Why Confessions?

To question the need for Christian confessions isn’t a new thing.  Among other Reformed pastors in church history, Robert Shaw (a Scottish Presbyterian in the mid-19th century) ably defended the use of confessions.  His defense comes in the introduction to his excellent study, An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith.  The entire introduction is …

The Mosaic Covenant: Works or Grace?

In his helpful book, An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith, Robert Shaw (d. 1863) discussed the Mosiac (or Sinaitic) covenant in a way similar to Francis Turretin and other Reformed theologians.  Here’s what Shaw wrote in his comments on WCF 19.2. “It may be remarked, that the law of the ten commandments was …

The Perspicuity (Clarity) of Scripture

This is one of my favorite resources for studying the Westminster Confession of Faith: An Exposition of the Westminster Confession of Faith by Robert Shaw (originally published in the 1850’s).  It is clear, brief, biblical, and edifying.  This morning I ran across Shaw’s discussion of Scripture – specifically the perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture (WCF 1.6-7).  …

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