“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.” – Jesus
Category Archives: Theology
Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen- or just Dr. K. Like Coach K. But different. But what a fantastic series he describes.
And the theme this time is ‘The Wrath of God‘. Give it a look. I especially enjoyed this essay-
There is no painter with his colors can so lively set out Christ unto you, as I have painted Him by my preaching ~ Martin Luther
The greatest mistake the modern church has made has been in hiring businessmen instead of theologians to pastor its congregations.
This one has me excited. So excited I’ve already pre-ordered it. That excited.
In a crucial period after the Reformation, when Reformed orthodoxy was vibrant and pristine, the great dogmatician Amandus Polanus brought the Reformers’ writings and thoughts together into one comprehensive work: the Syntagma Theologiae Christianae. Translated into English for the first time by Lexham Press, A System of Christian Theology presents Polanus’ Syntagma to the English-speaking world. A treasure trove of insight, comparable in scope to Berkouwer’s massive Studies in Dogmatics, no serious student of Reformed theology should be without this text.
Polanus, taking his place alongside such figures of doctrinal importance as William Ames, Francis Turretin, and William Perkins, created this comprehensive synthesis to defend Reformed orthodoxy from attack by the Roman Catholic Counter-Reformation—especially the polemics of Jesuit cardinal Robert Bellarmine.
That may sound like publisher puff but it’s absolutely true. Polanus’ work is indispensable. That’s why I’m so excited. I hope it’s out by Christmas.
UPDATE: If you aren’t familiar with Polanus’ work- you can read a bit here.
As soon as Hollywood has pimped out the bible for all that town can make, it will turn back to Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber. #ItSeesThemAllTheSameWay. Those Christians presently applauding the interest Hollywood has in the Bible are applauding the de-theologizing and cheapening and crass selling of the Scriptures.
Persons interested in communicating the truth of Scripture ought to be wise enough and clever enough to know that when Scripture’s message is distorted, as it ALWAYS is in popularizing films, it isn’t the Gospel that’s being presented, but a lie.
And if Pastors urge their Church members to attend Hollywood’s distortions rather than Scripture study, they are sending their flocks to deception and have forfeited their sacred calling to ‘feed the flock’. For, if someone urges you to drink poison, they have a part in your death. And if someone urges participation in the distortion of Scripture, they have a part in the consequences of that distortion.
“Be Renewed – A Theology of Personal Renewal”, published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in the Reformed Historical Theology Series, is the new book of Willem van Vlastuin, assistant professor in systematic theology at VU University Amsterdam.
Listening to Scripture and in conversation with a variety of theologians from the protestant tradition, van Vlastuin presents an up-to-date concept for a theology of personal renewal.
The good folk at Walter de Gruyter have launched a new Journal titled Open Theology.
Open Theology is an international Open Access, peer-reviewed academic journal that welcomes contributions written in English addressing religion in its various forms and aspects: historical, theological, sociological, psychological, and other.
The journal encompasses all major disciplines of Theology and Religious Studies, presenting doctrine, history, organization and everyday life of various types of religious groups and the relations between them. We publish articles from the field of Theology as well as Philosophy, Sociology and Psychology of Religion and also dialogue between Religion and Science.
The Open Theology does not present views of any particular theological school nor of a particular religious organization. The contributions are written by researchers who represent different religious views. The authors present their research concering the old religious traditions as well as new religious movements.
The aim of the journal is to promote an international and interdisciplinary dialogue in the field of Theology and Religious Studies. The journal seeks also to provide researchers, pastors and other interested persons with the fruits of academic studies.