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A nugget from Robert Bolton's Some General Directions for a Comfortable Walking with God (London, 1626): By walking with God, I mean, a sincere endeavour, punctually and precisely to manage, conduct, and to dispose all our affairs, thoughts, words and deeds; all our behaviours, courses, carriage,...
The new year is not far away. That is when we will being that new regime of diet and exercise, start taking our health more seriously, get a grip on ourselves, whip ourselves into shape, and so on. Tomorrow is always the big day, the start of something good and new? So, today? Well, let's eat,...
Stephen McCaskell's fine biographical film, Through the Eyes of Spurgeon , surveying the life and ministry of 'the Prince of Preachers,' will drop this Thursday (18 Dec) at 12:00am CST, when it will be streamed live here . If you head over to that website , you will find all the information you...
Today is almost certain to see the appointment of the first Anglican woman bishop in the UK. Stockport in Manchester look to be the unlucky winners. It has been declared: "The time is right." A break with tradition, we are told, but the only reasonable thing to do. The Archbish has said in that...
You may be planning a seasonal sermon. In a spirit of ministerial solidarity, I would bring to your attention a fell tale from long ago . Be warned, gentlemen, be warned!
I cannot but dispute Paul's "Best Looking Blogger" and "Nicest Guy Awards." Both make reference to photos, which shows that Paul is still clearly irked by the absence of a grainy black-and-white mugshot. I do what I can, and present a combined "Best Looking Blogger/Nicest Monk" contribution.
I had a delightful day yesterday at the Grace Baptist Church in Edlesborough, hearing Stuart Olyott run about 60 men of varying ages and backgrounds through what it meant to preach the Word of God. Two morning sessions encouraged us to "Listen to yourself" - to make an objective analysis of our...
About 120 people gathered during Tuesday and Wednesday this week at the long-running Westminster Conference . A mix of regulars and newer and younger faces enjoyed a couple of days of theological and historical cogitation. The first day opened with Stephen Clark's paper on holy worldliness...
I am looking forward to reading a new publication from Reformed Baptist Academic Press called Recovering a Covenantal Heritage: Essays in Baptist Covenant Theology , edited by Rich Barcellos. It is a delight to see reformed Baptists wrestling through the rich heritage we have of a robust covenantal...
I have a deep appreciation for the earliest Princeton men. Archibald Alexander, for example, mixes deep scriptural insight and wisdom, developed by assiduous study, with a rich and experimental piety, a happy blend too rare today. I have also been enjoying very much James Garretson's recent study...
The friends at Faithlife were kind enough to send me an advance copy of Logos 6 to play around with. Current users of Logos will already have a pretty good notion of what they are dealing with. New or prospective users might consider the composite review of Logos 5 here , here and here for a basic...
This is not about Mark Driscoll, though it is prompted by a few notes being sounded (not by him, as far as I am aware) with regard to his resignation letter, and the circumstances surrounding it. First, pastoral qualification is never merely a matter of apparent giftedness and effectiveness. It has...
This year's Westminster Conference is within hailing distance (Tue 02 and Wed 03 Dec) and the bookings have begun rolling in. Details can be found on the new website , together with the booking form for those wishing to attend. First time attendees at the conference can come free if they are among...
Over at the British blog, some thoughts on the upcoming Scottish referendum : The outcome of the Scottish vote will, in some measure, in the shorter and longer terms, change the circumstances in which the saints go about their business. But our business will not change. We are all still citizens of...
In our efforts to make Christ known where God has put us, we have regular meetings to preach the gospel in a village outside our town. It is a hard place, not surprisingly given that it is full of hard hearts, many of which are cushioned by a false assurance derived from long-term empty religiosity...
The friends over at The Confessing Baptist have posted some resources trying to help Baptists think through the furore regarding republication. You can find some of them here , from where you can follow other trails. Others are working on the same material here . Although there remain some...
How pleased and blest was I To hear the people cry, "Come, let us seek our God today!" Yes, with a cheerful zeal We haste to Zion's hill, And there our vows and honours pay. The excitement is building and the tension is mounting. We have been eagerly anticipating this day, a day on which we get to...
You will probably have seen the latest clip of Osteenian wisdom circulating on the interweb. A gleaming Victoria, cheered by the crowd and with husband Joel oozing agreement in the background, announces the following: I just want to encourage every one of us to realize when we obey God, we're not...
The Andrew Fuller Center at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has been re-jigging its output. Part of the result is a new, regular newsletter. More details are available here . Extra points are available for those who know why it is called, simply, Kettering .
