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 …

John Bugay speaks about the history of Roman Catholicism

Here’s a link to the Agora Forum talk I did Friday night (November 21, 2014). There were about a dozen people in attendance, and the discussion lasted a good while. My thanks to Dr. David Snoke for the invitation, and to all who attended and took part in the discussions. I had a great time. …

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 …