Back to the Future

February 9, 2016Church History, Heresy

Throughout the Back to the Future series, Marty McFly, a hapless teen­ager, continually saves the present, and the future, by going back to the past in his DeLorean. While the series didn’t help anyone understand anything about science (still, how cool is a flux capacitor?), there is one valuable takeaway: The past was once the … Read More

Calvin’s Company of Pastors: An interivew with Scott Manetsch

December 11, 2013Church History, Ecclesiology, Interviews, John Calvin, Matthew Claridge, Pastoral Ministry

Many things come to mind when you think of John Calvin. Is pastoral care among them?  To bring that contribution closer to the top of our first thoughts, let me introduce you to Scott Manetsch’s fine new book, Calvin’s Company of Pastors: Pastoral Care and the Emerging Reformed Church, 1536-1609 (Oxford Studies in Historical Theology). Dr. … Read More

Annie Pearce Kinkead (Mrs. B.B.) Warfield

April 24, 2013Church History, Fred Zaspel

By Fred Zaspel– (reprinted from Banner of Truth Issue 595, April 2013) Believe it or not, since the publication of my The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary in early 2010 I have received more inquiries regarding Warfield’s wife, Annie, than any other single Warfield subject. This is a curious thing, given the many … Read More

Telling Time in Scripture (part 2/2)

March 8, 2013Church History, Fred Zaspel, Old Testament Studies

By Fred Zaspel– Last time we introduced our subject with a survey of ancient calendars and the methods we use to fixing dates of events in the ancient past. We turn now to the study of biblical chronology and genealogies specifically. Biblical Chronology Example. Let’s begin with an example of “dead reckoning” in Biblical chronology. … Read More

Review: Between Babel and Beast

February 14, 2013Church History, Culture, Matthew Claridge, Politics, Reviews

Leithart, Peter J. Between Babel and Beast: America and Empires in Biblical Perspective (Theopolitical Visions). Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2012. Reviewed by Matthew Claridge The term “political theology” may come across as puzzling if not heretical to some evangelicals. We’ve been trained (formally, though not often in practice) to separate the two for some time; its … Read More