Archive for July 2009

Episode 6 – Ecclesial Deism

Jul 29th, 2009 | By | Category: Podcast

Tom Riello interviews Bryan Cross on the topic of his recent article on Ecclesial Deism.   Also in this episode, Bryan briefly discusses the visiblility of the Church and the necessity of the Petrine ministry. To download the mp3, right-click here.



Augustine’s Use of Infusion for Justification

Jul 28th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Augustine uses the term “infusion” (like the Council of Trent) and not “imputation” (like Luther and Calvin) when discussing God’s act of justification: “For by this grace He engrafts into His body even baptized infants, who certainly have not yet become able to imitate any one. As therefore He, in whom all are made alive, […]



Protestant Orders and the Priesthood of Phinehas

Jul 27th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The question of Apostolic authorization of Protestant ministers has been raised in an ongoing discussion beginning (more or less) here. The “authorization” question typically involves the issue of valid ministerial ordination whereby to perpetuate the apostolic mission of the Church founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ. Some passages of Scripture came to mind as I […]



On Perspicuity and the Inclusion of Commentaries

Jul 23rd, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Are our commentaries leading us to God, or to our own notion of His truth?



CTC Now on Facebook

Jul 21st, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Called to Communion has plunged into the new brave world of social networking and now has a Facebook page.  Hope to see some of our readers as fans there.  It’s a good way to interact and we’ll have exclusive Facebook content from time to time.



* Commentary not Included

Jul 20th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Is sola scriptura offended if it takes more than the Bible to be obedient to the Bible? Dr. Derek Thomas, Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, gives his insight in his column Corinthian Enthusiasm, in the July 2009 Tabletalk magazine.  On the one hand, he opens with this: “Only one book […]



Happiness and Self Mastery

Jul 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

It belongs to the natural order for lesser powers, like appetite, to be subject to greater powers, like reason.  Since man is a rational creature, his  appetite , for example, must be subject to reason although he cannot fully do so in this life. Nevertheless, the inevitable persistence of concupiscence must not deter our earthly […]



Sacramentalism

Jul 16th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Sacramentalism is a soteriological position according to which the Christian sacraments are intrinsically efficacious means of grace. It is primarily, though not exclusively, by means of the sacraments that the covenant-making, covenant-keeping God accomplishes his salvific purpose of uniting all things in Christ (Ephesians 1:7-10).



The Gospel and the Meaning of Life

Jul 15th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts, Featured Articles

When I was a child the gospel seemed to be something that merely floated on top of my human existence. I did not perceive it as going to the very heart of my existence. I knew that I was mortal, and from the Bible I understood that when I died I would go either to […]



Apostolicity versus Apostolic Succession?

Jul 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Does the Holy Spirit work through a line of men who underwent sacramental ordination, through a collection of divinely inspired texts assembled by men, or in some other way? This seems to be the issue underlying a thoughtful and straightforward “Question and Answer” posting on the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s website. 1 The inquirer had put the […]