Hanserd Knollys on Independent Church Polity


In A Moderate Answer to Dr. Bastwick’s Book, called Independence is not God’s Ordinance. Knollys, a congregationalist, writes: Passing by many things less considerable, because I intend brevity, in the seventeenth page of the Doctor’s book, “There is a twofold question between them called Presbyterians and their brethren who are termed Independents; the first is, … Continue reading Hanserd Knollys on Independent Church Polity

Hanserd Knollys, Henry Danvers, and Jerome On Paedobapstism


The seventeenth century debate concerning the ordinance of baptism was not as simple as one might expect. The debate consisted of historical, hermeneutical, and methodological considerations. Perhaps the best way to picture such a controversy is in a series of ever-shrinking circles, the smaller inside the larger. Discussion may have began at the broadest circle, … Continue reading Hanserd Knollys, Henry Danvers, and Jerome On Paedobapstism

Hymn Commentary: The Law of God is Good and Wise


God’s eternal Moral Law represents His personal holiness and is the standard for all righteousness.  It is written on the consciences of all men, summarized in the Ten Commandments, and further summarized in the two greatest commandments to love God and love neighbor.  But sinful man rejects God’s Law because he rejects God Himself.  And, … Continue reading Hymn Commentary: The Law of God is Good and Wise

The Decline of Confessional Orthodoxy & Rationalism


Leaving behind Reformed Orthodoxy, a trajectory much of Western theological thought is still on, resulted from a fundamental shift in philosophical patterns of thought. New Rationalism, espoused by men like Leibniz and others, would eventually lead theologians away from confessional commitment to a more loose retainment of Reformed principles. Philosophy would be moved from an … Continue reading The Decline of Confessional Orthodoxy & Rationalism

What About Baptists & Classical Theism?


Let’s remember that classical theism used to be the theological norm, dare I say the orthodox standard. But, when we look around at contemporary evangelicalism, and more specifically the broad stream of Western Baptists, we are reminded that this rich theological tradition has been largely buried by the rise of fideism, the seeker-friendly movement, and … Continue reading What About Baptists & Classical Theism?

Doctrine & Devotion on Women Preachers: A Balanced Observation


A few days ago, Bible Thumping Wingnut (BTWN) released a post claiming Joe and Jimmy—of the popular Doctrine and Devotion podcast—agreed women could preach on a Lord’s Day to a local congregation… in theory. Joe and Jimmy responded in kind with a bonus podcast episode. Now, before I say anything more, I want to preface … Continue reading Doctrine & Devotion on Women Preachers: A Balanced Observation