Praying for Heretics: Irenaeus of Lyons' First Prayer for the Gnostics

Article by   May 2016
How should we respond to heresy? As we have seen in our previous article, the early Christian theologian Irenaeus of Lyons (c.130-c.200) is a great model here. There must be a robust theological response based on Scripture. And confessional parameters... continue

Luther, Palmerworms and Theological Precision

The details of Luther's mid-1520s tussle with Erasmus over the issue of sin's impact on human freedom are generally well known. Luther responded to Erasmus's 1524 De libero arbitrio diatribe sive collatio with his own 1525 De servo arbitrio [On...
Posted May 27, 2016 @ 9:31 AM by Aaron Denlinger

Ecclesiastical Antinomianism

Antinomianism has certainly received its fair share of just criticism in recent years--predominantly on account of its pernicious presence in the pulpits across our land. While the doctrinal forms of Antinomianism are quite pernicious, its practical forms are sometimes even...
Posted May 26, 2016 @ 7:39 AM by Nick Batzig

What Should Christians Think about Cremation?

Over recent years, I have noticed that more and more Christians are opting for the cremation of their bodies after death. The primary reason for this seems to be financial, as cremation is considerably more affordable than the pricey cost...
Posted May 25, 2016 @ 7:56 AM by Richard D. Phillips

The Old Testament's Message to Our Culture

What can the Old Testament possibly say to our culture? It seems a million miles and sometimes a million years away from our time, our generation, and our problems. How can something so old address all the new challenges of...
Posted May 23, 2016 @ 8:46 AM by David Murray

Luther, God's Law and Uncle Rico Syndrome

In 1524 Desiderius Erasmus, who until then had proven reluctant to challenge Martin Luther publically, finally caved to pressure from Rome to employ his literary talent against the impudent German Reformer who had caused, and was still causing, the institutional...
Posted May 20, 2016 @ 7:49 AM by Aaron Denlinger

No Adam, No Christ!

Preaching through Genesis over the past year and a half has encouraged me to re-open quite a number of significant theological subjects--not least of which is the historical character of the foundational portions of God's revelation. Over the past 150 years, biblical...
Posted May 18, 2016 @ 7:46 AM by Nick Batzig

John Calvin on the True Church

When is a "church" not a church? How do we recognize the true church of Jesus Christ? And how do we discern the false? Calvin's answer, in the Institutes 4.2.1 - 4.2.12, to what was in his day--and remains--an important question,...
Posted May 17, 2016 @ 7:25 AM by Sinclair Ferguson

An Authoritative Appeal to Tradition?

Reformed evangelicals sometimes speak and write as if they believe that we have little or no use for tradition. On the other hand, there are Reformed evangelicals who--while debating a subject--appeal to a renown theologian from bygone days and write in such a way...
Posted May 16, 2016 @ 8:12 AM by Jeff Waddington
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