Law/Gospel: A Staple in Reformation Theology

We've posted on this before, but it is something that needs to be said more than a few times: the law/gospel distinction is right there in the fabric of old-school Reformed theology.  Though some people don't like it, won't teach it, and think it is Lutheran, it is undeniable that a sharp law/gospel distinction is… Continue reading Law/Gospel: A Staple in Reformation Theology

Justifying Faith

Here's a great (and clear!) snapshot of the classic Reformed description of the essence of justifying faith - first, by way of negative, then positive. "Faith does not consist in love...love is not the essence of faith." "Faith does not consist in obedience to and observance of God's commandments.  Yes, in the matter of justification,… Continue reading Justifying Faith

Children’s Catechism in the Wake of the Reformation

This book, The Church's Book of Comfort, gets more fascinating with each chapter.  I've read quite a few sources on the Heidelberg Catechism (HC) and surrounding circumstances, and for now I am putting this near the top of my "go to HC stuff" list.  Here's another reason why. Recently (before reading this book), I stumbled… Continue reading Children’s Catechism in the Wake of the Reformation

The Intrusion of the Cross

Taking a brief break from Bavinck on certainty by going back to something I've posted on before, I want to point out a few incredibly profound theses by Luther in the Heidelberg Disputation of 1518.   G. Forde wrote an excelent book discussing these theses by Luther called On Being A Theologian of the Cross, if… Continue reading The Intrusion of the Cross

Late Medieval Catechism vs the Heidelberg Catechism

In the medieval era, the Church had several catechisms for the average church-goer. These were simple Q/A catechisms translated from Latin into the common tongue. One of these (among others) is quite helpful for evaluating the dark spiritual climate of the later middle ages. The Mirror of a Christian Man by Dietrich Kolde (1470; 19… Continue reading Late Medieval Catechism vs the Heidelberg Catechism