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
Monday, 15 January 2018 22:23

Book Review: Reformation Theology

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Matthew Barrett, ed., Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2017), 784pp. Hardcover. $45.00.

Reformed theology aims to be biblical. Yet being Reformed also describes historic branches of confessional Christian churches. This means that Reformed theology must be both...

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Sunday, 14 January 2018 22:39

What is Puritan Theology?

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Answering the question, “What is Puritan Theology?” may sound too much like attempting to define Puritanism, a slippery term that evades a crisp definition or at least agreement on one. Indeed, there exists a great deal of overlap between Puritanism and Puritan Theology, but I hope to...

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 22:00

A Year in PRRD (Week 1)

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Tuesday, 09 January 2018 05:00

Book Giveaway: Puritan Treasures for Today

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Monday, 08 January 2018 22:50

Puritan Sayings

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One of the interesting things I have discovered in my reading is a link between the Puritans and contemporary sayings. Statements that we put on bumper stickers, repeat to ourselves and others, or use to teach biblical truth—I have found these, some almost verbatim, in puritan writings. I...

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Article 19 marks the third division of the Thirty-Nine Articles. Built on the two articles that precede them, articles 19-22 define the marks of the true church, its visible and invisible character, the nature of its authority in relation to Scripture, and the hallmark of a false church that...

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Monday, 01 January 2018 23:47

Book Review: Reformed Catholicity

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Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain, Reformed Catholicity: The Promise of Retrieval for Theology and Biblical Interpretation (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015). 168pp. Paperback. $21.00.

Catholicity is as important as it is often misunderstood. In search of a deeper connection to historic...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 01:09

The Conditional Nature of Baptism

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In this article, I want to look at a fourth reason that suggests that the Westminster Confession of Faith does not teach baptismal regeneration, and that is the conditional nature of baptism.  
 
The sacraments are not efficacious and effectual means of salvation to all recipients,...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 00:29

Book Review: The 5 Solas Series (Zondervan)

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David VanDrunen,God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life, The 5 Solas (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2015).
 
It may surprise some readers to learn that the Solas of the Reformation (God’s glory, Scripture, grace, faith, Christ) do not appear in this form...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 17:00

Bite-Size Bunyan (5): Profitable Meditations

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This series, “Bite-Size Bunyan,” shares John Bunyan’s writings in summary form. This fifth “bite” concerns Bunyan’s work, Profitable Meditations, Fitted to Man’s Different Condition: In a Conference between Christ and a Sinner (1661), written to help...

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Friday, 15 December 2017 01:01

39 Articles—Christ Alone!

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It is important to notice that the group of articles (9-16) that deal with our salvation in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion should close with an anathema—the only time the word appears in the Articles. Articles 17 and 18 should be taken together, as the “also” in the first...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 02:22

The Subject of Baptism

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Thus far we have noted what the Westminster Standards teach concerning the nature and purpose of baptism, and the relationship between the Word and sacraments. The Standards' position on these two points suggests that the Assembly rejected the doctrine of baptismal regeneration. In this article, we...

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We have 2 copies of John Bunyan and the Grace of Fearing God for giveaway. Deadline to register is Friday, December 22.

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 00:09

Book Review: Owen on the Christian Life

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Matthew Barrett and Michael A. G. Haykin, Owen on the Christian Life: Living for the Glory of God in Christ, Theologians on the Christian Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015). 296pp. Paperback.
 
 As a minister, I would love to believe that everyone in the church would read John Owen. There are...

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Friday, 01 December 2017 00:37

39 Articles—Grace Alone!

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Article 17 of the Thirty-Nine Articles is the longest article of all the articles and marks the transition between what has preceded in articles 14-16 and what follows in article 18. Because of an inflated sense of man’s worthiness before God since the Fall, a stance of humility is necessary...

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Thursday, 30 November 2017 03:41

Book Giveaway: The Valley of Vision

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Thanks to our friends at The Banner of Truth, we have a copy of The Valley of Vision by Arthur Bennett to give away.

This giveaway is for U.S. mailing addresses only.

Deadline is Friday, December 8.

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Monday, 27 November 2017 23:56

The Word and Sacraments

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In thelast article we looked at the nature and purpose of baptism according to the Westminster Standards. We noted that the Standards emphasize the sealing function of baptism and that as a seal it is designed to confirm the baptizand’s interest in Christ and to strengthen faith and all...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 11:47

6 Ways to Redeem Thanksgiving

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In light of the stress, tensions and discord that often serve to make Thanksgiving a time for which many are not thankful, here are six simple things each of us can seek to implement to help redeem Thanksgiving. 

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Hunter Powell, The Crisis of British Protestantism: Church Power in the Puritan Revolution 1638-44, Politics, Culture and Society in Early Modern Britain (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2015). 264pp. Hardcover. $105.00. This is likely the most significant work written to...

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On Friday, November 17th the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals is participating in a special day of extraordinary giving. Visit ExtraGive.org, make a donation to the Alliance, and for every dollar you donate Alliance donors are matching up to $25,000, dollar per dollar. In addition, the Lancaster...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 06:10

The Nature and Purpose of Baptism

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What does baptism do? A number of different answers have been given to this question. At one end of the spectrum are those who say that it is a converting ordinance. At the other end are those who claim that baptism is a mere sign of our salvation and profession of faith. Although it has been...

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:41

39 Articles—Guilt, Grace, and Gratitude (7)

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Because we’ve had a month’s pause for #Reformation500, it would be good to review the previous seven articles that concern our salvation before we continue. Articles 9 and 10 set the extent of our guilt before God. They explain the nature of humanity’s lost condition through sin...

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Wednesday, 08 November 2017 23:33

Book Review: Puritanism and Natural Theology

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Wallace Marshall,Puritanism and Natural Theology (Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2016), 144pp.
 
Wallace Marshall’s Puritanism and Natural Theology ably demonstrates that Puritanism in general not only theoretically developed but pastorally utilized a robust natural theology....

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Authors who have told the story of the Reformation often neglect to give appropriate recognition to some of its most influential and significant figures, whom David Steinmetz dubbed, “Reformers in the wings.” These were often viewed by their contemporaries to be as significant as those...

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Sunday, 29 October 2017 18:33

Is the Pope the Antichrist?

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These days no one asks a question like this. It seems too arrogant, too outdated, grossly missing the mark of a honest religious conversation. Moreover, any reference to the Anti-Christ seems to be further marred by the fancy treatments that it has received in popular pseudo-apocalyptic novels,...

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