A few years ago I made my way through John Frame's excellent book on theological method, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God. It was helpful in many ways. In particular is Frame's section on "cognitive rest" and how genuine growth in our knowledge of God comes by way of spiritual maturity and growth in sanctification. … Continue reading Spiritual Maturity and Doctrinal Debate
Before You Can Say, 'I Disagree,' You Must Be Able To Say, 'I Understand'
I am currently reading New Testament Exegesis by Gordan Fee for my Greek Exegesis class. As I was perusing the section about the use of commentaries and secondary resources, I found a paragraph that was extremely helpful to me; not only in writing exegetical papers, but for writing in general and for verbal communication as … Continue reading Before You Can Say, 'I Disagree,' You Must Be Able To Say, 'I Understand'
John Owen on Handling Controversy
Another vital component in our approach to controversy that will keep our hearts soft and our mind focused is communion with God. Not merely communion with God in prayer for help (e.g. 'Lord help me to remain steadfast as I defend your truth,' etc.) but also in the truth itself that we are currently contending for. … Continue reading John Owen on Handling Controversy
John Newton on Handling Controversy
John Newton provides us with some very helpful words in a letter he wrote to a man who was involved in some kind of controversy in his day: As to your opponent, I wish, that, before you set pen to paper against him, and during the whole time you are preparing your answer, you may … Continue reading John Newton on Handling Controversy