Category Archives: Holiday

Holy Saturday: A Reflection on the In-Between Now and Not-Yet

Recycling a post that is probably around eleven years old now. Holy Saturday is the time that the “Western Church,” Protestants included (well some), contemplate the moment between the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the contemplation of the … Continue reading

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‘He Descended to Hell’: How Historic Protestants Interpreted this Phrase in the Apostles’ Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, … Continue reading

Posted in Holiday, Reformation, Reformed Theology, Richard Muller

Israel’s Purpose is Christmas

Have you ever thought about how related Israel’s history is to Christmas? When Jesus came that apocalyptic night there was a whole complex of promises that had set the stage; the fullness of time, if you will. Israel was God’s … Continue reading

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A Reflection for Holy Saturday: The Chasm Between Now and Not Yet

Recycling a post that is probably around nine years old now. Holy Saturday is the time that the “Western Church,” Protestants included (well some), contemplate the moment between the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the contemplation of the … Continue reading

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The Apostle’s Creed, Easter Before Good Friday, and Dogmatics in Outline

Was Crucified, Dead, And Buried, He Descended Into Hell How do you think of God revealed in Jesus? Do you primarily think of him through the lens of the cross? Then you might be a Western Christian (which most of … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday, The Chasm between ‘Now and Not Yet’

Wrote this about seven years ago. Holy Saturday is the time that the “Western Church,” Protestants included (well some), contemplate the moment between the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the contemplation of the burial in 1 Corinthians 15:3, … Continue reading

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A Good Friday Reflection. God’s Atonement in Christ is Love

The Good News (the ‘Gospel’) is that Jesus died for everyone, which is what we are celebrating this Good Friday evening. There is something very profound that happens in the atoning work of Christ, of course! And as usual there … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy Incarnation Day from Thomas Torrance

Here Torrance is speaking of John’s accounting of the Word made flesh: . . . In its prologue it speaks of the Word made flesh, and that light sets the whole gospel as the revelation and reconciliation of God in … Continue reading

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Holy Saturday, The Chasm Between Now and Not-Yet

Wrote this about seven years ago. Holy Saturday is the time that the “Western Church,” Protestants included (well some), contemplate the moment between the death and resurrection of Jesus. It is the contemplation of the burial in 1 Corinthians 15:3, … Continue reading

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A Good Friday Reflection: The Death of Christ as God as Love In Vicariousness

The Good News (the ‘Gospel’) is that Jesus died for everyone, which is what we are celebrating this Good Friday evening. There is something very profound that happens in the atoning work of Christ, of course! And as usual there … Continue reading

Posted in Evangelical Calvinism, Holiday, T. F. Torrance, Thomas F. Torrance, Vicarious, Vicarious Humanity | 2 Comments