Category Archives: Theology

C.E.B. Cranfield’s one-sentence summary of Romans 3:24-26

C.E.B Cranfield, professor of theology at Durham University for much of the second half of the 20th century: We take it that what Paul’s statement that God purposed Christ as a propitiatory victim means is that God, because in His … Continue reading

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“In the West, we’ve lost the practice of lamenting. In contrast, the ancient Hebrews were constantly in God’s face.” Paul Miller

In Ruth chapter 1, upon the death of Naomi’s husband and two sons, her daughters-in-law request to continue living with her. But Naomi urges them not, saying, “No, my daughters, for it is more bitter for me than you that the … Continue reading

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John Frame’s critique of Barth’s teaching on human language and divine words

This is from Frame’s chapter on epistemology in his book on the doctrine of God: More recent thinkers have also appealed to divine transcendence to show that there is something inappropriate about using human language to refer to God. Such … Continue reading

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Gerald Rau on the habits of extreme positions

Use of antagonistic terminology has led to polarization of the question of origins. When any group feels attacked and disrespected, this naturally leads to a hardening of their position as they become defensive and seek to promote their cause. This … Continue reading

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“The Christian’s freedom and growth are found in fellowship,” Ed Clowney

You cannot bring your gifts to mature function apart from the mutual ministries of Christ’s church. Therefore no Christian can determine his calling in isolation from the throbbing organism in which he is called. No doubt a Christian who is … Continue reading

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J.I. Packer on “the heart of Reformed Christianity”

The heart of Reformed Christianity is its Trinitarian Christocentrism, expressed manwardly in evangelistic and pastoral proclamation attuned to human need, according to Christ’s Great Commission, and Godwardly in the worshipful offering, both corporately and individually, of responsive praise, prayer, thanksgiving, … Continue reading

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Harold Best: “Even the good works of an unbeliever, which are admittedly considerable and varied, fall easily in line with their evil ones.”

Even the good works of an unbeliever, which are admittedly considerable and varied, fall easily in line with their evil ones, since their reason for doing either are driven by the same underlying falsity: the works are effective in themselves. … Continue reading

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