Tag Archives: Puritans

The eternal value of holiness

The pursuit of holiness can be discouraging sometimes: the fight against sin is hard, and our progress sometimes seems so small. This passage from John Owen deeply encouraged me this morning, reminding me that every effort toward sanctification will matter … Continue reading

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Unsatisfied with lowest common denominator Christianity

Insightful analogy: “The Puritan Movement is to the Elizabethan Church what monasticism was to the Medieval Church. It expressed Gospel energy always unsatisfied with the lowest common denominator syndrome of Reformed religion, and in its desire for disciplined and holy … Continue reading

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Enrolling David as a Puritan

The Puritans found tremendous comfort in singing the psalms in worship, and wove their message in to the fabric of their lives: “Like the Hugenots, they had endured persecution, and their feelings were mirrored in the Psalms. As Schones says, … Continue reading

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Humiliations should lead to humility

It has been a busy, happy summer in life and ministry here. So much so that I have not slowed down to tap out any good quotes from the books I have been reading. This one, though, was worth taking … Continue reading

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Theology is Living to God

This morning, I read about the life and thought of William Ames, a Puritan teacher of the late 16th and early 17th Century. Ames is most valuable for his emphasis on practical Christianity. In his Marrow of Theology, he wrote … Continue reading

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Shepherding through Worship, Singing Psalm 4

We are continuing to sing through the psalms on Sunday evenings, and last night we came to one of my favorites, psalm 4. As with all the psalms we have looked at so far, I begin by looking at the … Continue reading

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Interview with Dr. Ray Van Neste

Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7 Dr. Ray Van Neste is Associate Professor of Christian Studies and Director of the … Continue reading

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