The following is a complete alphabetical listing of all writings, artwork, reviews, and documents available on this website.
a pen and ink drawing
- "Aristotle on Anger"
an analysis of anger, good temper, and how virtue can be vicious
- "Bahnsen on Self-Deception"
a critique of certain aspects of Bahnsen's apologetic
- "Baptism in Matthew and Mark"
an exploration of the theologies of baptism within the Gospel narratives
- "Baptism: Reformed and Catholic"
an examination of the Reformation development of the rite of baptism
- "Baptismal Regeneration and the Westminster Confession 28.6"
an argument that belief in baptismal regeneration is well within the bounds of the WCF
- "A Brief Catechesis on Covenant and Baptism"
answers to a series of questions posed to me regarding the nature of the covenant and initiation into that covenant by baptism
- "Cast Down the Peoples, O God"
a meditation on Psalm 56
- "Catholicity and Authority"
a brief sketch of some thoughts on the nature of the church and the relation between churches
- "Covenant Conditions"
an extended reflection upon the language of "conditions" with regard to biblical covenants
- "D.A. Carson on Postmodernsim"
a critique of remarks in The Gagging of God and MR magazine along with some explanation of postmodern thought, particularly Derrida and Lyotard
- "Deconstructing the Secular"
a summary of John Milbank's Theology and Social Theory
- "The Doers of the Law"
a reflection on Romans 2:13
- "Downame on the Visible Church"
an excerpt from Downame's A Sum of Sacred Divinity concerning the place of the church in the economy of salvation
- "The Early Scots Reformed on Baptism"
a brief survey of some major figures among the earlier Scots Reformed theologians regarding their doctrine of baptism
- The Epistle of Davenant
A 17th century letter from John Davenant, Bishop of Salisbury, to Samuel Ward, Master of Sydney Sussex College, Cambridge concerning infant baptism and perseverance of the saints
- "Ex Opere Operato"
the history of this teaching and why Protestants object to it
- "Fiesta and Eucharist"
a brief meditation on the Latin fiesta as analagous to eucharistic celebration
- "Hans Urs von Balthasar: a Sketch"
a presentation of the life, influences, writings, and legacy of one of this century's greatest Catholic theologians
- "'Holy Children' in 1 Corinthians 7:14"
a discussion of the passage with some implications for paedobaptism
- "In Broken Bread"
a review of Robert Lethams's The Lord's Supper
- "Instruction in Christian Doctrine for Young Children"
a translation of Calvin's catechism for young children, composed in Strasbourg 1538-9 and likely used in Geneva until 1553
- "Interpreting Tarantino"
originally in About Such Things literary magazine (volume 1, number 2: Spring 1997)
- "Inventing 'the Bible'"
a historical and philosophical inquiry into the concept of revelation and biblical interpretaion in relation the changing phenmenology of scripture as text
- "The Irish Articles of Religion"
the 1615 Irish Articles, which served as a primary source for the Westminster Confession of Faith, with modernized spelling
- "'I Will Sprinkle Clean water':
Baptismal Efficacy and the Reformed Tradition"
a Reformed systematic account of baptismal efficacy built up an exposition of its biblical theology
- Joy Comes in the Morning: Comedy and the Christian Narrative
a lecture presented 8 April 2005 at the Art & Soul Conference – Baylor University – Waco, Texas
- "Liberty of Conscience"
an examination of conscience as it functions within the theologies of Thomas Aquinas, Martin Luther, John Calvin, and contemporary Catholicism
- "Madonna and Child"
a scratchboard drawing
- "Mark's Jesus and Our Suffering"
how Mark's story of Jesus as the suffering son of God brings meaning to our own sufferings
- "Matthean Apocalypse and the Parable of the Talents"
an investigation of Jesus' parable within the context of the Olivet Discourse
- "The MVP Final Report: Some Initial Reflections"
remarks and questions regarding the report, which I hope will help defuse some of the more heated and intransigent differences and misunderstandings currently afoot within the PCA
- "The MVP Précis on the "Federal Vision": A Response to Its Referencing My Writings"
some clarifications regarding the way in which my writings have been misrepresented by the MVP report
- Nathaniel Stephens on Infant Baptism
from his A Precept for the Baptism of Infants out of the New Testament (1651)
- "Nominalism and the 'Modern'"
a genealogical narrative of the origins of the "modern" from within late medieval thought
- "No Shadow of Turning"
two lectures that seek to explicate and defend classical theism in the light of open theism
- "Not In Their Genes"
a review of the film Gattaca that first appeared in About Such Things literary magazine (volume 2, number 1: Fall 1998)
- "Of Creation and the Freedom of God"
an essay briefly defending the thesis that God might have chosen another possible world
- "Of Derrida, Rousseau, and Wanking"
a discussion of language, supplementation, and sexuality in Derrida's Of Grammatology
- "Of Holy Communion"
a review of N.T. Wright's The Meal Jesus Gave Us
- "On Regeneration, Baptism, and the Reformed Tradition"
an essay briefly outlining the various ways in which the term "regeneration" functions within the Reformed tradition and how it connects with baptism
- "On Spiritual Gifts"
a brief meditation on the gifts of the Holy Spirit
- "On the 'Catholic Question'"
an evaluation of a current debate
- "An Ontology of Peace"
a lecture presented at La Salle University
- "Pentecost, Baptism, and the Promise to Children"
a discussion of Peter's Pentecost sermon and the practice of paedobaptism
- "A Primer on Presuppositionalism"
an overview of van Til's apologetic with some objections and replies
- "Rahner and de Lubac on Nature and Grace"
an expository essay, with some critique of Rahner
- "Renewing Liturgy"
an attempt to propose a vision for renewing and being renewed by Christian liturgy
- "Ritual, Word, and Synagogue"
a critique of Schlissel on Christian worship
- "Sacraments and the Solas"
a short argument that sacramental efficacy is a way of affirming reformational doctrine
- Samuel Ward on Infant Baptism
from a letter to James Ussher, Bishop of Armagh and Primate of all Ireland (May 25, 1630)
- Scottish Baptismal Rite
the "Order for Baptism" as found in John Knox's 1556 Book of Common Order, in use by the Church of Scotland from 1564 to 1645
- "A Sixth Sense"
a review of Luigi Giussani's The Religious Sense
- "Table of Plenty"
some remarks on the film Babette's Feast
- "Taking a Risk"
a review of Luigi Giussani's The Risk of Education
- "There Is Another King: Gospel as Politics"
a critique of modernist notions of the political with a positive account of biblical political theology
- "Turretin on Baptism"
reflections upon some puzzles concerning Turretin's assertion that the sacrament of baptism "bestows regeneration"
- "Uniformity in This Kirk"
the 7 February 1645 Act of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland,
implementing uniform worship practices in connection with the Westminster Directory
- "'Zdq' in Isaiah"
some analysis of the use and semantic of "zdq"-related words in Isaiah