Divine Simplicity in Scripture

Divine simplicity, from a classical take, is that doctrine which rejects the notion that God is composed. Simplicity is the antonym, as Herman Bavinck put it, of composition. He says, “the term ‘simple’ is not used here as an antonym of ‘twofold’ or ‘threefold’ but of ‘composite (Reformed Dogmatics, 2.4, p. 177).’” Those of you…

The Break-Up: Molinism & Divine Simplicity

If you’re a Molinist, you have to break up with divine simplicity. This isn’t a problem for many Molinists because a lot of them have already denied the doctrine. While there may be many reasons for this break-up with simplicity (William Lane Craig finds a conflict between it and the doctrine of the Trinity), there…

Church Membership: A Treatise (1)

Issue: A group, which appears to be heavily influenced by a man named Bojidar Marinov, has effectively denied the Reformed doctrine of local church membership. This proceeding set of articles is in response to Marinov’s writings (which were in response to Jeff Durbin, pastor of Apologia Church in Phoenix, AZ), and general discussion on the…

Calvin, the Almost Genevan Criminal

When we think of John Calvin, we rarely tend to consider his prolonged involvement in Trinitarian disputes. Calvin usually brings us thoughts of Reformed soteriology, a doctrine of salvation, which later came to rival that of the Remonstrants. But this doesn’t even come close to enveloping the full scope of Calvin’s work. Throughout his time…

Don’t Be a Puritan!

We all aspire to become our heroes. One of my favorite Puritans is John Winthrop. He was a 17th century attorney who also led the “Winthrop Fleet,” consisting of about 1,000 Puritans, across the Atlantic––from Britain to Massachusetts. This would have been a massive undertaking at that time. It’s absolutely fascinating that people back then…

From Everlasting to Everlasting Thou Art God

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. Psalm 90:2 Remarking on the above passage, Stephen Charnock writes a striking paragraph that will leave any Christian in awe. Describing the majesty of our God in terms of God’s eternality, he…

Francis Cheynell on Eternal Generation

This is an excerpt from a larger article. See Here. This discussion picks up right after I talk about Bruce Ware’s claim that the orthodox notion of eternal generation is no less threatening to the doctrine of the Trinity than Ware’s own Eternal Relational Authority Subordinationism (ERAS). The issue that Ware points out here has…

I’m Not Good Enough to Write This

In the 21st century, religion is kinda a strange thing. The term religion is used broadly and is attributed to mysticism as well as bible believing Christians. There are religions which require works in exchange for divine reconciliation. There are religions that think actions and thoughts matter about as much as your next food choice. Neither of…

Does the Old Testament Encourage Evil?

Here we go again. This topic has been visited, and re-visited, and re-re-visited hundreds of times. I guess it’s never too late to take one last swing at the dead horse, is it? After all, this is an allegation the atheist seems to bring up time and time again no mater how many times Christian’s respond…

Plantinga & Van Til: Can They Be Friends?

Well… kinda. Throughout my study of apologetics, more specifically, my assessment of varying apologetic methods, Cornelius Van Til has certainly stood out. There exists in Van Til a commitment to the Scriptures along with a forceful argument for the Christian system of thought rarely seen in other apologists. One of the issues, however, has been…

The [Ir]Rationale of Unbelief

In San Diego, California, our church established a regular schedule for evangelism at Balboa Park. One of the unique things about Balboa Park was that, on Saturdays, it served as the place where a multitude of different belief systems would interact. Every single Saturday, there were Muslims, Atheists, Hindus, Messianic Jews, Orthodox and Reformed Jews,…