398 Years Ago Today – The Synod of Dort

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

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Submerge Yourself in the Ocean of God’s Sovereign Election

‘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

How Does the Christian Life Begin? The Effectual Call of God

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

Why I Left ‘The Reformed Pubcast’ – Grow Up, Settle Down, Keep Reforming

  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

Reformed Theology Begins with Covenant Theology

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 5 Battle Cries of the Reformation

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

Was Luther a Calvinist?

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?