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
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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Monday, 31 December 2018 22:30

Leiden Synopsis and the Divine Attributes (1)

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Standard Questions, Incomprehensibility, and Simplicity

God is incomprehensible. This means that he is always beyond us. The heaven of heavens cannot contain him (1 Kings 8:27; 2 Chron. 2:6; 6:18), much less our feeble minds and lisping speech. For this reason, lists of divine attributes have always...

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Friday, 28 December 2018 05:55

Meet the Puritans: Top 10 from 2018

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The end of the year is close at hand, so we decided to look back at some of our most popular articles from 2018. Here's a list of our top ten:

10. Philip Ryken, The Crook in the Lot

God rules the universe, even when we suffer. For some this is a bitter pill to swallow; for Thomas Boston...

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I have often noted in conversation that “scholasticism” is a bad word with bad connotations for many people. However, it has also become a strange word that does strange things to people. In some cases, it may even produce strange people or make the strange ones even stranger. When I...

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Tuesday, 11 December 2018 10:29

The Incarnation

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The puritans aren’t known for their love of the Christmas season. They did, however, love the incarnation. John Flavel addressed this topic in his sermon on Philippians 2:8, which will be the subject of this article. I will briefly summarize some of his comments on the incarnation as part of...

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Wednesday, 28 November 2018 07:11

The Christian’s Hope for Eternity (2)

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In the last article we looked at the resurrection of our bodies, which is one aspect of the Christian’s hope for eternity. When Jesus returns, he will raise our bodies from the dust and transform them to be like his glorious body (Phil. 3:21). We will live forever with an immortal,...

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Sinclair B. Ferguson, Some Pastors and Teachers: Reflecting a Biblical Vision of What Every Minister Is Called to Be. Banner of Truth, 2017. 796pp. Hardcover.
 
Interest in Puritanism has gained traction in the past fifty years or so. This has had mixed results. On the one hand, the resurgence...

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Friday, 16 November 2018 02:52

The 39: The Sacraments (6)

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The exposition on the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper turns to reform of the Roman Mass. Tracking the confession from article 28, Anglicans insist that the elements of the Supper are signs that signify Christ, but are not Christ himself, thereby denying the Roman Catholic doctrine of...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 22:52

The Christian’s Hope for Eternity (1)

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The Christian’s hope at death is that he won’t have to cross Jordan alone. Christ by his Spirit will be with him every step of the way. The Christian’s hope after death is twofold. Death brings an end to evil and misery and is the door to a far better life with Christ in heaven....

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Friday, 09 November 2018 02:00

Proto-Puritan William Tyndale (1)

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Life in England
 
Recently, I have been immersing myself in the life and work of William Tyndale (c.1494–1536). Some time ago on this blog, I considered his biblical exegesis and called him (in agreement with many others) a proto-Puritan, which simply identifies him as an...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 05:43

Francis Turretin on Fundamental Articles

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What is the minimum requirement for a sound Christian profession of faith? The answer to this question is as difficult as it is important. Some churches have tried to push back to “the fundamentals” in order to stem a rising tide of liberalism. Others have reacted to strict creedal...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 10:30

The Christian’s Hope after Death

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The certain hope that Christians have at death is that they will not be alone. Christ by his Spirit will be with them. But what hope do we have after death? What do we have to look forward to after we die? Death is gain for believers in at least two respects.
 
First, death puts to death...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 05:02

The Christian’s Hope at Death

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Richard Baxter felt the unwanted invasion of deep heartache that only death can deliver when his beloved wife Margaret passed away.  He described his experience as being “under the power of melting grief.”  J.I. Packer noted in his book A Grief Sanctified that Baxter’s...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 06:38

Neonomianism

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The counterpart to (English) Antinomianism, which I considered last time, is Neonomianism. People today typically use the term “Neonomian” to depict views that they consider to be legalistic or moralistic. Historically, however, it was coined and employed by English Congregationalists...

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Being assured that we belong to God in Christ and that his Spirit dwells in our hearts is vitally important. Assurance that we are true Christians is a...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 02:35

The Life and Works of John Geree

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The Life of John Geree

John Geree is thought to have been born in 1601 in Yorkshire County in the north of England. He entered Magdalen Hall, Oxford University in 1615 and graduated B.A. in 1619 and M.A. in 1621. While it may seem extraordinary to us to have a Master’s degree by age 20, this...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 04:25

The 39: The Sacraments (5)

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The exposition on the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper concludes three final articles that address Lutheran consubstantiation and the blasphemy of the Roman Mass. The doctrine that was fully explained in article 25, ‘in such only as worthily receive the same they have a wholesome effect...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 06:55

Antinomianism

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In several articles, I have referred to the so-calledantinomians” by which I mean the 17th century English theologians who were labelled antinomians. In this article, I will provide a brief explanation of English antinomianism.
 
The term “antinomian” was a term...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 05:06

Edwards in Ministry

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The God that holds you over the pit of hell, much as one holds a spider, or some loathsome insect, over the fire...[1]

Though this is arguably the most famous sermon ever preached on American soil, Jonathan Edwards preached just as much—if not more frequently—on the anticipated joys...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 06:06

Owen and Universal Redemption

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John Owen's The Death of Death in the Death of Christ is a polemical work, designed to show, among other things, that the doctrine of universal redemption is unscriptural and destructive of the Gospel. There are many, therefore, to whom it is not likely to be of interest. Those who see no need...

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