Results tagged “Church History” from Reformation21

Reformed Ethics Could Save Your Life

Article by   November 2019
I was preparing a student paper on Bavinck for ETS when the economy collapsed in 2009. Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics proved a tremendous source of encouragement during that time, amidst great uncertainty which touched the faith and vocation of myself and many friends. I'm now happy see the release of Reformed Ethics: Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity, the first in a planned three volume set offering a comprehensive and systematic treatment of the Christian life. continue

When "Catholic" is not "Catholic"

Article by   November 2017
If you've encountered the phrase, "to be deep in history is to cease to be a Protestant" (coined by John Henry Cardinal Newman and oft-repeated today), and if you've felt some frustration that you couldn't voice precisely why that's not true, Roman but Not Catholic by Jerry Walls and Ken Collins is a book for you. continue

The Printing Press and the Protestant Reformation

Article by   October 2017
In the years that passed from Gutenberg's era to Luther's, the printing industry expanded and improved. The press itself enjoyed improvements in its mechanism resulting in increased productivity. The German printing industry had grown from mom-and-pop businesses into multi-facility operations. It would continue to enjoy growth as more and more material was written and printed during the years of the Reformation. continue

J.A. Alexander 1809-1860

Article by   July 2014
Joseph Addison was born the third son of the minister of the Pine Street Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, Archibald Alexander, D.D., on April 24, 1809. His mother, Janetta Waddel Alexander, was the daughter of James Waddel who served as a minister in Virginia and was sometimes called "the blind preacher of Virginia." Archibald Alexander continued his pastoral service in Philadelphia until he was called by the denomination to open the doors of the Presbyterian Seminary at Princeton in 1812. At the time of Archibald Alexander's death in 1851 his seven surviving children included one daughter, Janetta (named for her mother), James Waddel, Archibald, Samuel Davies, Henry Martyn, William Cowper, and Joseph Addison. Three of the sons were ministers, two were lawyers, and one was a physician. continue

The Quest for Rest in Augustine's Confessions

Article by   January 2014
Augustine's Confessions is one of the great classics of Christian historical theological literature. It is admired for its beauty of composition, its sophisticated literary construction, and its vivid and honest recollections of the life of its author. Some scholars would even say it began a new genre of literature. However, Augustine's purpose in Confessions was not to masterfully write a new type of literature. Instead, he wanted to expose himself spiritually to his readers so they would learn from his example and find rest in worshipping God through the grace of faith in Christ. As Augustine reflected upon his promiscuity, thievery, love of sin, patronizing of the theater, and worship of himself, his great desire is to turn restless sinners to the rest that can only be found in Christ. continue

The Importance of the Printing Press for the Protestant Reformation, Part One

Article by   October 2013
Johann Gutenberg and the Technology This article is the first of two that will consider the importance of Johann Gutenberg's movable type printing technology for the Protestant Reformation and how the new technology was employed effectively by Martin Luther in Germany. Part one will deal with the technology, and part two will consider how it was used by Luther in Germany. continue

Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Curtain! Roman Catholic History and the Emerald City Protocol

Article by   April 2012
In the field of Reformation studies, Professor Brad Gregory is somebody for whom I have immense respect. Those outside the discipline of history are possibly unaware of the ravages which postmodernism brought in its wake, making all narratives negotiable and fuelling a rise in interest in all manner of trivia and marginal weirdness. Dr. Gregory is trained in both philosophy and history and has done much to place the self-understanding of human agents back at the centre of historical analysis. Thus, for those of us interested in the Reformation, he has also played an important role in placing religion back into the discussion. For that, I and many others owe him a great debt of gratitude. continue

Aspects of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones' Legacy: Some Personal Observations

Article by   March 2010
Without entering into a private spat, Carl Trueman's recent cogent and spirited riposte to Iain H. Murray's allegations inclines me to offer some personal observations on some of the effects of Dr. Lloyd-Jones' ambivalence toward some questions of ecclesiology. continue

Reflections on Rome Part 1: Connecting the Mind and the Tongue

Article by   January 2010
I have spent most of my life connected in some sense to Rome. At school and then at university, I was a Classics man. I preferred Greek tragedy to Roman comedy; but when it came to history, politics, poetry and oratory, I was a Rome man. continue

