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On the Late Massacre in Piedmont

Friday, March 6th, 2009

The Waldensian Christians, dedicated to the Reformed Faith, were massacred by the soldiers of the Duke of Savoy, Charles Emanuel II, in 1655.

How May We Know that There is a God?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

One of the leaders of the Westminster Assembly, John Arrowsmith (1602-1659) sought to answer this question.

Gems from Richard Sibbes

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

A few gems from the Meditations of Richard Sibbes. God bears not in vain the name of a Father; He fills it up to the full. It is a name of indulgence, of hope, of provision, —a name of protection.

Puritan Patristics: Protestant Catholicity

Friday, January 16th, 2009

B. The Puritan use of the Fathers. This positive exposition still needs some careful qualification. No reformed writer treated any church father as if his writings were on a par with Scripture. But neither did they succumb to a naïve Biblicism, thinking that they alone with their Bibles could arrive at a satisfactory system of [...]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Heresy

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

2. Archetypal error: the great heresies. We must consider the other side of this coin. Not only did the Puritans employ the writings of the Fathers as an aid in support of their orthodoxy, so also they viewed the errors of the patristic era as archetypal heresies: i.e. many of their own battles were simply [...]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Theology

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Let’s consider two key points. The study of the writings of their predecessors were important for two reasons—it established right and wrong doctrine and practice: 1. Archetypal theology and practice. How does one establish orthodoxy and orthopraxy? By building from scratch? No. Rather it is by recognizing the work of the Spirit in the church [...]

Puritan Patristics: Historical Continuity

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

Puritan Patristics A statement cited by Alister McGrath may serve as an entrée to our study. While not a puritan, the great Anglican Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626; a chief translator of the AV Bible) is said to have “declared that orthodox Christianity was based upon two testaments, three creeds, four gospels, and the first five centuries [...]

The Puritans and the Past

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Over the next few days, I will publish some material from my Puritanism in Context lecture notes. In developing the class, it seemed important to spend some time considering how the Puritan divines viewed themselves in relation to the past. They were well aware of the criticism of novelty leveled against the Reformers and their [...]

The Memorial Stones—God’s Acts in History (Joshua 3&4)

Thursday, January 1st, 2009

A Meditation for the New Year The Book of Joshua serves an important role in the story line of the Bible.  It moves us forward from the judgment imposed on the covenant nation for their disobedience—40 years of wandering in a wilderness—to the conquest of the land promised 500 years before to Abraham.  But more [...]

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.

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