Posts by Danny Hyde

Posts by

Update (Monday, October 24): Because of the amount of sign-ups for this giveaway, we are now giving away two (2) of these bundles. Thank you for your interest and support! Please share the news with your friends. Meet the Ps' friends at Reformation Heritage Books has provided us two 3-book bundles...
W e're happy to annouce that the winner of the well-loved, The Valley of Vision , is Dale S. of Milwaukee, WI.
“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” ("Romeo and Juliet," II, ii, 1–2) J uliet expressed her love for Romeo in these words. Her point was not that she loved the name of Romeo’s family, Montague, but that his name didn’t matter, as it was Romeo whom...
L ike me, many young reformers of my generation and even younger came out of a myriad of non-Reformed but evangelical churches into a Reformed church. Recall the struggles. One of them, no doubt, was over the theology and practice of worship in a Reformed church. In former churches we were taught...
W e really have a crazy-sounding religion. We confess that God exists as one, yet three. Totally irrational! We confess that one of those three, the Son, became a human by being born of a virgin. What a fantasy! We confess this God-man died on a common Roman cross to take away sins. Keep dreaming!...
In 2016, every two months ( Feb , Apr , June , Aug , Oct, Dec) we will be producing a Meet the Puritans Resource, which you will be able to find linked under Our Resources . These will be classic texts with introductions, footnotes, and modernized language. The purpose is to introduce you to the...
“N o offence, but Muslims love Jesus as much as Christians do.” On December 19, 2001, this is how John Casey, a Cambridge scholar, entitled an article in the Telegraph on the issue of Christian and Muslim theology. How could he make such a claim? The the Qu’ran teaches that Jesus was born of a...
First off, congratulations to Scott P. of Aubrey, Texas, who has won a copy of To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Missional Vision and Legacy (Crossway). Now for the next giveaway. Our friends at Brill have provided us with a copy of Unity in Diversity: English Puritans and the Puritan Reformation...
“J esus Christ is the sum and quintessence of the gospel; the wonder of angels; the joy and triumph of saints” (Thomas Watson, A Body of Divinity , 161). He is, as we saw in Q...
Q uick. What should be the two constituent parts of a Reformed theological education? Theology and exegesis? Philosophy and theology? Systematic and practical theology? Good guesses. Having just participated in examinations for seminary graduates who seek entrance into the ministry, this question...
A lthough the Westminster Assembly did not choose to use the text of the Apostles’ Creed and to exposit its individual articles within its two catechisms, the Larger Catechism still follows the structure of the Creed. Having dealt with the Triune nature of God (Q...
S ince you're reading this online post, you're no doubt aware that in the broader Reformed theological world there has been discussion of the issue of holiness in the recent past. The links are too numerous so I'll leave it to you to search for them yourself. In particular, one issue in this...
T he winner of Theodore Beza's A Clear and Simple Treatise on the Lord's Supper is Ike H. of Ronceverte, WV. Congrats! And now our next giveaway comes from our friends at Crossway, who have given us one (1) copy of To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin's Missional Legacy and Legacy by Michael A.G...
F or many of us who have discovered the Reformed expression of the Christian faith after years in other traditions, “covenant theology” was one of the most eye-opening facets of it. It was more than just another part of theology, though. It was like getting a new pair of glasses. The old way we saw...
W ords are such delicate things. The weakest word can communicate the most powerful truth. Yet strong words can also become impotent. This can happen when we use words as clichés so often that their impact is lost upon our minds and affections. Once such term is grace; one such cliché is covenant...
Congrats to our own Dr. Ryan McGraw who last night gave his inaugural lecture as Professor of Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina, entitled, "Gisbertus Voetius, Presbyterianism, and Smart Phones." Have a listen and enjoy !
W e finally come to the glories of our redemption with Westminster Larger Catechism questions and answers 30-31. I hope you have appreciated this feature of the Larger Catechism that its taken this long! It has spent so much time dealing with the creation, humanity’s fall, and the problem of...
