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Why Did Jesus Die?

Before transitioning from Point 2 of the Canons of Dort to the next Points, I thought it would be beneficial during this Holy Week to pause and consider the meaning of Jesus’s death. Over the years, theologians have discussed the reason for Christ’s death and its meaning, offering a...

The Plan of God (Digging into Dort, Point 2, Part 4)

I don’t always accomplish what I set out to do. Sometimes that is tied to a failure to plan, or a  failure to have a good plan. That is, I might have a plan, but it is too generic and does not focus on what really needs to happen. A good plan has specificity to it. The Canons of Dort...

The Preaching of the Gospel (Digging into Dort, Point 2, Part 3)

A common objection I have heard from people regarding Reformed theology and the doctrines discussed in the Canons of Dort is that it will lead to Christians not sharing the gospel message with other people, as God has only chosen to save some. The Canons of Dort explicitly reject the mentality...

The Need for Atonement (Digging into Dort, Point 2, Part 2)

Why was Jesus’s death a part of God’s plan to bring salvation to sinful humans who had rebelled and rejected God’s Word? The Second Main Point of the Canons of Dort addresses this question in its opening articles. It begins by noting that alongside of God’s mercy is His...