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Syncretism in Black Spirituality

In my last blog, I mentioned that Reformed spirituality places a strong emphasis on our inseparable union with Christ and our abiding communion with Christ. A classic statement of this concept can be found in Calvin’s Institutes, Volume 2, Part 16 We see that our whole salvation and all its parts are comprehended in Christ (Acts 4:12).…

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What I’m Not Saying About the Godly Line of Seth

Recently, I posted a four-post argument on my understanding of the identity of the “sons of God” in Genesis 6. Since settling on my view of this passage, I have read several articles from those who hold to the more common view. In these articles there are some misnomers I’d like to address. I think each…

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Means of Grace in Black Spirituality

In the previous three blogs in this series, I noted that the three basic similarities between Reformed and traditional Black spirituality are a high view of the Sabbath, a high view of the sacraments, and the necessity of the local church. Now we are going to discuss the major differences between Reformed and traditional Black…

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Veneration of the Saints?

Nearly 500 years ago on October 31, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door at Castle Church in Wittenberg. In so doing, he stamped out Halloween and paved the way for Reformation Day! Well, hardly, but in evangelical and reformed circles that sometimes seems to be how the story goes. No longer do…