Meet the Puritans

Meet the Puritans

Congratulations to Kasey I. of Solon, OH, who is the winner of our first book giveaway for J.I. Packer's, A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life. Don't forget to enter our new giveaway for one of two copies of Wayne Spear's, Faith of Our Fathers: A Commentary on the...
Thanks to our friends at Crown & Covenant , we have two (2) copies of Dr. Wayne Spear's, Faith of Our Fathers: A Commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith . The deadline for entering is two weeks from today, Friday, April 8. The winner will be announced Monday, April 11. Entry Form...
We are at the third (see part 1 and part 2 ) of our reading the Puritan Paperback, Sermons of the Great Ejection . This title is a collection of nine sermons recalls one of the great turning points in English Christianity—when two thousand ministers were deposed from the established Church in what...
In our first and second posts on James Durham’s essay, "Concerning Ministerial Qualifications," we saw that the prerequisites “for the complete qualifying of a Minster” were “Gifts, Learning, and Grace.” And we spent some time looking at Durham’s understanding of ministerial gifts. This short...
A quick web search reveals surveys that show as many as 97% of Americans professing to believe in God. Impressive, isn’t it? But do 97% of Americans actually believe in the God who says, “You shall have no other gods before me?” (Ex. 20:3) What does it mean to say that 97% of Americans believe in “...
Petrus van Mastricht, The Best Method of Preaching . Trans. Todd Rester (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2013). 82pp. Jonathan Edwards once stated that Peter van Mastricht’s Theoretico-Practica Theologia was the best book that he had read apart from the Bible (1). Mastricht was not...
Life Thomas Watson ( 1620–1686 ) was probably born in Yorkshire. He studied at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, earning a B.A. in 1639 and a M.A. in 1642. Then he lived for a time with the Puritan family of Lady Mary Vere, the widow of Sir Horace Vere, Baron of Tilbury. In 1646, Watson went to St...
Mark Jones
Who were the Puritans? Since you are "meeting" them it would be remiss if someone did not at least give a definition of who the Puritans were. Now, one of the problems in defining a "Puritan" has to do with the "canon" that the Banner of Truth Trust set up—a canon that included the solidly Reformed...
In our continuing series on the Puritan vision for Christian zeal ( part 1 , part 2 , part 3 ), we now take up its means. When you look around and see few people who are zealous for the Lord, you may be tempted to dismiss the call to be zealous. Such a response would be grievous because the church...
While denying the Roman Catholic doctrine that love is the life and soul of justifying faith, John Ball (1585-1640) strenuously affirmed that justifying faith cannot be without love. Faith and love are distinct graces which are “infused together” by the Holy Spirt at regeneration and “the exercise...