Author Archives: Bobby Grow

Richard Muller and Scott Oliphint Both Need to Repent: Responding to the Thomas Aquinas Analogy of Being Discussion Through Barth

I have been interested in the locus known as analogia entis, or ‘analogy of being’ for a long time; and have written about it as well. I have also been reading Richard Muller for many years, and have read most of his published writings. So it caught my eye when I saw an internecine rejoinder […]

A Riposte to Derek Rishmawy’s Post: Handling Legal Matters

I wanted to offer a quick reply-post to Derek Rishmawy’s post on the purported value of reading the Bible through a Latin forensic reading of Holy Scripture and the subsequent doing of theology therefrom. Derek writes: A similar sort argument is often lodged against the Western tradition in general. Depending on the subject, it is […]

If You Want to Understand How Evangelical Calvinism Differs Interpretively From Classical Calvinism Read This

In the Christian life there is a constant drum to perform, it seems. This is something that Evangelical Calvinism is intent on reorienting in and through a focus on the performance of Jesus Christ for us. The Evangelical Calvinist’s thesis is that God’s life of Triune love is the basis for everything; as such everything […]

Against Being ‘Curious’: In the Augustinian and Websterian Mood, A Pastoral Reflection and Exhortation

I am not going to say much, other than that this helps me. I am a sinner, and I still sin, frequently in fact. The only difference between me and the world is that I am a saved sinner (simultaneously justified and sinner); nevertheless, I still think in ways that terminate nowhere else but in […]

Jean Gerson as a Paragon for Evangelical Calvinist Tendencies: What Hath Mystical Theology to do With Scholastic?

Jean Gerson (1363-1429) medieval theologian and chancellor of the University of Paris offers a helpful vision towards the type of corrective that I’ve been hoping Evangelical Calvinism along with Ron Frost’s Affective Theology might offer the resurgence of scholastic Reformed theology we see evident in movements like The Gospel Coalition, Desiring God, so on and […]

A Reflection on the Word of God

The Word of God. The Word of God has changed my life, and continues to. I have never known life outwith God’s Word in my life; I was surrounded by it and Him one way or the other since conception. I went long spans without being deeply saturated in it—in seasons of my youth—but this […]

On Calvin and Calvinism

John Calvin is not the founder of Calvinism. 

A Word Based Divine Aseity in Eternal Generation

Not that I am necessarily worried about proving Barth’s orthodoxy to any of his critics, but this particular passage from his Church Dogmatics is rather striking in the way that it represents a very classical and orthodox view of God’s aseity. For anyone who thinks this is a rare excerpt from Barth, think again. For […]

My Current Thoughts on Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum: On Being Human Before a Gracious God

I sort of set off an online firestorm a few months ago after I decided to post some of my thoughts on Christiane Tietz’s journal essay on Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum’s relationship. My blog had never received so much traffic prior; it became a genuine ordeal. An ordeal not because I was excited […]

Human Agency and Christian Universalism in the Soteriology of Thomas F. Torrance: A Proposal for PhD Research

The following is my very early, brainstorming, just jotting my initial thoughts down, towards drafting a proposal I am working on with reference to Thomas Torrance’s soteriology. Like I said, this is just a first draft (or brainstorm) that I wrote off the top. But hey, I thought I’d share it, because I’m still a […]