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February 14

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Marcionism, Dispensationalism and New Calvinism

Dispensationalism is the vehicle through which Marcionism has returned under the cloak of orthodoxy, with its antinomian battle cry ‘we’re not under Law but under Grace!’ No Reformer or Puritan would have tolerated lawlessness as fruit suitable to repentance; and yet, that is exactly what Dispensationalism has produced. And in an ironic twist, the theologically […]

Why Arguments for Exclusive Psalmody Don’t Stand Up

Brian McClung, Minister of Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church in northern Ireland, has offered a series of posts in which he gives some persuasive reasons why, in the end, arguments for the use of exclusive psalmody in worship simply doesn’t hold water. McClung writes in his opening post: The point of dispute is not the singing […]

September 21

Puritan Assurance: A Cruel Doctrine of Doubt

The following is an excerpt from a work (available in its entirety online) entitled The Gift of Assurance by Prof. David J. Engelsma. With the rampant spread of puritan mysticism infecting protestant churches crossing all denominational lines, the subject is of the greatest import. I cannot recommend highly enough the reading of this small work. […]

A Doctrinal Cancer Within the Church

In his book, The Object and Acts of Justifying Faith, puritan Thomas Goodwin acknowledges that many who finally obtain assurance do so only after many years. After many years? Really? After truly believing and trusting in Christ alone, we must wait and toil for something else in addition for real assurance other than knowing that […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: Christ the Word

My Father, In a world of created changeable things, Christ and his Word alone remain unshaken. O to forsake all creatures, to rest as a stone on him the foundation, to abide in him, be borne up by him! For all my mercies come through Christ, who has designed, purchased, promised, effected them. How sweet […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: The Gift of Gifts

O Source of all Good, What shall I render to Thee for the gift of gifts, Thine own dear Son, begotten, not created, my Redeemer, Proxy, Surety, Substitute, His self-emptying incomprehensible, His infinity of love beyond the heart’s grasp. Herein is wonder of wonders: He came below to raise me above, He was born like […]

A Puritans Prayer: God Honoured

O GOD, Praise waiteth for thee, and to render it is my noblest exercise; This is thy due from all thy creatures, for all thy works display thy attributes and fulfill thy designs; The sea, dry land, winter cold, summer heat, morning light, evening shade are full of thee, and thou givest me them richly […]

A Reformed Christmas

What did the Reformers and Puritans believe the Bible to teach concerning Christmas, or Christ-mass? Is it lawful? Does Christmas violate the Regulative Principle? Can a Christian celebrate Christ-mass or Xmas? Is there such a thing as a Reformed Christmas? Read the article that this video points to and find out!

Taking the Message of the Puritans into the Future

This is an interesting video. The idea of withdrawing from the world as thinking we are more holy for doing so is one that draws my attention to relationships we have established in the Amish community, as is religionizing the 16th century farm life of the Puritans. I do have one issue with taking the […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: A Present Salvation

Creator and Redeemer God, Author of all existence, source of all blessedness, I adore thee for making me capable of knowing thee, for giving me reason and conscience, for leading me to desire thee; I praise thee for the revelation of thyself in the gospel, for thy heart as a dwelling place of pity, for […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: Divine Mercies

Thou Eternal God, Thine is surpassing greatness, unspeakable goodness, super-abundant grace; I can as soon count the sands of ocean’s ‘lip’ as number Thy favours towards me; I know but a part – but that part exceeds all praise. I thank Thee for personal mercies, a measure of health, preservation of body, comforts of house […]

A Puritan’s Prayer: The Divine Will

O Lord, I hang on thee, I see, believe, live, When thy will, not mine, is done; I can plead of nothing in myself    in regard of any worthiness and grace,    in regard of thy providence and promises,    but only thy good pleasure. If thy mercy makes me poor and vile, blessed […]

Theology & Ministry: An Interview with John MacArthur

The Least Spark of Grace Is Precious

Richard Sibbes: There is an especial blessing in that little spark. `As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for my servants’ sakes’ (Isa. 65:8). We see how our Saviour Christ bore with Thomas in his doubting (John […]

Richard Baxter, Student

From Good Mr. Baxter, Vance Salisbury’s biography of Richard Baxter: Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, handling accurately the word of truth. – 2 Timothy 2:15 This is the sanctification of your studies, when they are devoted to God, and when he is […]

Why We Fail To Examine Our Hearts

While keeping the heart involves being students of the Bible and our own hearts, we often find truancy rampant among us dull scholars. Why this aversion to calling a conference with ourselves? The Time Factor: The unseen is as real and as important as the seen world, but the physical world intrudes and often dominates […]

Dr. Steve Lawson On George Whitefield

( This is excellent! – JT ) Why did God use George Whitefield? Why was he so used of the Lord? Steve Lawson talks about this and also gives many testimonies from Whitefield’s life.

The Puritan’s Strategy For Poverty Relief

In his Book of Martyrs, John Foxe describes two visits he paid to Bishop John Hooper. Both times, he saw Hooper’s table “spread with good store of meat and beset full of beggars and poor folk.”1 Upon further enquiry, Foxe discovered that Hooper’s daily practice was to feed the poor of the city in this […]

Over-loved, Idolized & Leaned Upon

“Whatever we have over-loved, idolized, and leaned upon—God has from time to time broken it, and made us to see the vanity of it; so that we find the readiest course to be rid of our comforts—is to set our hearts inordinately upon them.” – John Flavel

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