What is Reformed Theology?


by Mike Ratliff

My good friend Stuart said recently on Facebook when asked if he was Reformed, “Calvinist, not Reformed.” I put a big like on his response. However, there is a great deal of things that those of us who are Baptists, but also Calvinists, have in common with our Reformed brethren. Stuart has asked me to write a commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians. I agreed to do that if he would handle the “book” part. However, I will be 70 years old in a couple of weeks and as Dr. James White said the other day on Twitter, “Age must have something to do with my stamina on writing. I am getting so tired when I have to write a lot, but it has to be done…” I started developing the chapter layout and text of my commentary last week and found out, like Dr. James White, that I’m not as young as I was back in 2004-2009 when I could put out long complex posts on a nightly basis and never seemed to tire. However, I am also approaching this project carefully and doing a lot of documentation and cross-referencing while I write everything based on solid exegesis. Now, with that being said, writing at that level also precludes me from working as much as I would like on posts here. That does not mean I won’t, it just means I will have to find a way to balance things. Please pray for me on this. After church today I worked on the manuscript for most of the day and I am just too tired to do any more research for a new post. So, I would like to post a link to a series of articles by R.C. Sproul about Reformed Theology. I read these way back around 2005-2006 and this moved me into an understanding of what Calvinism is and what it was not. Continue reading