Meet the Puritans editor and contributors Joel Beeke, Danny Hyde, and Ryan McGraw will be speaking at the upcoming International Conference on "John Owen: Between Orthodoxy and Modernity." Hosted by the Theological University Apeldoorn, The Netherlands, from August 31–September 2, this conference...
Back in April we did a book giveaway of our own Dr. Ryan McGraw's book, Is the Trinity Practical? We want to encourage everyone to learn about this book so Dr. McGraw joined the Confessing Our Hope podcast to discuss this book as well as a forthcoming book that will be Meet the Puritans' first...
Thanks to our friends at Crown & Covenant Publications , we have two (2) copies of Bradley Johnston's, 150 Questions About the Psalter: What You Need to Know About the Songs God Wrote. USA addreses only. One entry per person. Deadline is Friday, August 29. Click here to enter ...
Our editor, Danny Hyde , recently joined the team at the Reformed Forum for its 450th episode of Christ the Center for a discussion of the issue of the Sabbath/Lord's Day as it was debated and doctrinally delivered at "The Great Synod of Dort" ( De Grote Synode van Dordrecht , 1618-1619). You can...
H ow can New Covenant Christians sing Old Covenant Psalms? In my previous post we looked at William Ames' (1576-1633) resolution of the "case of conscience" of singing "imprecatory Psalms." The well-known words of Jesus, "pray for those who persecute you" (Matt. 5:44), are often used as...
One of my favorite Puritans is William Ames (1576–1633). Not only are his writings precise and to the point, he was so Puritan that as an English-speaker he was exiled amidst the Dutch Reformed! Sounds like someone I know. In his monumental treatise on Puritan casuistry, De Conscientia (1630),...
In 2016, every two months ( February , April , June , August, October, December) we will be producing a Meet the Puritans Resource, which you will be able to find linked under Our Resources . These will be classic texts with introductions, footnotes, and modernized language. The purpose is to...
Thanks to our friends at The Latimer Trust, we have two (2) copies of Peter Adam's, Word and Spirit: The Puritan-Quaker Debate . The deadline is Friday, August 12. Sign up here .
If someone looks at [God's commands] in the wrong way and says that they are heavy to bear, he is merely revealing his own weakness. —Andreas Presbyter, Catena on 1 John 5:3 When I was in college I was required to read G.K. Beale's edited volume, The Right Doctrine from the Wrong Texts? Essays on...
When I was younger I used to think it would have been nice to be born into a family full of riches. Perhaps you did—or do—as well. Now that I am more mature I am thankful I wasn’t, though. Why? Now I appreciate what I have I look back and compare life now with life before. This is also true with us...
It's an assumed point of hermeneutics today that the grammatical historical meaning of the Song of Songs is that it merely a love song, a poem between a husband and wife. John Owen reminds us of the ancient method of Christological exegesis, seeing in the Song a type and shadow of the mutual love...
Thanks to our friends at Reformation Heritage Books , we have two (2) copies of Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition edited by Ian Hugh Clary, Michael Haykin, and Robert Davis Smart. The deadline to register is Friday, July 15. Entry form
Since theological seminaries have recently held graduations and a new class of students will soon enter, I thought it would be a fun exercise to write a post on "the learned Doctor" William Ames' advice to theological students. William Ames (1576–1633) was an Englishman who was "exiled" to the...
Quick; what’s the first thing you think of when I say the word “estate?” Got it? Now let me take a wild guess and say that you probably thought of the word sale, as in estate sale, right? To us materialist Westerners, an estate is the sum total of our lives that we can pass on to our children, with...
Say it aint so, but the Puritans cut and pasted their own material across their works! I think it was Mark Jones who once made this point in relation to Thomas Goodwin. Well, John Owen did it too. For example, his sermon on 1 Corinthians 12:11 ( Works 9:441–452) does this. But there is one section...
Thanks to our friends at Crossway we have one (1) copy of The Theology of the Westminster Standards by J.V. Fesko. The deadline for entering is Friday, July 1. Here's the entry form .
