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, [...]

Sherwood’s Remarkable Courage

The punishments placed on the ejected Puritan ministers were often severe. Often dependent on the whims of the local magistrates, their courage was tried and tested. Here is an example of [...]

The Resurrection of the Ministry of the Church

While many teach that Christianity must bring health and wealth, those who read Scripture understand that the opposite is true: our faith carries us through darkness. The Christian life does not [...]

A Welcome to the Plague?

In 1666 (it has been referred to as ‘that apocalyptical year 1666′) plague ravaged England. In London, 60,000 people–that’s one out of every five–died from this [...]

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 ‘Man-Taker’

Joseph Ivimey records this fascinating anecdote about a 17th century General Baptist pastor, George Hammon. It was the normal practice of the day for ministers to do itinerant evangelistic work, [...]

Colonel John Hutchinson

One of the great and tragic figures of the Puritan Era is John Hutchinson. Along with being a faithful Christian, he was a colonel in the Parliamentary Army, defender of representative [...]

Christ and His Brethren

From John Owen’s Commentary on Hebrews 3:15-19 This is a ground of unspeakable consolation unto believers, with supportment in every condition. No unworthiness in them, no misery upon them, [...]

On the Late Massacre in Piedmont

The Waldensian Christians, dedicated to the Reformed Faith, were massacred by the soldiers of the Duke of Savoy, Charles Emanuel II, in 1655. In response, John Milton composed this beautiful [...]

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; [...]

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