Category Archives: Soteriology

Miscellanies on How the Order of a Doctrine of Election Affects the Pyromaniacs and The Gospel Coalition

The Gospel is Kingdom initiating, Kingdom grounding; indeed it could be said that the Gospel is the disruptive orientation of the original creation’s ultimate purpose as that is realized in the re-creation of God in Jesus Christ and his resurrection … Continue reading

Posted in American Evangelicalism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Cultural Christianity, Phil Johnson, Pyromaniacs, Soteriology | 11 Comments

Using Apocalyptic Theology to ‘Re-fund’ the Doctrine of Total Depravity with the Hope of ‘De-funding’ the Pelagian-Impulse in the Christian Church

I don’t have any quotes from someone else in this post; I simply wanted to state something very briefly. Many of my posts are in critique of what I have called classical Calvinism, which is a designation I use to … Continue reading

Posted in Apocalyptics, Evangelical Calvinism, Salvation, Sin, Soteriology

The AChristological Focus of Covenant Theology: A Note on What in Fact is Being Retrieved in the Reformed ‘Resurgence’

The ‘resurgence’ of Reformed theology in the conservative evangelical sub-culture and beyond continues, but what is being retrieved in this recovery of the so called ‘doctrines of grace?’ In this post I wanted to briefly highlight an emphasis, or lack … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Janice Knight, Richard Sibbes, Ron Frost, Salvation, Soteriology, William Ames | 3 Comments

UnBelief in God is Not an Intellectual but Instead a Moral-Heart Issue Before God

I wanted to reiterate something I wrote on Facebook, I think it was yesterday. Here’s what I wrote: I will never believe that unbelief in the living God is an intellectual problem, it’s a moral/heart problem. People might say they … Continue reading

Posted in Sin, Soteriology, Theo-Anthropology

Responding to Mark Dever’s Modern Day Practical Syllogism: Using Church Membership as Proof of Eternal Life and Justification Coram Deo

I think some of my Barth posts, of late, might make it appear that I am anti-church; this would be far from the case though. I am afraid this post might make it seem as if I am anti-church; but … Continue reading

Posted in Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Mark Dever, Ron Frost, Salvation, Soteriology | 2 Comments

The Athanasian, Thomas Torrance: How Soteriology is Christological in the Vicarious Humanity of Christ

Thomas Torrance is one of the, if not the most Athanasian english speaking theologians one might come across. His focus on the mediation of God’s life to humanity and humanity’s life to God in the hypostatic union of God and … Continue reading

Posted in Christology, Evangelical Calvinism, Soteriology, T. F. Torrance, Vicarious Humanity | 9 Comments

God’s Governmental Providence as Cruciform in Shape: Human Suffering and Death, with Reference to Nabeel Qureshi

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; 2. for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.” Psalm 27:1-2 The Psalmist captures a reality that many … Continue reading

Posted in Christian Dogmatics, Christology, Cornelius van der Kooi, Gijsbert van den Brink, Soteriology, Staurology, Theology Of The Cross | 1 Comment

On a Christ Concentrated Theology: Its Historical Development from Calvin, to the Federal Theologians, to the Marrow Men, to Barth and Torrance

Evangelical Calvinism is really a bubbling over of a variety of impetuses from within the history of Reformed theology. We look to the Scottish theology of Thomas Torrance, and the antecedent theology he looks to in the theology of John … Continue reading

Posted in Barth, Classical Theism, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism Book, Federal Theology, Salvation, Scottish Theology, Soteriology, Supralapsarianism, T. F. Torrance | 2 Comments

The 16th and 17th Century Reformed Covenantal Roots of the 21st Century evangelical and Reformed Theological Understanding of a ‘Legally Strained’ Gospel

When I can, I like to highlight where the legalistic character of the contemporary evangelical and Reformed faith came from. I realize that for many, maybe even most at this point, doctrine doesn’t really mean much these days for evangelicals; … Continue reading

Posted in Assurance Of Salvation, Brian Zahnd, Critiquing Classic Calvinism, Evangelical Calvinism, Robert Rollock, Salvation, Scottish Theology, Soteriology | 5 Comments

Getting Past the Caricatures of Calvin: Calvin the ‘in Christ’ Participatory Theologian

John Calvin often gets caricatured for a variety of reasons; the unfortunate thing about such caricatures is they keep people from benefiting from some very rich theology that he offers in the whole of his oeuvre. What I appreciate most about … Continue reading

Posted in John Calvin, Salvation, Soteriology | 4 Comments