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Happy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  It defies consumerism and sneers at materialism.  It drives us back to the warmth of home and the love of family.

Be thankful, enjoy your family, celebrate with feasting.  And don’t miss Bill Kauffman’s excellent The Grinch Who Moved Thanksgiving over at the Front Porch.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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I wanted to comment on the continuing discussion on Hahn and Horton but as the conversation has drifted toward the difference between Rome and Geneva on Justification, I thought I would create a new post.

Let me suggest that the primary doctrinal difference with regard to justification, and it is a large difference indeed, is whether we are justified because we are good (taking for granted that that the goodness is formed by the sanctifying grace of Christ) or whether we are good because we have been justified by the wholly gratuitous imputation of Christ’s righteousness. All parties agree that holiness matters. The question is whether our personal holiness is the root or the fruit of our justification. As the heart of the question is whether justification is wholly forensic and judicial… a matter of imputation or infusion of Christ’s righteousness.

 

In order for our Roman Catholic readers not to be completely befuddled by Protestant reactions to Trent, our readers have to understand that Protestants are used to thinking of the imputation of Christ’s perfect righteousness as the sole hope of our salvation as the gospel. Sanctification, the mortification of the flesh, putting to death the old man, and renewing our minds after the likeness of Christ matter much… but they are not the center of our hope (but rather like filthy rags in comparison to the depths of Christ’s righteousness for us).

To answer Kevin- the Reformed read the Sermon on the Mount in the way we read the whole of the law… at once a definition of the ethics of the Kingdom and a reflection of our ethical duty as well as a reminder of how far short our personal righteousness fall when considered against the perfect standard of God’s holy law.  Therefore, the Sermon on the Mount both encourages us to a renewed commitment to keeping God’s law while at the same time  driving us away from our feeble attempts to keep the law in order to find our perfect righteousness in the finished work of Christ.

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Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical leaders have united to issue a clarion call in the defense of life, marriage and religious freedom.

The document, entitled The Manhattan Declaration, was drafted by Princeton Law Professor, Robert George, Timothy George, and Chuck Colson, founder of the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview (Lansdowne, Va.).

With great clarity the document presents a synopsis of the cultural battles raging against the faith. It is a great reminder that while we have our differences, all Christians should be united in our struggle against secular fascism.

Leading signatories include Leith Anderson (National Association of Evangelicals), Dr. Mark L. Bailey (Dallas Theological Seminary), Dr. Robert C. Cannada, Jr. (Reformed Theological Seminary) and Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput
(Archbishop of Denver).

I encourage all DRC enthusiasts to read and sign this document. It is a call to defense of Christianity in our time.

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Michael Horton has responded to idiotic claims that his blurb on the jacket cover Scott Hahn’s Covenant and Communion was somehow an endorsement of Pope Benedict XVI’s theology.  Horton’s clarification is here.

Of course, all of this should be obvious.  Michael Horton is one of the foremost defenders of Confessional Reformed theology.  Some might say he is a strident defender of Reformed Orthodoxy.  His Reformed bona fides are impeccable and beyond dispute.  And yet.  And yet even the slightest word of encouragement of a book related to the theology of a Roman Catholic Pope and commentators on this blog and around the internet offer words of uncharitable suspicion at best and outraged condemnation at worst.

What is wrong with the conservative Reformed community?  Why this posture of constant suspicion when dealing with each other?  Why this incestuous insistence that we only read books written by other Reformed authors, that we never find insights from works written outside the camp?  This is nothing less than absurdity.

Have we forgotten that Samuel Rutherford Lex Rex founds its intellectual origins among the Spanish Jesuits?  That Abraham Kuyper’s social theory often sounds suspiciously like 19th Century Papal encyclicals on social teaching?  That the Puritans looked sympathetically upon the Jansenists during the 17th Century?  That John Owen contemplated writing a history of Jansenism? And if not, are we not able to read the works of Pope Benedict XVI or Scott Hahn and appreciate their engagement with Biblical Theology in hopes that common ground can be established based on the text of Scripture?

Stop the hate!!!!

 

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More on Horton and Hahn

Two of my favorite  covenant theologians.

Irony and paradox, irony and paradox.

Here

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Today is St. Augustine’s birthday!  As there are no dead in Christ, wish him a happy birthday.

 

Thanks to the Heidelblog for the tip off.

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KMcCPromo09We are pleased to announce that Kevin McCormick will be joining the DRC as a regular contributor.  Here is a bio for Kevin:

Kevin McCormick is a guitarist and composer living in the Texas Hill Country.  He is the founder of Mirabilis Records and Mirabilis Studio for Guitar in Kerrville, Texas where he resides.  He is also instructor of guitar at Schreiner University.  He and his wife, Lisa, run the marriage preparation and natural family planning ministries at their parish, Notre Dame Church.   They also attend the world’s first Anglican rite Catholic parish, Our Lady of Atonement in San Antonio, whenever they get the chance.  They have three girls.

Check out his web site: here.

Welcome Kevin!

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