Wednesday, 2 September 2009

er, ok then

The Church remains finite and sinful; at her best, she has only a partial grasp of the riches of God’s infinite Word, and through sin, she holds the truth in imbalanced, disproportioned, and sometimes inaccurate ways. And so, Reformed theology should be reforming theology. Sometimes even deeply cherished beliefs should be challenged or supplemented by further and deeper reflection on Scripture. Sometimes new situations confront the Church, which previous generations never had to address, new apologetic challenges arise, new idolatries seek to rival the supremacy of Christ in her affections, new ethical questions press for her attention.

More positively, as history progresses, God, by his Spirit, is transforming the Church from one degree of glory to another. In the Church, he is growing humanity to maturity in Christ. And as she matures, the Church will grasp new things in new ways, not contradicting old truths rightly held, but enriching her understanding and ability to serve her Lord. It is the glory of God to conceal things; the glory of kings is to search them out (Prov. 25:2). What is needed, then, is a new generation of kings, glorious in their union with the glorified Christ, who will devote themselves to seeking new treasures in God’s Word and new treasures in his creation, and who then, like well trained scribes, will bring out of their treasury new along with old, in the service of Christ’s Church.

I love this approach.

And the rest of the first edition of the journal has impressed me too. I even understood some of the words.

I have enjoyed Ros Clarke on the Maximalist Hermeneutics of James Jordan. A very sensible article.
I am just starting to read about John Owen's Doctrine of Union with Christ. I am pleased to see it comes with diagrams.
The book reviews of the books I have read have been both fair and stimulating.

OK, Neil, I am giving in to a year's subscription!

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