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Clothes Make the Man (or the Woman)?

Do we still believe in the notion of the “preaching office” or the “pastoral office”? Or have we joined the ranks of so much American “free church” congregationalism that replaces the notion of “office” with that of mere “function”?

Can the Lord’s Supper Be “Online”?

The notion of “online Communion” has some real problems to it.

My Body, Broken for Zoom?

The internet remains an individual and isolated experience even when we must attempt online worship.

A Pastoral Rule For Today

Pastors in America today are being asked to fulfill more roles than ever. What can be done?

Preaching according to the Lectio Continua: Practical Questions & Considerations

What are the advantages of the lectionary vs lectio continua based preaching?

Earl Palmer on Expository Preaching

On May 21, 2019, Theology Matters’ Managing Editor, Richard Burnett, interviewed Earl F. Palmer at University Presbyterian Church, Seattle, Washington, where he was ordained in 1956.

John Calvin on Theatrical Trifles in Worship

Jesus Christ comes to us in a realized eschatology of invisibility. When he comes to us, he lights flames that remain invisible to us, both saints and sinners. What we should also remember is that he has rarely come to us as the Northern Lights.

Calvin’s Theology of Pastoral Care

Christ likens the Church to a sheepfold in which God assembles his people, and compares himself to the door, since he is the only entrance way into the Church.

Invitation to a Pillar Fight

Preamble: Beyond the blue horizon an even-keeled professorship goes into dry dock claiming that (1) doctrine unites, (2) reason divides, and (3) bondage frees. I.  Surveying Our Rubble Let...

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Calvin Meets Voltaire – An Interview with Jennifer Powell McNutt

Editor’s note: Since we are not the first Christians or congregational leaders in the Reformed tradition to swim against strong cultural and intellectual currents,...

A Theology of the Ordinary

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life––your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life––and place it...

Is Theology Practical?

This address was delivered at Theology Matters’ first conference on Hilton Head Island, Feb. 19, 2020. I made an off-hand comment to Richard Burnett one...

On Reconciliation – Honoring the Work of Jesus Christ

Christ Jesus . . . has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility. Eph. 2:...

A Provocative Confession: Jesus as the Truth

The fact is confessing Jesus Christ as the way, the truth, and the life has always been provocative. It’s always been contested. It’s...