The Nameless One

Article by   September 2009
Over the last few months, I have been asked in numerous contexts what I think about the young, restless and reformed (YRR) movement(s) described in Collin Hansen's book of the same name. I did do a quasi -review of this book some time ago, in which I argued that the existence of the movement seemed to indicate that all the hype surrounding the emergent business was probably overwrought and that there was no need for complete panic in Reformed circles. continue

Packing Unforgiveness

Article by   August 2009
I've been thinking recently about something television star Kelsey Grammer said. It's not because I saw a rerun of Cheers. Unfortunately, the context is tragic. Grammer has me thinking about well intentioned people who end up "packing unforgiveness." continue

Messiahs Pointing to the Door

Article by   March 2009
The list of American idiosyncrasies could go on: the American penchant for men's shoes with tassels that, thankfully, has no counterpart in Britain; the post-colonial idea that a sausage on a lollipop stick is edible; and the constitutional right to eat cheese delivered from an aerosol can without government interference. Freedom is surely a wonderful thing. continue

Calvin: A Guide for the Perplexed

Article by   December 2008
Are you perplexed by Calvin, dear reader? Do you find yourself wondering what all the fuss is about, yet you can't be bothered to read the mighty Institutes? Wasn't he just a one-note theologian who just kept harping on about predestination? If I am describing you here, then you need this book. continue

Surveying the Wondrous Cross: The Atonement in Church History

Article by   November 2008
As with so many aspects of theology, the church has had to wrestle with the doctrine of the atonement. While the elements for a proper and full understanding of the atonement were readily at hand for theologians in the early church, it would take maturity and sometimes even controversy for the church to come to a clear grasp of just what it was that Scripture told us about the atoning death of Christ. continue

Calvinistic Methodism and Rock 'n' Roll

Article by   October 2008
Most of you reading this will wonder whether this is some conspiracy by Derek Thomas to wind up Carl Trueman by posting a review of two 700 page volumes on 'Welsh Cavinistic Fathers.' I'm all for getting on Trueman's goat and look forward to his responses on the blog. continue

The Digitization of Sinaiticus and its Media Beepbop

Article by   October 2008
According to the online Urban Dictionary, the word 'beepbop' is not really a word at all: it is a nonsense word to be used only when you want to really annoy someone. In that case, the British Broadcasting Corporation, otherwise known as the BBC, or more affectionately as 'the Beeb', has aired its own sort of 'beepbop' in its coverage of the digitization of the Codex Sinaiticus. continue

Praise Seeking Understanding

Article by   October 2008
Of course we want to read Scripture like the great church father that shaped so much of the church's theology, and, if we understand Jesus' lecture on Biblical Theology on the Emmaus Road in Luke 24, we also want to read the Scripture Christologically. But beneath the surface, Byassee has an axe to grind. continue

Preserving Grace in the Life of William Wilberforce

Article by   February 2007
  Rarely has one man stood up against so many opponents--or against so great an evil--for so long and with so little encouragement, before finally meeting with such a complete triumph, as William Wilberforce in his long battle against the... continue

Komodo Dragons and the Virgin Mary: a Belated Christmas Story

Article by   December 2006
It's a tad late for this, but the story only broke a few days before Christmas. The London Times ran with the headline, "Wise Men seek a virgin Mother." Another newspaper ran the headline, "Lizard's Immaculate Conception." The story was... continue

The Trinity: Tertullian and Hilary

Article by   November 2006
The Trinitarian formulations of the early Church often seem to our postmodern culture as the inevitable brainchild of monastic orders, burlap habits, deserts, and Neoplatonic philosophy. Austere, abstract, and unconnected from everyday life - just like the stereotypical image... continue

Leadership, Holy Men, and Lessons from Augustine

Article by   November 2006
We can now take this point a stage further: in this context, that of the god-like aspirations of leadership, sin becomes incredibly attractive. In the Confessions, Augustine makes it clear in relation to a trivial act of the youthful crime... continue

Window on the Past The Council of Nicea Ph.D Student at Westminster Theological Seminary, and Pastor of Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, Nashville, TN

Article by   October 2006
Books, they say, are a preacher's whiskey. Like many students of theology and Church History, my study walls are encrusted with volume after volume beckoning me to, as C.S. Lewis once said in his essay, On the Reading of Old... continue

Missionary Triumph over Slavery: William Kibb, and Jamaican Emancipation

Article by   September 2006
William Knibb (1803-1845) is rightly remembered as one of the great heroes of Baptist history for the key role that he played in the emancipation of the slaves in the British Empire in the 1820s and 1830s. In fact, so... continue

Window on the Past The Didache

Article by   August 2006
Along with The Epistle of Barnabas, 1 & 2 Clement, The Shepherd of Hermas, The Epistles of Ignatius and Polycarp, Te Epistle of Diognetus, and The Martyrdom of Clement, Ignatius and Polycarp, The Didache comprises one of the documents... continue

Window on the Past Defenders of the Faith: Irenaeus & Tertullian

Article by   July 2006
American President Theodore Roosevelt once said that "it is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to... continue

Window on the Past Setting the Stage: A Belief in History Master of Divinity Student, Reformed Theological Seminary, and Assistant to the Editorial Director, reformation21.

