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

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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imageWe are giving away four (4) copies of our first published book, Knowing the Trinity: Practical Thoughts for Daily Life by Dr. Ryan M. McGraw.

Deadline is May 12.

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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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Thursday, 27 April 2017 00:32

John Bunyan: Is it Good to Fear Hell?

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Around the time God converted me at the age of 21, I remember embracing the reality of hell. It terrified me right into the arms of Jesus Christ. I truly sensed fleeing from the wrath to come. So, the first time I read A Treatise of the Fear of God (1679) byJohnBunyan (1628-1688),I latched on to...

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One of the best ways we help our children appreciate what they have is to take something away for a time only to restore it later. In a similar way, one of the best ways for us to appreciate what we have in Jesus Christ is to think about what Adam took away from us by his disobedience. He took away...

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 03:02

Book Giveaway: Lee Gatiss on John Owen

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 We have three (3) copies of Lee Gatiss' book, John Owen: The Genius of English Puritanism, to give away. Deadline is this Friday, April 28.

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017 02:48

Union and Communion (2)

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In the last article, I noted four points regarding a puritan doctrine of union and communion with Christ. Continuing that discussion, a fifth point is that communion is communion in what Christ himself possesses. The saving benefits that we receive in union with Christ are properly Christ’s...

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Friday, 21 April 2017 02:29

39 Articles—The Holy Spirit

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Article 5 of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion is another example of the need to read these articles as a whole. One of the new articles added by Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575) in 1563, this article contains an explicit statement on the procession of the Spirit from the Father and...

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Up to this point it has been shown that, for John Knox, the Lord’s Supper is ordained of God; Christ is truly, but spiritually present; and it is a great blessing, but a blessing that is reserved for God’s own people. Knox’s hatred (and that is not putting it too strongly) of the...

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Covenant theology is a vital and distinctive part of Reformed theology, both past and present. The Covenant of Works, which is questioned by some today, gradually became an essential component of the Reformed presentation of the gospel by drawing parallels between Adam and Christ, as the Second...

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Sunday, 16 April 2017 23:46

Anne Bradstreet on the English Civil War

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Without a doubt, the political event that had the greatest impact on the life of Anne Bradstreet was the English Civil War that began in 1642 and effectively ended with the execution of King Charles I in 1649. In her poem “Of the Four Ages of Man”, an elderly man laments,
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Thursday, 06 April 2017 02:13

John Knox and the Lord’s Supper: The Mass

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So far we have seen Knox’s rich and positive understanding of the Lord’s Supper. Now we turn to consider Knox’s view of what he called “that Papisticall abomination” – the Mass. 
 
Knox understood the central place that the Mass occupied in the theology...

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Tuesday, 04 April 2017 08:39

Interviews with Ryan McGraw on the Trinity

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imageAs you know, Meet the Puritans is proud to announce its first published book by our own Dr. Ryan McGraw: Knowing the Trinity: Practical Thoughts for Daily Life. In connection with this book, we present to you the following 2-part interview with Dr. McGraw on practical Trinitarianism:

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