The following is an edited excerpt from a letter I wrote to a pastor friend. I thought I would share it online and would love your thoughts and feedback. Allow me to share a little of our thinking concerning where the Lord has led us, … Read More
This volume, Church History in Plain English, is the most engaging and readable single-volume history of the Church by bringing the story into the twenty-first century. Faced with some astonishing changes in the Islamic world, a global resurgence of … Read More
Does God Change His Mind? If God is immutable, if He does not change at all, does that mean He never changes His mind either? This is a very thorny problem. The Bible appears to say at times that God changed His mind. Related Resources What Is … Read More
Genesis 3:15 as a Test Case* Abstract: Evangelical scholars have championed grammatical-historical interpretation as an objective means of sifting truth from error. This approach has value if we use it as one focus, but limitations if we use it … Read More
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Puritans & Puritanism
Horse Racing is said to be the sport of kings. The sport of slinging mud has, however, a wider following. Pillorying the Puritans, in particular, has long been a popular pastime both sides of the Atlantic, and most people’s image of Puritanism still has on it much disfiguring dirt that needs to be scraped off. [...]
Following as it did so closely upon the Reformation it is not surprising that the Puritan movement in England believed so firmly in revivals of religion as the great means by which the Church advances in the world. For the Reformation was itself the greatest revival since Pentecost — a spring-time of new life for [...]
It is sometimes said that evangelicals are not interested in worship. If by worship one means the technicalities of liturgical study, this may be true. But I do not suppose that I am the only evangelical who finds that the actual exercise of worship, the deliberate lifting of one’s eyes from man and his mistakes [...]
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"The New Testament does not actually seem to put a premium on spontaneity as an essential component of authenticity, and so I would suggest that we should not worry too much about it either. It is more likely that it is significant for us because of our culturally-conditioned understanding of what makes us and our actions "authentic" (itself as slippery a concept as "spontaneity"). Modern society puts great stock in the idea that what makes us who we are is our individual self-creation and … [Read More...]
How should a Christian respond to heretics, false teaches, those who promote unbiblical and divisive doctrines, who seek to upset the peace and unity of the church, who teach contrary to the faith once delivered to the saints, misrepresent the gospel, redefine the grace or God or who have a fleshly craving for controversy? Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hope The Bible is clear: I appeal to you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and … [Read More...]
View Sample Pages For more than ten years the Westminster assembly was one of the major institutions of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Members of the assembly were involved in every significant political debate of the decade, and the public blamed or blessed the think-tank for radical changes in the church. At home and abroad, people perceived the assembly to be a powerful patron. Christians wrote from Europe to ask the assembly for advice. Visitors made their way to the abbey, from an … [Read More...]