Article by   June 2006
It should not escape the attention of the Christian disciple that some of the most profound spiritual mysteries are very often closely tied to time and history. Take the incarnation for example. Arguably the most weighty of spiritual realities, and... continue

The Secret of My (Deferred) Success

Article by   May 2006
"To invert a famous quip of Gore Vidal, in theology, it is not enough for heretics to fail; the church must succeed." Last summer, I was fortunate enough to spend some weeks working at a church in Scotland, just outside... continue

Acts: Brazos Theological Commentary of the Bible

Article by   April 2006
"This is not your father's commentary, uh, Oldsmobile." Pelikan's Acts is the first available in the new series, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. This series is projected to have 40 volumes and has been highly promoted at various scholarly... continue

Window on the Past Apostolic Fathers: Ignatius, Polycarp, and Clement of Rome Recent Master of Divinity Graduate, Reformed Theological Seminary

Article by   February 2006
It is common to think that the history of the Church between the apostles and the Reformation is irrelevant or at best good late night reading. Some have even gone so far as to distort Church history altogether in works... continue

Above All Earthly Pow'rs

Article by   December 2005
Over a decade ago, David F. Wells, began a project to "explore the places of intersection between different aspects of the Christian confession and our (post)modern world" (Above All Earthly Pow'rs, hereafter AAEP, 12). The project began with his stellar... continue

Robert Lewis Dabney: A Southern Presbyterian Life

Article by   December 2005
In 1902, while Rev. Samuel Mills Tenney browsed a second-hand bookshop in Houston, Texas-as many Presbyterian pastors are wont to do-a stack of papers in one corner drew his attention. Upon inquiry, he learned that these manuscripts were destined for... continue

Is The Reformation Over?

Article by   November 2005
Mark Noll is well-known both within and without evangelicalism as an outstanding scholar, a gracious and thoughtful commentator on religion and America, and one of the most significant public religious intellectuals of the last decade. Indeed, disagreeing with him is... continue

The Richness of Augustine: His Contextual and Pastoral Theology

Article by   October 2005
Books about Augustine and his theology seem to multiply without end, and the first task of anyone writing about him must be to define why a new work is required. Mark Ellingsen rises to this challenge, explaining that his main... continue

A God Entranced Vision of All Things: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards

Article by   September 2005
The tercentenary celebration of the birth of Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) was the occasion for a perfusion of literary endeavors, the most exciting being George Marsden's monumental biography; numerous articles; and a plethora of conferences. The fruit of one such gathering,... continue

The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitfield, and the Wesleys

Article by   August 2005
One of the binding chapters of the Directory for Worship for my denomination instructs the minister presiding at the Lord's Table to "invite all those who profess the true religion, and are communicants in good standing in any evangelical church."... continue

The Judas We Never Knew

Article by   July 2005
Judas Iscariot was the last of the original twelve disciples of Jesus of Nazareth, also called the Christ (Matt. 10:1-4). He accompanied Jesus throughout most of his earthly ministry. He was there, presumably, when Jesus walked on water, fed the... continue

Results tagged “Church History” from Reformation21 Blog

The Whole and the Parts

Article by   November 2019
This is the second part of James Renihan's essay on the scope of theology. To read part one, click here. The Scope of the Whole We have already cited the common language of the great English Protestant Confessions, Presbyterian, Independent... continue

Reformed Ethics Could Save Your Life

Article by   November 2019
I was preparing a student paper on Bavinck for ETS when the economy collapsed in 2009. Bavinck's Reformed Dogmatics proved a tremendous source of encouragement during that time, amidst great uncertainty which touched the faith and vocation of myself and... continue

Theology on Target

Article by   November 2019
Theology on Target The Scope of the Whole (Which Is to Give All Glory to God) Part 1 On October 16, 1845, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote these familiar lines in a poem titled "The Arrow and the Song": I... continue

