The Marvelous Providences of God in the Conversion of Sinners

From John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence (Works, IV:377-82) Now there be divers things in those providences, that are versant about this work, which are exceeding sweet and taking: As, [...]

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 [...]

Joseph Alleine’s Pastoral Prayer

After he was ejected from his ministry in Taunton, Joseph Alleine continued to be deeply concerned for the welfare of the flock he was forced to leave. He wrote letters to them, urging them to [...]

Sobering Words about Baptism

From Benjamin Keach’s Tropologia or Preaching from the Types and Metaphors of the Bible page 632: We would caution all that would approach to this sacred evangelical ordinance, unless they [...]

The Quiet Sin

In 1859, a book titled Sketches and Lessons From Daily Life was published under the pen name ‘Felix Friendly.’ It is an interesting little work, devotional in nature, and thought [...]

The Most Benefit from the Means of Grace

Another gem from George Swinnock: Reader, remember thine errand at ordinances is to get grace. Thou hast God’s promise to them, and His power and faithfulness, both engaged for its [...]

The Amazing Privilege of Prayer

I am constantly amazed at the combination of devotion and scholarship present in Puritan authors. They demonstrate that there is no contradiction between careful, dedicated study and reverent [...]

A High and Proper View of the Pastoral Ministry

We live in a day when the distinctions between pastors and people have largely broken down. Loud voices cry out, calling for a mobilization of every member of the church, as if all had the same [...]

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 [...]

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