in Rome. Fifty-two thousand people from fifty-five countries gathered for the two-day meeting at the Olympic Stadium. The pope’s … Continue reading

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Must the Reformation Wars Continue? (Part Five)

The debate Tim Challies generated about Pope Francis comes down to a simple question: Are devoted and faithful Catholics really Christians? I am still amazed at how many evangelicals assume that few (if any) Catholics are truly born of the Spirit … Continue reading

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