Category Archives: Covenant Theology

The Canticle for Advent. What’s missing?

I’ve been using the Church of England’s prayers in the morning recently, and not just because I ought to, being a vicar and all.  I find the mixture of prayers based on scripture, the psalms and readings work well together.  … Continue reading

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A Puritan Theology – Beeke and Jones ch1

Over the years I’ve read some good stuff with my Ministry Trainees. Wayne Grudem’s Systematic Theology, Jim Packer’s Knowing God, John Frame’s Doctrine of God (A theology of Lordship) and The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, Bruce Milne’s Know … Continue reading

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7 ways believers are already blessed

The fifth anniversary of my blog Transforming Grace is coming up in December. It all started because I wanted somewhere to keep my notes from Thomas Watson’s Exposition of the Beatitudes.  It took me 11 months to read it the … Continue reading

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Liturgy for 1 John sermon series

I’ve written a couple of pieces of liturgy for our 1 John sermon series. Feel free to use and adapt if you like: Call to confession from 1 John The light of God exposes all sin and evil and by … Continue reading

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John Frame on knowing how we know things and authority

I’m reading John Frame’s “The doctrine of the knowledge of God” with my Ministry Trainee and have found the opening three chapters really helpful on knowledge. Frame divides knowledge into: Normative:  The knowledge of God. We know God only through … Continue reading

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Edward Fisher: The Tree of Life in the Marrow

I need some help to find some theological references.  First, some background.  Lots of the earliest posts on this blog were about the function of the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden.  I argue, there, that the promise … Continue reading

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Open theism, reformed theology and fatalism

At last week’s Fellowship of Word and Spirit Conference, Richard Pratt drew a really useful diagram to highlight the differences between open theism, reformed theology and fatalism with respect to the sovereignty of God and the providence of God.  The … Continue reading

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Liturgy for Jonah

We’re on a six sermon series from the book of Jonah. This is our confession: The great commission The Lord Jesus Christ said “Go and make disciples of all nations baptising them in the name of the Father, and of … Continue reading

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10 marks of Christ upon which faith leans

What is Christian faith?  Faith is heart-felt, dependent trust in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  Here’s Ebenezer Erskine’s 10 marks of Christ upon which faith leans: Faith lives and leans upon the name of Christ; for “his name … Continue reading

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Liturgy for the Sermon on the Mount

I’m preaching through the sermon on the mount and as always have liturgy to match the sermon series.  I’ve used Jesus’ sermon structure to pattern what we say: the beatitudes, the law, confession. Remember us, O Lord, When you come … Continue reading

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