Natural Law Rejects the Idea of Human Autonomy

 Many Reformers and Post-Reformation theologians talked about laws of nature – natural laws that God has fixed in creation and in humans.  John Calvin, William Ames, Francis Turretin, John Owen, the Westminster Confession, and others used the term “law(s) of nature” favorably and (mostly) in continuity with Christian theologians that preceded them.  In his most… Continue reading Natural Law Rejects the Idea of Human Autonomy

Following Jesus, the Servant King

I'm grateful to be part of Zondervan's Kononia blog tour on Jonathan Lunde's new book, Following Jesus, the Servant King.  I've agreed to read it and comment on it, so what follows is my brief review.  As with all our review books, I am not compelled to give a positive review in exchange for the… Continue reading Following Jesus, the Servant King

William Ames and the Covenants

 William Ames (d. 1633) sounds quite a bit like Francis Turretin (d. 1623) when it comes to the relationship of the covenant of grace and the covenant of works in the old covenant (the Mosaic Covenant).  Ames says the essence (the foundation, the basis, the core) of the covenant of grace is there at Sinai.  However, the… Continue reading William Ames and the Covenants

The Mosaic Covenant: Works, Grace, What?

I finally got it: The Law is not of Faith (Phillipsburg: P&R, 2009).  If you're in the Reformed/Presbyterian tradition (or someone who just wants a peek at our "covenant" tradition), you'll want to grab this.  It is a level-headed historical, theological, and exegetical discussion of the Mosaic covenant. In the introduction, the editors make the… Continue reading The Mosaic Covenant: Works, Grace, What?

On Defining Covenant

One of the factors of the current covenant conundrum that is casting an ominous fog over Reformed churches is the difference in defining "covenant."  Very recently, some such as A. Hoekema and H. Hoeksema before him have defined covenant as a redemptive relationship or salvific friendship.  In other words, these two men (and others with them) in… Continue reading On Defining Covenant