I am Bob Mattes, a Ruling Elder (RE) in the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) at Christ Church of Arlington. I served on the PCA’s Ad Interim Study Committee on Federal Vision, New Perspectives on Paul, and Auburn Avenue Theology. That committee has been dismissed with thanks by the PCA’s 35th General Assembly while accepting the report by an overwhelming 95-98% majority vote. Blogging is not and will not be my life, so the updates on this blog may be sporadic at best.

All posts on this blog are my own. I and I alone take full responsibility for them. I do not and cannot speak for the Ad Interim Study Committee, the Presbyterian Church in America, or Gromit at any time, nor could I anyway since the committee no longer exists, I’m just one elder out of thousands in the PCA, and Gromit’s eyes and body language speak for themselves.

I’m also a Linux convert. Having rescued my soul from the evil Redmond empire and avoided the even more evil Apple despots, I am using Ubuntu and loving it. I had initially settled on the Kubuntu Linux package with the KDE desktop and applications, but KDE 4.1x proved to be a huge disappointment. Leveraging my life-long computer experience, I picked up Linux quickly. At the same time, I’ve taken on virtual computing. I use virtual machines to explore different Linux desktop installations, Windows 8.1, and other things, which keeps my mission-critical host system intact. I will occasionally pass on the useful things here on the blog that I learn by doing.

I have also picked up an interest in Android. I replaced the Samsung Touchwiz in my Galaxy S3 with CyanogenMod (CM). CM is lighter, faster, has more useful features, and is more configurable. CM also keeps up with the latest Android versions for a host of phones, something that Samsung and AT&T have not done well. Living on the bleeding edge seems to be a theme for my tech life.


  1. Hi, i found your blog searching the top blogs, and i wrote a post about FV, then read your last two posts. i was wantng someone to define the basic tenets of the FV for a stay-at-home mom, and i think i found it, thanks, kristina

  2. Thanks for your work on that committee. We’re in seminary now at Covenant, but came from First Pres. Augusta and are good friends with Paul Fowler. I know that was a lot of work you guys put in, so thanks.

    Also, I do like your blog. Its got some really good posts/thoughts on it.

  3. Bob,

    I wanted to thank you for your work on this blog (and for kindly linking to mine). May the Lord bless you for your zeal for the truth.


  4. This is a bit delayed, but I wanted to say thanks for linking to my new blog for reformed women.

    Also, I really appreciate what the work you’re doing for the Church here–it is certainly a much needed work.


  5. Jamie, whats your blogs name?

  6. krislinatin,

    Her blog is The Cellar Door.


  7. Oops. Sorry, Krislinatin…didn’t see this reply til now. Thanks for checking out my blog 🙂

    Thanks again, Bob.

  8. Bob,

    I was wondering if you would consider adding our blog Bring the Books… to your blog roll. I love your blog and we would be honored to have a link on your page to us.


    I have posted a few blogs on the FV. This one may be of particular interest.


    Thank you for your time.

  9. Bob,
    You can delete this if you want.

    I was just letting you know that I closed my blog awhile ago (A Submerging Church) which is on your blogroll after I became a Pastor of Tchula Presbyterian Church (www.tchulapca.com).

  10. TE Barnes,

    Thank you for the heads-up. I’ll correct the blog roll. May God richly bless you and your new ministry.

  11. Hi, came across your blog while searching re virtual machines – I also use Kubuntu and loooove it!
    I am a South African, retired after years of service in the Dutch Reformed Church – I enjoyed your theological ramblins
    Question for you –
    Have you come across the Accra Declaration (2004) of the WARC?
    greetings and wishes for a good new year

  12. Hi, Beux!

    Thank you for your kind words and taking the time to write. I visited Cape Town a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed the trip. People were very open and friendly. I’d love to go back some day.

    I am not familiar with the WARC’s Accra Declaration of 2004. The PCA is not a member of the WARC, so their products aren’t something I’d likely encounter.

    BTW, I removed your email address from your comment to keep the spam bots from culling it. The email which you enter to register a comment is private, but not anything that you put in the comment itself.

    Thank you again for writing. May God richly bless you and your family in the new year.


  13. Bob,

    You have a great site here. I came across it while searching for something Ubuntu related, and have been sticking around for the political topics. Your articles are well written and state facts with plenty of links to your sources for reference – for me this is a staple of good political commentary.

    By the way, I’m not able to leave comments on any particular article. I don’t see where to add a comment. It’s not crucial, and maybe its just something you have “switched off” via WordPress…

    Anyway, please keep up the good work.


  14. Hi John,

    Thank you for writing and for your kind words. I value truth very highly, and do my best to document the facts. No one is perfect, but I do my best.

    I do leave comments “switched off” for political posts. I do not have time for trolls, and I have seen the garbage they post on other sites. I have received moderated comments from a few, but not many. Trolls leave quickly when they aren’t fed.

    Thanks again for taking time to write!


  15. I just wanted stop in and say “Hey!”. I came across your blog while searching for linux sites and come to find out you’re a Calvinist, too. As I perused your site, I also remembered hearing about your work on the FV when I regularly kept up with the Warfield list. So it’s great to find a like-minded person out there. Thanks!

