Category Archives: Church History

Seven Signs of a False Teacher

Thomas Brooks (1608 – 1680), an English Puritan, gave the church an excellent work on the tactics of Satan: Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices (which can be read online here). One chief way in which Satan spoils the soul is … Continue reading

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Jonathan Edwards, New Creation, and the Christian Sabbath

Every once in a while I come across a quote worth saving, and I figure that makes it also worth sharing. Consider this one of those. The ancient churches, being commanded to keep a seventh day in commemoration of the … Continue reading

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Machen on Freedom and Law

This excerpt is worth sharing, so, here I go. “…all sorts of things are being proposed to check the ravages of crime. One proposes that we shall all be fingerprinted and be treated like paroled criminals required to show identification … Continue reading

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In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How it Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture

In the Beginning: The Story of the King James Bible and How it Changed a Nation, a Language, and a Culture, by Alister McGrath. Published by Doubleday, 2001 The King James Bible is a hallmark of the English language. McGrath … Continue reading

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Irenaeus: Brief Look at an Early Father

About the Man Irenaeus of Lyons is an ante-Nicene[1] Church Father whose impact upon Christian orthodoxy is still being felt today. His contributions through writing, both in Against Heresies and Demonstrations of Apostolic Preaching, have helped define the basic tenets of … Continue reading

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The Church is Not the State, and the State is Not God

It is both interesting and saddening to watch the way in which the Christian Church deals with the area of politics in our time. The 2012 election is not just causing polarization and conflict within the country as a whole, … Continue reading

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Calvinism Has 5 Points?!

“What’s in a Name?” [1] People close to me have probably heard me rant at one point or another about how I dislike the term “Calvinism,” or even calling myself a “Calvinist.” The poor folks who had to listen to … Continue reading

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Heidelberg Catechism, Question 60

Question 60. How are you right with God? Answer. Only by true faith in Jesus Christ. Even though my conscience accuses me of having grievously sinned against all God’s commandments and of never having kept any of them, and even … Continue reading

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The Bondage of Whose Will?

Recently there has been considerable heat generated in Evangelicalism over the Calvinism-Arminianism debate. The Southern Baptist Convention has been moving to ground the doctrine of the denomination in Arminianism[1]. Following this, there was a post on Christian Post, an Evangelical … Continue reading

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John Newton — “Grace in the Blade”

Puritan writings often contain a depth of understanding and insight that is all too often lost in modern Evangelicalism. John Newton, most famously known for his hymn Amazing Grace, is among the Puritans who still feed the souls of saints … Continue reading

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