But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Meet the Puritans - Apologetic Report
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 Thanks the our friends at The Latimer Trust in the U.K. we have four (4) copies of The Faith We Confess: An Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articlesby Dr. Gerald Bray to give away.

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Friday, 09 June 2017 00:07

Puritan Preachers: Richard Sibbes

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Continuing in our series on Puritan preachers (parts #1, #2), we come to Richard Sibbes (1577–1635). One source in which he reveals his view of preaching is The Fountain Opened, a collection of his sermons on 1 Timothy 3:16 (Works, vol. 5), where he addresses the office of the...

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The purpose of this series, “Bite-Size Bunyan,” is to share John Bunyan’s writings in summary form. Most Christians know such works as The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678, 1684), The Holy War (1682), and Grace Abounding (1666), but what about the foundational Doctrine of the Law...

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This post is the final in a series of four (see #1, #2, #3), which outlines and annotates Patrick Gillespie’s (1617-1675) treatment of the Covenant of Works. In this section, Gillespie illustrates how Adam’s failure in the Covenant of Works paves way for the Covenant of Grace. I will...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 23:50

39 Articles—The Rule of Faith (3)

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We first mentioned Article 8 of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion in our discussion of Article 2. We saw how the articles as a narrative whole link Article 8 and Article 2 on understanding the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can also see how Article 8 concludes the triad of the Anglican...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 06:12

The Perkins Palooza

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image Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Joel Beeke, the name of William Perkins (1558-1602) is becoming known again. The first two video addresses from the recent conference on Perkins are now available online (with several more to follow):

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image Thanks to our friends at The Banner of Truth we have two (2) copies of The Pastor in Prayer: A Collection of C.H. Spurgeon's Sunday Morning Prayers to give away.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:10

John Owen on Revival

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Way back when (Feb. 15, 2010) in the previous incarnation of Meet the Puritans, I posted on John Owen's use of the phrase "spiritual revivalls" (sic.). This post was subsequently cited in Kenneth J. Stewart's Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition ...

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Friday, 26 May 2017 00:10

Puritan Preachers: Richard Rogers

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image Richard Rogers (1551–1618) is best known today for his massive Commentary on the Book of Judges, which is a collection of 103 sermons. In it we see that his preaching was very practical and experiential. For example, in Sermon 74, he describes the Holy Spirit’s inward work of...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 23:51

Praying 'in the Spirit': Puritan Style

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Many young evangelicals today are on the "Geneva" or "Westminster Trail." Going out from the comforts of such evangelical churches is difficult and a great unknown. One unknown area is what churches in the Reformed tradition believe about the relationship between the Holy Spirit and prayer. Back...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:05

Union and Communion (4)

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In my last article, I noted that one theological use of the doctrine of union and communion with Christ is that it provides the framework to understand the proper role of faith in justification. Another theological use is that it helps us to understand and so answer the common objections to...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:47

39 Articles—The Rule of Faith (2)

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We examined last time how Article 6 of the Thirty-Nine Articles states that the Bible is our sole authority for the source of Christian doctrine. It explained the concept of sola Scriptura and listed the books of the Old and New Testaments. Article 7 further clarifies an Anglican’s "rule of...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:04

Wednesday @ Westminster: The Anointed King

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image Aback you may have seen ads for or even seen the movie "Invictus" starring Morgan Freeman. In the trailer we hear in the background Freeman as Nelson Mandella saying, “I am the master of my fate: 
I am the captain of my soul.” Those words come from the poem "Invictus" by the...

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imageThanks to our friends at Reformed Fellowship, we have four (4) copies to give away of Danny Hyde's popular book, Jesus Loves the Little Children: Why We Baptize Children. Kevin DeYoung says, "This is an intelligent, gracious, and careful explanation for why Christians ought to have their children...

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In this third part (see parts 1, 2) of my annotated outline of Patrick Gillespie’s treatment of the Covenant of Works, the emphasis shifts from the existence and manner of transacting the covenant to its nature and breach. This material expands the gracious aspects of the Covenant of Works...

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Friday, 12 May 2017 00:55

Puritan Preachers: William Perkins

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image No Puritan was more concerned about preaching than William Perkins (1558–1602). Detesting the substitution of eloquence for the “lost art” of preaching, Perkins led a reformation of preaching. He did this in his instruction to theological students at Cambridge; in his manual on...

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image Think about the last time you issued a challenge. It took a lot of confidence, didn’t it? Not only did you challenge someone else to do something, you challenged yourself to do the same. How much confidence would you need to be able to stand up in the midst of the world with the devil and...

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Tuesday, 09 May 2017 02:53

Union and Communion (3)

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In this installment of our series (see #1, #2), I want to turn our attention to one theological use of the doctrine of union and communion with Christ. This doctrine provides the framework to understand the proper role of faith in justification, and thereby avoid the pitfalls of Antinomianism and...

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Sunday, 07 May 2017 23:26

Anne Bradstreet on Morality

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“Many speak well, but few can do well.” Thus wrote Anne Bradstreet, America’s first poet and a witness to Puritan thought. In her “Meditations Divine and Moral,” she makes a statement that speaks to both the importance of personal morality to Puritans and a certain...

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Friday, 05 May 2017 03:02

39 Articles—The Rule of Faith (1)

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The first five of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion explained the universal faith of the church. Article 6 begins the theological issues that divided the church at the time of the Reformation and deals with the source of Christian doctrine. It explains the concept ofsola Scriptura, "Scripture...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 06:21

James Durham: On Reading

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One of the purposes of Meet the Puritans is to encourage the reading of, well, the Puritans and other literature that stands in that tradition. But how do we know what to read? How do we know what will be helpful for us? Well, one of my favourite “Puritans”, the Scottish preacher and...

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In my last post, I began to present an annotated outline of Patrick Gillespie’s (1617-1675) treatment of the Covenant of Works from his work, The Ark of the Testament. We saw that he made the case that there was a Covenant of Works with Adam before the Fall. Then he explained how God...

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Monday, 01 May 2017 05:22

Book Giveaway: Knowing the Trinity

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Monday, 01 May 2017 02:43

Anne Bradstreet's Doubts

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One of the most interesting things about the Puritan poet Anne Bradstreet (see posts #1 & #2 in this series) is that she actually admitted to having doubts about her religious beliefs. Granted, she did not do so in a manner that was meant to be released to the public, but rather in a letter...

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Thursday, 27 April 2017 23:51

Should We Preach like the Puritans? Yes

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I certainly do not wish to leave the impression from my previous post that the Puritans were bad examples as preachers. There are many ways in which we can and should imitate their preaching. Here are a few of the lessons we can learn from them.
 
1. Preach Well-Rounded Sermons
There are four...

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