Category Archives: Federal Vision

10 Things to Expect in a Federal Vision Church

I recently read a post by a frustrated woman on the outcome of some decisions made in different PCA Presbyteries. Among many things, this individual observed that she was deeply concerned for the well-being of the people who attend PCA … Continue reading

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A Father’s Day Exhortation

Happy Father’s Day! There is a hunger out there. It is not a hunger for food, money, power; it is a hunger for fathers. This is what Douglas Wilson referred to as “Father Hunger.” Sons and daughters are craving for … Continue reading

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John 15, Election and Covenant

John 15 is a covenant passage. We can never be too cautious about using this type of language, but at the same time I often wonder why people miss something so simple. Opponents of Norman Shepherd argue that John is … Continue reading

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Confession Anyone?

Here is a piece I wrote some time ago on the relationship between confessions and the Scriptures.

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Imaging the Triune Life; or Living Perichoretically

Because we are made in God’s image, God is the model for humanity. The Father, Son, and Spirit mutually indwell one another’s lives (Jn. 13-17). The theological term for this is “perichoresis.” “Peri” is Greek for “around.” We get the … Continue reading

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Steve Wilkins vs. Mr. Anti-FV

I have discussed FV in various places on this blog.  People are tired of hearing me say, “yes, we love babies!” or “yes, we like bread and wine,” or “yes, we like serious church worship, etc.” But some out there … Continue reading

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Summarizing The Federal Vision, Part V

Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV After several preliminary comments, Wilson recommends the Federal Vision Joint Statement. The statement provides a series of points in which all FV proponents are in agreement, and it concludes with some areas in which … Continue reading

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The Federal Vision in Two Minutes or Less, Part IV

Part I, Part II, Part III On this fourth post in a series of introductory remarks on the Federal Vision, my intention is to summarize Douglas Wilson’s two lectures on the Federal Vision, while adding a few salient remarks of my … Continue reading

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The Federal Vision in Two Minutes or Less, Part III

Part I, Part II Douglas Wilson makes an important point that I would like to briefly expand. He says that “ad hoc alliances among evangelicals vary from country to country.” His point being that evangelicals in different nations have different … Continue reading

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Federal Vision’s Agenda

The agenda of the FV school of thought is to talk about the things God talks about in the way God talks about them. —Bill DeJong See: DeJong’s reply to Clark’s questions Steven Wedgeworth’s introduction to Klaas Schilder

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The PCA and Peter Leithart

My good friend James Grant summarizes the situation well: In 2007, the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) approved a study report that concluded the movement known as the “Federal Vision” was outside the boundaries of the Westminster Standards. This basically … Continue reading

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The Federal Vision in Two Minutes or Less, Part II

Part I Since we acknowledge that there are differences and nuances being articulated in Federal Vision circles from the standard Reformed dogma in this day, then the next priority for anyone studying the matter is to be able to understand … Continue reading

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The Federal Vision in Two Minutes or Less, Part I

I want to offer a few summary thoughts on the Federal Vision following to a great extent Douglas Wilson’s two lectures delivered in the UK. You can purchase the audio here. These posts can be read in two minutes or … Continue reading

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Federal Vision and the URCNA

Wedgeworth writes: Well, the URCNA FV report is just as bad as the rest of them.  Bill DeJong has done the slow and steady work of showing how they purposefully omit the qualifications which FV writers make.  You can see … Continue reading

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Temporary Special Call

Federal Vision advocates claim that the benefits of the covenant belong to the covenant people. Whether some of those in the covenant will apostatize or not, God still promises to bless them while they are in the covenant. Some have … Continue reading

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Baptism working against you…

Reprobation is a real theological and biblical idea. It is directly related to the idea of apostasy. Apostasy is a real theological and biblical idea. It is directly related to baptism. In baptism, apostates find their worst nightmare. It is … Continue reading

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Presbytery Reports, part 2

In the Joint Declaration of the Federal Vision, Leithart, as a signer of the statement writes, “…Adam was in a covenant of life with the Triune God in the Garden of Eden, in which arrangement Adam was required to obey … Continue reading

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Presbytery Reports, part 1

The committee in charge of the majority report approached this matter correctly and were willing to give Dr. Leithart the benefit of the doubt (I Cor. 13:7). This is the appropriate tone– in my opinion– that should undergird any deliberation. … Continue reading

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Pacific Northwest Presbytery

For those wanting to read through the Majority and Minority Report, here are the links: Majority Report Minority Report

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FV persecution: Is it ever going to stop?

Mark Horne once again alerts me to the witch hunt that continues in the PCA.  I have tried in the past to give these men the benefit of the doubt, after all they have strong convictions about what is confessional … Continue reading

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Ordinary Means

The August edition of the Ordinary Means Podcast discussed the four papers delivered at the General Assembly this year. They analyzed the contribution of each particular speaker on the topic of sacramental efficacy.  However, their pre-disposition to oppose anything associated … Continue reading

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Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Conference

2009 Pastors Conference: January 5-7, 2009 are the dates for the upcoming conference. “The Church and Her Rivals” is the topic. Doug Wilson, Rich Lusk, Rich Bledsoe, James B. Jordan & Steve Wilkins are the speakers.

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A Letter from Christ Covenant Church concerning Auburn Avenue Presbyterian

Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church has made their own public statement concerning their relationship with Grace Covenant Church and the CREC. That statement can be found here.

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Auburn Avenue Presbyterian leaves the PCA

Doug Wilson writes: Yesterday the congregation of Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church voted (without dissent) to leave the PCA. They also voted to have Steve Wilkins continue as their pastor, and to approach the CREC for membership. They have been adopted … Continue reading

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Auburn Avenue Conference Pictures…

I met Eric Pyle at the Auburn Avenue Conference. Eric is a gracious servant and fine photographer as well. Here are our four speakers: Pastor Douglas Wilson Pastor Jeff MeyersPastor James JordanPastor Peter Leithart

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On Pastoral Patience from Jeff Meyers…

One of the profound pastoral advices from the Auburn Avenue Conference came from Pastor Jeff Meyers. Jeff argued from experience and exegesis that liturgical reformation will not occur overnight. Pastors need to be patient with their people. They need to … Continue reading

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Auburn Avenue Conference 2008

I have just returned from Monroe, Louisiana. We drove 13 hours through some of the most beautiful southern sceneries. It was a long, but pleasant drive. At our arrival, we were greeted by our kind hosts. They were members of … Continue reading

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A Presbyterian Fable by Douglas Wilson

A young ministerial candidate was asked whether his sacramental views comported with those of the Westminster Standards. This line of questioning was a novelty to him, and so he asked for a copy. One was quickly produced, but when it … Continue reading

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Follow the yellow brick road to Rome?

My dear brother Pastor James Grant makes sense out of the non-nonsensical either/or dilemma posed by the TR’s of the west.

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The God who relents and Federal Vision Theology

The topic of the “immutability” of God has gone through various adjustments and disputations in these last 20 years in the church. In the past, older commentators seemed to close their theological eyes to such difficult passages (God “repented,” “relented,” … Continue reading

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