Against Bishops Not Beer: Lewis on the Puritans

I just ordered my own copy of English Literature in the 16th Century by C.S. Lewis, but just to whet my appetite and yours, I found these quotes on the Puritans here and copied them for our mutual enjoyment: The fierce young don, the learned lady, the courtier with intellectual leanings, were likely to be…

My Thoughts On the Future of Protestantism Conversation

So there’s been a fun spat of posts and discussions about protestantism of late, following the Future of Protestantism round table discussion a week ago. I watched most of the event live and caught up on the parts I missed shortly thereafter. I’ve also enjoyed the follow up posts by the participants themselves. But lest…

Bainton on Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Reformation

Just finished Roland Bainton’s classic work The Reformation of the Sixteenth Century. Bainton’s is an evenhanded treatment of the complexities of the Reformation scene, allowing for the messiness of sin and politics while reading the principle players sympathetically. There were a number of fun little gems, but just one this morning. In his chapter on…

In Defense of the Protestant Reformation or How the New Eve Got More Lovely

Anyone who’s read this blog for any length of time knows that I can wax polemical from time to time. Given my story and the little tree stump I’ve been given, some of my more polemical writing has centered on the goodness of Protestantism, the necessity of the Reformation, and various angles on why I…

Lamitudes

One of the ways Christians often handcuff themselves for the mission Jesus has given us is by misunderstanding the nature of sin. Here we need a heavy dose of Augustine who explained that evil is the absence of good, the privation of good. Which means that evil is always parasitic. There is no such thing…

What Are Women For? (Part 2)

Introduction Perhaps one of the most countercultural claims of the Christian faith is the goodness of created difference. This doctrine is rooted in our Triune God who holds equality and difference together in perfect harmony. A Word About Equality The Bible clearly teaches that the image of God is equally shared by male and female…

A Fly on the Wall of the New Jerusalem

When it comes to evaluating our worship, we always want to stand firmly on the Word of God. Though God receives our worship as our Father through the blood of His Son and in the power of the Spirit (and therefore gladly forgives sin and ignores our foibles and ignorance), it should still be a…

How the Reformation became a Revolution

The Reformation would not have happened if ordinary people had not convinced themselves that they were actors in a cosmic drama plotted by God: that in the Bible he had left them a record of his plans and directions as to how to carry them out. Their revolution was not simply a search for personal…

Peter Leithart, TRC, and Taking Over the World for Jesus

Dear Trinity Saints & Friends, About month or so ago Peter Leithart told me about a plan that he and a few other men had begun talking and praying about, and tonight Peter announced that plan to the heads of households of Trinity Reformed Church. The plan is called Trinity Institute, a pastoral/theological study center…

Liturgy, Glory, and Homosexuality

So a few days a go I posted a quote from private correspondance by Rich Bledsoe concerning the connection between liturgical worship and homosexuals. His thoughts came in response to some recent posts like this and this. For what it’s worth, the broader context of his comments actually included the point that the Orthodox Church is finally…