Calvin’s Forgettable Sermon

This book, Registers of the Consistory of Geneva in the Time of Calvin is a fascinating look into the historical context of the Protestant Reformation in one city: Geneva, Switzerland. The book is an English translation of the notes that the consistory of the Reformed church in Geneva took between 1542 and 1544. It's full… Continue reading Calvin’s Forgettable Sermon

Our Souls Need to Feed on Christ (Horton)

The Lord's Supper is a great blessing for Christians.  In it, the Lord condescends to feed us with the body and blood of Christ through the work of the Holy Spirit by the faith he's graciously given us.  Paul called it a "participation" or "sharing" in the body and blood of Christ (1 Cor. 10:16). … Continue reading Our Souls Need to Feed on Christ (Horton)

Media Gratiae (Means of Grace)

In Reformed theology we talk about the ordinary means of grace.  How would we define "means of grace?"  Richard Muller answers this well: media gratia: means of grace; i.e., Word and sacraments as the means by which the grace of God is operative in the church.  The term is used by both Lutheran and Reformed… Continue reading Media Gratiae (Means of Grace)

On Neglecting Public Worship

(This is a re-post from November 2012.) In 1781 John Newton wrote a letter to the members of his church in London.  One of the main reasons he wrote this letter was to address a burden he was facing as a pastor: his parishioners were not coming to worship services.  This is something that pastors… Continue reading On Neglecting Public Worship

Haggai and God’s Instrumental Word

One of the big themes of Haggai is the power and efficacy of God’s word in the lives of his covenant people.  In BC 520 Yahweh, through his prophet Haggai, rebuked Israel for procrastinating and neglecting to rebuild the temple.  He also called them to renewed obedience.  And the Jews (both leaders and laymen) responded… Continue reading Haggai and God’s Instrumental Word