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

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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.

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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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The purpose of this series, “Bite-Size Bunyan,” is to share John Bunyan’s writings in summary form. Most Christians know such works as The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678, 1684), The Holy War (1682), and Grace Abounding (1666), but what about the foundational Doctrine of the Law...

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This post is the final in a series of four (see #1, #2, #3), which outlines and annotates Patrick Gillespie’s (1617-1675) treatment of the Covenant of Works. In this section, Gillespie illustrates how Adam’s failure in the Covenant of Works paves way for the Covenant of Grace. I will...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 23:50

39 Articles—The Rule of Faith (3)

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We first mentioned Article 8 of the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion in our discussion of Article 2. We saw how the articles as a narrative whole link Article 8 and Article 2 on understanding the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can also see how Article 8 concludes the triad of the Anglican...

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Thursday, 01 June 2017 06:12

The Perkins Palooza

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image Thanks to the leadership of Dr. Joel Beeke, the name of William Perkins (1558-1602) is becoming known again. The first two video addresses from the recent conference on Perkins are now available online (with several more to follow):

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image Thanks to our friends at The Banner of Truth we have two (2) copies of The Pastor in Prayer: A Collection of C.H. Spurgeon's Sunday Morning Prayers to give away.

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 02:10

John Owen on Revival

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Way back when (Feb. 15, 2010) in the previous incarnation of Meet the Puritans, I posted on John Owen's use of the phrase "spiritual revivalls" (sic.). This post was subsequently cited in Kenneth J. Stewart's Ten Myths About Calvinism: Recovering the Breadth of the Reformed Tradition ...

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Friday, 26 May 2017 00:10

Puritan Preachers: Richard Rogers

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image Richard Rogers (1551–1618) is best known today for his massive Commentary on the Book of Judges, which is a collection of 103 sermons. In it we see that his preaching was very practical and experiential. For example, in Sermon 74, he describes the Holy Spirit’s inward work of...

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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 23:51

Praying 'in the Spirit': Puritan Style

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Many young evangelicals today are on the "Geneva" or "Westminster Trail." Going out from the comforts of such evangelical churches is difficult and a great unknown. One unknown area is what churches in the Reformed tradition believe about the relationship between the Holy Spirit and prayer. Back...

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Tuesday, 23 May 2017 00:05

Union and Communion (4)

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In my last article, I noted that one theological use of the doctrine of union and communion with Christ is that it provides the framework to understand the proper role of faith in justification. Another theological use is that it helps us to understand and so answer the common objections to...

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Thursday, 18 May 2017 23:47

39 Articles—The Rule of Faith (2)

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We examined last time how Article 6 of the Thirty-Nine Articles states that the Bible is our sole authority for the source of Christian doctrine. It explained the concept of sola Scriptura and listed the books of the Old and New Testaments. Article 7 further clarifies an Anglican’s "rule of...

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Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:04

Wednesday @ Westminster: The Anointed King

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image Aback you may have seen ads for or even seen the movie "Invictus" starring Morgan Freeman. In the trailer we hear in the background Freeman as Nelson Mandella saying, “I am the master of my fate: 
I am the captain of my soul.” Those words come from the poem "Invictus" by the...

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