Monday, August 31, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009

Article: Countering 10 arguments against the Law-Gospel Paradigm

Lee Irons has written a good article here refuting the Federal Vision's denial of the principle of works in the Mosaic Administration, and thus the Law-Gospel paradigm characteristic of Reformed Covenant Theology. As both a defence of the principle of works in the Mosaic Administration and a defence against certain arguments of the Federal Vision, this would be a good article to read.

[HT: Between Two Worlds]

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

On the CREDO500 conference

During my trip to Sibu, Sarawak, Malaysia over the weekend, I met up with Pastor Jonah Tang to discuss various issues, especially the upcoming CREDO (Chinese Reformed Evangelical Discussion Online) 500 blog conference to be held over the months of September and October. With less than a month left, and many things still to be completed, I would be focusing my energies on that task, thus leaving little time for anything else. This blog therefore would be less frequently updated especially in this month.

With this, here is the latest announcement (translated) on this upcoming CREDO500 blog conference:

The schedule of the 500th Calvin anniversary blog conference has been tentatively proposed. The 19 articles we have received for the conference will be distributed into two groups — the first group having the theme 'The legacy (lit. continuance) of Reformed theology', and the second having the theme 'The Reformation and John Calvin (lit. The Reformation era's John Calvin)'. The conference will now be prolonged till October 2009, with the intention of giving at least two days for discussing each article, and having a rest from our discussion on the Lord's Day (Sunday).

The names of our contributors have been mostly finalized, barring unforeseeable last minute changes. Also, a new article by Daniel Chew analyzing the 'New Evangelical Calvinism' is specially included. [Note: The inclusion was suggested by Pastor Jonah, not me - DHC]. The names of the reviewers on the other hand would be confirmed and listed in the near future. All reviewers are to hand in their reviews before 1st Sept. In the event that more time is needed, please get back to us at

The Chinese section of the conference would be headed by Pastor Jonah Tang, while the English section would be headed by Daniel Chew. Publication wise, both articles and reviews would be separately published - one volume in Chinese and a separate volume in English, for the convenience of our Chinese and English readers. [Note: A mixed language volume would only be accessible to readers of both English and Chinese, which is not ideal - DHC]. It is hoped that we would be able to publish the articles in a book by the end of this year; all who desire to help out in the English to Chinese translation work are welcome to contact us.

Part I: The legacy of Reformed Theology (7th - 28th Sept 2009)

I. Scripture and Tradition

Sept 7th Mejlina Tjoa, Scripture and Tradition (Response: To be confirmed)

Sept 9th J.J Lim, The Place and Necessity of Creeds and Confessions in The Modern World (Response: To be confirmed)

II. Scripture and Theology

Sept 11st Daniel Chin Choy Wong, An Analysis and Critique of Signs and Wonders (Response: Daniel Chew)

Sept 14th David Chong, Evaluate the "New Perspective" on Paul's Exposition of the Doctrine of Justification by faith alone (Response: Tsun-En Lu)

III. Scripture and Counseling

Sept 16th Gideon Teo, The Tradition of Counseling and Physiology through the eyes of Richard Baxter and Archibald Alexander (Response: Andrew Teo)

Sept 18th Andrew Teo, Reclaiming The Biblical Care of Souls in The Body of Christ (Response: Gideon Teo)

IV. Scripture and Apologetics

Sept 21st Benjamin Ho,Francis Schaeffer and Reformation (Response: Mejlina Tjoa)

Sept 23rd Daniel Chew,Evaluating The Purpose Driven Paradigm: Recapturing The Vision of The Centrality of The Gospel (Response: Peter Wong)

V. The Gospel and Culture

Sept 25th Linus Chua, Reformation and Education (Response: David Chen)

Sept 28th Tsun-En Lu,John Rawl’s Justice as Fairness and The Pluralistic Society (Response: David Chong)

Part II: The Reformation and John Calvin (5th - 23rd Oct 2009)

I. The historical legacy of John Calvin

Oct 5th Yao Hing Wong, Calvin's life and place in history (Response: To be confirmed)

Oct 7th Jack Sin,The Spiritual Influence and Legacy of John Calvin to The Modern World (Response: To be confirmed)

Oct 9th Daniel Chew, New Evangelical Calvinism: An analysis of the Calvinist Resurgence (Response: To be confirmed)

II. Joh Calvin's theology of God's Sovereignty

Oct 12nd Alex Tseng, Karl Barth's Doctrine of Election (Response: Joel Tay)

Oct 14th Ang Lai Hoe, Biblical Consistency of Calvin’s Work on Election (Response: To be confirmed)

Oct 16th David Chen,Has Turretin been faithful to John Calvin’s Doctrine of Election? (Response: Alex Tseng)

III. The practical theology of John Calvin

Oct 19th Fook Seong Ten, Calvin's Institutes and the Practices of Piety (Response: Lemuel Hii)

Oct 21st Zhi Yong Wang, Calvin and the Psalms: Singing the songs of Jehovah (Response: To be confirmed)

Oct 23rd Cathy Tan,The quest for Calvin's essence of worship: Passion and love of God — A journey away from ritualistic worship (Response: Paul Gao)

Do note that translations of Chinese article titles are tentative and liable to change.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Off to Sarawak

I would be flying over to Sarawak over the weekend to meet Pastor Jonah Tang, so this blog will be quiet until earliest Monday.