James R. Payton

James R. Payton Jr. is professor emeritus of history at Redeemer University College and is the author of Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings (IVP Academic, 2010).

Articles by this author:

  • A Fulfilled Priestly Benediction

    A Reflection on Worship's Closing Blessing

    A Scriptural Pattern of Divine Blessing

    In the Christian tradition in which I grew up, worship services began and ended with a prayer. The faith-nurturing I received there also included my pastor’s encouragement to read through the Bible every year. I did that several times before experiencing a different worship style that began with a divine blessing and ended with a benediction.

  • The Five Solas

    Five Hundred Years and Still True

    This year we commemorate the five hundredth anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation, commonly associated with Martin Luther nailing ninety-five theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. The movement unwittingly launched so long ago has ended up having enormous influence over the past five centuries. Politically, socially, economically, culturally, and in many other ways, the Reformation has helped to mold the world we live in today.

  • The Lord's Supper on Good Friday: Yes and No

    The Lord's Supper on Good Friday: YES

    It had been nine months since I had arrived at Ancaster Christian Reformed Church, and I was still walking that fine line between “that’s how we’ve always done it” and “that sounds like a great idea.” This was to be the first time I would travel the Lenten journey with my new congregation, and I was looking forward to celebrating with them that capstone of our faith: Easter morning.

  • Are You Missing Out?

    Liturgical Resources from the Apocrypha

    We distinguish between these holy books
    and the apocryphal ones. . . .
    The church may certainly read these books
    and learn from them
    as far as they agree with the canonical books.
    —Belgic Confession, Article 6