I found a series by Carl Trueman on John Owen posted by Westminster Reformed Presbyterian Church at Sermonaudio.com. Trueman a more than competent church historian. Here is a little snippet from the first lecture:

“Reformed Orthodoxy” is not new or novel in any way; it attempts to take the past very seriously. And that’s why I would say as an aside; don’t think of John Owen as a sort of “No-Creed-But-the-Bible fundamentalist.” There is a sense in which he has no creed but the Bible. There is a sense in which the Bible is the only supreme authority and the only authoritative source of knowledge of God. That’s very, very true. But that doesn’t mean for Owen that he doesn’t need to read or listen very carefully to the testimony of the Church throughout the ages. The creeds and the confessions, and the writings of the great theologians throughout the centuries are very, very important to him. Owen has this view that God has guided His Church. The Church is sinful and imperfect and makes mistakes, and everything the Church says must be tested by Scripture, but the “Reformed Orthodox” would have considered you an idiot if you just sat down with your Bible and tried to think it all up. You can do that if you want, but if you’re going out to buy a car, you’re not going to reinvent the wheel yourself. . . . Owen works with a hermeneutic of trust when it comes to the testimony of the Church throughout the ages.

I agree with Pastor Tom Chantry on this one.

Eminent conductor of Bach (and other Baroque works) Ton Koopman has some videos posted at his site (if anyone was looking to get me an early Christmas present, I wouldn’t mind getting a few more of his complete Bach cantatas recordings; I only have volume one right now). One of the videos is a news conference with the prominent Bach historian Christoph Wolff following the discovery of a new connection between J. S. Bach and Buxtehude.

How about those Bayly Brothers? They have the guts to post against women in the military! I applaud their boldness and courage to address hard topics the church often does not like to think about anymore. I agree with them.

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