Can I know I have eternal life?

A critique of the “Federal Vision” and other theories of assurance In this essay I plan to discuss a modern theological controversy, centered around a school of thought which calls itself the “Federal Vision”, associated with authors Steve Wilkins and Doug Wilson and sometimes also connected the teachings of Norm Shepherd and N.T. Wright. I …

The six points of Calvinism

The six points of Calvinism  Many people have heard of the “five points of Calvinism,” summarized in the acronym TULIP. Here I present the same ideas restated in somewhat more modern language. The problem with the old TULIP phrasing is that many or most of the words used in that acronym are difficult for people …

Review of a classic postmillenial book, “Creation Regained”

In recent years I have seen in many venues that postmillenialism is gaining a lot of traction among evangelicals. This is true both on the left (N.T. Wright) and the right (D. Hegeman) and everywhere in between (including Andy Crouch and the Jubilee conferences sponsored by Coalition for Christian Outreach, among others). Creation Regained by …

Leithart– can we change the definitions of words?

I am a member of the PCA’s Committee on Constitutional Business. I like to joke that we are like the Supreme Court of the PCA except everyone can just ignore us. We can rule on constitutionality of various actions, but all our decisions are nonbinding to anyone. Among other things we also read the minutes …

To what degree can we cooperate with members of the Catholic church and other churches?

I’m throwing this out here in large part because I’d like to get feedback from people on this issue, to help me in some of the organizational decisions I am making. Everyone who is in leadership has to make decisions about who they can work together with, and on what activities. Who we work with …

The Crucial Role of Union with Christ, Part 2

Last week I discussed the importance of our union with Christ in the “justification of justification,” that is, the legal and moral grounds for God’s declaration of us as righteous. In short, we “own” the righteousness of Christ because we are really are truly united to him; his righteousness is truly “in” us, as opposed …

The Crucial Role of Union with Christ, Part 1

Several years ago, I was part of a Muslim-Christian dialogue group at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I remember vividly an argument one Muslim friend made at the time. He said, “Imagine that you are in a law court, and the judge says you are guilty, but he is going to give your punishment …