Blog Posts by Carl Trueman

How churches lose the plot, Part IV

Article by   November 2010
In this final post in the series, I want to offer some brief, practical guidelines on how to help keep a church on the rails.  Each could be a post in itself, but I have no wish to try your... continue

How churches lose the plot, Part III

Article by   November 2010
In my last two posts, I have tried to suggest that the reasons for a church's decline into liberalism are not always immediately doctrinal, but can actually arise out of a culture; and, by implication, the underlying story I am... continue

Why is British dentistry actually a good thing?

Article by   November 2010
Because the Christian church in Britain will obviously never have to deal with ministries like this. ... continue

How churches lose the plot, Part II

Article by   November 2010
Yesterday, I noted how the big personality can shift the church in the wrong direction. A closely related phenomenon is that of the minister who thumbs his nose at the church's public standards of doctrine and practice, who decides that... continue

How churches lose the plot, Part I

Article by   November 2010
Not all historical phenomena that manifest themselves as doctrinal are necessarily immediately doctrinal in cause or origin.'  That statement, made to me by a mentor in my field of historical theology, articulates a crucial principle, a principle that came to... continue

Chalmers on Government

Article by   November 2010
The shadowy figure known simply as `The Librarian' brought to my attention the following thoughts of the Scottish theologian and churchman, Thomas Chalmers, on Romans 13.   In an era when it is seemingly more and more acceptable to be... continue

Anglicanism and Its Historical Identity

Article by   November 2010
One of the odd things I have noticed in recent years is the historical isolationism of certain streams of Anglican evangelicalism.   It manifests itself in a number of ways: a disparagement of the Book of Common Prayer; the downplaying... continue

Protestant Amnesia

Article by   November 2010
Over at the webpage, Called to Communion, Catholic convert from Protestantism, Bryan Cross, has written a a very kind and thought provoking assessment of my comments on Roman Catholicism over recent years.   Bryan picks up on a point I... continue

The Real Start of the Reformation?

Article by   October 2010
In the week when the Protestant church looks back to the advertising of a public debate by a professor, Martin Luther, at Wittenberg University on October 31, 1517, and celebrates that event as the start of the Reformation, Derek and... continue

Interesting Article

Article by   October 2010
Don Duff, of the OPC, has just brought to my attention this interesting article by an OP pastor in southern California.  Very helpful and thought provoking.... continue
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