Reformed Theology


For any of you who may be lurking on my blog, wondering what happened to the series on Mike Horton’s book Introducing Covenant Theology, I have not forgotten it. I took time out to read Kim Riddlebarger’s A Case for Amillennialism, and now I’m reading R. Scott Clark’s Recovering the Reformed Confession.

The young church where I am one of the worship leaders began welcoming members recently, but we have a few issues with the doctrinal statement, such as the explicit inclusion of the word “literal” between “six” and “days”, the inclusion of the words “rapture” and “tribulation”, and the taking of a specific dispensational premillennial stance. Though Covenant Theology definitely speaks to all these issues, I wanted to read A Case for Amillennialism to help solidify my own position as well as get a better understanding of all the major positions. We are welcomed at our church despite our differences, but I think it would be better if the doctrinal statement was more like the Reformed confessions and less specific about its millennial position.

[The exegete] might … well observe the likeness between Moses’ record of the creation “week” and certain visions of John, the seer of the Apocalypse, which are heptad in structure with successively numbered divisions and yet are not strictly chronological in sequence. It appears that the God of revelation chose to reveal the primeval ages of creation and the eschatological ages of re-creation in similar literary form. –Meredith Kline

As for Recovering the Reformed Confession, I think this book will help me get a better understanding of what it means to be Reformed to those who have grown up in that tradition for generations. Though we have been Calvinists for a few years, we are coming to the Reformed faith from the outside. There’s a small batch of young people in this town from Calvary Chapel who have been converted to 5-point Calvinists, and we were compelled to find refuge elsewhere. But to be Reformed goes so much deeper than TULIP, so we’re still only on our way… semper reformanda.

Other ways I’m keeping busy include our daughter Ava who just turned one, and our son Baxter (named after the Puritan pastor), who still needs another four months in the oven. My lovely wife and I recently celebrated our anniversary with dinner at the Sierra Nevada brewery and gives exchanged from Kay (which every kiss begins with). And I already mentioned leading worship. Coming from a Calvary Chapel and Vineyard background, I’m used to three chords and the truth, but now I do hymns exclusively. Having a music degree helps me with the arrangements, but, since I have not been steeped in hymnody since my childhood, virtually every time I lead I’m learning a new song, just hoping I’ve got the tempo right.


2 thoughts on “Update

  1. It's great to see others coming out of Calvary Chapel and modern evangelical backgrounds realizing that there is more to reformed theology than TULIP.

    O. Palmer Robertson's “The Christ of the Covenants” is a great read as well.

    My wife and I are now members at an OPC.

  2. Though it should not, it is always suprising to see Gods Grace at work. I was at Calvary in the beginging, helped build the original church before it went big time. (always wondered what happened to Lonnie Frisbie?)God brought a wonderful brother into my life some years later who was attending WSC and very gently just asked questions. How different Reformed Faith is from Calvary/Vinyard “faith” back then we would change the course of our approach to God whenever the latest wind would blow. With Reformed Faith it gave us so much stability in our Faith and it will take a lifetime to grow into.(its been 25yrs already) Your going the right direction in your reading. The Lord will be faithful to you!

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