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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Tuesday, 12 November 2019 21:43

The Reward of Eternal Life

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When I began to study the doctrine of good works in the Reformed tradition many years ago, I was astounded by a view that many Puritans, following in the footsteps of John Calvin, promulgated. These Reformed stalwarts taught that God graciously rewards eternal life to his people who persevere in...

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Monday, 11 November 2019 04:09

Book Review: Calvinus Pastor Ecclesiae

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Many scholars have demonstrated ably that John Calvin neither founded...

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Tuesday, 05 November 2019 13:00

Satan's Strategy #5: God Doesn't Judge

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Satan tempts us to think that God is so indulgent that we need not fear punishment for our sins. Few of Satan's lies are more widespread and more dangerous today,

"God is a God of love. He does not punish. He never judges. God expects people to sin and simply overlooks our sin, much as would a...

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Monday, 04 November 2019 03:52

The Roots of Puritan Worship

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Editors Note: This is the first post in a short-run series on Puritan Worship. 

I'd like to take you on a journey back through time to a Christian worship service in the Middle Ages. The year is 1413; we enter a large cathedral where the bishop is about to celebrate the Roman mass. Before us is...

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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 23:16

Themes in Puritan Theology: God’s Law

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Editor's Note: To read previous posts in this series, follow the links at the bottom of this post.

We have previously considered the doctrines of justification and sanctification in our salvation from and to the law in Jesus Christ. This post will focus more specifically on the “rule of...

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Monday, 28 October 2019 03:51

Karma

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Karma is a word that has been adopted from Hinduism and Buddhism to capture the saying, “what goes around, comes around.” What you do to others—good or ill—will eventually in some form or fashion be done to you. As is often the case with proverbs or maxims, this one is...

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019 14:00

The Life of Perkins (1558-1602)

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Editor's Note: This post has been adapted with permission from Meet the Puritans, available at ReformedResources.org. While there, be sure to also check out William Perkins: Architect of Puritansim.

William Perkins was born in 1558 to Thomas and Hannah Perkins in the village of Marston Jabbett,...

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Monday, 21 October 2019 00:51

Satan’s Strategy #4: Great Men Sin

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Satan tempts us to excuse or ignore our sin by showing us the sins of great men. We need not turn to tabloid newspapers to read of such sins; the Bible will suffice. Noah got drunk. Abraham lied. Jacob deceived his father and cheated his brother. David committed adultery and murder. Peter denied...

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Friday, 18 October 2019 06:20

Movie Review: The Pilgrim's Progress

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This post takes a look at the new animated production of The Pilgrim’s Progress, produced jointly by Cat in the Mill Studio, Herald Entertainment, Revelation Media, and Vision Video. This movie cannot be ignored; it has become an instant bestseller, has spread rapidly worldwide. There are...

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Sunday, 13 October 2019 14:00

The Impact of William Perkins

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Editor's Note: This post has been adapted with permission from William Perkins: Architect of Puritanism, now available at ReformedResources.org.

William Perkins was born in 1558 in Marston Jabbet, in Warwickshire, a few miles north of Coventry. We know relatively little about his upbringing. In...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 00:04

Ministry of Condemnation?

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The Westminster Standards teach that the post-fall covenants in Scripture are gracious.  Although the covenants are distinct and different in some respects, they are the same in substance.  This is why the Standards speak of one covenant of grace “under various dispensations”...

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Friday, 04 October 2019 05:50

Infinite Goodness

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Though he only published a sermon during his own lifetime, Stephen Charnock (1628–1680) wrote quite a bit on Christology, salvation, and theology proper. Discourses Upon the Existence and Attributes of God is one such work, and it continues to receive high praise. As J.I. Packer once wrote,

The...

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Monday, 30 September 2019 02:08

Where's the Love? Polanus on Divine Goodness

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What is essential in an adequate list of Divine attributes?

