Top 5 Posts of 2017

December 22, 2017

by David Garner & Iain Duguid & Scott Oliphint

As 2017 closes, we wanted to reshare with you our most viewed posts of this year. Enjoy!

5. An Illumined Reading of Scripture by David B. Garner

“The Spirit does not change the Scripture; he changes us and opens our minds and hearts to Scripture’s truth. ” The theological doctrine of “Illumination” is often neglected or distorted in current theological discussion, but Dr. Garner draws attention to its importance for our reading and interpretation of Scripture.

4. Biblical Success by Iain Duguid

In this article from Tabletalk, Dr. Duguid reclaims our notion of success from all the worldly standards that we often measure ourselves, arguing that we need to have a much bigger understanding informed by our status in Christ. “The measure of our success cannot be defined by what we accomplish here on earth; it has already been defined by the fact that we are in Christ.”

3. 10 Theological Tenets for Covenantal Apologetics by K. Scott Oliphint

“In order for someone to understand one fact properly, that fact needs to be seen in the context of God’s plan and purposes.” If you are wanting to better understand the foundation of Covenantal Apologetics, don’t miss this post from Dr. Oliphint summarizing 10 central theological tenants of his apologetic method.

2. This Promise is for You and Your Children by Iain Duguid

Dr. Duguid masterfully explores the Old Testament foundations for the practice of infant baptism, expounding on the realities of the Abrahamic covenant and applying them to our contemporary situation. “In baptism…we ask the only one who can save us and our children to act in their lives.”

1. The Divinity of the Messiah by J. Gresham Machen

In this excerpt from “The Person of Jesus,” Westminster founder J. Gresham Machen sets forth the divinity of Christ in winsome fashion by appealing to the Old Testament depictions of the coming Messiah. “The Messiah, according to the Old Testament, is clearly to be a supernatural person, and he is clearly possessed of attributes that are truly divine.”

David Garner

Dr. Garner (PhD, Westminster) is associate professor of systematic theology and vice president for advancement at WTS.

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