“In Adam’s fall, we sinned all” ( The New-England Primer: A Reprint of the Earliest Known Edition, with Many Facsimiles and Reproductions, and an Historical Introduction , ed. Paul Leicester Ford [NY: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1899], 14). This famous line of Benjamin’s Harris’ 1690 New England Primer...
In recently re-reading Thomas Brooks’ classic, Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (1652; 8th ed. 1676) I was struck by a section towards the end. In it Brooks connected spiritual warfare (yes, Reformed people believe this is a reality!) with sound doctrine by compiling a list of “Seven...
In 2016, every two months ( Feb , Apr , June, Aug, Oct, Dec) we will be producing a Meet the Puritans Resource, which you will be able to find linked under Our Resources . These will be classic texts with introductions, footnotes, and modernized language. The purpose is to introduce you to the...
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever” (Ps. 136:1). God in his goodness and covenant mercy has created and continues to provide for all that his creatures need. What a good God he is! If we know the abundance providence of God after the Fall of Adam into...
"And we also thank God constantly for this, that when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men but as what it really is, the word of God, which is at work in you believers" (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Reformed churches believe God still speaks. While...
"Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling!" (Ps. 43:3) Almighty, everliving, merciful Lord God and Heavenly Father, we cry out to you in praise as you are in our midst! You who spoke in the beginning, and by means of your Word...
Thanks to our friends at Crown & Covenant Publications we have two (2) copies of the beautiful and soft leather-like The Book of Psalms for Worship: Words Only Edition . The deadline for entering is Friday, June 3 . Here's the entry form ...
The God of the Bible is the God who has foreordained whatsoever comes to pass from all eternity and who in human history brings all his plans to reality through creation and redemption (Eph. 1:11). This means he surely is not absent, but present in all the affairs of his creation. And because he is...
At some point in every local pastor's ministry he is going to experience an inquiry and even a call to serve in another congregation or area of service. I know for me, the first time this happened I had no idea what to do. I certainly was not prepared in seminary for this! Thankfully I like old...
Thanks to our friends at The Latimer Trust , we have two (2) copies of Peter Adam's book, To Bring Men to Heaven by Preaching: John Donne's Evangelistic Sermons to give away. The deadline for entering is Friday, May 20 . Here's the Entry Form .
A while back while teaching a mid-week series on the life and work of Thomas Manton, I came across the following quote from Charles Haddon Spurgeon about Thomas Manton. It comes from the "Preface" to Illustrations and Meditations, or, Flowers From a Puritan's Garden, Distilled and Dispensed (London...
We live in a time in which our humanity is misunderstood, at best, and under attack, at worse. Our consumer society is rooted in the philosophy that greed is good, that “it’s not personal, it’s business,” and that he who dies with the most toys wins. The proliferation of pornography, sexuality, and...
Herein lies that which all the beauty of the world fades before, and becomes as a thing of nought,—which brings all the outward pomp of ceremonious worship into contempt;—I mean the glory and excellence that lies in the spiritual communion of the soul with God, by the grace of the Holy Ghost, in...
Several years ago Danny Hyde was interviewed on his background, his introduction to the Puritans, and how to read them (especially John Owen). This was posted on the old MTP site and we repost it here for your edification.
We’ve all seen them, right? Angels, that is. You know, those chubby little children with wings; those cute Precious Moments statuettes; those little guys on your shoulders—one reminding you of good and the other tempting you to what is bad. From the downright silly to sentimental to seriously wrong...
Continuing through the neglected Puritan Thomas Manton's (1620–1677) Christ's Temptation and Transfiguration Practically Explained and Improved in Several Sermons (Works, 1:258–336), we come to sermon 5 , which deals Matthew 4:8-9 (click here for sermon 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 ). One of the first questions...
Following up on Patrick Ramsey's excellent post on the biblical phrase, "Do this and live," I'd like to delve in the helpful comments of the Puritan exegete, Matthew Poole (1624-1679). Poole wrote two commentaries on Scripture. His popular work was his Annotations upon the Holy Bible , which we...