True Church, False Church (Bavinck)

 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 (Bavinck)

A Perfect Church Or I Quit

 In the wake of the Reformation, the radical reformers (the Anabaptists) emphasized a pure church - they wanted a church that consisted exclusively of regenerate people who lived holy lives.  Calvin, Luther, Ursinus, and other such reformers quickly distanced themselves from this unbiblical view of the church.  Today too some people withdraw from the church… Continue reading A Perfect Church Or I Quit

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

The Purity of the Church (Bavinck)

In 1888, Bavinck lectured to the students of the theological school in Kampen - the title was "The Catholicity of Christianity and the Church."  You can find it on the internet in places and in the Calvin Theological Journal 27/2 (1992).  It is classic Bavinck: gospel centered, humble, and "churchly."  I like what he says on the… Continue reading The Purity of the Church (Bavinck)