Prayer in the Reformation

November 2, 2011Reformation, Reformers

Today is the first day of the Reformation Spirituality Conference at Beeson Divinity School. Credo is pleased to release Gerald Bray’s message, “Prayer in the Reformation.” Gerald Bray (M.Litt., D.Litt., University of Paris-Sorbonne) taught full-time at Beeson Divinity School in the areas of church history, historical theology, and Latin from 1993 to 2006. In 2006, … Read More

Five Christian Mottos from the Reformation (Ardel Caneday)

November 2, 2011Ardel Caneday, Reformation, Salvation, Solas of the Reformation

Deriving from the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century five Latin phrases— sola scripture, sola gratia, sola fide, solus Christus, and soli Deo gloria—have summarized the principal Christian teachings that the Reformers proclaimed in their endeavors to bring reform to the church. What do these five Latin phrases mean? Sola Scriptura (“by Scripture alone”) The … Read More

After Crossing the Tiber

November 2, 2011Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholicism

By Chris Castaldo   Usually, when I describe my life, I do so by comparing myself to Mr. Magoo. You remember Magoo: thick bifocals walking through town on the verge of some catastrophe. A piano falls from a window and misses him by an inch. In each instance, Magoo is led by a seemingly transcendent … Read More

Two Announcements

November 1, 2011Announcement

We have two announcements to make. First, one of our weekly bloggers and contributors, A. B. Caneday, has been invited by Janet Mefferd to speak on the Salem Radio Network about his recent articles for Credo on forgiveness! The interview will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, November 2, from 2:00 to 2:30 PM (EST). If you … Read More

How Many Reformations Were There?

November 1, 2011Reformation, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholicism

By Nathan A. Finn Until about a generation ago, it was common for church historians to advance radically different interpretations of the Reformation, depending upon whether or not the scholar was a Protestant or a Catholic. Protestants tended to see the Reformation as a recovery of a purer gospel and other biblical priorities, all of … Read More

My Conversion from Catholicism

November 1, 2011Gospel, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholicism

By Chris Castaldo I loved Catholicism. I loved the grandeur of the sanctuary with its carved wood, arched windows, and stained glass. I loved the deep, resonate amalgam of voices confessing the Nicene Creed and the honesty and humility expressed in the kyrie: “Lord, have mercy; Christ, have mercy; Lord, have mercy.” I loved memories … Read More

Interview with Michael Reeves on the Reformation

October 31, 2011Martin Luther, Medieval Theologians, Middle Ages, Reformation, Roman Catholic Church, Roman Catholicism

 Interview by Matthew Barrett For Reformation Day we are pleased to have Michael Reeves join us to talk about the importance of the Reformation. Michael is author of Unquenchable Flame: Discovering the Heart of the Reformation (B&H). He is also theological advisor for Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF), a charity supporting evangelism in higher … Read More

What Is the Gospel? A Reformed Orthodox Perspective

October 28, 2011Christology, Gospel, Luke Stamps, Reformed

By Luke Stamps I suppose it’s safe to say that there has been a revival of interest in all things “gospel” among evangelicals in the last several years.  Evangelical churches, organizations, conferences, blogs, sermons, ministries, and writings are as likely to feature the language of “gospel” as any other biblical theme.  And with good reason.  … Read More

Reformation Week!

October 27, 2011Reformation

As many of you may know, this Sunday is Reformation Sunday in light of Monday, October 31st, being Reformation Day. Starting tomorrow through the rest of next week, the Credo blog will focus each post on the Reformation. We hope by the end of the week you will have a better understanding and love for … Read More

A Compromising Tolerance: Revelation 2:18-29

October 27, 2011Doctrine, Thomas Schreiner, Truth

By Thomas Schreiner It has often been pointed out that the church at Thyatira has the opposite problem of the church at Ephesus. The church at Ephesus was doctrinally pure but had abandoned its first love. The church at Thyatira was growing in many ways, but it had sacrificed doctrinal purity. G. K. Chesterton rightly … Read More

How Difficult is it to Interpret OT Prophetic Literature?

