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. [...]

How Much Does Your Church Give?

How much does your church give? James M. Renihan The churches of our Association are very generous in their support for Gospel work. Whether it is foreign missions, special projects, or the [...]

Is Public Worship Important?

Individual experience often seems to be the rule of the day. Piety is often defined by our emotions rather than our duties. But this is not just a recent reality. In the middle of the seventeenth [...]

Man’s Duty and God’s Purpose

From Owen Volume 10: 3. We must exactly distinguish between man’s duty and God’s purpose, there being no connection between them. The purpose and decree of God is not the rule of our duty; [...]

Obscurity in Preaching? Unusual Advice from Richard Baxter

In 2002, a series of essays entitled The Rise of the Laity in Evangelical Protestantism ed. Deryck Lovegrove (London: Routledge, 2002) was published. The lead article, was written by Carl Trueman [...]

What’s happening with preaching? Who said this?

In a sermon titled “The Last Judgment” a well-known preacher begins with these words: “IT is the case that the pulpit appears sometimes in our days degraded almost to the level [...]

Theology and the Theological Seminary

Theology and the Theological Seminary James M. Renihan In Jude’s brief epistle we find two thought provoking statements: “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (verse 3); [...]

Making Progress in a Day of Decline

Submitted by Prof. Renihan Overall, the state of our churches seems to be healthy. But I cannot say the same about the state of Evangelical Christianity in general. When I look there, I have deep [...]

Nehemiah Coxe on the Importance of the Gospel Ministry and the Means of Grace

In 1681, Nehemiah Coxe preached a sermon at the ordination of officers in a London church. That sermon was published and later portions of it were used by Benjamin Keach, in his book Tropologia, [...]

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