    Sean Richardson

    • Hi Sean! Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to write. As you’ve seen, this blog has bounced around topics a bit. Haven’t been active on Warfield or anywhere in a while, not even here. Very busy in the real world lately. I greatly appreciate hearing from a fellow Calvinist and Linux enthusiast. Thank you for your encouragement.


  16. Reformed Musings,

    I see you served in the USAF … what did you do? I’m a recently retired F-15C pilot, and an elder in our OPC church up here in Alaska. I enjoy your blog!

    God bless & check 6,

    • Thanks, Cricket! I sent you an email. It’s a bit like Alaska here today.

      God bless,

  17. Found your site while searching on the issue of the Covenant of Works and Adam’s pre-fall merit (reading Kline & Fesko) Then discovered you are a Linux user. Well, I’m an OS/2 user at home (Winblows at work) and am easing my way towards Linux.

    My own blog (which is new) is pretty much dedicated to issues with Vision Forum. Any email that does not involve that topic should be sent to this address:
    grawburg (at) myglnc (dot) com.


    • Brian,

      Thanks for stopping by and writing a note. I, too, am stuck with M$ junk at work. The sheep just continue marching towards the cliff.

      God Bless,

  18. Hi, thanks for your writings on the FV movement. I just wanted to notify you that many of the links to the statements against FV no longer work. About half of them go to dead sites. Please update 🙂 Thanks!

    • Hi! Thanks for stopping by and writing. Some links go to TE Wes White’s old blog which he has since taken down, which is his choice but I personally miss the insights in his old posts. Other links were removed by Federal Visionists after the trial processes started. Apparently, many FVers don’t have the courage of their convictions. Unfortunately, neither case is fixable.

  19. Linux, Technology……yet, not a word about the Raspberry Pi. How can this be? Oh, the humanity of it all. 🙂

    Any thoughts on the doctrine of the two kingdoms (VanDrunen) and how some of D. G. Hart’s books mesh with it? (I really like both of these guys.)

    Brian Grawburg

    • Hi Brian!

      Thanks for stopping by! All the time that I would spend on a Pi is sunk into Android and CyanogenMod. Only so many epochs in an eon.

      On Daryl and the two kindom stuff, I feel strongly both ways. I have scrupulously avoided the online kindom debates. Daryl and I have been in many of the same discussions on many other topics and I like and respect him a lot, but I don’t have strong feelings one way or the other on this particular topic.

      OTOH, I do have strong agreement with you on the Word-Faith heresies. I’ve seen some of its effects on individuals over the years. Incredibly destructive. Only one purpose – to make its leaders rich.

  20. I was not sure how else to communicate with you other than here, so I hope you don’t mind my posting this.

    Apparently Lane Keister felt that I pushed the envelope of his “Guidelines for Commenters” Rule #2. “Stay on topic. The topic is defined by the post, not by the rabbit trails that often pop up in the comments. Admittedly, this is quite difficult for the mods to police, but keep this in mind.” I say this since he made a moderator decision on his Green Baggins blog not to post my subsequent comment that I thought you might find helpful. I have added the relevant selections from the table in the Majority Text below the content of my comment.

    The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text documents that of the five sub-groups of texts within the Majority Text for the Apocalypse two of them, Mc and Md, support the TR reading. In the “Introduction” under the discussion of “The Apparatus for the Apocalypse” the editors have the following information about these two sub-groups:

    “Mc comprises a large group of manuscripts which, in the present apparatus includes the witness of 29 documents.”

    “For the purposes of the apparatus of this edition, the text of Md was determined by the witness of thirteen manuscripts…”

    These miniscules are identified following the end of the “Introduction” in the “Table of Manuscript Families of the Apocalypse” listing both their New Gregory and Hoskier identification numbers. See Appendix 1 below.

    The Greek New Testament According to the Majority Text, 2nd ed., ed. Zane C. Hodges, Arthur L. Farstad, et al. (Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1985), pp. xxxv, xxxvi, and xlvi.

    Appendix 1: Table of Manuscript Families of the Apocalypse
    [Note: Table formatting lost in transition.]

    (represented by 29 manuscripts)
    New Gregory Hoskier
    35 17
    60 10
    432 37
    757 150
    824 110
    986 157
    1072 160
    1075 161
    1248 250
    1328 190
    1503 192
    1551 212
    1617 223
    1637 230
    1733 221
    1740 229
    1745 227
    1746 228
    1771 224
    1864 242
    1865 244
    1894 187
    1957 91
    2023 49
    2035 77
    2041 96
    2061 154
    2196 233
    2352 202

    (represented by 13 manuscripts)
    New Gregory Hoskier
    1384 191
    1732 220
    1876 135
    2014 21
    2015 28
    2034 73
    2036 79
    2037 80
    2043 103
    2046 138
    2047 139
    2074 170
    2082 112

    • Thanks for your research, John. Nice work. Lane had already commented that he didn’t want to get side tracked from the verse into a discussion of the manuscript traditions. No worries.

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