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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...

Orthodoxy at Stake

For over a century, a small gem has been embedded in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order: the “Great Ends of the Church.” Six great purposes of the church’s life – the life of every congregation and of the whole denomination.

Commemorating the Reformation in “Post-Christian” Europe?

The debate over the meaning of Reformation jubilees or commemorations is an old one. Such celebrations can be put to different uses and interpreted...

Why Church Leaders Should Study Theology

In order to lead any organization one must clearly, accurately, and firmly perceive two realities. The first is what the organization exists to accomplish....

Does Theology Still Matter?

Does theology still matter? It may seem like an odd question to ask in a journal that has asserted for more than two decades...

John Calvin on the Unity and Truthfulness of the Church

John Calvin wrote a great deal about the unity and truthfulness of the church in his day. We can continue to learn from him...

Centers and Boundaries

If you’ve ever driven a car around a curve you’re familiar with the physical phenomenon of centrifugal force. It’s the tug you feel as...

Two Views of Marriage

The church’s historic understanding of marriage may be the foremost doctrine under fire at the 220th General Assembly (2012) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)....