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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Rome, Geneva, and the Incarnation’s Native Soil

Rome, Geneva, and the Incarnation’s Native Soil

OK, I’m going to try an experiment here, so bear with me. I have gotten a handful of complaints over the last few months about the free-for-all nature of the comments here — off-topic, everything-thrown-at-the-Catholic-Church-but-the-kitchen-sink, uncharitable, impossible to follow or truly engage, etc. — and my response has always been that I simply don’t have the time to respond to all the comments that come in or...

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Trinity, Incarnation, and Participation

Trinity, Incarnation, and Participation

In my last post on advent and the Incarnation, I mentioned that the entire Catholic gospel is focused on the ontological participation that the believer enjoys with the holy Trinity, by means of the Eucharistic flesh of Christ, alluding to the oft-quoted idea found in so many of the church fathers that God became man so that man could become God. An objection was raised to this idea due to its alleged inconsistency with monotheism: If there is...

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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 ┬áin...

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A Once-For-All Perpetual Offering?

A Once-For-All Perpetual Offering?

I had initially begun this as a comment to someone who brought up the once-for-all nature of Christ’s sacrifice in the comments in the previous thread, but then I decided to turn it into a full-on post. Since the book of Hebrews was alluded to (and indeed must be when we’re discussing the idea of sacrifice), here are a few passages I’d like to consider: Now the main point in what we are saying is this: we have such a high...

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