"There are more things in heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy."

I got a good question today about Mark 10:29:31. How do we make sense of Jesus' words about leaving family members when Scripture puts a emphasis on our duties to other members of our household? This is how I responded:


The "Federal Vision" was several controversies ago in the Reformed world, and no one is using that label anymore as far as I can tell. Nevertheless, I think essay includes some important insights and so I want to make it available on my blog. This essay has been available on the web in various places in various forms over the last 15 or so years, after it's original publication in the Auburn Avenue Theology: Pros and Cons book, but I don't think it's actively linked anywhere at the moment so here it is for anyone who might be interested. This is not my "final" word on these topics -- I have numerous other writings (some published in book form, some in internet essay form) on these topics, but this is one of my more comprehensive pieces and others have told me they found it useful as an overview of the issues that were heavily debated in the Reformed world in the early 2000s. I hope to eventually publish a more comprehensive revision of this essay that incorporates even more of my thinking and research, but that will have to wait for now.


Here some belated notes to go with this year's Maundy Thursday sermon: