Can Modern Christians Learn Theology from Slaveowners?

This is the toughest–and most hotly debated–question among modern evangelicals interested in some level in Christian history today. Should we read the works of men who held slaves? Can we profit from them? I come to this issue with my own perspective and background, those which God gave me. It was helpful for me to [Read More...]

The Art and Utility of Christian Biography

Over at the Gospel Coalition, A. Donald MacLeod, an eminent Christian historian, has penned a piece entitled “The Joys and Frustrations of a Christian Biographer.”  The piece is a slightly edited version of the commencement message he delivered at Westminster East in the spring of 2011.  I read it then and have read it again [Read More...]

Walking the Sawdust Trail: The Altar-Call and its Use in American Evangelicalism

“The pastor closes his sermon: “The Holy Spirit bids you come. The congregation, praying, hoping, expectant, bids you come. On the first note of the first stanza, come down one of these stairways, down one of these aisles. May angels attend you. May the Holy Spirit of God encourage you. May the presence of Jesus [Read More...]

Henry Center Travelogue, Day Three: Evangelical Identity and Ringo Starr

I’m in Hong Kong with the Henry Center, my employer, as we’re hosting an international conference on evangelical identity. I’ll be blogging about the conference on the Henry Center blog and will cross-post here. The conference has now started in earnest. We’re at the YMCA International House on Waterloo Street, right in the middle of [Read More...]

Get to Know a Puritan: The Puritan Reading Challenge

I have been meaning to tell readers of this blog about a great program going on over at my friend Timmy Brister’s blog, Provocations & Pantings. Timmy is an MDiv student at Southern Seminary with a great passion for church health, evangelism, and the glorification of God. He’s a good friend and an encouragement to [Read More...]

A Short List of Important History Biographies: 1-3

In the spirit of the lists posted by historians Sean Lucas and Michael Haykin, I offer my own humble little list of my favorite history biographies. 1. George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards–If you haven’t read this, you are missing out on a masterpiece of readable, richly textured history. Marsden sets Edwards’s context as well as one [Read More...]


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