The Attributes of God and Application (Van Mastricht)

 Learning about the attributes of God from Scripture is not purely an academic enterprise.  As we learn about God's characteristics, his people are also comforted, ecouraged, and refreshed.  What Scripture teaches us about God is practical for day-to-day Christian living.  In other words, the attributes of God and application go hand in hand.  Here's how… Continue reading The Attributes of God and Application (Van Mastricht)

The Headings of Theology Should Be… (Van Mastricht)

 I appreciate Petrus Van Mastricht's emphasis that Christian theology should be practical. Here's how he explained theology with a little more detail: "The heads of theology should be Positively proved from the Scriptures, confirmed by reasons, and explicated (explained/developed) in all their members, which is like a solid foundation for the entire structure; Elenctically (polemically)… Continue reading The Headings of Theology Should Be… (Van Mastricht)

Our (Ectypal/Analogical) Knowledge of God (Bavinck)

Bavinck, vol. 2 We can know the true and living God in a personal way. We can know the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as Lord, Father, Redeemer, and Rock. But we can't know him in an exhaustive way. We can't know him in his inner being or as he is in himself. We… Continue reading Our (Ectypal/Analogical) Knowledge of God (Bavinck)

The Relationship between Systematic Theology and Practical Theology (Murray)

John Murray explained the relationship between systematic theology and practical theology so well in his charge to Edmund Clowney when Clowney was installed as professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary (1963). Here's what Murray said: Practical theology is principally systematic theology brought to practical expression and application. And this means the whole counsel… Continue reading The Relationship between Systematic Theology and Practical Theology (Murray)

To Prefer Disputing Rather Than Living? (Van Mastricht)

 A Christian theologian should not just be noted for his learning and academic skills, but also for his piety and love.  Time and again in Scripture God calls his people to trust him and obey him, to love him and love others.  Solid biblical doctrine does have to do with intellect, but it's also a… Continue reading To Prefer Disputing Rather Than Living? (Van Mastricht)