Providence and Confession of Faith (Bavinck)

 The truth of God's providence is a source of great comfort in the Christian life.  We believe from Scripture that God is sovereign over all things, from the stars in the skies to the cattle on a thousand hills to the birds in the trees to the hairs on our heads.  Nothing happens by chance,… Continue reading Providence and Confession of Faith (Bavinck)

Prayer to Mary?

 In the Roman Catholic Catechism prayer to Mary is explained in part 4, chapter 2, article 2.  The Catechism talks about the "twofold movement of prayer to Mary" which 1) consists of magnifying the Lord for what he did through her and 2) "entrusts the supplications and praises of the children of God to the Mother of… Continue reading Prayer to Mary?

Anthropomorphites, Audius, and Mormons

 In the broader context of the early church there was a group of people called the anthropomorphites who took the Bible "literally" which led them to believe and teach that God has a body.  Since the Bible talks about God's right hand, his footsteps, his eyes, (etc.) they thought that God was some sort of majestic and… Continue reading Anthropomorphites, Audius, and Mormons

A Pious Confession of Ignorance

 In the opening section of his discussion of theology proper, Herman Bavinck does a nice job utilizing Augustine and Hilary to explain the biblical teaching that a person can know God truly but not exhastively.   In other words, a person can apprehend God by faith in Jesus, but no one can comprehened him.  The first part of this longer quote… Continue reading A Pious Confession of Ignorance

True Church, False Church

 Herman Bavinck's discussion of ecclesiology is, in my opinion, one of the best Reformed treatments of this doctrine available in English.  Since I am presbyterian in my ecclesiology, I appreciate Bavinck's robust and biblical view of the church: its spiritual essence, spiritual government, spiritual power, and so forth.  I also like how he appealed to the post-reformation context… Continue reading True Church, False Church