Reformed but not Presbyterian, or Presbyterian but not Confessional?

There are two options within the Reformed streams in Indonesia, it seems. The first upholds Reformed theology in the confessional sense – the Westminster Confessions are respected, the theology of Scripture loudly proclaimed, and the normed tradition of Reformed orthodoxy is endorsed. However, here the mindset is that this theology has to be implemented in […]

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Book Review – Selderhuis, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life

Intro: OK, I don’t need to deny that Calvin (not Cranmer, although I am an Anglican) is still my favorite church theologian. It will most likely remain this way (now an Anglican may consider this a thorn in his/her flesh, but hey, it’s a great thorn). So reading yet another bio from Calvin doesn’t feel […]

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Why I am Presbyterian (And Why You Should Be, Too): Pt. 3, Scripture

This represents the third in a series of guest posts by Charles Williams, Ordained Elder at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Ambler (OPC). The series contain four parts: An Argument from Experience, Reason, Scripture, and the Benefits of Presbyterianism (which flow from Scripture). You can read part 1 here, and part 2 here.    It’s worth noting (hence why […]

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Why I am Presbyterian (And Why You Should Be, Too): Pt 2, Reason

This represents the second in a series of guest posts by Charles Williams, Ordained Elder at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Ambler (OPC). The series contain four parts: An Argument from Experience, Reason, Scripture, and the Benefits of Presbyterianism. You can read part 1 here. Part 2: Reason. If experience is an insufficient means of convincing you to […]

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What is Preaching Anyway?

When I receive criticism, a wise friend tells me to try to discern at least two things: does this criticism reflect the critic’s attempt to be biblically faithful (and thus to be heeded) or does it simply expose the critic’s faulty views? An example comes to mind – not too long ago I preached a […]

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One thing that keeps me in check

To be part of a godly church community is essential for Christian growth. Christians were never meant to live as isolated individuals – the church is a body and a limb can do nothing without being attached to the whole. Christ is our head, and we are in union with Him as we join into […]

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Union in Action

Romans 6:1-5 (ESV) What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 […]

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