8.17.2013

THE TWO-KINGDOMS & NEO-CALVINISM CULTURE WAR (1)

The following is my feeble attempt to wrestle through the 2k/neo-Calvinist controversy.  This is written with sincere concern for the church and in love.

Last week Carl Trueman interacted with D.G. Hart’s new book on Calvinism: A History, and posted an article with a fair concern of the transformationalist ideals.  Trueman writes,  
Surely it is time to become realistic. It is time to drop the cultural elitism that poses as significant Christian transformation of culture but only really panders to nothing more than middle class tastes and hobbies.  It is time to look again at the New Testament's teaching on the church as a sojourning people where here we have no lasting home."

8.10.2013

GRUMPY OLD MEN & THE REFORMED TRADITION

Grumpy Old Men & The Reformed Tradition
Where are all the young people going? Why do the visitors never seem to stick?  Why have there been so many fights in our church history? Unfortunately, these are common questions in the Reformed tradition.  In my years as a pastor, I have been shocked over how much antipathy there has been toward Reformed churches.  It took me more than a few years to get a handle on why the reaction has been so strong.  The sad reality is that many people have witnessed fighting, church splits, abuses, hatreds, contentions, jealousies, all undergirded by a hard kind of legalism within the confines of a closed community that demonstrates nothing of the joy of Christ.  What are we to think of these things? Are there any legitimate criticisms of the Reformed faith that we should evaluate? 

3.28.2013

Good Friday Meditation: THE POPE KILLS CHRIST by Martin Luther


Luther on why the Pope continues to kill Christ, 

"We should learn here that no one should place his trust in men, even if he is in an estate ordained by God. But if we are not to believe nor put our trust in Annas and Caiaphas, how are we to believe or trust the devil, the pope in Rome, the monks in monasteries, or the godless bishops? God so thoroughly forbids putting trust in any man that one should not even trust in those who are in the highest, best, and most secure estates. For no estate on earth has been so gloriously confirmed as was the estate of Annas and Caiaphas.  If Annas and Caiaphas became scoundrels in their order and estate, even though it was the most exalted on earth, then you should learn from this not to esteem any man on the basis of his estate or see.  The papal jurists exalted their pope and said, "non est praesumendum, quod tantae altitudinis apex possit errare"--"It is not to be presumed that the pope in such a lofty station can err."  Against this claim I set the following: Annas and Caiaphas occupy a loftier position and sit on a greater throne than do the pope and the emperor. Yet they not only err but also are scoundrels and knaves--the worst of scoundrels and knaves ever to have lived on earth, for they crucified the Son of God...