Where does dogma come from? (Paul Helm)

January 3, 2018Paul Helm

Old theological conflicts frequently reappear dressed in a new outfit. So it is with narrative theologies and their theological output. Currently, in the guise of narrative theologies of one sort and another, we are presented with a version of the 19th century conflict between history and dogma in new dress. Not the denial by history … Read More

Martin Luther and the knowledge of God

November 13, 2017Paul Helm

Last time we saw how Martin Luther taught that self-knowledge is essential to the proper worship of God. He then went on to show that we need to know about God’s ‘character’ in order to sustain the life of faith. I would also point out not only how these things are true…but also how godly, … Read More

Going to church with Martin (Paul Helm)

November 10, 2017Martin Luther, Paul Helm, Reformation

I came across this passage from Luther’s Bondage of the Will not long ago: So it is not irreligious, idle, or superfluous, but in the highest degree  wholesome and necessary, for a Christian to know whether or not his will has anything to do in matters  pertaining to salvation. `Indeed, let me tell you, this … Read More

Augustine the Pilgrim (part 2)

September 6, 2017Paul Helm

Editor’s note: Read part 1 of Augustine the Pilgrim. When in the City of God  Augustine compares the two cities and their inhabitants in some way, the theme of pilgrimage becomes prominent. As in chapter 17 of Book 19, ‘The grounds of the concord and discord between the cities of on earth as being engaged … Read More

Augustine the pilgrim (part 1)

September 5, 2017Paul Helm

The City of God was completed three years before Augustine died. The Barbarians overcame this Roman province of Africa later in the century. They reached Hippo in 430, the year of Augustine’s death. Christianity was wiped out. In this case at least Tertullian’s saying that the blood of martyrs is the seed of the church … Read More

Book Review: Candle in the Wind (Paul Helm)

November 5, 2015Paul Helm, Reviews

Gary Brady is a present-day John Flavel. Like Flavel the Puritan, a minister in Dartmouth, Gary has been the pastor of an urban church for many years, and as Flavel became used to the ups and downs of such a life so no doubt has Gary. He has been pastor of Childs Hill Baptist Church … Read More

My conversation with Jürgen Moltmann (Paul Helm)

February 5, 2015Paul Helm

Recently I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Jürgen Moltmann, author of The Theology of Hope, The Crucified God, The Trinity and the Kingdom of God, and of other books.  With others I was able briefly to talk to him afterwards. He lectured for an hour in good English (no doubt learned when he was … Read More

The gospel and duty (Paul Helm)

July 16, 2014Paul Helm

I think it would be worthwhile to return to the question of whether in sanctification believers have a duty to obey the law.  This came up in an earlier post concerned with the place of the law in sanctification, the third use of the law as it is sometimes called. The question arises also in connection … Read More