John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings

FrameSSWThis book collects some short articles by John Frame:

John M. Frame. John Frame’s Selected Shorter Writings: Volume One. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2014.




10 excerpts:

  1. I absolutely forbid anyone to call it “Perspectivalism for Dummies.” (re “A Primer on Perspectivalism,” p. 3)
  2. I treasure the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace. I don’t believe in the inerrancy of Reformed confessions, theologians, or churches. But I believe that in its theological formulations, the Reformed tradition has, better than any other, accurately set forth the teaching of Scripture. (p. 100)
  3. I think we do a fairly poor job at evaluating ministerial candidates and preparing them for the ministry. Our seminaries give them a good academic preparation: the intellectual area, again, is the Reformed strength. But most of Paul’s qualifications of elders are qualities of character, and the responsibilities of pastors require interpersonal and counseling skills of a high degree. We don’t have very good ways of evaluating men in the non-academic areas, assessing their strengths and weaknesses, helping them to grow. I’m inclined to think (1) we should not ordain any elders under thirty (maybe 35), (2) that everyone seeking ordination undergo assessment, such as PCA missions agencies (MTW and MNA) require of missionaries and church planters, (3) there should be a multi-year internship before ordination and supervised ministry for those newly ordained. (p. 111)
  4. For the most part, my politics is the same as that expounded by Wayne Grudem in his Politics according to the Bible. . . . [A]s the political dialogue in America continues, and issue after issue comes up, it seems to me that the conservative position is more in line with Scripture than the alternative. (pp. 233–34)
  5. I married Mary Grace in 1984, and we have five children. In California, she homeschooled our kids while ministering (with only occasional help from me) to homeless people and prisoners. She modeled, and still models, for me a level of discipleship beyond what I have attained. (p. 277)
  6. I feel more affinity with unsophisticated believers than with the Christian elite. . . . I stand with the Bible-thumpers. (pp. 279–80)
  7. I became a fundamentalist at Princeton, and more or less remain so. When I am called that, I’m not embarrassed at all. (p. 291)
  8. At Yale, I was bored to death by modern theologians. Still am. (p. 291)
  9. In my early career, I felt a strong tension between my interests and my abilities. The former were focused in practical ministry; the latter were almost completely academic. God has helped me to resolve the tension by writing up academic theological theories that glorify practical ministry. (p. 292)
  10. I did not marry until I was forty-five. God was preparing someone special. (p. 292)


  1. Interview with John Frame on the Problem of Evil
  2. John Frame’s Systematic Theology
  3. John Frame’s Advice: 30 Suggestions for Theological Students and Young Theologians
  4. Framing Christian Ethics: Doug Moo Reviews John Frame
  5. Festschrift for John Frame


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