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 (3)

In this article, I will discuss the Reformational backgrounds of local church membership. Not only will I cover language from both John Calvin and Francis Turretin, but I will also jump forward to men like Charles Hodge. Bojidar Marinov has openly denied that local church membership is mandated in Scripture, and he has also denied…

Church Membership: A Treatise (2)

In the previous article, I surveyed Bojidar Marinov’s views concerning church membership. In this article, I will examine his views in light of God’s holy Word. At the same time, I will construct a biblical case for obligatory local church membership. Historically, both Baptists and Presbyterians have claimed Scripture as their ultimate authority in all…

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…

Good Works: A Confessional Perspective

With the recent brush up concerning good works as they relate to the overall plan of salvation, it may be good to look at what the historic Reformed Baptist position was and is. The Confession can give the Christian both a historical and a theological perspective on tough issues such as these. We do not…

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…

Chosen in Christ: A Response to Wagner and Flowers

Chosen. It’s kinda got a ring to it doesn’t it? The word, eklegomai in the Greek, can also be rendered selected, or elected. The apostle Paul uses the term often in his New Testament epistolary writings. Usually, he uses the term in reference to God choosing a particular people for Himself. However, the nature of this selection or election is rather…

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…

Second Guessing Richard Carrier, Part III

In my previous two articles, I talked about Carrier’s mischaracterizations of Dr. Alvin Plantinga’s Evolutionary Argument Against Naturalism (EAAN). Just since the release of those two posts (over the last two days) I have received some blowback as a result of the content, mainly from Carrier himself. In this article I want to briefly address some…

How to be an Expecting Father

I’ve never had kids of my own. I don’t even really know the first thing about parenting, and my experience with infants has been rather limited. Beyond holding them and changing a few diapers, I got nuthin’! Just last week, July 13th, 2017, my wife and I discovered we were going to be parents! It’s…