Summarizing the attributes of God is a difficult task, and hardly two lists of divine attributes agree. In this light, many people have asked, “Where is the love of God in the Westminster Shorter Catechism?” The fourth question...

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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 14:00

Not Under the Law

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The Westminster Standards teach that Christians are obligated to obey the Ten Commandments. The fact that the Larger and Shorter Catechisms include a detailed exposition of the Ten Commandments indicates this. Moreover, chapter 19 of the Westminster Confession of faith says that the law delivered...

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Monday, 23 September 2019 00:17

Satan’s Strategy #3: Downplay the Danger

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Satan downplays the seriousness of sin so that we think it poses no danger to our soul. “But it's such a harmless sin," he tells us, 

“It's so small. No one will be hurt. It's just a little pride, a little worldliness, a little compromise, a little sexual immorality. Only you and...

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Monday, 16 September 2019 12:58

Book Review: John Owen and English Puritanism

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A while back, I published a relatively critical review of Crawford Gribben’s biography on John Owen. Gribben’s Owen was initially jarring to me. In my previous assessment of his work, I noted that the book was a mixture of “scholarly brilliance and conjecture.” I also noted,...

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Sunday, 15 September 2019 23:09

The Cost of Discipleship

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This month's free resource is The Cost of Discipleship by James Boice. In it, Dr. Boice reminds Christians that they are not their own, but are a part of Jesus' Church, having been purchased by His precious blood. This new life has radical implications; it means denying one's self, taking...

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Wednesday, 11 September 2019 14:00

Here at the Cross I Bide

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“And he said, Nay; but I will die here.”— 1 Kings 2:30

In his sermon on the above text, Charles Spurgeon (1834–1892) points out that participation in outward Church activities and ordinances cannot save, no more than Joab was saved by clinging to the temple altar. But...

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Monday, 09 September 2019 14:00

Avoiding Extremes

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Westminster divine Anthony Burgess addressed Antinomianism in his book Vindiciae Legis: A Vindication of the Moral Law and the Covenants. In a passing comment, Burgess noted that God may have allowed “Antinomian errour” to grow in popularity in order rebuke Protestant ministers. He...

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Wednesday, 04 September 2019 14:00

Saved from Idolatry

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David Clarkson and Soul Idolatry, Part 2: The Remedy Applied

Our last post identified the problem of soul idolatry from David Clarkson's book, Soul Idolatry Excludes Men out of Heaven. For Clarkson, soul idolatry occurred in general “when the mind and heart is set upon anything more than...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 00:16

Satan’s Strategy #2: Sin That Seems Virtuous

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Scripture reports that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light (2 Cor. 11:14). Understand that Satan's deception extends beyond disguising his person; he also disguises his activities. Especially when Satan tempts Christians, he presents sins as things that are not so bad, and sometimes even...

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How can we be salt and light in our world, so that instead of being “trodden under foot” or “hidden under a bushel” (vv. 13, 15), we can resist evil and do good, and moving unbelievers to glorify God as our Father in heaven?  To answer that question, let’s listen...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 14:00

Adoption and Edward Leigh

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Adoption has been occasionally undervalued and neglected in church history. Yet Paul treated adoption as the end to which the Father predestined his elect (Eph. 1:5). Adoption is the sum of our privileges, or our “inheritance,” in Christ. Our adoption is in Jesus Christ, the...

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 14:00

David Clarkson and Soul Idolatry

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David Clarkson and Soul Idolatry, Part 1: The Problem Identified

Recently, I was preaching from 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10, where we learn of the church turning “to God from idols to serve the living and true God,  and to wait for his Son from heaven” (ESV).  I took the opportunity...

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Sunday, 18 August 2019 14:00

Satan’s Strategy #1: Bait and Hook

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This is Satan's most common scheme: He presents the bait and hides the hook. Satan presents sin as fun, satisfying, profitable, and pleasurable, while concealing the miseries and pain that always accompany sin. 

Surely this is part of what Scripture calls the deceitfulness of sin (Hebrews...

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