October 27, 2011Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Prophetic Literature

On a scale from 1 to 10, how difficult is it to interpret OT prophetic literature? James Hamilton, Walter Kaiser, Daniel Hays, Peter Gentry, and David Talley all give their answer in the October issue of Credo Magazine! Their answers may surprise you! [issuu width=420 height=231 backgroundColor=%23222222 documentId=111004125903-7a9245a15ca1450ba2e83e5f97a58fd5 name=the_living_word-oct_2011 username=credomagazine tag=evangelicals unit=px id=a9f431c1-edfa-8fbd-5a02-49600bf61ac9 v=2] To … Read More

What is Heresy? Just Shut Up!

October 27, 2011Comic Relief, Middle Ages

By Marc Cortez Blank, white space. Just staring at me. Mocking me. Daring me to write what I really think. I know perfectly well what I’m supposed to write. I paid attention in class and studied hard for the test. More importantly, I know how this prof works. He’s not looking for anything creative, interesting, … Read More

Pelagius, really?

October 26, 2011Heresy, Matthew Barrett, Pelagianism

By Matthew Barrett How do you know when a church moves from being a less than healthy church, but nonetheless still a true church, to being a false church altogether? There are perhaps many ways to detect whether a church has become a false church (a rejection of the gospel should be at the top … Read More

Effectual Call

October 26, 2011Calvinism, Effectual Calling, Paul Helm, Regeneration

By Paul Helm I’m beginning to think that effectual calling is one key biblical idea that is frequently misunderstood, as much among its supporters as its detractors. This state of affairs only leads to nervousness on the one side, and to caricature and misrepresentation on the other. Reformed theology has the Scriptural resources to meet … Read More

“Zeal to promote the common good”: The story of the King James Bible

October 25, 2011Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Michael Haykin

By Michael A.G. Haykin The sixteenth century was one of the great eras of English Bible translation. Between 1526, when William Tyndale’s superlative rendition of the New Testament was printed, and 1611, when the King James Bible (KJB), or Authorized Bible, appeared, no less than ten English-language Bible versions were published. The translators of the … Read More

Interview with John Frame

October 24, 2011Magazine Article-The Living Word-Oct 2011, Scripture

Interview by Oren Martin In this October’s issue of Credo Magazine, “The Living Word,” we were pleased to have John Frame, who holds the J.D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary, join us to talk about his recent volume, The Doctrine of the Word of God. Can you tell us … Read More

The Future: How Does God Know It?

October 24, 2011Arminianism, Fred Zaspel, Omniscience, Open Theism

By Fred G. Zaspel One aspect of God’s omniscience is his knowledge of the future. Open Theists have denied this, of course, but the question is not really a difficult one. Over and again in Scripture God is presented as knowing what will happen. Not just selectively but exhaustively God knows all that will be. … Read More

A Gracious and Compassionate God

October 24, 2011Biblical Theology, Reviews

Over on Credo’s “Reviews and Interviews” page, Nate Wood has written a helpful review of A Gracious and Compassionate God: Mission, Salvation and Spirituality in the Book of Jonah, by Daniel Timmer (IVP).  He begins, The book of Jonah is often known for the famous story of Jonah and the great fish, but Daniel Timmer … Read More

This Week’s Book Notes

October 21, 2011Book Notes, Matthew Barrett

By Matthew Barrett Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books. By Tony Reinke. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2011. If I had to choose a handful of books that I would classify as some of the most helpful resources for 2011, Tony Reinke’s Lit! would be on that list. I do not say this lightly. I am … Read More

Interview with Owen Strachan on Jonathan Edwards

October 20, 2011Jonathan Edwards

We are pleased to release an interview with Owen Strachan, co-author of The Essential Edwards Collection: Set of 5 Books, on the monumental figure, Jonathan Edwards, perhaps the greatest theologian-philosopher in American history. In Part 1 of this interview Owen introduces us to the life and thought of Edwards, his Puritan heritage, as well as … Read More