God's Ambassadors: The Westminster Assembly as Candidates and Credentials Committee

Article by   June 2016
The Westminster Assembly had taken upon itself the wonderful but formidable task of examining preachers for ministry in the church. By mid-autumn of 1643 the assembly recognized that it needed to further clarify and solidify its procedures for the examination of ministers. Since the members of the assembly were Reformed men, they did what Reformed people do: they appointed a committee, and after careful deliberation, it returned to the assembly with a list of twenty-one rules. continue

Christ in Flesh and Spirit

Over the past 150 years or so, there has been a biblical theological development in our understanding of Paul's use of the σαρκ/πνεύμα (i.e. flesh/Spirit) distinction--specifically in relation to the Person and work of Christ. The most significant passage in this...
Posted June 28, 2016 @ 8:05 AM by Nick Batzig

The Trinitarian Debate: Some Reflections and Cautions

First a confession, I rarely read blogs--especially Christian ones. My reason is simple; blogs are no kind of forum for engaging in thoughtful, reflective, analytical and measured theological discourse. No doubt some do it wisely, even brilliantly; most do it...
Posted June 27, 2016 @ 9:21 AM by Ian Hamilton

A Survey of Male-Only Ordination in Key New Testament Texts

There can be little doubt that in years to come, when historians look back on our generation, the challenge of cultural pressure on the church will loom large. First, the theory of evolution challenged the Christian doctrine of God as...
Posted June 22, 2016 @ 9:07 AM by Richard D. Phillips


The final quarter of the book of Genesis is taken up with the familiar narrative of Joseph. Although he is the most prominent actor in the closing drama of Genesis, the account of his history is headed 'These are...
Posted June 21, 2016 @ 9:33 AM by Iain D Campbell

Another Thirteen Evangelical Theologians Who Affirm the Eternal Submission of the Son to the Father

[Editorial Notes: Out of our respect for Dr. Wayne Grudem and a desire to continue the ongoing debate regarding Trinitarian distinctions, we are pleased to have Dr. Grudem respond to some recent criticisms that have been leveled at him....
Posted June 20, 2016 @ 2:29 PM by Wayne Grudem

The Eternal Subordination of the Son Controversy: Survey of Some Relevant Material

It has seldom received as public an airing as is now possible in the context of social media, yet controversy surrounding the eternal subordination of the Son position (ESS) is not new. Although it has not usually intruded upon the...
Posted June 17, 2016 @ 7:33 AM by Alastair Roberts

Zero Sum Game

A recent blog post by Sammy Rhodes, a minister in the PCA and RUF chaplain, has caused something of a storm. Pitched as an apology by a theological conservative to the LGBTQ community in the wake of the Orlando massacre,...
Posted June 16, 2016 @ 1:54 PM by Carl Trueman

The Gentleness and Fierceness of Christ

Isaiah's first Servant Song (Is.42:1-4) pictures a Servant who is gentle, patient, unthreatening and tender hearted. It is a magnificent portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect Servant of the Lord. It is remarkable that in his recorded...
Posted June 16, 2016 @ 8:19 AM by Ian Hamilton
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