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Great is the Mystery of Godliness

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Profound words, very relevant today, from John Owen, Vol. 1 Some would have all things that we are to believe to be leveled absolutely unto our reason and comprehension — a principle which, at this day, shakes the very foundations of the Christian religion.

John Owen’s Epitaph

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

The greatest puritan, John Owen, is buried in Bunhill Fields Burial Ground in London. His epitaph is in Latin; here is an English translation. The reference in the final sentence is to 24 August–St. Bartholomew’s Day–a day upon which in previous years French Protestants were massacred and English Puritans were driven from the church by […]

Man’s Duty and God’s Purpose

Thursday, December 4th, 2008

More from Owen Volume 10: 3. We must exactly distinguish between man’s duty and God’s purpose, there being no connection between them. The purpose and decree of God is not the rule of our duty; neither is the performance of our duty in doing what we are commanded any declaration of what is God’s purpose […]

The New Covenant and the Spread of the Gospel

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

From Owen, Vol 10 Continued: 2. A second thing to be considered is, the economy or administration of the new covenant in the times of the gospel, with the amplitude and enlargement of the kingdom and dominion of Christ after his appearance in the flesh; whereby, all external differences being taken away, the name of […]

Definite Atonement and the Spread of the Gospel

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

One of the most frequent objections to the doctrine of definite atonement as made by its opponents, is that this doctrine by its very nature undermines the proclamation of the gospel. Those who read texts such as John 3:16 in a universal light cannot understand how an atonement, intended by God for the salvation of […]

The Limits of Pastoral Authority

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

What are the limits of pastoral authority? This is a pressing question with very significant practical implications. We have posted several essays or thoughts on this topic over the months, and have noticed that perhaps the most frequent web search that brings people to this site is some variation on the theme.

Edification and Beauty

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan On Monday, my book Edification and Beauty came forth from the press and should be available soon from online retailers.

Truth and Consequences

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan The relation between exegesis and theology is very interesting. After the process of careful exegetical study, what do we do with the results? To some degree, this reflects the currently mooted debate between the rights of Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology.

The Glory and Beauty of Christian Theology

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan There is a certain kind of over-confidence that resides in the minds of many today; an overconfidence expressed in their attempts to adjust or even re-write Christian doctrine. Many ‘study’ a doctrine, develop a thesis about that doctrine, arrive at novel conclusions, and then promote their deduction as the right and […]

This is what the Gospel Ministry is all about

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

What should a pastor devote his time to? John Owen here teaches us, in the clearest fashion, what the answer to this question is. It is really very simple–too bad that so many miss the point completely! The first great duty of the ministry, with reference unto the church, is the dispensation of the doctrine […]

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