Category Archives: under-confessionalism

Surprise! Guess who’s Presbyterian…

It seems to me common knowledge that Charles Finney was ordained as a Presbyterian minister, but I had never heard that Billy Sunday was as well. Apparently Sunday was ordained in 1903. He died this day in 1935. Read more … Continue reading

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Two Great Tastes That Could Go Great Together

  It isn’t altogether surprising that Kevin DeYoung has concluded that confessionalism and pietism need each other.  One could see that coming from two or more posts away. It rather appeals to the democratic-egalitarian-American way of doing not only culture … Continue reading

Posted in Confessionalism, Ecclesiology, High church calvinism, Reformed Confessionalism, Reformed piety, Revivalism, under-confessionalism | 18 Comments

One Man’s Velvet

Being something of one of his many modern incarnations, it is little wonder John Piper gushes as he does over George Whitefield.  Oh! the tempatations celebrity affords. Apparently, popularity really is important. Me and my silly admonitions to my children … Continue reading

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Dutch Guilt: An Editorial on an Editorial

  Yesterday I received the latest issue of the Banner magazine, the official publication of my denomination. Guest editor Gary Mulder wants to offer a lesson in popular existentialism (“A Fish Doesn’t Know It’s in Water”). Starting with the observation … Continue reading

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I’m not too interested in tonight’s Presidential town hall to be moderated by Rick Warren at Saddleback Church, I just want to hear a few sound-bites and read a few headlines afterward. But the pre-forum rumblings have me wondering if … Continue reading

Posted in Prosperity Gospel, Transformationism, under-confessionalism | 5 Comments

The Protesting Reformed

One of the following announcements recently appeared in the bulletin of a United Reformed church (URCNA). The other, while based on real accusations, I made up for this post in order to make my case. Take a wild guess as … Continue reading

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Who Wrote This?

UPDATED below You know how it goes, you’re searching for one thing and you find something else. Well, I found this quote without even looking for it:

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In Praise of the Covenant of Ordination for Office-Bearers

It seems nearly every quarter of Christendom anymore has its conventiclers and mini-movements. In the CRC we have something called “the Returning Church.” It was formed three years ago by six pastors. The goal of the RC is to “advocate … Continue reading

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Easy as Sunday Morning?

So after a recent post about under-realizing the Ascension, a joking comment about the possibility of an Ascension Day service (which happens to by definition be a Thursday thing) turned into a question of what the RPW has to say … Continue reading

Posted in History, Reformed Confessionalism, The Lord's Supper, under-confessionalism, Worship | 29 Comments

Compromising Positions

At the WHI taping I attended, the topic was “Selling Jesus: Consumerism and Market Values in the Church,” and OHS Clark jumped in early with a quote from Nathan Hatch’s The Democratization of American Christianity: Amidst this population boom [1775-1845], … Continue reading

Posted in Confessionalism, History, Reformed Confessionalism, Transformationism, under-confessionalism, W2K | 105 Comments

Keller and the PCA

Here are a couple of questions and Tim Keller’s answers to them from THIS INTERVIEW in First Things:

Posted in Prosperity Gospel, Transformationism, under-confessionalism | 88 Comments

When Does Good Parochialism Go Bad?

I will be in Orlando next week for pleasure and in Ann Arbor the following week for business, likely unplugged during both. Maybe I will peak into the can if I get access to a computer somewhere. My wife can … Continue reading

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A Week of Preparation

Lastly, we receive this holy sacrament in the assembly of the people of God, with humility and reverence, keeping up among us a holy remembrance of the death of Christ our Savior, with thanksgiving, making confession of our faith and … Continue reading

Posted in The Lord's Supper, under-confessionalism | 44 Comments

More on the FoS

Scott Clark just posted a link to a Banner article about the proposed changes to the Form of Subscription in the Christian Reformed Church (CRC).

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An Imagined Exchange at a ‘No Creed’ Church

For those of you who have never heard of the Restoration Movement, Check Out This Page for a minute or two. You could also call it the “No Creed but Christ” movement.

Posted in Baptism, Humor, under-confessionalism | 75 Comments