The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

Month: September 2016

Conversations – 9/30/16

This column is intended to be a weekly column, wherein I assemble a list of interesting links to other web-based content for your consideration. This is not creative. It is perhaps Continue reading

Protest and Confusion: Polemics and Mysticism in the Eucharistic Doctrines of Zwingli and Calvin

Stereotypical treatments of the Protestant approaches to eucharistic doctrine tend to begin with Luther on one side, maintaining an almost crypto-Catholic doctrine of real, physical presence, progress downward through Calvin, who reduces the presence to a “spiritual” presence, and further to Zwingli, who eliminates presence altogether in favor of a mere memorialism. Once one studies the actual writings of the Reformers charitably, Continue reading

A Father’s Sins and the Gospel

It occurred to me, this morning, that I am regularly sinning against my children. In one sense, this isn’t a revelation: parents are sinners. This is generally true… and generally unthreatening. The incident this morning was a little more pointed.  Continue reading

Pursuing a Warm-Hearted Reformed Piety

Ian Hamilton has written that Calvinism is not “first and foremost a theological system; it is more fundamentally a “religious attitude.”[1] As any parent is fully aware, attitudes can be both agreeable and detestable among the sons of Adam and the daughters of Eve. So it is with Calvinists as well. Hamilton’s statement begs the question Continue reading

Why Start Another Blog?

It’s a good question. To be honest, it seems a bit silly at this point in history to be starting a blog when there are so many robust, courageous, and scholarly outlets for Christians to find solid, biblical content. Why add to the noise, when there’s clearly already too much content to profitably take in?

In a strange way, it’s actually a question related to the other question which has been stalking in the back of my mind as I’ve been working my way through seminary: “Why am I a Bible Presbyterian?” We are only one very small segment of the Christian world, so why one more denomination in the deafening cacaphony that is American evangelicalism? Continue reading