Preaching is the First Mark of the True Church: Why Faithful Pastors Matter So Much

John Calvin, in his Commentary on 1 Timothy, expresses the foundational importance of pastors to the church. They are the ones who propagate, defend and spread the truth. They are charged with [...]

The Headship of Christ in the Church

From John Cotton’s The Keys of the Kingdom 65-67 All legislative power (power of making of Laws) in the Church is in [Christ], and not from him derived to any other, Jam. 4. 12. La. 33. 22. [...]

Caterpillars and Butterflies: A Review of New Covenant Theology

The following is a review written almost 10 years ago on a topic still relevant today. Caterpillars and Butterflies:A Review of New Covenant Theology By Tom Wells and Fred Zaspel(Frederick, MD: [...]

Exegeting a Stop Sign

The following has been on the internet for a long time, but it is worth posting here again. It was apparently first written by a Canadian Anglican minister named Bill Cliff who was rector of the [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Divorce

The careful reader will notice that 2LCF chapter 25 differs from WCF 24 (remembering that after chapter 20 the numbers differ between the two confessions) in that it does not contain the [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Private Spirits

Over the years, I have taught Symbolics in many places. Without fail, my students are bright and interested and ask me very useful and thought provoking questions. In a few posts over the next [...]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Heresy

2. Archetypal error: the great heresies. We must consider the other side of this coin. Not only did the Puritans employ the writings of the Fathers as an aid in support of their orthodoxy, so [...]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Theology

Let’s consider two key points. The study of the writings of their predecessors were important for two reasons—it established right and wrong doctrine and practice: 1. Archetypal theology and [...]

Puritan Patristics: Historical Continuity

Puritan Patristics A statement cited by Alister McGrath may serve as an entrée to our study. While not a puritan, the great Anglican Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626; a chief translator of the AV [...]

The Puritans and the Past

Over the next few days, I will publish some material from my Puritanism in Context lecture notes. In developing the class, it seemed important to spend some time considering how the Puritan [...]

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