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Bavinck on Extrabiblical Terminology

This is an excellent passage in volume two of Herman Bavinck’s Reformed Dogmatics, p. 296-97: True, the use of extrabiblical terms was condemned by the Arians as well as by the representatives of many schools of thought in later times, … Continue reading

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Charles Hodge on 2 Corinthians 3:6

Hodge, Charles.  An Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, n.d., 56-58 (Language modernized by N.M. where necessary). For the letter (i.e., the law) kills, but the spirit (i.e., the gospel) gives life.  This is the … Continue reading

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John Owen was a Funny Guy Sometimes

The following is John Owen’s summary of the Socinian John Biddle’s views in the form of a catechism, as found in Vindiciae Evangelicae (Oxford, 1655). I have modernized the English (especially the spelling) where necessary. In this, Owen demonstrates the … Continue reading

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The Love of Money and the Sin of Valens in Polycarp’s Epistle to the Philippians

Introduction In the summer of 115 AD, Polycarp, one of the πρεσβύτεροι of the church in Smyrna, met Ignatius, an ἐπίσκοπος from Antioch who was passing through Smyrna in the custody of Roman soldiers.[1] After spending some time corresponding with … Continue reading

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How The Battle Is Won

After the dreadful fighting of the battle of Second Manassas, an aide observed to Jackson that the Confederates “have won this battle by the hardest kind of fighting.” Jackson, who had worked during the battle like a whirlwind, would not … Continue reading

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Boyd, Oh Boyd

It’s been a while since I’ve picked up the pen, but here’s a brief article in response to Greg Boyd: Boyd says that just because we believe Jesus is Lord of our life doesn’t make him Lord. We don’t make … Continue reading

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Pietism: A New Monasticism

How much good it would do if good friends would come together on a Sunday and instead of getting out glasses, cards, or dice would take up a book and read from it for the edification of all or would … Continue reading

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