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Particular Baptist Essentials: A Reader

Image taken from the website of the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) Recently, I created a new Facebook Page called 1689 Puritans, with the purpose of promoting historic Particular Baptist theology and history. As part of that page, I decided to create this Reader to help acquaint readers with Christian theology and … Continue reading Particular Baptist Essentials: A Reader

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Essay: Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Apart from the nature of Justification, one of the other major issues separating Protestants from Roman Catholics is the issue of authority. Protestants believe that the Bible alone is the only infallible authority on matters of faith and morals. While this doesn't preclude the possibility of there being other sources of authority, these other sources … Continue reading Essay: Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church

Essay: Why Justification Still Matters

In less than half a year, we will be approaching the 500th anniversary of Luther's nailing of the 95 Theses to the castle church door in Wittenberg, which is traditionally regarded as the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. As we approach that time, it is important to remember why the Reformation happened. Ultimately, it was … Continue reading Essay: Why Justification Still Matters

Is Forensic Justification a Reformation Novelty?

Objection: The idea of Justification as forensic imputation is a novelty invented by the Reformers, and was unknown in the early church. Answer: In St. Augustine's “On the Spirit and the Letter,” he describes the meaning of Justification. There, he states that to be justified is to be considered, or reckoned as just. There, he … Continue reading Is Forensic Justification a Reformation Novelty?

For You and Your Children: The Book of Acts in Baptism Debates

In the perennial debate between Credobaptists and Paedobaptists over the validity of infant baptism, the book of Acts frequently becomes the battleground over which both sides attempt to display the exegetical superiority of their baptismal stance over the other. Thus, for example, Presbyterian theologian Gregg Strawbridge, in his attempted rebuttal to the pro-Credobaptist book A … Continue reading For You and Your Children: The Book of Acts in Baptism Debates

Tim Staples vs. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther on “Works of the Law”

The following argument is excerpted, with some modifications, from two sources: The appendix to my essay Why Justification Still Matters, and from my essay De Iustificatione Dei, which compares the soteriologies of Augustine and Martin Luther. highly recommend that those interested in this debate read those two essays in full after having read this excerpt for more information … Continue reading Tim Staples vs. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther on “Works of the Law”