Is Sanctification Monergistic or Synergistic? Why It Matters

Jesus is the vine and we are the branches (John 15:5). Our faith and progress in personal holiness comes from the Holy Spirit. Our union with Christ is what empowers our sanctification. This is why we say that sanctification is monergistic. It is a work of His grace. … More Is Sanctification Monergistic or Synergistic? Why It Matters

A Concise Case For Reformed Infant Baptism

Are you interested in attending a Presbyterian or Reformed church, but you just haven’t been able to be convinced of the validity of infant baptism? If so, this post is especially for you. The first thing to keep in mind in this: In Reformed theology, our belief in infant baptism doesn’t come from isolated Bible … More A Concise Case For Reformed Infant Baptism

Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist Is NOT A Premillennial Dispensationalist: A Concise Case For Reformed Amillennialism

The case for amillennialism is very compelling. It’s a view literally taught by Jesus, Paul, the book of Revelation, the Nicene and Apostles’ Creed, as well as the Reformed Confessions. It’s a view that truly gives all glory and honor to Jesus Christ and nothing else. … More Why Every Self-Respecting Calvinist Is NOT A Premillennial Dispensationalist: A Concise Case For Reformed Amillennialism

From Rome To Geneva

By Janie Brown Kneeling on the cold linoleum floor while listening to my grandmother chant out the rosary in Spanish is a memory that is ingrained in my mind. In her devotion and zeal, she gathered her grandchildren around her like a little flock of sheep and taught us the prayers on Sunday afternoons. She … More From Rome To Geneva

Sacred Bond: A Covenant Theology for Today

For the one who reads their Bible the concept of covenant is found cover to cover. It is not simply located in the Hebrew and Greek words translated “covenant” in English (berit and diatheke, respectively). The concept of covenant goes far deeper into the biblical drama than what appears on the textual surface. Indeed, this … More Sacred Bond: A Covenant Theology for Today

Covenant Theology and the Covenant of Works

When my family and friends ask why I joined a Reformed church they’re always surprised when I don’t exclusively mention the Five Points of Calvinism. While I love the five points and view them as essential to being Reformed, they’re only a gateway. There’s more to being Reformed than holding to the “doctrines of grace.” … More Covenant Theology and the Covenant of Works

Why is the Mosaic Covenant Important for Christians?

In Reformed theology, everything is built on Scripture alone–Sola Scriptura. We don’t build our theology on the New Testament by itself. The Old Testament is the bedrock and foundation for the New. As Paul said, our theology is built on the foundation of the apostles AND the prophets (Eph. 2:20). With this in mind, it’s … More Why is the Mosaic Covenant Important for Christians?

The Sacramental Theology of Herman Bavinck

In this blog post, it’s my objective to synthesize Herman Bavinck’s theology of the sacraments.  All of the thoughts and quotes are taken directly from Chapter 9 of Reformed Dogmatics, Volume 4, Holy Spirit, Church, and New Creation.  Bavinck begins by saying that “in addition to the Word, the sacraments are a second means of … More The Sacramental Theology of Herman Bavinck