Harrison Perkins

Harrison Perkins (PhD, Queen’s University Belfast) is pastor at Oakland Hills Community Church (OPC), online faculty in church history at Westminster Theological Seminary, visiting lecturer in systematic theology at Edinburgh Theological Seminary, and author of Catholicity and the Covenant of Works: James Ussher and the Reformed Tradition (Oxford University Press, 2020).
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The great Christian hope is that we will see God. Jesus assured us that “blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matt. 5:8). In this age, “we walk by faith, not by sight,” suggesting that sight is the better experience (2 Cor. 5:7–8). Waiting on this side of Christ’s return [...]

Harrison Perkins
Friday, January 5th 2024

God’s sheep are safest when living in clearly fenced enclosures. There, they learn where food is given to them and where their shepherd enters and exits. […]

Harrison Perkins
Monday, May 1st 2023

The doctrine of God seems to be the headlining topic in theology right now. An explosion of academic and popular publications are appearing, all aiming to help us to know our Maker and Redeemer more fully. This new interest in God himself is good and right, since the gospel of God aims to reunite sinners […]

Harrison Perkins
Monday, March 13th 2023

*** Cambridge University Press | 2022 | 236 pages (paperback) | $39.99 As an American who used to live in the UK, British news commentary on American politics always left me with a sense of dysphoria. Although they named the right topics and assessed them in terms of familiar-sounding categories, I was always left with […]

Harrison Perkins
Wednesday, March 1st 2023

The church where I presently serve in London emphasizes the practice of singing the Psalms. We usually sing two hymns and two unaccompanied Psalms in each of our services. Because we are in London, we get people from a lot of different backgrounds, many of whom come with the question: Why sing the Psalms? This […]

Harrison Perkins
Friday, August 5th 2022

This series continues to work through Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley’s recent, mammoth undertaking to produce a four-volume presentation of the system of Reformed theology. As before, each post looks at a particular section (or sections) within this project, rather than attempting to review a whole volume at a time, which would inevitably result in […]

Harrison Perkins
Monday, May 2nd 2022

Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley have undertaken to produce a four-volume (probably nearing ten thousand pages in all) systematic theology that introduces the major topics of Christian theology in a biblically grounded, historically informed, and practically oriented way. This review series looks at these volumes one section at a time, reflecting on how this project […]

Harrison Perkins
Monday, February 7th 2022

As noted in part 1 of this series, recent years have seen a resurgence of interest in systematic theology. Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley’s projected four-volume Reformed Systematic Theology is a solid example of an expanding renewal of research and publication concerning properly categorical theology. This post explores Beeke and Smalley’s section on theology proper. […]

Harrison Perkins
Wednesday, November 3rd 2021

Recent years have seen a veritable explosion of publications in systematic theology with a renewed interest in historically grounded and hermeneutically attuned dogmatic exploration. One major contribution in that ongoing program is Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley’s projected four-volume Reformed Systematic Theology. Each volume aims to address two loci of systematic theology with the two […]

Harrison Perkins
Friday, August 6th 2021

Christians know that we are supposed to be both praying people and imitators of Christ. Do we often think about what Jesus’ prayer life teaches us about ours, though? This post looks at Christ’s prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, as recorded in Mark 14:22–42, to see what the Son’s prayer there might teach us […]

Harrison Perkins
Wednesday, May 19th 2021

For a long time, it was assumed that Reformed churches would hold a service both on Sunday morning and Sunday evening. Although still practiced in many congregations, this pattern is no longer necessarily the expectation or assumption concerning how the Lord’s Day will be observed. If we believe in Reformed principles, however, we must consider […]

Harrison Perkins
Wednesday, February 17th 2021

The Bible has a lot to say about the covenants – the formal and binding relationships – that God makes with his people. At each major stage in the development of redemptive-history, God facilitates his relationship with his people by using a covenant. It is, therefore, of premier importance that we would pay close attention to […]

Harrison Perkins
Tuesday, December 8th 2020

There are countless passages that exhort believers about the seriousness of their walk of holiness before God. Scripture strongly affirms that we should flee from sexual immorality (1 Cor. 6:18), flee from idolatry (1 Cor. 10:14), flee love of money (1 Tim. 6:11), flee youthful passions (2 Tim. 2:22), and resist the devil (Jam. 4:7). […]

Harrison Perkins
Monday, November 16th 2020

Last month, in my post about virtue ethics, I questioned whether the notion of rewards that will be distributed at the final judgment was necessary in order to emphasize the importance of Christian obedience. Instead, I suggested that our existence as God’s image bearers entails that we were made to reflect God’s goodness and indeed […]

Harrison Perkins
Friday, October 16th 2020

Christians agree that our growth in godliness is important, but not everyone agrees about why that is true or what is at stake. In recent years, discussions within the Reformed community about the role of our good works in relation to the final judgment have been prominent, some suggesting that our works play a role […]

Harrison Perkins
Tuesday, September 8th 2020

“Modern Reformation has championed confessional Reformation theology in an anti-confessional and anti-theological age.”

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