Vermigli and SSA (pt. 3): Extent of Original Sin

This is continued from part 1 and part 2. The Extent of Original Sin Vermigli’s depiction of original sin is that it is an entire corruption of human nature. It is a corruption entirely throughout, though not an entire corruption such that the mind and affections are utterly wicked. Rather, every aspect of human nature…

Vermigli and SSA (pt. 2): Original Sin

This is continued from part 1. In part 1, I discussed Vermigli’s view of anthropology, or human composition. His view of this is intricately related to his view of original sin and indwelling sin, so it is worth going back and reviewing if you missed the last one! Vermigli’s Definition of Original Sin After grasping…

Vermigli and SSA (pt. 1): Anthropology

I recently purchased and read, “On Original Sin: Vol. 1 of a New Translation of the Loci Communes” of Peter Martyr Vermigli, translated and edited by Kirk Summers, and printed by The Davenant Institute. This is actually the first volume of the second part of the original commonplaces. I’m excited to learn that Dr. Summers…

An Attempt at a Tertium Quid in the Lapsarian Debate

The age-old Post-Reformation debate between infralapsarianism and supralapsarianism is useful at times, and, personally, I have flip-flopped between both. At this time, though, I have developed what I think is somewhere between the two of them. You internet theologians let me know what you think: Works of God with Respect to Himself and Creatures I.…

Grief’s Fruit

I recently published this in our Church’s quarterly publication, but also wanted to post a modified version here. At the beginning of this year, our Church entered into a season of grief and lament over the loss of the ordinary, over political tensions, and over sickness and death due to disease.  When my wife and…

Book Review: Counsel to Gospel Ministers

Counsel to Gospel Ministers: Letters on Preaching, Exemplary Behavior, and the Pastoral Call by John Brown of Haddington My rating: 4 of 5 stars Books of counsel to ministers regularly feel, at least to me, either excessively burdensome, or else excessively mild. The Bible sets high standards for a minister’s character, provides clear instruction for…

Book Review: Compel Them to Come In

Compel Them to Come in: Calvinism and the Free Offer of the Gospel by Donald MacLeod My rating: 4 of 5 stars MacLeod’s new work echoes much of what is said in Murray’s much-shorter work, albeit in a more readable format. It has an interesting structure, addressing divine sincerity in the middle of the book…