An Armory for Modern Christians #7

A Walk Through a Christian Wedding Introduction If the world is busy seeking to press us into their mold, it should not come as a surprise that they are running plays in less obvious ways all around the celebration of marriage. On the flip side, since Christian marriage is one of the significant ways we…

Against Anatomical Soup or a Few Thoughts on the End of Protestantism

Peter Leithart, my friend and mentor, has a new book out currently making a splash in the theological world: The End of Protestantism. As the author of other titles like Against Christianity, it comes as no surprise that Peter would aim to provoke discussion with another provocative title. If I’m ever a bit rambunctious in…

The Letter from the Synod of Nicaea II Concerning Icons

Just to be clear on what a person is agreeing to when converting from Protestantism to Eastern Orthodoxy or Roman Catholicism: A portion from the letter from the synod of Nicaea II to the emperor and empress: The things which we have decreed, being thus well supported, it is confessedly and beyond all question acceptable and…

Bultmann, Cyril, and a bit more on Sola Scriptura

Robert Arakaki has responded here to my Reformation21 article An Apostolic Case for Sola Scriptura. I’m grateful for his interaction and some of the other questions I’ve received. Here are a few thoughts in reply. Arakaki rightly points out that if the apostolic commission included a written testimony, there should be evidence in the New…

Testing the Spirit of Sola Scriptura

One aspect of the doctrine of Sola Scriptura that sometimes seems problematic is what the Protestant tradition has called “the internal testimony of the Spirit.” Is this the Protestant version of the Mormon “burning in the bosom?” Is this the catch all excuse-maker justifying all manner of iniquity? I cannot submit to my elders because…

God Does Not Mumble

The biblical doctrine of Sola Scriptura, that Scripture alone is the only ultimate and infallible authority over the Church and every Christian, rests on the fact that Scripture is God’s perfect Word. The Bible says that God’s Word is perfect. His Word is complete. His Word is breathed out by the Holy Spirit. We know…

Sola Scriptura & Truth with a Beard

One caricature of Sola Scriptura often sketches the Protestant doctrine as problematic on the grounds that since many people read the Bible and come away with different interpretations, it is necessarily (even if unintentionally) an individualistic doctrine. When it comes down to it, Protestants submit to themselves and their personal interpretations and not to Christ…

The Good News of Sola Scriptura

One of the great recoveries of the Protestant Reformation was the doctrine of Sola Scriptura – which means “Scripture alone.” While the reformers recognized many true authorities in a believer’s life (e.g. parents, rulers, pastors, councils, and various traditions), those authorities are only to be obeyed in so far as they require obedience to God,…

Tradition With A Lisp

Perhaps one of the greatest attractions to the Eastern Orthodox tradition or the Roman Catholic Church is the claim to an authoritative interpretive tradition that cuts through all the different interpretations of the Bible. For example, a Roman Catholic acquaintance posted this from G.K. Chesterton yesterday: “The Bible by itself cannot be a basis of…

Better Than Anointed Lords

A couple of friends have replied to my earlier post suggesting that I’m begging the question by assuming a definition of the church before I’ve adequately made my case. There may be several ways that charge is meant, but I’d like to appeal to at least one historical authority for the right to claim what…