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
Thursday, 18 July 2019 14:00

Let the Light Shine

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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, do good, and move unbelievers to glorify God as our Father in heaven?  To answer that question,...

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Thursday, 18 July 2019 06:57

Bargain Book Sale

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Don't miss our summer book sale! While supplies last.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 14:00

The Master Idol

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"If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23). This is a painful process, and at times can discourage even mature Christians. The sins of self-intrest reach deep into the heart, and they are difficult to root out. Samuel Rutherford k...

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imageJoel R. Beeke, Debated Issues in Sovereign Predestination: Early Lutheran Predestination, Calvinian Reprobation, and Variations in Genevan Lapsarianism, vol. 42, Reformed Historical Theology (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2017). 252pp.

Predestination has frequently occupied the...

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Friday, 12 July 2019 11:21

Book Giveaway Time!

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Friday, 12 July 2019 02:05

The 39: A Christian Man's Oath

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We complete our study of the Thirty-Nine Articles at Article 39, which also concludes its final topic: The relationship between the Christian and the commonwealth. Article Thirty-Nine addresses the distinction between the permissible swearing of an oath from rash and profane swearing forbidden by...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 03:27

Pastor, Keep Preaching the Gospel

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God works through faithful preaching... even when you don't see it.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2019 14:00

David Clarkson on Repentance

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David Clarkson joined John Owen as a fellow minister in a church in London in 1682. Owen entered glory soon thereafter, joining the assembly of the righteous made perfect. Clarkson continued on, preaching in Owen’s pulpit for three more years until his own death in 1686. The Banner...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 14:00

Like a Little Salt

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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...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 14:00

Proto-Puritan William Tyndale (8)

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His Covenant Theology

In our last post, we compared William Tyndale’s doctrine of justification with Augustine and Luther. This time, we will consider his Tyndale’s covenant theology, which played a vital role in his theology of justification. Next time, for our final episode on...

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 03:14

A Reason to Celebrate

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The truly free depend on the Lord. Read more courtesy of Dr. Barnhouse. 

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Monday, 01 July 2019 14:00

The End(s) of Theology

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The first question of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (and Larger) Catechism famously states, “Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever.” Some have asked whether this is actually one end rather than two, saying instead that man’s chief and highest end is...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 15:46

The 39: Christian Property

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Article 38 continues the final topic of the 39 Articles, the relationship between the Christian and the commonwealth. Article 38 considers the question of the extent to which a Christian’s worldly goods should be given over to the work of the church.

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Wednesday, 26 June 2019 00:33

Repentance and Salvation

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One issue that is periodically debated in Reformed circles concerns the relationship repentance has with justification, and more particularly with forgiveness.  The Bible clearly states that repentance is necessary for forgiveness (Isa. 55:7; Luke 24:47; Acts 2:38; 3:19; 5:31; 11:18;...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 17:00

Salt and Light: Lessons from the Puritans

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Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle,...

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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:00

Worship and Word (w/John Geere)

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John Geere (c. 1601–1649) was an ordained minister in Church of England, serving on the western border of England and Wales. Though aligning himself with both England’s Crown and Church, Geere did not conform to all the ceremonies of the Book of Common Prayer, and after 1624 he was...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 18:00

The 39: Church and State

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Article 37 introduces the final topic of the 39 Articles, the relationship between the Christian and the commonwealth. It is customary for North Americans to dismiss these articles as being very specific to England, but the same principle we have observed throughout our study continues here: the...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:00

Proto-Puritan William Tyndale (7)

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His Theology of Justification Compared

We've considered William Tyndale’s doctrine of justification; now we'll compare him with Augustine and Luther. Particularly, we’ll view Luther’s prologue to Romans alongside Tyndale, since the latter depended much on the former for the flow...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 01:35

What Is the Gospel?

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In a brief but hilarious reformation21 blog post, "Can You Speak Gospelese?", Paul Levy noted that the word “gospel,” had become “an adjective which if you want people to think you’re kosher in conservative evangelicalism you add it, seemingly, to everything.” Thus,...

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The doctrine of Scripture has often been the battleground on which the fate of true and false religion is decided. In the seventeenth-century, Roman Catholics taught the authority of Scripture, while denying its sufficiency and clarity. Socinians taught the sufficiency and clarity of Scripture,...

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Friday, 31 May 2019 00:08

Proto-Puritan William Tyndale (6)

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His Theology of Justification Considered

In our last post, we looked at William Tyndale’s foundational theology of the Word of God. In this post, we make a start on his theology of justification. Next time, we will consider his dependence upon and departure from both Augustine and Luther on...

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 23:34

Upon a Fit of Sickness

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Before she was twenty, Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672) made a long and treacherous voyage to the New World with her husband and family. She would become America's first published poet; she would also endure a number of physical and spiritual harships. Through it all, her poetry...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 17:00

From Frying Pan to Fire?

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The doctrine of salvation (Soteriology) is necessarily intertwined with the doctrine of God (Theology Proper). Your understanding of what God does and how he saves will affect your understanding of who God is, and vice versa. The puritans faced this issue in their debates with the so-called...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 17:00

Walk Over the Vast Ocean (4)

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Reformed, experiential Christianity birthed the pioneer missionary efforts of men such as John Eliot (1604–1690), David Brainerd (1718–1747),William Carey (1761–1834), Adoniram Judson(1788–1850), and John G. Paton (1824–1907). This mission effort was small...

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