Author Archives: Bobby Grow

The LORD Is My Shepherd: Reflections on Seasons of Life, Anxiety and Cancer

Sometimes it is good to reflect upon what the Lord has done for you, for me, personally. It is good to reflect upon this great salvation God in Christ has wrought for us! I am in the state of mind to do just that, and so for the rest of this post I am going […]

Scottish evangelical calvinist Theology versus International classical calvinist Federal Theology

Typically, in the ‘Classic Calvinist’ framing of the atonement, the ‘ground’ of God’s love for humanity is predicated upon Christ’s legal payment of restitution at the cross. In other words, God is able to love ‘sinners in the hands of an angry God’ because Christ meets the obedience requirements set out in the ‘Covenant of […]

Grace is a Person, not a Thing: Part Deux. Constructive Appeal to Cyril of Alexandria with reference to Donald Fairbairn

The Apostle Paul writes in his epistle to Titus: “11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, […]

God’s Number, His Threeness-in-Oneness: Hugh Binning, Gregory Nazianzen, Thomas Torrance and Bruce McCormack respond to Katherine Sonderegger

Here is Hugh Binning (1627-1653), young Scottish theologian, speaking of the primacy of God’s life as the ground of salvation; speaking of the primacy of God’s love as the foundation of salvation: . . . our salvation is not the business of Christ alone but the whole Godhead is interested in it deeply, so deeply, […]

The Disruption and Personal Reality of God’s Grace in Christ

As a good Conservative Baptist (CBA) I grew up singing hymns. One of those hymns is called Grace Greater Than Our Sin and it was published by Julia H. Johnston in 1910. It goes like this: 1. Marvelous grace of our loving Lord, Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt! Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured, There where […]

The ‘letter’ of the catholic tradition of the church versus the ‘spirit’. Karl Barth and Thomas F. Torrance

I find it more than troubling when folks simply write Karl Barth off as ‘fringe’ relative to the historic orthodox Christian faith. And yet this is what someone like Fr. Alvin Kimel believes we should do. He wrote on a recent Facebook exchange (with me): I know I am pushing this side of Torrance hard […]

The Centrality of Israel and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ for Thomas F. Torrance’s Theology

This post will be a kind of an introduction to the theology of Thomas F. Torrance (Scottish theologian spanning from the 20th and 21st centuries). What I am going to share from him is a very succinct offering on how the nation of Israel functions as a centerpiece in mediating Christ to the world for […]


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