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Authentic and Inauthentic Reform: A Brief Response to Reformanda Initiative’s “Is the Reformation Over: A Statement of Evangelical Convictions”

Nov 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

I was asked to respond to an article from Reformanda Initiative posted recently on The Gospel Coalition site. The article is titled “Is the Reformation Over? A Statement of Evangelical Convictions.” The full “statement,” which some evangelicals have signed, is located here at “isthereformationover.com.” For readers who may be unfamiliar with Reformanda Initiative, this is […]



Lies, Damned Lies, and Anti-Catholic History

Oct 31st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Ten years ago I was an AP European History teacher at a school in rural central Virginia. At the time I was a very sincere Reformed Protestant, and although I wanted to maintain academic objectivity in the classroom, I was still quite eager to teach the unit on the Protestant Reformation. We began with the […]



No Longer Adrift: A Presbyterian Pastor Discovers the Catholic Church

Sep 4th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Dr. Joseph Johnson was raised in the Baptist tradition, but much of his formative years were in nondenominational and charismatic circles. After entering Bible college, he concentrated in church history, and spent some time among Jewish Christians due to an interest in the relationship between the church and synagogue. Having discovered Reformed theology in seminary, […]



Is “Politics a Good Thing” ?

Jul 17th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

When I was an undergraduate student at the University of Virginia, I had the pleasure of taking an introductory politics course taught by the well-known commentator and political analyst Larry J. Sabato, who runs UVA’s Center for Politics. One of the most memorable moments in that course was when Dr. Sabato distributed small bumper stickers […]



The Law of Love

May 3rd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

The most contentious issue in the Western theological tradition has been the relationship of law and grace.  In the second century, Marcionites stressed grace so much that they completely rejected the Old Testament and what they took to be the God of “law.”  In the third and fourth centuries, the Roman priest Novatian and the […]



Who is a “Real” Christian?

Feb 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

I grew up an evangelical Protestant and became Catholic only in 2003. In the Church of my youth, we had a troubling practice. We distinguished “real Christians” from Christians in name only. People who had gone to Church all of their life would come to our meetings and declare, “I’ve just now become a real […]



Jack Mulder Jr. Answers “What Does it Mean to be Catholic?”

Jan 31st, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

A review of Dr. Jack Mulder Jr.’s 2015 book What Does It Mean To Be Catholic?



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Eight, “Hearts burning for unity”

Jan 25th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace.” (Isaiah 52:7)



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Seven, “Hospitality for Prayer”

Jan 24th, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

“Keep sane and sober for your prayers. Above all hold unfailing your love for one another, since love covers a multitude of sins. Practice hospitality ungrudgingly to one another.  As each has received a gift, employ it for one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” 1 Peter 4:7b-10, RSV The theme for day seven of […]



Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2016: Day Six, “Listen to this Dream”

Jan 23rd, 2016 | By | Category: Blog Posts

Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they only hated him the more. He said to them, “Hear this dream which I have dreamed: behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf arose and stood upright; and behold, your sheaves gathered round it, and bowed […]