Navigating the Lord’s Supper

I will be the first to say pragmatism is not an inherently sinful concept. The answer to the question “What works?” enables society to accomplish many things. Though there is no doubt pragmatism can benefit humanity, it shouldn’t be so easily translated into our church worship services. Unfortunately, the prevailing philosophy of worship, at least […]

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The Aquinas Papers: In God There Is No Passive Potency

Abstract: It has become common to apply some external and non-consequential change to God in order to make Him seem more relatable to His creation. These changes have been referred to as the addition of covenantal or accidental properties which accrue to God in a way so as to not affect His essence. In this […]

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An Actual and Effective Atonement

The atoning work of Christ on the cross was a miraculous display of love, grace, and wrath, all in one eternal and divine act. The Son of God condescended to become a man, living a life of perfect obedience to the whole law of God, His own law, suffered and died on a cross, was […]

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The Aquinas Papers: God Is Eternal

Abstract: Thomas Aquinas purposed to demonstrate the inter-relatedness of God’s attributes insofar as when we predicate something of God, viz., eternality, then we say more than, “God is eternal.” Rather, for Aquinas, if God is eternal, He must also be necessary, pure act, and divinely simple––other things follow as well. Yet, for Aquinas, our language […]

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What Does it Mean to Be Confessional?

Confessions are interpretive units designed to systematize a particular understanding of God’s special revelation. Notice the term unit, there. Even the term confession assumes a singular document; similar to how a creed is a creed because it is to be adopted and confessed as a singular creedal statement. Confessions, in the 17th century, were not seen as […]

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