Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
REFORMED THEOLOGY The classic representative statements of Reformed theology are found in the catechisms and confessions of the Reformed Churches; e.g. the French Confession (1559), the Scots Confession (1560), the Belgic Confession (1561), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Second Helvetic Confession (1566), the Thirty-nine Articles of the Church of England (1562, 1571), the Canons of the Synod of Dort (1619), the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms (1647) and the Formula Consensus Helveticus (1675). NDT, S. 569
The article goes on to say that reducing Reformed Theology to Tulips is to lose sight of the panoramic grandeur of the Reformed view of church and cosmos. Nice! So, if you're Reformed you believe stuff that invigorates you. Pow! Expansive! Not stuffy, not legalistic and so much more than the annoying Tulip. It seems that for some their Reformed tag only means soteriology (and a limited part of that). But, that's like thinking Radiohead only released OK Computer; great, but there's so much more! It's interesting that in NDT Reformed Churches are those holding to the confessions listed. Well, it's interesting to me anyway - I used to be (or at least used to call myself) a Reformed Baptist. Now, I'm a Presbyterian. 'Labels, labels, labels!!', I hear you cry in despair. Ah yes, but when you eat your crisps it does matter whether its reformed potato or real potatoes, doesn't it?
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
it is a fact too frequently overlooked that in the NT the most characteristic terms that refer to sanctification are used, not of a process, but of a once-for-all definitive act.
The key passage for Murray is R6:1-7:6. I'm not sure how those who persist in referring to Christians as 'sinners' reconcile this passage to their position. For Murray,
compelled to take account of the fact that the language of sanctification is used with reference to some decisive action that occurs at the inception of the Christian life, and one that characterizes the people of God in their identity as called effectually by God's grace.
there is no possibility of toning down the antithesis.And, its not just Paul, but Peter too. In both 1P2 and 1P4 the same thought appears. Oh yes, John does it too - 1J3. Murray concludes,
The person begotten of God does righteousness, loves and knows God, loves those who are begotten of God, and keep the commandments of God.
Thursday, October 11, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
It is significant that Elijah made a journey to Sinai...In one sense, the whole prophetic movement...was a pilgrimage back to Sinai, to the source of Israel's faith. The prophets did not claim to be innovators - individuals who came forth with bright new ideas that would enable Israel to keep up to date in the onward march of culture...They were reformers who took their stand on the ancient ground of Sinai. But in a deeper sense the prophetic movement was not a kind of archaism - a timid response to cultural crisis by retreating into the idealized past. In the message of the prophets the Mosaic past came alive in the present with new vitality and meaning...
Monday, October 08, 2007
The narrator goes on to say that when Elijah heard this voice of silence, speaking to him out of Israel's Mosaic tradition, he moved to the entrance of the cave...The question addressed to Elijah implies that he had no business out there in the safe mountain retreat, a fugitive from the places where history was being made.Elijah's brooding...was quickly challenged by three divine orders...their mention here shows that Israel's faith finds expression in action rather than mere mystic contemplation. As in the case of Moses at the burning bush, Elijah realized afresh that Yahweh acts in the sphere of history...Anderson, The Living World of the OT, 276
Friday, October 05, 2007
John Piper is bad....I don't just do bad things, I am bad. And so are you.
Do you not know that the bad shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God. NASB, but unrighteous replaced with bad
- Paul says that those who are status-bad shall not inherit the kingdom of God
- Paul is clear that the status-bad are those characterised by doing bad things
- Paul is clear that the Christians he writes to are no longer status-bad: they have been washed, they have been sanctified (made holy)
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
As a counterculture, God's people, motivated and mobilized by the Spirit of God, were called to establish his kingdom on earth. His revelation, internalized by the Spirit was to shatter the religious ways of the nations. Revelation cannot coexist with religion.
Interpreting the Prophetic Word, 24
These people (God's people) bring into concrete existence the kingdom of God by their witness as a counterculture, transformed by God's revelation, bound together by the Holy Spirit, and committed to promote righteousness, justice, love, fidelity and peace.
Interpreting the Prophetic Word, 226
How about a definition of prophecy from LaSor to finish?
Prophecy is God's message to the present in the light of the ongoing redemptive
Old Testament Survey, 229