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Meditations on the Larger Catechism, pt. 1

Danny Hyde
  I am thankful for the invitation to contribute to the Valiant for Truth blog. In the series that follows, I will be offering Meditations on the Larger Catechism, which will include exposition and application of this wonderful statement of Christian teaching from our Reformed Protestant tradition. A Meaty Catechism…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 5

R. Scott Clark
IV. Consolation Preached In part one of this series we considered Calvin’s interpretation of several biblical passages on consolation. In part two we looked at how he harvested a theology of consolation from his exegetical work. In part three we examined what he wrote in his Institutes on consolation, and…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 4

R. Scott Clark
III. Consolation and Pastoral Ministry For Calvin, christian consolation is not only a theological reality but it is also the result of good pastoral practice. Christians often fail to appropriate the consolation they might because they don’t humble themselves to confess their sins to one another. Let us take the…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 3

R. Scott Clark
II. His Theology of Consolation (1559 Institutes) In the previous installment we looked at the way Calvin read Paul’s epistles and how he drew from them a doctrine of consolation, of God’s presence with his people in Christ, by the Spirit, in the gospel, in the sacraments, and in prayer.…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 2

R. Scott Clark
I. Calvin's Exegesis of Consolation (in Paul) In the first part we saw that Calvin was a pilgrim who himself needed the consolation of the gospel, given by the Spirit, through the ministry of Word, sacrament, and prayer. He was also a careful, thoughtful, and sophisticated reader of texts and…
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Calvin as Theologian of Consolation, Part 1

R. Scott Clark
Wikipedia, that ubiquitous source of unimpeachable scholarship, defines “consolation” as “something of value, when one fails to get something of higher value....” That is precisely the opposite of what John Calvin (1509–64) meant by “consolation.”For Calvin, the consolation that Christ gives to his people, by the gospel, through the Spirit,…
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Alumni Interview: Brian Lee Part 6

VFT
  9. Do you have any counsel for those who are interested in studying 16th and 17th century theology? If you love it, do it, but don’t count on getting a job teaching it. Of course, at Westminster California you can get a good taste for 16th and 17th century…
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Alumni Interview: Brian Lee Part 5

VFT
  8. In what way has your study of Cocceius benefitted your pastoral ministry? Just last night, a new member of our church — an adult convert and an avid reader — asked me if I preached according to the “redemptive historical” method. He had come across the term in…
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Alumni Interview: Brian Lee Part 4

VFT
  6. What insights have you gained from your study of Cocceius? Incorporating unity, progress, and diversity in our understanding of the covenants is key to reading the Bible, because it puts Christ and the cross at the center of the story. The redemptive historical unity and unfolding of the…
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