John D. Koch, Jr.

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On October 15, 1555, bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley were burned as Protestant heretics under the reign of Queen Mary. Shortly before they were murdered, Latimer said, “Play the man, Master Ridley; we shall this day light such a candle, by God’s grace, in England, as I trust shall never be put out.” Although […]

John D. Koch, Jr.
Tuesday, July 5th 2016

Merold Westphal writes in Whose Community? Which Interpretation?: "It is sometimes said, that one is not prepared to read any serious philosophical text until one has already read it at least once, and there is a lot of truth in this reminder that philosophy, like physics, takes serious, disciplined preparation. There are no cheap seats […]

John D. Koch, Jr.
Merold Westphal
Tuesday, November 1st 2011

In the twenty-first century, as globalization continues to draw people of different religions into closer and closer proximity, it is good to be reminded that for much of our history, Christians were engaged in intense and fruitful dialogue’whether by choice or necessity’with adherents of other religions. Indeed, the apostle Peter enjoined the nascent first-century church […]

John D. Koch, Jr.
Timothy C. Tennent
Friday, April 29th 2011

Recovering the Message of Scripture In this special section of our “Rightly Dividing the Word” issue, nine pastor-theologians help shed light on some popular texts of Scripture that tend to lose their true redemptive-historical significance in a culture of interpretive narcissism. There are few Old Testament accounts that better highlight the pastoral necessity for properly […]

John D. Koch, Jr.
Wednesday, September 1st 2010

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

J. Ligon Duncan, IIISenior Minister, First Presbyterian Church