Category Archives: Reformational Ruminations

An Insufficient Understanding of “Sufficiency,” Part II

To see what the word “sufficiency” properly means, we need to look at the ends that are in view, and this takes us back to the definitions of the “sufficiency” of Scripture and of Christ given above. For the end … Continue reading

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An Insufficient Understanding of “Sufficiency,” Part I

In harmony with Scripture, we Protestants confess that Scripture is “sufficient”[1] and that Christ is “sufficient.”[2] I have noticed these past few years that in our circles these affirmations frequently exhibit the quality of moralism. That is, they perform as … Continue reading

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“It’s All About the Gospel,” Said the Reformed Papalist

Here’s a follow-up to my post below, “Is Western Culture Worse than Sodom and Nineveh” – It occurred to me that those Calvinists whose final recourse when discussing cultural topics is “It’s the Gospel that really changes people ” may … Continue reading

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Luther and “The Devil’s Whore”

Next to the false idea that he believed Christians, freed from sin by grace, could live any way they wished – the heresy of antinomianism – probably the greatest popular caricature of Martin Luther is that he despised the operations … Continue reading

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Return to the Shadows?

Let it be stipulated that the Gospel is a cosmopolitan thing, not a provincial thing. The Gospel transcends cultures by breaking down the walls between them and bringing everyone without distinction into Christ (Galatians 3:28). A certain variety of sola … Continue reading

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Truth Is Not Always As Easy As We Think It Should Be

Eric Parker’s post Luther and Valla on The Donation of Constantine: Thoughts about Truth and History is a great read. I agree with his major points. The following comment I posted there is not a critique of his view, but … Continue reading

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Convert Sickness – A Sickness of the Soul

Arturo Vasqez has written the provocative piece On Convert Sickness. It’s short, but a really good read. I excerpt from it a quote Arturo gives of an analysis of G.K. Chesterton’s overly enthusiastic appraisal of Rome after his conversion: In … Continue reading

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Why the Puritan Attack on Reason Doesn’t Work

(HT: Steven Wedgeworth) Richard Hooker (1554-1600) writes the following excellent words on the tendency of the extreme Puritanism of his day to devalue human reason in the name of preserving the authority of Holy Scripture: “Judge you of that which … Continue reading

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“Those Who Demand A Reformation Should Accept The Council That Will Be Held”

In line with the work I’ve done here regarding Luther, here’s a huge proof, this time from John Calvin’s pen, that the Reformation was deeply indebted to Medieval conciliarism and on the issue of authority in the Church was not … Continue reading

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Catholicity and Conscience

An excellent article for your consideration: Catholicity and Conscience

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