Jonathan Edwards on the need for Thanksgiving

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I found this quote in the Jonathan Edwards online library. It is rather apt as my American friends prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving. This week we are focusing on  Edwards here at the Patheos Evangelical channel. As part of that my friend Frank Viola posted a great contribution "The Shocking Beliefs of Jonathan Edwards" that is well worth a read. Here then is Jonathan Edwards on thanksgiving.The godly, those who have that inestimable blessing, have cause to bless God which cannot be e … [Read more...]

Martin Luther’s contribution: so important that God himself foretold it

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We stand in the debt of those servants of God who prompted the Reformation. I am unashamedly Protestant. I believe that the work of Luther and Calvin among others was critical in recovering the gospel itself, which had largely been lost for centuries.Yes, cynics would say all we have done is replace a single pope with thousands of them, all thinking they have infallible interpretation. There has indeed been great division. But the Reformation restored mankind's direct connection with the … [Read more...]

“The church is looking for better methods, God is looking for better men”

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E.M. Bounds was not overly enamored with church growth methods or management techniques. He believed real power comes from a different source: the Holy Spirit anointing a man. Those who want to reject the celebrity preacher culture do need to beware that they don't also reject the way God works by raising up men to do his work: We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for … [Read more...]

How did the early church view baptism?

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When it comes to the issue of baptism, there is not a little disagreement among Christians. I am, as many of you will know, a baptist. I believe that the Bible is clear about baptism. I think it is easy to demonstrate it is an initiatory act that is supposed to follow faith, and hence cannot be performed on infants.I believe that baptism is the primary way a new believer is commanded by Jesus himself to dedicate themself to God. I believe that it requires much water and is to be performed by … [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Was Jesus really crucified on a Wednesday?

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Other useful Easter resources:Did Jesus rise from the dead? I believe in Jesus: a sermon on the Trinity and the Resurrection A Good Friday Sermon A sermon on Jesus’ Resurrection and its implications for us (Romans 4:25) Those of you who have been reading Christian blogs for almost ten years will no doubt remember one of my early inspirations, an insanely popular blogger called Josh Claybourn.Well, eventually Josh hung up his blogging hat and I have been trying to p … [Read more...]

Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur

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See also the following posts: Strange Fire – A Charismatic Response to John MacArthur My review of the book Strange Fire: MacAthur accuses charismatics of being like Mormons John Piper responds to John MacArthur’s Strange Fire Conference RT Kendall responds to MacArthur’s Strange FireChristians have a long history of disagreeing with each other over doctrine. There is nothing new about that. Sometimes that disagreement can get quite heated. So for example, in the time when Wesley a … [Read more...]

I don't just believe in God, I met with him this morning

We Christians today don't often talk about our spiritual experiences. There are all kinds of valid reasons for that.  However, as the following section of my book Raised With Christ shows, Packer and the Puritans disagree with us.  Now when Packer and the Puritans would seek to correct us, we should sit up and at least take note: It is remarkable how infrequently experiences such as those described below are mentioned, either during preaching or in modern Christian books. Unfortunately, many C … [Read more...]

Guest post by Lex Loizides

What Readers of Church History are interested in!I’ve found it intriguing to note what posts are becoming more popular on The Church History Blog, as well as the often completely daft (and often highly entertaining) search terms that lead people there.Here are the top 6 posts during the last quarter:John Wesley and his Wife (part 2) John Calvin and Martin Luther – some differences Mary Slessor the 'Mother of all Peoples' John Wesley and his Wife (part 1) The God Delusion Debate John Wesley … [Read more...]

Pascal's experience of God: something many modern Christians miss entirely

One fascinating thing that I quote in Raised With Christ is J. I. Packer's assertion that Puritans were very unlike Christians today in that they liked to talk about their experiences of God. Today I want to share with you the record of a remarkable experience of God had by Pascal. The following quote is a translation of a document found sewn into his clothing after his death. The original French can be found at the link below.The quote that follows is credited by John Piper with having … [Read more...]

Popular Posts On Church History

My friend Lex Loizides keeps plugging away at his excellent church history blog. It is well worth dipping into for some inspiring snippets of what God has done in the past. New posts appear in my sidebar with the other “Warnie” winners.Lex has identified and updated his five most popular posts, adding links that help them serve as gateways to the rest of the content of his blog. I thought I would share them here:1. John Calvin and Martin Luther—Some Differences2. The Birth of Modern Revi … [Read more...]


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