Two Years a Catholic

Two Years a Catholic

On September 23rd, 2012 (two years ago today), I was received into full communion with the Catholic Church. Humanly speaking, it was one of the worst decisions I have ever made. The last two years have brought me almost nothing but loss. Most of my fellow alumni and former professors at Westminster Seminary no longer speak to me, I am denied entrance into the church I planted (where my family still attends on Sundays) — I wasn’t even...

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All Law is Not Created Equal

All Law is Not Created Equal

There is no small amount of confusion in Catholic/Protestant discussions over the issue of God’s law. Protestants constantly accuse Catholics of teaching some sort of salvation by law or works, and regardless of how often or how strongly Catholics insist that they believe no such thing, the charges continue. Part of the problem, it seems to me, is that many Protestants — especially Lutherans or those Reformed who lean that way...

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Confessions of an Unclenched Catholic

Confessions of an Unclenched Catholic

As many of you know, I was on EWTN’s The Journey Home ¬†this past week, and I promised to post the video when it became available. Here you go: I would like to thank you all for the positive feedback you’ve sent my way (this site has had no fewer than 1,000 and as many as 3,500 unique visitors per day since last Monday). One of the best things I heard (it struck me most coming from an old Calvary pastor friend, although others have...

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Stuff I Don’t Like That Much: Catholicism Edition

Stuff I Don’t Like That Much: Catholicism Edition

D.G. Hart, this one’s for you. . . . Most of you won’t know this, but Darryl and I kind of used to be pals (in a professor/student kind of way, of course). He was my¬†faculty advisor at Westminster, and he oversaw my work on a directed research project examining Calvin and Edwards on the issue of assurance (a project for which I not only earned an A, but which Darryl described as an “impressive study” [hey, turns out that...

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I’m Not That Original….

In the section of his review of my book titled “Stellman’s Originality,” John Frame states that despite Dual Citizens being for the most part “a party line document” I do depart from the other Escondido theologians in a couple of areas. The first, which Frame calls “a fairly remarkable discussion,” centers around my view that the relationship between the cross and glory (which Luther sharply...

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