The Manna and the Stone

A Theological and Practical Journal of Bible Presbyterians

Category: Feature

Longer, more academically developed articles.

Loyalty in Voting

I realize this is too late to be of any immediate use to anybody, but I hope that our remove from the situation can help us to think through the issues more clearly. For what it is worth, this article is adapted from a paper written as a letter to a friend, so you can expect that voice throughout.

I know you’ve been getting hit hard with all your friends insisting that “voting third party is just a vote for Hillary,” but hopefully Continue reading

Reforming Evangelism: Fundamental Principles


My first day at college was a memorable one. I met one of my roommates as I was unloading and we began to talk about where we were from, what our majors were, what churches we attended, and so on.  When I told him I was a Bible Presbyterian, he remarked, “Oh! So you don’t believe in evangelism then.” He was suffering under the common, yet mistaken, idea that Reformed theology kills evangelical zeal. Sometimes, Continue reading

Singing in Worship and Christian Unity

With a view to encouraging us to more faithful and hearty worship in song, this post will focus primarily on a single verse, Colossians 3:16. This verse is found in the midst of a larger section of Pauline “put offs” and “put ons.” The put ons are positive applications to 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

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