Category Archives: Presbyterian, Reformed

Curious Presbyterian’s 2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year.  This blog was viewed about 240,000 times in 2012.  If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about … Continue reading

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Huldrych Zwingli on why Baptists are wrong and “crucify Jesus Christ afresh”

‘Children born of believing parents are children of God, like those who were born under the Old Testament, and consequently may receive baptism.  Baptism under the New Testament is what circumcision was under the Old; consequently, baptism ought now to be administered … Continue reading

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Pic of the day: Great new fragrance for Presbyterian men

From here.

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Pic of the day: The limitations of Google, and the real reason for Presbyterian church services!

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Pic of the day: Theologian Karl Barth as you’ve (probably) never seen him before

Karl Barth in the Swiss armed auxiliary, April 1940

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Roger Olson’s response to Calvinist John Piper’s recent statements about God and tornadoes

It seems to me the better part of wisdom not to say immediately after a calamity that it was God’s judgment UNLESS you are prepared to explain why it was sent by God then and there.  Even more, it would … Continue reading

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Famous Presbyterians: Jack Nicklaus, the most successful golfer of all time

Jack Nicklaus is a Presbyterian and attends First Presbyterian Church of North Palm Beach, Florida.

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Paul Helm on John Calvin

Paul Helm: On Calvin Calvin’s influence is still being felt today.  But the reformer was a complex man, with a dark side. On Calvin, part 1: Global reach On Calvin, part 2: A practical theology On Calvin, part 3: Knowledge … Continue reading

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Seen in a Presbyterian church Sunday bulletin

Seen in a church bulletin: “Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at the First Presbyterian Church.  Please use large double door at the side entrance.”

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The ecclesiology of John Calvin: his contribution to church government, by John Witte

‘One of Calvin’s most original and lasting contributions to the Western rights tradition lay in his restructuring of the liberty and order of the church.  Calvin combined ingeniously within his ecclesiology the principles of rule of law, democracy, and liberty. … Continue reading

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New Irish Presbyterian Moderator speaks out against Britain’s militant state secularism

NI church leader: Christian belief is not tolerated “Christians have had their wings clipped in our politically correct world”, the new Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has warned. Dr Ivan Patterson also highlighted the recent case of a … Continue reading

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Hans Boersma on tradition, sacramental time, and evangelicals

‘While disagreements remain, the overall Catholic approach to tradition is largely evangelical.  On a properly evangelical position, the tradition (the church’s developing interpretation of Scripture) is entitled to an authoritative position because of its sacramental participation in the incarnate Word … Continue reading

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Is there a species called “the Catholic evangelical”? Hans Boersma says “Yes, there is”

‘Can we consider Catholics — at least some Catholics — to be evangelicals?  In other words, is there a species called “the Catholic evangelical”? . . . There are Catholic evangelicals . . . My argument is not that evangelicalism should just … Continue reading

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Quote of the day: Hans Boersma on the Reformation

‘We, as evangelicals, only do justice to our past if we regard the Reformation not as something to be celebrated but as something to be lamented.’ ~ Hans Boersma, Heavenly Participation, Eerdmans, 2011, page 85

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Famous Presbyterians: former Doctor Who actor David Tennant

David Tennant’s father, the Reverend ‘Sandy’ McDonald, is a Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) minister in Paisley, near Glasgow and was once Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. Talking about taking on the challenging role of Hamlet for … Continue reading

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Presbyterian church ignores insurer and acknowledges failures in handling of sexual abuse

A Presbyterian church in Virginia, U.S., acknowledged failures in handling reports of sexual abuse by a youth ministries director, over the objections of its insurer. The insurance company’s position was clear: On March 23, a lawyer hired by the company, GuideOne … Continue reading

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Peter Enns on evolution and Calvinism, parts 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are here. Parts 5, 6 and 7 are here. Parts 8, 9 and 10 are here. Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 11 by Peter Enns Evolution and our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 12 … Continue reading

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Peter Enns on evolution and Calvinism, parts 8, 9 and 10

Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are here. Parts 5, 6 and 7 are here. Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 8 by Peter Enns Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 9 by Peter Enns Evolution and our Theological Traditions: … Continue reading

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My kind of church building

I don’t worship in a church building like this one, but I wish I did.  There’s a simplicity and “earthiness” about it that’s very charming.

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Peter Enns on evolution and Calvinism, parts 5, 6 and 7

Parts 1, 2, 3 and 4 are here. Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 5 by Peter Enns Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 6 by Peter Enns Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism , Part 7 by … Continue reading

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The Hall of Shame: Donald Trump, Presbyterian — I kid you not

Not only is famous Welsh warbler Tom Jones a Presbyterian, so is American celebrity money-bag/wind-bag, Donald Trump: Donald Trump on Faith: I am Christian, Sunday Church Person “I’m a Protestant, I’m a Presbyterian.  And you know I’ve had a good … Continue reading

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Peter Enns on evolution and Calvinism, parts 1, 2, 3 and 4

Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism by Peter Enns Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 2 by Peter Enns Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 3 by Peter Enns Evolution and Our Theological Traditions: Calvinism, Part 4 by Peter Enns Parts 5, … Continue reading

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‘Wee Frees’ Presbyterian Free Church of Scotland ‘at war’ over hymns & musical accompaniment

Britain’s most traditional church ‘at war’ over hymns Rev David Meredith, the church’s current moderator and minister of a church in Inverness, said he was disappointed at the advert, which he argued confirms the view “that churches enjoy arguing over … Continue reading

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Karl Barth: A great poster image

From here.

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Rev. Sameh Hanna, a Presbyterian minister in Cairo, reports on Egypt after the uprising

A Presbyterian’s view from the street of Egypt after the uprising  “I believe the church has to be incarnate in the community.  What they [the protesters] are asking for —  justice — is biblical.  They’re asking for freedom, which is biblical.  For equality.  … Continue reading

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