The Road Not Taken

Article by   October 2019
As we remember the Reformation this week, those who stop to think about the anniversary (too few of us, no doubt) will probably either celebrate it as the birthday of the Protestant churches, or lament it as the beginning of... continue

Is Middle Knowledge Biblical? An Evaluation

Article by   October 2019
  In part one of this series, the doctrine of middle knowledge was set forth and explained on its own terms. Its principal concern is to reconcile the sovereignty of divine agency and the liberty of human agency by inserting... continue

Is Middle Knowledge Biblical? An Explanation

Article by   September 2019
Middle knowledge, otherwise known as Molinism, derives its name from a 16th century Jesuit named Luis de Molina (1535-1600). There is evidence that within a decade of Molina's death, his view of middle knowledge had a profound influence upon the... continue

Reciting the Creed

Article by   September 2019
Why do we recite the historic creeds of the church in our worship services? There are a few ways to answer this question. First, we believe these creeds are really just recitations of the content of Scripture. All we are... continue

Origins of the Creed

Article by   September 2019
If you were a Christian living in the great port city of Alexandria, Egypt in the year 320, your life would likely be full of excitement. Less than 10 years before, the great Emperor Constantine had defeated his enemies, ended... continue

Dr. Watts' Scheme

Article by   April 2019
Isaac Watts wrote nearly 600 hymns in the 18th Century. Churches around the world still sing many today. For instance, if you visited a congregation on any given Sunday in the English speaking world, it would not be a... continue

Continual Prayer for Revival

Article by   January 2018
In the last post on the revitalization of the eighteenth-century Baptists, we considered the way in which prayer was a central cause. The passing years did not diminish John Sutcliff's (1752-1814) and Andrew Fuller's (1754-1815) zeal in praying for... continue

Faith at Work: Sola Scriptura

Article by   January 2018
Tradition is helpful, but even Protestants can be guilty of treating Augustine and Calvin as a magisterium. This week, Dan Doriani encourages readers to have a proper understanding of Sola Scriptura.The difference between Catholic and Protestant teaching is more subtle... continue

2017: 10 Posts that You Loved Last Year

Article by   January 2018
We looked at the most popular posts from across Alliance websites in 2017. Did you miss one of these last year? Do you want to read one your favorites again? Just click the article title! 10. Calvin's Life: The Servetus Affair by Jeffrey... continue

The Origins of a Great Christmas Hymn

Article by   December 2017
One of my favorite hymns of the Advent and Christmas season is O Come, O Come, Emmanuel because of its rich use of biblical imagery to recount the prophetic references to the coming Christ. The Latin text for this... continue

Luther's Lion-Hearted Historians

Article by   November 2017
Luther expressed his appreciation for history and historians on numerous occasions. History, he believed, provides fodder for both fear and praise since God is sovereign over the course of human events. History records and reminds us how God "upholds,... continue

What I Wish I Had Learned in Seminary

Article by   April 2014
Seminary changed my life. Spending time both inside and outside the classroom with my godly professors, learning from them, praying with them, and receiving counsel from them revolutionized my walk with Christ. I cannot remember a time when my professors... continue

"The Pure Flame of Devotion"

Article by   March 2014
Many readers of this blog will doubtless know the name of Michael Haykin. In November last year, Michael reached his 60th birthday, and was presented with a festschrift to mark the occasion, The Pure Flame of Devotion: The History of... continue

Wrestling with Fuller

Article by   January 2014
For those who might be in the vicinity of Bulkington in the UK (not far from Coventry and Leicester), I hope to be at Bulkington Congregational Church this coming Monday (Mon 03 Feb) at 7.30pm for the first of this... continue

Luther Sends His Regards

Article by   October 2008
Happy Reformation Day everybody.  If Chile can celebrate it than we certainly should too.   Here are two quotes to think about as you remember October 31, 1517.  The first is from Luther, the second comes from the Lutheran hymnal/service... continue

FB Meyer and Melbourne Hall

Article by   September 2008
I am just back from preaching at anniversary services at Melbourne Hall Evangelical Free Church in Leicester. The most famous occupant of its pulpit was its first minister, F.B. Meyer (of whom a recent biography by Bob Holman was published... continue


Article by   July 2008
Here's one for the historians. "Memory is much more significant than originality." Samuel Wells, Improvisation:  The Drama of Christian Ethics, 147.... continue
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