Monday, February 23, 2009

Nicotene Theological Journal Online at Oldlife.org

In an earlier post, I promoted Historia Salutis as a new addition to the Reformed Forum. Well, there is yet another new addition to announce. The Old Life Theological Society, which was founded by John R. Muether and Darryl G. Hart, has come online. Their intent is to promote the "health and vigor of historic Reformed Protestantism." "Old life indicates that the old things are actually valuable and capable of sustaining authentic Christian faith, and that historic Reformed Protestantism specifically embodies a piety as vigorous and alive as any of its rivals." In addition to their online articles, they will also be providing past issues of the Nicotene Theological Journal, which is their quarterly that they use to promote confessionally Reformed piety and practice.

In their first editorial, "Sabbath, Psalms and Single Malt: The NTJ," Hart defines the purpose for The Old Life Theological Society and its quarterly publication NTJ,
...few, if any of these periodicals, pay close attention to the God-ordained means of grace as well as the habits and sensibilities that articulate, cultivate and reinforce orthodoxy. That is, few publications give proper heed to the embodiment of the Reformed faith, contenting themselves with the propositional and didactic elements of Presbyterian theology while ignoring the visible expression of Presbyterian convictions. It is the embodiment and practice of the Reformed faith that will be the subject matter of the Nicotine Theological Journal. Here our concern is not with dotting the I’s and crossing the t’s of Reformed orthodoxy, as important as that work is. Instead, our aim is to explore the ways in which the Reformed faith is more than correct doctrine, the ways in which correct doctrine takes visible form in the lives and practices of believers and the organized church, and the ways in which certain practices and habits cultivate Reformed orthodoxy.
In sum, "we want to use the pages of the NTJ to explore the practices that make confessional Presbyterians 'resident aliens.'" Continue reading here.

I began reading NTJ about five years ago when I came into the OPC. One of the first Reformed resources that John Muether, an elder of my church in Florida, stuck in my hands (along with a complementary cigar) was NTJ. As one who did not grow up in the OPC, or any confessionally Reformed ecclesiastical setting, I have found that embracing Reformed theology is easy--its knowing how to consistently live it out that is the challenge! NTJ has done much to help shape my OPC identity. I highly recommend this resource to any who long to better put feet and hands to their Reformed theology.

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