Denominational Identity

 I'm not entirely comfortable with the term "the Reformed Faith."  I cherish, teach, and defend Reformation truths, but I don't use the term "the Reformed Faith."  In my experiences, this term has not been employed very well.  I like how Mike Horton explains this topic. "Although we do not have a God's-eye perspective, we do belong to a community that is defined by the inbreaking of …

God’s Will, the Law, and the Gospel

True or False: the Law/gospel distinction was such an intrinsic part of Reformation and post-reformation Reformed theology that it was even discussed under the will of God (voluntas Dei) in Systematics? (Note: to get our "systematic bearings" in place, the "will of God" is frequently discussed under the communicable attributes of God.) True. Under the …

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 …

Turretin on the Covenants (Part I)

  Z. Ursinus (d. 1583) said that all preachers should be able to clearly explain the difference between the Law and the Gospel.  I say the same for the Covenant of Works and the Covenant of Grace distinction.   Here is F. Turretin (d. 1687)  on the difference between the two - this is part one of …

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