WelcomeHello my name is Bobby Grow, and I author this blog, The Evangelical Calvinist. Feel free to peruse the posts, and comment at your leisure. I look forward to the exchange we might have here, and hope you are provoked to love Jesus even more as a result. Pax Christi!
A Little Thomas Torrance
“God loves you so utterly and completely that he has given himself for you in Jesus Christ his beloved Son, and has thereby pledged his very being as God for your salvation. In Jesus Christ God has actualised his unconditional love for you in your human nature in such a once for all way, that he cannot go back upon it without undoing the Incarnation and the Cross and thereby denying himself. Jesus Christ died for you precisely because you are sinful and utterly unworthy of him, and has thereby already made you his own before and apart from your ever believing in him. He has bound you to himself by his love in a way that he will never let you go, for even if you refuse him and damn yourself in hell his love will never cease. Therefore, repent and believe in Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour.” -T. F. Torrance, The Mediation of Christ, 94.
My Co-Edited Books
- The Naked Gospel: Primitivism, Protestant Orthodox Theology, and Solo Scriptura
- Why Evangelicals, the Classically Reformed, and the Post-Reformed orthodox Are Suspicious of After Barth Thinkers
- The Uncontrollable Lion God of Dialectical Theology Rather than the Deus Ex Machina: Disdaining Natural Theology Because of Jesus
- Christology as Theology: John Webster’s Turn to the Immanent God as the Salvage of the Economic God of Modernity
- The Ghosts in the Material. A Critique of Materialism by a Materialist Placed Into a Theological Frame of Knowledge of God
Philosophy of Blogging“I count myself one of the number of those who write as they learn and learn as they write.” - St. Augustine cited by John Calvin
“A deep brokenness requires a deeper theology.”
“We must always keep in mind that the reason the Son of God came down from the hidden throne of the eternal Father and revealed heavenly doctrine was not to furnish material for seminary debates, in which the display of ingenuity might be the game, but rather so that human beings should be instructed concerning true knowledge of God and of all those things which are necessary to the pursuit of eternal salvation.” Martin Chemnitz, Loci theol. ed., 1590, Hypomnemata 9 cited by Barth, CD I/1, 82.
- <em>The Naked Gospel</em>: Primitivism, Protestant Orthodox Theology, and <em>Solo Scriptura</em> growrag.wordpress.com/2018/07/20/the… via @BobbyGrow1 4 hours ago
- @Poor_in_Spirit I figured. And you only recently started getting into him, right? I’ve only read his book w/ the Lamb in the title. 9 hours ago
- @Poor_in_Spirit Who is your favorite Orthodox theologian? If you were forced to choose. 9 hours ago
- @Poor_in_Spirit Are those extensions? 9 hours ago
- @DZRishmawy Homoousion. But I know what you mean; ie BZ. 11 hours ago
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Category Archives: J. Todd Billings
Often here at The Evangelical Calvinist I refer to the language of union with Christ, and Calvin’s “mystical union” (unio mystica). This is the stuff that makes ‘EC’ go round; that is pressing this Pauline idea of ‘in Christ’ theology … Continue reading
Cancer and theology: my friend Todd Billings has written a book on the relationship between cancer and theology; motivated by his own diagnosis with an incurable cancer known as multiple myeloma. As many of you know I too, back in … Continue reading
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There is a whole new way (which is really an old way) of interpreting Scripture; it is the way of the New Testament authors (and Apostles) themselves. As an evangelical Christian, trained in the N. American evangelical ways of biblical … Continue reading
Book Review. Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ by J. Todd Billings
Rejoicing in Lament: Wrestling with Incurable Cancer & Life in Christ by J. Todd Billings (2015) ISBN. 978-1-58743-358-0 (201 pages) Todd Billings is Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary in Holland, Michigan. He has … Continue reading
Tragically a recent acquaintance of mine, Fr. Matthew Baker, just died as he was driving his vehicle in the weather (in the East Coast of North America) and had an accident; he died, but his six children were spared (please … Continue reading
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“… it is not Scripture which is self-interpreting, but God who as Word interprets himself through the Spirit’s work.”
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The domination of Biblical exegesis and Theological development by White male Europeans in the church’s history continues to be a mantra chanted by many who are seeking to do exegesis and theology from a post-colonial, anti-empire hermeneutic; in other words, … Continue reading
Inerrancy continues to maintain a rather elevated status among both evangelical Christians and mainline Christians (and progressive Christians) alike; for the former it is in the affirmative, for the latter grouping it is in the negative. But both ‘sides’ are … Continue reading