Posted by TJH @ 9:53 am on October 29th 2014

Doug Green and Westminster Seminary

The forced retirement of OT professor Doug Green at Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) should not require months and months of agonizing. I was reminded about this while reading the endless series of articles on arcane matters of hermeneutics at the Green Baggins site. See, for example, the seven consecutive articles starting with this one and going backwards in time. Though disguised under academic-sounding titles, it is obvious that the meta-narrative is to show why Green & Enns can’t teach at WTS. But if it comes down to such subtle and nuanced positioning, we are in trouble.

The reason Green & Enns are unacceptable as teachers at a confessional school can be stated very simply: on their hermeneutic, you could never deduce the Confession their school gathers around.  There it is, in one sentence.

I made this point six years ago in connection with the Enns affair. The point still holds.

It is not enough to “affirm the Confession.” If it turned out that someone wholeheartedly affirmed the Confession because one day fairies whispered in his ear that it was true, that would be worse than denying the Confession honestly.

We need people that affirm the Confession just because it is taught by the Word of God. And this cannot be done from the hermeneutic taught by Enns and Green.

Posted by TJH @ 5:29 pm on September 9th 2014

Confessionalism Type B: The Case of the RPCUS

The RPCUS provides an interesting case study (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 8:47 pm on November 17th 2013

The Federal Vision: Not Catholic At All

It seems clear that one of the motivations for the Federal Vision (FV) movement (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 8:34 pm on November 13th 2013

The World Chess Championship

is happening right now in India.

It is of great interest — 22-year-old Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, having the highest rating in history, challenging Anand for the title.

Unfortunately, you will have to get up at around 5 or 6 AM (east coast) or even earlier (further west) to watch it live.

It can be done at chess.com, which hosts GM-level running commentary as the games are being played.

I am not good enough at chess to even understand, unaided, why champion-level players move what they do. But with the expert commentary, I can understand a lot. It really opens up what the game is like at the high level, and makes it very exciting. Try it out. Schedule is below

 

Chess schedule

Posted by TJH @ 10:08 pm on September 12th 2013

C. S. Lewis’ Second Argument for Purgatory

The introduction to Lewis on Purgatory, and discussion (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 5:01 pm on May 26th 2013

C. S. Lewis on Purgatory

Some of his fan base may be unaware that C. S. Lewis believed in Purgatory (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 9:43 pm on April 11th 2013

Walküre on Met matinee broadcast Saturday 13 April 2013

Reminder to tune in to your NPR station that carries the Met broadcasts, starting at 11 AM. (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 6:37 pm on March 24th 2013

Preface to the Frank Schaeffer you-tubes

The son of the L’abri founder Francis, when he was an angry young man, went by “Franky” (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 8:20 pm on December 30th 2012

Pipa on The Lord’s Day

The sabbath principle is explained using the analogy of a beautiful park. (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 11:41 pm on December 2nd 2012

Book: T. David Gordon on Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns

The surprising thing about this contribution to the debate on worship is (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 6:14 pm on July 1st 2012

The Covenanters in America: A Brief History

This is a review of the mimeographed history by D. Carson (more…)

Posted by MRB @ 11:57 am on November 30th 2011

Gordon Clark on Music

Some people think music a primitive art because it has only a few notes and rhythms. But it is only simple on the surface; its substance on the other hand, which makes it possible to interpret this manifest content, has all the infinite complexity that’s suggested in the external forms of other arts and that music conceals. (more…)

Posted by MRB @ 9:28 pm on October 31st 2011

Book. Schaeffer: How Should We Then Live? Part 2.

We have considered Schaeffer the philosopher in part 1, now we will consider Schaeffer the historian. (more…)

Posted by MRB @ 12:14 pm on October 1st 2011

Book. Schaeffer: How Should We Then Live?

C.S. Lewis once said that marking good essays and bad essays is easy, it is the those that fall in between (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 1:39 pm on May 31st 2010

Robert Preus, Justification and Rome

This is a brief yet surprisingly thorough and lucid treatment of the issues (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 1:39 pm on January 1st 2010

The Proposed OPC Directory for Worship

The OPC (Orthodox Presbyterian Church) is in the process of ratifying a new “Directory for Worship.”  It is available on-line by clicking an appropriate link here. The purpose of this essay is to bring some arguments against the proposed revision to the church. (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 1:38 pm on November 24th 2009

Introductory criticism of Wilson’s “‘Reformed’ is Not Enough”

The book “Reformed” is Not Enough created quite a stir a few years back (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 1:35 pm on October 21st 2009

On Deacons Serving Communion

At issue here is a practice, reported in some quarters, of Deacons assisting in (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 1:34 pm on May 28th 2009

A WW2 story

Every war has a big story and thousands of little stories. The little stories are (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 1:32 pm on May 18th 2009

Keys of Church and Presbyterial Succession

Attached is an mp3 of a Sunday School on Heidelberg Catechism 83-85, (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 1:31 pm on May 11th 2009

Heidelberg Catechism and Paedo-communion

Attached is the mp3 of a Sunday School lesson I taught yesterday on Heidelberg Catechism 81-82, including a discussion of Wilson’s (and others’) paedo-communion doctrine (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 1:27 pm on December 27th 2008

The tip-o-meter

The American custom of tipping is like a dance that neither party really wishes (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 7:47 pm on October 21st 2008

The “human life amendment”

There is a lot of discussion in conservative circles of (more…)

Posted by MRB @ 3:58 pm on September 5th 2008

Comments on Lewis’s Perelandra

After writing a response to a question under another post, (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 11:15 pm on August 30th 2008

MacGregor on the Future of the Catholic Church Reformed (HCC #4)

The author was a prominent Church of Scotland man (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 11:25 pm on August 2nd 2008

The Slovak people continue five centuries to 1938

Continuing the brief history of the Slovak people from the narrative begun earlier, through the modern (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 10:25 pm on May 31st 2008

The Slovak people: original settlement

This report is based on a “target of opportunity” — an old beat up book from a co-worker; though held together with masking tape and rubber bands, (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 10:18 am on May 22nd 2008

Discussion of Wagner’s Ring: Rheingold

While only a few people will be interested in our philosophical podcasts, I hope many will give the operatic ones a try. Here, we discuss (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 9:16 pm on April 9th 2008

Westminster Seminary and Pete Enns: Ten Observations

It behooves us to take an opening stance on the volcano (more…)

Posted by TJH @ 9:51 am on April 5th 2008

La Bohème comes around again

Today, April 5 at 1:30 on your affiliated NPR station; or (more…)

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