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

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Thursday, 21 March 2019 22:00

Book Giveaway Time!

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Meet the Puritans Readers! Are you a Protestant reading the great doctor of the church Thomas Aquinas? Then this volume of essays of reading Aquinas from a Protestant perspective is for you! We have 2 copies of Aquinas Among the Protestants to give away!  

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imageI recently discovered a book on how not to lose your faith in seminary. As I read the book description, I simultaneously understood the reality of the temptation that the authors aimed at and I was thankful that the institution in which I teach self-consciously militates against such tendencies. It...

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Congratulations to the two winners of Petrus Van Mastricht's Theoretical-Practical Theology Vol. 1: Michael M. from Spartanburg, South Carolina and Angela M. from Lakeside, California! Enjoy Petrus Van Mastricht's Prolegomena! A big thank you to you both and all social media followers for reading...

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Friday, 08 March 2019 05:35

The 39: Church Discipline (4)

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Article 35 on the subject of "the Homilies" is unique among the reformed churches of Europe. We who live with the reprints of many seventeenth and eighteenth-century sermons preached by reformed pastors, it does not seem strange that doctrines should be set out in a sermon series. But there was no...

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Ihave been warmly commending, Peter van Mastricht’s Theoretico-Practica Theologia for a decade. However, students have wondered whether my promises that someone was translating it into English were empty. Now that these promises are finally coming to fruition with the publication of this firs...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 07:10

Tolle Lege: Christ and the Law

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number of years ago, a young man who had been trained at a Reformed seminary that subscribes to the Westminster Standards was being examined for licensure on the floor of Presbytery. He was asked, "Is the covenant of grace conditional? If so, what is or are the conditions?" Without hesitation,...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 07:10

Tolle Lege: Christ and the Law

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Anumber of years ago, a young man who had been trained at a Reformed seminary that subscribes to the Westminster Standards was being examined for licensure on the floor of Presbytery. He was asked, "Is the covenant of grace conditional? If so, what is or are the conditions?" Without hesitation,...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 23:28

The 39: Church Discipline (3)

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Article 34 on the traditions of the church is another excellent example of the application of sola scriptura among the formularies of the English Reformation. It addresses the issue of the uniformity of ceremonies in the church through what has already been established in article 6 on the final...

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Thursday, 21 February 2019 23:28

The 39: Church Discipline (3)

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Article 34 on the traditions of the church is another excellent example of the application of sola scriptura among the formularies of the English Reformation.
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Friday, 15 February 2019 00:27

Puritan Prayer for World Mission (2)

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Reformed, experiential Christianity birthed the pioneer missionary efforts of men such as John Eliot (1604–1690), David Brainerd (1718–1747),William Carey (1761–1834),Adoniram Judson(1788–1850), and John G. Paton (1824–1907). This mission effort was small and...

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Friday, 15 February 2019 00:27

Puritan Prayer for World Mission (2)

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Reformed, experiential Christianity birthed the pioneer missionary efforts of men such as John Eliot (1604–1690), David Brainerd (1718–1747),William Carey (1761–1834),Adoniram Judson(1788–1850), and John G. Paton (1824–1907). This mission effort was small and...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 17:00

Church Discipline (1)

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Throughout the length of our study we have underlined the narrative nature of the articles; thus the exposition on church discipline in articles 32-36 follows logically from the previous articles on the nature of the church, the gospel ministry, and the sacraments.

XXXII — OF THE MARRIAGE OF...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 02:25

Review of Gamble's Christ and the Law

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Whitney G. Gamble, Christ and the Law: Antinomianism at the Westminster Assembly(Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018).
 
This series of books introduces readers to historical figures and backgrounds surrounding the Assembly that produced the Westminster Confession of Faith and...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 02:25

Review of Gamble's Christ and the Law

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Whitney G. Gamble, Christ and the Law: Antinomianism at the Westminster Assembly(Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2018).
 
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Monday, 28 January 2019 23:16

The 39: Church Discipline

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Article 33 on excommunication is an excellent example of the second principle we have underlined throughout our study in how the Anglican confession is the sum of the historical formularies. 

XXXIII — OF EXCOMMUNICATE PERSONS, HOW THEY ARE TO BE AVOIDEDThat person which by open...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 23:16

The 39: Church Discipline (2)

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Article 33 on excommunication is an excellent example of the second principle we have underlined throughout our study in how the Anglican confession is the sum of the historical formularies. 

XXXIII — OF EXCOMMUNICATE PERSONS, HOW THEY ARE TO BE AVOIDEDThat person which by open...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 23:16

The 39: Church Discipline (2)

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Article 33 on excommunication is an excellent example of the second principle we have underlined throughout our study in how the Anglican confession is the sum of the historical formularies. 

XXXIII — OF EXCOMMUNICATE PERSONS, HOW THEY ARE TO BE AVOIDEDThat person which by open...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 22:30

Proto-Puritan William Tyndale (3)

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His Translation Work

In my last post, we looked at William Tyndale’s life and work in “exile” in Europe to the time of his betrayal and death. As we noted earlier, he went there to carry on his translation work, because in England such was not only forbidden, but also found no...

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019 02:38

A Spiritual Measurement

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Are you physically healthy? You might answer that question by how you feel. You don’t feel bad, so you assume that you are in fairly good health. But if you wanted a more objective answer, you might visit the doctor’s office and undergo some tests. They would check your temperature,...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:30

Puritan Prayer for World Mission (1)

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Reformed, experiential Christianity birthed the pioneer missionary efforts of men such as John Eliot (1604–1690), David Brainerd (1718–1747),William Carey (1761–1834),Adoniram Judson(1788–1850), and John G. Paton (1824–1907). This mission effort was small and...

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Communicable and Incommunicable Attributes and Divine Affections

Why does itseem like no two lists of the divine attributes are identical? The previous post showed that part of the reason for this is that God is an incomprehensible and simple being. He is simply always beyond our grasp even though...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 22:30

The 39: The Sacraments (7)

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The exposition on the sacraments draws to a close as the redeeming work of Christ on the cross and its meaning in the sign of the Lord’s Supper are joined, further underlining our argument that the articles must be read as a whole. Articles 11-18 underline articles 25-31.

XXXI — Of the...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 22:30

Proto-Puritan William Tyndale (2)

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Life in Exile

Last time, we looked at the proto-Puritan William Tyndale in the early stages of his life and work until he left England for Germany. In one sense, he chose this “exile”, but in another, he was forced there to finish his translation work. In this second of a five-part...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 02:32

A Helpful Distinction

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I am currently preaching a sermon series on the Gospel of John.  There are some passages in that Gospel that appear to betray the grace of the gospel by presenting a legalistic view of salvation.  Since Scripture cannot contradict itself, we know that these passages don’t...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 22:30

The Puritans on the Lord’s Supper (7)

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Hindrances to & Benefits of the Lord’s Supper

While the Lord’s Supper was open to all believers, not all believers participated fully and regularly in it. There are several hindrances that prevented believers from receiving all the benefits of the sacrament.

The first hindrance...

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