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

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

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

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

The Reformed View Of The Lord’s Supper

How do Reformed Christians understand the Lord’s Supper? How is the Reformed understanding different from what Evangelicals and Lutherans believe? Do we believe in the true presence of Christ in the Supper? In this post, I will be drawing a great deal from the Reformed Confessions and John Calvin, as I seek to articulate the … More The Reformed View Of The Lord’s Supper