Around and Around We Go

Article by   February 2015
Since we completed our discussion of the "Ten Tenets" last month, I thought it might be useful to comment on some of the common objections to a Covenantal approach to apologetics. One of the most common objections against a "Covenantal" (or presuppositional) approach to apologetics is that it reasons in a circle, and thus provides no real argument for its position. Reasoning in a circle is a fallacious endeavor, so the objection goes; it cannot provide reasons for what it claims. Examples of this objection could be almost endlessly multiplied, but we will be content with just a couple. In a recent exchange between Covenantal and Classical apologists, one of the latter complains continue

The evidence of Mortification of Spin at Cairn University

Aimee Byrd, Todd Pruitt, and Carl Trueman, hosts of the Alliance's Mortification of Spin podcast, recently sat down with's Jonathan Master, Dean of Cairn University's School of Divinity, to talk about the podcast. The conversation covered a wide range...
Posted February 27, 2015 @ 11:28 AM by Robert Brady

That reminds me ...

Ah, yes - the answer! Who said this?1. All the blessings which God hath bestowed upon man are of his mere grace, bounty, or favour; his free, undeserved favour; favour altogether undeserved; man having no claim to the least of...
Posted February 27, 2015 @ 10:28 AM by Jeremy Walker

Stirring words from surprising sources?

With respect to my colleague, Mr Walker and his recent provocative post... Preparing to lecture recently, I came across these stirring words in some surprising places:1. Christ is present in his word, since it is he himself who speaks when the holy...
Posted February 27, 2015 @ 9:39 AM by Lee Gatiss

The Fireproof Martin Luther

The sixteenth-century papacy never succeeded in setting fire to Martin Luther, much to its chagrin. Support from a string of Saxon princes and political events in the Holy Roman Empire combined to keep Luther from Rome's grasp until he succumbed,...
Posted February 26, 2015 @ 3:47 PM by Aaron Denlinger

Deuteronomy and the Decalogue

It's a common observation, beloved by Reformed folk, that Deuteronomy reflects ancient near eastern suzerainty treaties--international covenants enacted between a superior suzerain power and inferior vassal state. Such treaties follow what we now think of as standard covenant formulary: a...
Posted February 26, 2015 @ 11:54 AM by Bruce Baugus

The Case of Corinth, or: How to Introduce Dogmatic and Sacramental Disorder in a Few Easy Steps

Is Paul also among the sacramentarians?When the Apostle uses a word six times in five verses, it is probably worthwhile to pay attention and ask what he is up to. This is what he does with the verb βαπτίζειν in...
Posted February 25, 2015 @ 10:15 AM by Eric Hutchinson
TOPICS: baptism

Simul Justus et Peccator Or, What We Talk About When We Talk About Two Kingdoms

The two kingdoms. Few phrases so short could be lobbed with such devastating effect into a parlor conversation at a Reformed theology conference these days--or a few years ago, at any rate, though perhaps new topics have now succeeded it...
Posted February 23, 2015 @ 3:55 PM by Brad Littlejohn

The Ten Commandments as God's Moral Law

Many Christian commenters today are expressing concern about antinomian tendencies in the church.  We are especially seeing attempts to downplay the role of God's law as a guide to Christian living (the so-called third use of the law).  One question...
Posted February 23, 2015 @ 9:25 AM by Rick Phillips
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