On this day in 1618 the synod of Dort was convened. This event, though little known about, is of massive importance. In order to understand it better there's some historical background to wade through. In 1610, one year after the death of Jacob Arminius (a Dutch seminary professor) five articles of faith based on his teachings … Continue reading 398 Years Ago Today – The Synod of Dort
‘In eternity past God looked down through the corridors of time and saw or knew in advance who would say yes to the offer of the gospel and who would say no. On the basis of this prior knowledge God predestined all those who chose to believe in His Son.’ Many people believe the sovereign … Continue reading Submerge Yourself in the Ocean of God’s Sovereign Election
Picture before you a lion in a cage. And before this lion imagine a bowl of meat and a bowl of wheat. Tell me, which one do you think the lion will choose to eat? If you chose the meat you're correct. The lion will always choose the meat, he would never choose the wheat, … Continue reading Sovereign Grace Reverses Radical Corruption
When we come to the doctrine of the effectual call we encounter a paradox. Because of God’s predestining love, many people in the world are truly the ‘elect of God’ but still remain dead in sin and without hope. God has chosen them in Christ before the foundation of the world, yet they live as unbelievers, … Continue reading How Does the Christian Life Begin? The Effectual Call of God
Reformed theology carries a lot of stereotypes in our current day. Some of them are earned while others are downright rude. A friend of mine shared an article on Facebook yesterday dealing with this very thing and I thought it was so good that I'm re-posting it here for you. It was written by Corrie Mitchell, … Continue reading 10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Reformed Theology
Michael Servetus was a thinker who seems to have been the first to describe the “pulmonary transit” of blood through the lung from the heart’s right ventricle to the left auricle. He didn't, however, stick to anatomical studies, he ventured into theology. By doing so, he embraced a heretical view by rejecting the Trinity and … Continue reading TODAY 1553: John Calvin & Michael Servetus
Many people deny the doctrine of predestination because of the word in Romans 8:29-30, “foreknew.” Here is the passage, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; and these whom He predestined, He also called; and … Continue reading The Biblical Meaning of Foreknowledge
The Reformed Pubcast consists of two guys who host a podcast on Reformed theology and beer. I love Reformed theology and I like beer too. The podcast begins with the two hosts discussing the beer they're drinking while recording the podcast and then it moves onto theology afterwards. The Reformed Pubcast grew in it's … Continue reading Why I Left ‘The Reformed Pubcast’ – Grow Up, Settle Down, Keep Reforming
God is not only sovereign in creation and in providence, He is sovereign in salvation as well. I should warn you, this is the theology within the reformed tradition that brings forth the most debate, conversation, and controversy. So before I begin to tell you about this rich part of the reformed tradition I want … Continue reading What Was Once Condemned is Now Embraced By Most
A massive distinctive in a reformed church is divine sovereignty. What does this mean? In its simplest form, divine sovereignty means just that - God is sovereign. God is sovereign (1 Timothy 6:15-16), nothing can stay His hand (Job 42:2), He is completely supreme in and over all things (Colossians 1:15-20), He does whatever He pleases … Continue reading Divine Sovereignty is Divine Beauty
Now we come to another distinctive of reformed churches, the covenant, or as others would call it, covenant theology. Covenant theology means that God has always dealt with humanity in the same manner, through covenant. From Genesis to Revelation God says repeatedly, “I will be your God and you shall be My people.” This is not … Continue reading Reformed Theology Begins with Covenant Theology
The “five sola's” soon became the battle cry of the Reformation. They are: Sola Scriptura (Scripture Alone), Sola Gratia (Grace Alone), Sola Fide (Faith Alone), Solus Christus (Christ Alone), and Soli Deo Gloria (to the Glory of God Alone). These five themes are the five foundations that fueled the protestant reformation, and they still fuel … Continue reading The 5 Battle Cries of the Reformation
The Reformed tradition begins with the Bible, if it didn't, I'd hate it. Why? Because God is the Author of Scripture, not man. God is Definer, we are defined. The Bible has authority over all of life because it is inspired by God Himself. We must submit to it because when the Bible speaks, God … Continue reading Where did You Think the Reformed Tradition Came From?
Douglas Sweeney: During the years I’ve taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, I’ve frequently been asked whether Luther was a Calvinist. The answer, of course, is no. Calvinism didn’t emerge until the end of Luther’s life. Arminianism emerged long after Luther had passed away. So Luther himself never engaged the controversy that divided Reformed Protestantism after … Continue reading Was Luther a Calvinist?
On my shelf Monday, today, has become "wish it was on my shelf Monday." I do not yet have this recent John Piper book, and though I have listened to his 9 part series on TULIP (the five points of Calvinism) I am eager to get and read this one. Here is some info for … Continue reading Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace