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

imageThe Heidelberg Catechism has stood the test of time as one of the most beloved confessions used by many Reformed churches. It has also been common, especially from the time of the Synod of Dort in the early seventeenth-century, for Dutch Reformed ministers to preach sermons on the Catechism in the...

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Thanks to our friends at Reformation Heritage Books—the book sponsor of Meet the Puritans—we have one (1) set of the newly translated The Christian's Only Comfort in Life and Death: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism by the influential Dutch Second Reformation...

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Sunday, 19 March 2017 18:00

Meet the Puritans Goes to Chile

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Pray for Meet the Puritans editor, Danny Hyde, as he travels and speaks at the second annual Soli Deo Gloria Conference in Santiago, Chile, Thursday, March 23-Saturday, March 25. He will be joining MtPs friends, Lee Gatiss and Mark Jones as they speak on the theme La Reforma Continúa, "The...

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Thursday, 16 March 2017 18:00

39 Articles—The Incarnation and Atonement

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Last time we examined the Anglican principle in how the Articles of Religion and the Book of Common Prayer form the confessional structure of our theology and worship. This time, we need to illustrate how the Articles have an almost narrative structure. In other words, what is established in the Art...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 02:08

Covenant Conditions

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Continuing our series on the covenant theology of the Westminster Standards (see parts #1, #2), the third element of a covenant, namely conditions, may be the most controversial and perhaps the most confusing. In fact, at least some of the controversy over the conditionality of the covenant of...

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Sunday, 12 March 2017 18:00

Psalm Singing Giveaway

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Friday, 10 March 2017 01:22

Should We Preach like the Puritans? No

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The Puritans set high standards for preaching. They believed they should preach the Bible from their own experience of it and apply what they preached to the particular needs of their hearers. But as much as we admire the Puritans, we should not slavishly imitate them, but critically examine their...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 22:49

Christopher Love: Jesus' Descent into Hell

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In our previous three posts (#1, #2, #3), we considered questions on hell from Puritan Christopher Love’s Heaven’s Glory, Hell’s Terror (1653). In this post, we will examine his perspective on the controversial doctrine of Christ’s descent into hell. Again, I will pose the...

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Wednesday, 08 March 2017 00:59

Wednesday @ Westminster: The Anointed One

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image No doubt Simon Peter’s most memorable words were those of his great confession in response to Jesus’ question, “Who do you say that I am? You are the Christ, the Son of the living God” (Matt. 16:15-16). That’s a Bible verse to memorize, isn’t it? What we...

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Meditation is a difficult duty. Most Christians struggle even with where to begin with respect to this duty. It is particularly important for us to mediate upon the Person and work of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, since beholding the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ is the primary means...

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If the Lord’s Supper is a great blessing, then who should partake of it? In this sacrament, ordained of God, who should come to the table of the Lord? Knox was abundantly clear: "But the Supper of the Lord, we confess to appertain to such only as be of the household of faith, [and who] can...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 00:55

Covenant Promises

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In my last article, I noted that a covenant has three basic elements: parties, promises, and conditions. The parties of the covenant of grace vary depending upon which perspective of the covenant is being considered. Externally or administratively speaking the covenant is between God and all...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 23:27

Book Giveaway: Danny Hyde Bundle

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 22:49

John Bunyan: The Faithful Tinker

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Young John Bunyan (1628–1688) hardly seemed fit for preaching. He was a coarse person with little education and a mouth full of foul language. He had lost his mother and sister to death and was exposed to the evils of military service before his seventeenth birthday. As a young man, he worked...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 04:55

Did John Owen Write a Biblical Theology?

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imageBiblical theology has become a popular topic in recent years. While all theology should be biblical, this oft difficult to define discipline stresses the gradual historical unfolding of God’s self-revelation in redemptive history. People like biblical theology because they want to understand...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 01:18

Announcing Meet the Puritans' First Book

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image Meet the Puritans is pleased to announce our first book, Knowing the Trinity: Practical Thoughts for Daily Life by Dr. Ryan M. Mcgraw. Dr. McGraw is not only a contributor to Meet the Puritans but serves as Professor of Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary....

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Monday, 20 February 2017 23:17

Christopher Love on the Terrors of Hell (3)

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In our previous posts (#1, #2), we considered questions from Christopher Love’s (1618-1651) Heaven’s Glory, Hell’s Terror (1653). In this post, we will consider some more key questions that he asks on hell before considering his position on the controversial doctrine of...

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Protestants who are unfamiliar need to hear the voice of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion in this anniversary year of the Reformation (see post 1). The Articles are also a great encouragement to those in North American Anglican churches who long for a continual reformation back to the Word of...

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As we've seen so far in our survey of John Knox's theology of the Lord’s Supper (part 1, part 2, part 3), it is ordained by God and Christ is present in the sacrament. It is also an inestimable blessing for God’s people and is for their benefit in many ways. Let me give a number of...

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Tuesday, 14 February 2017 01:00

Covenant Parties

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Generally speaking, a covenant, according to Reformed theology, is a legal relationship between two parties that involves promises and conditions. A covenant, therefore, has three basic elements: parties, promises and conditions. My goal is to expound the Westminster Standards’ teaching on...

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Friday, 10 February 2017 08:30

Book Giveaway: Simonetta Carr Bundle

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Thanks to our official book sponsor, Reformation Heritage Books, we have a 4-book bundle of Simonetta Carr's Children's Biographies for Young Readers that we are giving away: Martin LutherJohn Calvin, John Knox, and John Owen. Deadline to register is Friday, February 24.

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Friday, 10 February 2017 07:40

Marital Love Must Be Sexual

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As we've seen, the Puritans had a rich understanding of Christian marriage (part 1, part 2, part 3). In this final post, I'd like to show that they also believed marital love must be sexual. Both marital partners should give themselves fully to each other with joy and exuberance in a healthy sexual...

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Thursday, 09 February 2017 17:16

Christopher Love on the Terrors of Hell (2)

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In our previous post, we considered the Puritan Christopher Love’s defense of hell-fire preaching from his sermons in Heaven’s Glory, Hell’s Terror (1653). In the next two posts we will consider key questions that he asks on hell before considering his position on the...

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Wednesday, 08 February 2017 08:09

How to Read John Owen: Part 3

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image I know many pastors who bought John Owen’s seven-volume “commentary” on Hebrews who had high hopes of reading them while preaching through Hebrews, only to be daunted at the size of the work, the depth of the material, and the breadth of the matter. The temptation is simply to...

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Friday, 03 February 2017 01:00

39 Articles—Intro

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Being a Reformed pastor among Reformed pastors, and being Anglican, has its good-humored moments. At some point in the discussion, you need to address the relationship between our respective confessions, the Westminster Confession and the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion. Depending on the person, I...

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