Baptism and Sola Fide

Baptism and Sola Fide

Today Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Baptism of our Lord, and most likely heard a homily on the topic of baptism accompanying the prayers, hymns, and readings that focused on this topic. As I sat in Mass this morning I was thinking about baptism and what a messy topic it was for me as a Reformed Protestant minister. On the one hand we have the teachings of the New Testament — teachings which are quite clear — about how...

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Exegetical Gains vs. Theological Losses

Exegetical Gains vs. Theological Losses

I was recently hanging out with a PCA pastor friend, and we were discussing the exegetical and theological issues surrounding the Federal Vision. As you may know, one of the biggest difficulties one encounters when comparing the confessional Reformed theology with that of the Federal Vision is this: How are we to understand the New Testament’s descriptions of the baptized? For example, when Paul writes to “the saints  in...

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Mistrial in the Leithart Case?

Mistrial in the Leithart Case?

It looks like three PCA presbyteries have agreed to petition the General Assembly to assume original jurisdiction over Rev. Peter Leithart and declare a mistrial because the prosecutor of the case (me) has joined the dark side of the Force. And apparently this has been known for a few days and has been discussed in the blogosphere, yet I just found out about it a few minutes ago because someone tagged me in a Facebook discussion about it. I do...

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What “Difference” Does the “Vowel Make”?

What “Difference” Does the “Vowel Make”?

As many of you surely know, the Reformed distinguish themselves from evangelicals on the issue of the relationship between Scripture and the church by highlighting the all-importance of a single vowel. “We are not like those Bible-only, no-creed-but-Christ evangelicals,” we hear. “On the contrary, we believe in the genuine authority of the church — but that authority is derivative and penultimate, always secondary to our...

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Crap, I Should Have Just Stayed in the PCA!

Crap, I Should Have Just Stayed in the PCA!

I had been waiting until I had an actual copy of the SJC’s report before I divulged what I have known for weeks, namely, that the PCA has now officially sided with the Pacific Northwest Presbytery and their exoneration of Peter Leithart. But now that Lane has let the cat out of the bag over at Green Baggins, I guess there’s no point pretending it’s still a secret. Having been the prosecutor in this case, but now having joined...

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And the Verdict Is. . . .

And the Verdict Is. . . .

The Standing Judicial Commission of the PCA — which is the denomination’s highest court — finally reached its verdict in the case against Pastor Peter Leithart (a case that has been ongoing since 2007, and which I prosecuted personally in the Pacific Northwest Presbytery). Although I do  know what their ruling was, I will refrain from divulging it until the SJC issues its Report and reasons for their decision. The Westminster...

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