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
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One great advantage as an Anglican is the fixed order of public worship and daily prayer. In the same way a Dutch Reformed believer is refreshed by the Heidelberg Catechism in their evening worship every Lord's Day, the Anglican is strengthened in the liturgy that sets our worship and public prayer...

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Thursday, 17 August 2017 03:53

Martin Luther's Sermons on Lent and Easter

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For this 500th anniversary year of the Protestant Reformation, Hendrickson Publishers is reprinting a wonderful selection of sermons from Martin Luther. So far there are three volumes of sermons for Advent and Christmas Day, the Sunday after Christmas, New Year’s Day, and Epiphany, and Lent...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 00:35

The Family Altar (4)

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In Oliver Heywood’s The Family Altar, he spends most of his time addressing the heads of household whom he presumed would institute family worship. However, not every 21st century household takes the same form as Puritan households in the 17th century. Indeed, it seems unlikely that even in...

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image Our friends at Eerdmans Publishing have given us two (2) giveaway copies of The Peril and Promise of Christian Liberty: Richard Hooker, the Puritans, and Protestant Political Theology. Deadline is Friday, August 18.

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Tuesday, 08 August 2017 06:46

Union and Communion (8)

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In this final installment of the series on union and communion with Christ, I will continue to consider practical benefits of this doctrine. More specifically, I will look at how we might use this doctrine to spur us on towards love and good deeds.
 
Thomas Lye, in his sermon entitled, The...

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As the Thirty-nine Articles turn from the examination of our guilt, Article 11 comforts those humbled by Articles 9 and 10. These speak of the "fault and corruption of the nature of every man, wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God." Here is the good news of...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 00:39

The Family Altar (3)

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The family worship (see parts #1, #2) that Oliver Heywood envisioned contained three basic elements: reading scripture, singing Psalms, and prayer. To this we might add reading from works of great theologians or famous sermons, but only as a means for explaining Scripture. They would not be the...

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In myprevious post, I provided a sketch of Patrick Gillespie’s arguments for the distinction between the Covenant of Redemption and the Covenant of Grace. Yet some have objected to this distinction by appealing to Westminster Larger Catechism 31, which states, “The Covenant of Grace is...

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 As you may know, our friends at Reformation Heritage Books are currently typesetting, editing, and re-publishing the The Works of William Perkins. Thanks to them, we have a set of the first 4 volumes to give away.

The deadline to register is Friday, August 4.

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 06:20

The Family Altar (2)

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In The Family Altar, the Puritan writer Oliver Heywood makes the case for family or household worship. We have already discussed Heywood’s belief that family worship is essential for the proper functioning not only of the family, but also the Church and wider society. We must now consider...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 04:34

Union and Communion (7)

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In this penultimate installment of the series on a puritan doctrine of union and communion with Christ, I want to consider the comfort “this glorious union with Christ” brings to dying saints and to “their surviving mourners” (Case).
 
Thomas Jacomb says that we have no...

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Article 10 is the second part of the Thirty-Nine Article’s explanation of our guilt. Article 9 describes our actual condition before God regarding our total depravity. It also makes it clear that while sin persists in the believer, God's work in Christ does not condemn the believer. Article...

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Stephen J. Casselli, Divine Rule Maintained: Anthony Burgess, Covenant Theology, and the Place of the Law in Reformed Scholasticism (Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2016). 188pages. [Book/ebook]
 
The function God’s law in Scripture has always raised difficult...

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Mankind needs saving from God by God. As demonstrated in my previous posts on Patrick Gillespie (#1, #2, #3, #4), the broken Covenant of Works paved the way for the salvation of God’s elect in the Covenant of Grace. Yet in the sequel to his Ark of the Testament, Gillespie argued in The Ark of...

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Thursday, 13 July 2017 23:39

Puritan Preachers: John Preston

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image We conclude our series on Puritan preachers (see #1, #2, #3) with John Preston (1587–1628), whose preaching can be described as preaching great gospel themes. He was more topical and organized by theological categories and questions than the verse-by-verse biblical expositions of John...

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The purpose of “Bite-Size Bunyan” is to share John Bunyan’s writings in summary form. Our second “bite” (see #1) concerns Bunyan’s work, A Vindication of the Book Called, Some Gospel- Truths Opened (1657), itself a response to Quaker Edward Burrough...

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:47

The Family Altar (1)

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 If there is one Christian book that everyone seems to be talking about this year, it is The Benedict Option by Rod Dreher. Subtitled “A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation,” it discusses how can respond to changes in our culture through the development of communities...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 08:28

Union and Communion (6)

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The doctrine of union and communion with Christ provides a number of comforts or encouragements to Christians. I want to look at two in particular that some puritans highlighted: first, the dignity and honor that union with Christ bestows upon believers and second, the assurance that union with...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 00:45

Book Giveaway: Beyond Calvin

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imageWe're giving away two (2) copies of Beyond Calvin: Essays on the Diversity of the Reformed Tradition (Davenant Press) by Bradford Littlejohn and Jonathan Tomes.
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Having laid down the foundations of who God is and the rule of faith (Scripture is the final authority, supported by the creeds), the Thirty-Nine Articles continue with specific questions of salvation from article 9 to article 14—with article 11 on the justification of man at its center....

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Synopsis Purioris Theologiae: Synopsis of a Purer Theology, by Walaeus et al., ed. Roelf T. te Velde, trans. Reimer A. Faber, 3 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 2015). 659 pages. Volume 1.
 
This translation introduces a historically important Reformed orthodox text to the English-speaking world....

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 02:01

Union and Communion (5)

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One of the great benefits of reading the Puritans is that they open our eyes to how wonderfully useful and practical doctrine is. "Theology," William Ames famously wrote, "is the doctrine of living unto God." The doctrine of union and communion with Christ is certainly no exception to this. In...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 01:52

Book Giveaway: Meet the Puritans

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image Our friends at Reformation Heritage Books have given us a giveaway copy of Meet the Puritans by Joel Beeke and Randall Pederson.

USA mailing addresses only. One entry per household. Deadline to register is Friday, July 7.

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 Thanks the our friends at The Latimer Trust in the U.K. we have four (4) copies of The Faith We Confess: An Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articlesby Dr. Gerald Bray to give away.

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Friday, 09 June 2017 00:07

Puritan Preachers: Richard Sibbes

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Continuing in our series on Puritan preachers (parts #1, #2), we come to Richard Sibbes (1577–1635). One source in which he reveals his view of preaching is The Fountain Opened, a collection of his sermons on 1 Timothy 3:16 (Works, vol. 5), where he addresses the office of the...

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