By Brad Isbell Thesis: No confessional Presbyterian church will long remain confessional or Presbyterian if it loses Reformed worship. First, some definitions: Confessional: orthodox soteriology and doctrine (doctrine of God, Christology, covenant) according to the Reformed confessions. Presbyterian: government by ordained male (per scripture) elders organized in accountable, graded courts.
Carl R. Trueman, professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College and a fellow with the Ethics and Public Policy Center, delivers the 2023 Erasmus Lecture, titled “The Desecration of Man”. Trueman argues that modernity has led to a denial of the significance of the body, resulting in
Pastor Chris Gordon and Dr. Robert Godfrey ask what’s really motivating people to go to church on Sunday. They discuss Reformed worship and how its God-focused structure isn’t particularly attractive to many. They look at modern culture and how it has led some churches to focus on entertainment and emotion,
Pastor Chris Gordon, Pastor Chad Vegas of Sovereign Grace Church, and Westminster Seminary Professor R. Scott Clark discuss how Pastor Vegas began leaning towards Reformed ideas and how, through his research, he came across Scott Clark’s The Heidelblog. A comment online led to healthy communication and debate between the two.
There is one huge difference between the altar call and the Reformed understanding of the sacraments. In the altar call, the qualification was “if you truly meant it”, which made the subjective state of the sinner the critical factor in whether or not one actually benefited from going forward. Did
There are many who are ignorant of the danger that they’ve placed themselves in by trying to make their heavenly pilgrimage apart from the local church. We face a far greater threat than a rattlesnake; we stand against the smooth-talking serpent of Genesis 3, one who “prowls around like a
There are two truths that have to be acknowledged in this discussion at the outset: Sunday, the Lord’s Day, is the Christian Sabbath. God’s Word grounds the Sabbath principle not in the Mosaic legislation (i.e., in the judicial or ceremonial laws) but in creation. The Old Covenant, Mosaic, Sabbath has expired,
If we believe that “grace does not destroy nature but perfects it”, we must believe that God’s ordained means of worship are not designed to engage Christians in piecemeal fashion but holistically. Further, if our observance of the ordained means of worship leads us to spiritually separate man, body from
What is the purpose of English language ministries in the Reformed Churches in South Africa (RCSA/ GKSA)? Add-ons to existing Afrikaans confessional Reformed churches? Missional church plants? A combination of both? Out with the old in with the new? Plenary speakers: Revs. Arthur Miskin (RC Tshwane) :: Simon Jooste (RC