Month: February 2018

Review of "Jonathan Edwards, A New Biography" by Iain H. Murray

Jonathan Edwards, A New Biography, by Iain H. Murray, The Banner of Truth Trust, 1987, 503 pp. This is an enjoyable introduction to the life and thought of 18th century American theologian Jonathan Edwards replete with references to personal letters giving the reader a good feel for New England life in that era. Murray well details …

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Gordon Clark and the Philosophy of Occasionalism

This article seeks to explain something of occasionalism, secondary causes, and Clark’s comments on the relation of the two so that his view may be better understood. I. Occasionalism First, we ask, “what is occasionalism?” Occasionalism is a philosophical theory of causation. Rather than one event being the cause of another, on occasionalism God is …

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Notes on Rosaria Butterfield's speech in Charlotte, NC

My wife and I went to hear Rosaria Champagne Butterfield speak at Christ Covenant Church in Charlotte, NC this morning (Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018). I had never read any of her books nor heard her speak before, but I did have some idea of the general outline of her story. At the book tables following …

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Sermon on Romans 3:9-20 – "Where the Law Leads Us"

Preached on Feb. 18, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church I preached this sermon on short notice and so went mostly without notes. Since I don’t have full notes to post here in my continuing series on Romans, I figured I would just post a outline of the passage using some elements a technique we learned …

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Calvin, "Calvinists," and the Hardening of Pharaoh's Heart

There are at least three key passages in Calvin’s Institutes where he gives his view on the matter of the hardening of Pharaoh’s heart. In these passages Calvin rejects the explanation that such hardening is merely by the “permission” of God. The permission view rejected by Calvin, however, has been taken up by some modern …

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Review of Education, Christianity, and the State

Education, Christianity, and the State by J. Gresham Machen, ed. John W. Robbins, Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 1987, 163 pp. Education, Christianity, and the State is a collection of essays written by J. Gresham Machen. While the essays are grouped here together they were not originally written at the same time nor with an …

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Sermon on Romans 3:1-8 – “God's Faithfulness Upheld”

Preached on Feb. 11, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church SermonAudio link: tinysa.com/sermon/4171880492 Introduction: At the end of Romans chapter 2 we saw Paul contend that what matters for salvation is not that you are a Jew outwardly, as a physical descendant of the nation of Israel, but that you be a Jew inwardly; that to be …

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Review of "John Gerstner and the Renewal of Presbyterian…"

John Gerstner and the Renewal of Presbyterian and Reformed Evangelicalism in Modern America by Jeffrey S. McDonald, Pickwick Publications, 2017, 263 pages. This, the first biography of the presbyterian theologian John Gerstner (1914–1996), is a valuable contribution to understanding a number of developments in the American Reformed and evangelical world in the 20th century. Jeffrey …

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Sermon on Romans 2:17-29 – "A Matter of the Heart"

Preached on Feb. 4, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church Introduction Have you ever been to a Barnes & Noble or some other bookstore and found a very stately volume. A nice looking book. Its about the right size – maybe 150 pages. It has an old-fashioned feel to it. Maybe a nice navy blue color with …

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