Category Archives: Peter Leithart

How I Have Changed

I spent a couple of hours today chatting with an old friend of mine. He is now a pastor of a Lutheran congregation. He is a fine fellow whom I long to re-acquaint face to face with a pipe and … Continue reading

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Book Endorsement from Peter Leithart

Families are founded on death―the separation of a man and woman from their families of origin. Families end in death―the dispersal of children and finally the death of parents. Like seeds in the ground, families must die to bear fruit. … Continue reading

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Nominalism is everywhere

Says Peter Leithart: Anyone who thinks only high church traditions are afflicted with nominal believers should spend some time in the Bible Belt, where there’s a low-church nominal Baptist everywhere you look, a Baptist who stepped into a revival meeting … Continue reading

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Peter Leithart, Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and One Table

Peter Leithart uses his titanic biblical knowledge to respond to respond to critics of his earlier article I am too catholic to be Catholic. Leithart concludes: Are we in a “Josiah moment” when the divided church can finally share a single feast?  I … Continue reading

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Peter Leithart, Roman Catholicism, and Eastern Orthodoxy

Leithart’s excellent article is making its way around the internet. The most salient part of his piece is this: I agree with the standard Protestant objections to Catholicism and Orthodoxy: Certain Catholic teachings and practices obscure the free grace of … Continue reading

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The Triune Work at the Cross

The cross is the work of the Father, who gave His Son in love for the world; the cross is the work of the Son, who did not cling to equality with God but gave Himself to shameful death; the … Continue reading

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Hebrew Chiasm in Psalm 19:2

In Hebrew, the verse is chiastic: A. The heavens B. are telling C. the glory of God. C’. The work of his hands B’. announcing A’. the firmament.

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Peter Enns Meets Peter Leithart

Here is Leithart’s first response to Enn’s egregious conclusions: I suspect it’s not the similarities of the texts that lead Pete to his conclusions, but the scientific evidence. {here is his second response}

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The Lord’s Supper is the World

Peter Leithart begins his delightful Blessed are the Hungry by observing that “the Lord’s Supper is the world in miniature…within it we find clues to the meaning of all creation and all history, to the nature of God and the … Continue reading

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What Does Justification Mean?

Leithart richly exalts and defines justification: Justification means being made right with God through Christ, through the faithful death of Christ. Justification by faith means that righteousness is given to us, not through the law but through the cross, which … Continue reading

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Smelling like Jesus

Peter Leithart remarks: Christ has poured the oil of the Spirit upon us, anointing us with the fragrant oil of priesthood.  In Christ, we are living sacrifices, spreading the aroma of Christ, a savor of life and death.  Because we … Continue reading

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Training Priests and Kings

Adam was created to be a priestly guardian in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:15) and to rule as king by subduing and filling the earth (Genesis 1:26-28). Because of his sin, the sons of Adam fail to fulfil this … Continue reading

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Trinity and Temple

Leithart observes that the three uses of the word on the pillar that are in the temple (Rev. 3:12) make reference to the Triune Name. He writes: Jesus promises to write a triple name on the pillars that are in … Continue reading

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Peter Leithart on the Belgic Confession’s View of Baptism

Leithart concludes: If the baptized turns away, he turns away not from a faceless unknown God, but from the Father who claimed him.

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A Disciplined Regiment of Holy Warriors

In his excellent, The Kingdom and the Power, Peter Leithart writes: The church is the disciplined regiment of holy warriors, the household of God, the flock of the Good Shepherd. Because of our baptism into the church, we are under … Continue reading

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Leithart on the death of bin Laden…

I am glad Osama bin Laden is dead.  He was an evil man. And I think the surgical method used to kill him is commendable.  The Bible, especially Judges, endorses assassinations: Kill the head, and the body becomes powerless . … Continue reading

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Leithart’s Homily on the Cross

I have read this homily probably ten times during the Lenten Season. It is, in my estimation, one of the greatest Good Friday homilies ever written. The cross is the wood on the altar of the world on which is … Continue reading

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Jesus as the Coming Ark

Leithart sees Jesus’ Triumphal Entry as a typological fulfillment of the coming of the ark into Jerusalem in II Samuel 6 and I Kings 8. He observes: Jesus is in the center of a procession, as the ark was in … Continue reading

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Bricks and Idolatry

Leirthart notices that bricks are typically associated with idolatry in Isaiah. He writes: Babel is the first brick construction in Scripture (Genesis 11:3).    They burn earthy clay to make it into building material for the city and teh tower … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 14

Use Lent to systematically “put off” the deeds of the flesh, so that you can enter into Easter by “putting on” the fruits of the Spirit. –Peter Leithart

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Lenten Quote, Day 10

We acknowledge Lent in the same way and for the same reason we have a time of Confession at the beginning of each worship service. There is a time for lament over sins; there is a time for mourning our own depravity. … Continue reading

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The Tree of Death and Salvation

Peter Leithart beautifully contrasts the tree of Eden and the tree of Calvary: Adam fell at a tree,  and  by a tree he was saved. At a tree Eve was seduced, and through a tree the bride was restored to her … Continue reading

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Lenten Quotes, Day 6

Lent is a season for taking stock and cleaning house, a time of self-examination, confession and repentance.  But we need to remind ourselves constantly what true repentance looks like.  “Giving up” something for Lent is fine, but you keep Lent best by … Continue reading

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Lenten Quote, Day 4

From the earliest ages, Christians have sought ways to soften the offense of the cross. Most of the Christological heresies of the early church arose not so much from philosophical speculation as from the effort to avoid the madness of … Continue reading

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Concerning the Dating of Revelation

Peter Leithart writes: In a revealing article tracing the Domitianic date of Revelation back to JB Lightfoot (who, ironically, agreed with the 19th-century consensus that the book was written before 70), Christian Wilson notes that confidence in a date in … Continue reading

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Leithart on rods of measuring…

Peter Leithart writes: In Revelation 11, John is given a rod to measure out the courts of the temple.  That picks up on the imagery of Ezekiel 40ff, where a bronze man measures out the holy space of the new … Continue reading

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Leithart on Iconoclastic Charity

Peter Leithart writes: Muir again: “Images . . . ate up pious resources that could better be spent in assisting the poor, whom Zwingli described as the true ‘image’ of God.  The hope of reformers such as Zwingli was that … Continue reading

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Leithart on the Development of Doctrine

Does the church have a finished, changeless confession?  No.  Will it ever?  No.  Because the Head of the Church is a living Lord, and being alive means having the capacity to surprise (Jenson).  As the living Lord, Jesus speaks through … Continue reading

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Constantine and Signs…

Peter Leithart observes in Defending Constantine: If David Petraeus had recommended a surge in Iraq had recommended a surge in Iraq based on an eclipse or a sign in the heavens, he would have been forced into psychiatric treatment, followed … Continue reading

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Leithart on Perrin’s Jesus the Temple

Leithart summarizes Perrin’s fascinating observation on St. Matthew’s language of heavenly treasures with the following words: In his highly stimulating Jesus the Temple, Nick Perrin examines Jesus’ statements about “heavenly treasure” in the light of the “counter-temple” agenda that Perrin argues is central … Continue reading

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