L.M. (Eden) Behold the blessèd Lamb of God, Who for the world poured out his blood; He died and suffered on the tree That men the grace of God might see. Behold the bleeding Sacrifice - Salvation at unmeasured price. He came to this dark world below, God's greatest blessing to bestow. Behold the...
The Banner of Truth is entering the sphere of the digital reader! A first ten volumes have been released as ebooks, combining a mix of classics with more modern treatments. Among the ancients you will find Bunyan, Owen, Spurgeon and Brown. More modern volumes include Edward Donnelly's outstanding...
In exposing and critiquing the shallow culture of Western celebrity that too easily infiltrates the church of Jesus Christ, we must be careful not to allow that to become an equally crass dismissiveness of legitimately-earned reputation. Empty pomposity and unfounded adulation deserves to be...
And now this . Who can read such things, and of such things, without sorrow?
A reminder from Spurgeon to deal in our ministry with subjects suitable to an immortal being, taken from a sermon on The Word of the Cross (#1611): If I were able to explain to a general audience how to make unlimited profit upon the Stock Exchange, or in some other market, all the world would...
John Pye Smith was a Congregationalist of the first half of the nineteenth century. He was theological tutor at the Dissenting academy known as Homerton College near Hackney, London, for forty-five years between 1805 and 1850. In addition he was minister of the Old Gravel Pit Chapel in Chatham...
There is little doubt that an appetite for pornography is endemic in the modern West. That this is the case was driven home on a recent voyage. On my outward journey, I settled in to my seat for what was going to be a monster trip. Within a few moments, to my immediate right, one passenger was...
Friends towards the west coast of the US of A might be interested in this year's Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors' Conference on "The Doctrine of Scripture" on the 3rd and 4th of November. Dr. Carl Trueman is the keynote speaker and will be addressing the doctrine of Scripture from the...
The brochure is available and booking is open for the Westminster Conference 2014. The conference runs from Tuesday 2nd through Wednesday 3rd December, and features six papers, as follows : Holy worldliness? by Stephen Clark Thomas Charles of Bala by Adrian Brake The International Phenomenon of...
If you have never had the opportunity to indulge yourself in the works of Andrew Fuller (3 volumes, Sprinkle edition), luxuriating in the penetrating thought and terse prose of the greatly gifted Baptist theologian, then this may be your opportunity. If you are a Logos user, the three volumes are...
Some of us are fond of bemoaning evangelical celebrity culture as largely the product of a church too much tinged with the spirit of the age. A few weeks ago, Michael Haykin was kind enough to let me see a brief pamphlet from 1645, entitled Anthropolatria; or, the Sinne of Glorying in Men,...
Looking at Logos 5, we have considered the underlying Logos 5 platform , and then considered the base packages available before surveying a specialist package . In the last part of this extended review, I want to ask the question, "Should you consider Logos, and - if so - for whom?" I think that...
I have arrived home from a delightful visit to the beautiful land of Australia. My first few days were in Sydney, where I preached at the Truth of the Gospel conference on the topic of "The Brokenhearted Evangelist." On the Lord's day, I was able to preach at the two sponsoring churches, Southern...
In our ongoing review of Logos 5, we have considered the underlying Logos 5 platform , and then considered the base packages available. Today, we move on to the specialist packages and bundles . Here, my example is the Gold Reformed package . That's important, because Logos is a company that caters...
If you have wandered around at all online you have probably seen one of those silly articles that purport to offer a string of very British problems, most of them variations on the joke about two British people marooned on a desert island, rescued ten years later, and found never to have spoken to...
6 5. 6 5 (North Coates) Every precious blessing Comes from God above; Everything we have is From his heart of love. Jesus is the best gift, Coming down to save: Dying for his people, Rising from the grave. Gracious Spirit, give us Hearts to trust the Son, Souls that overflow with Praise for all he'...
Mark's post about how Christian parents deal with their children raises some interesting questions to which I may, in due course, offer some answers. In the meantime, I will provide a hymn that I wrote primarily with our children and younger Sunday School classes in view. If nothing else, it may...
Last week we began to look at the Logos 5 platform , assessing something of the underlying provision. Today we move on to the base packages . These come at a range of levels, the most popular likely to be Gold, Silver or Bronze . There's also a Starter pack with some of the very basic materials,...
There seems to be a common misconception among believers, at least in my growing experience as a Christian and as a pastor. It is a misconception that I have seen and felt from various directions. It shows itself among husbands and wives, parents and children, church members toward one another and...
Some time ago I read a letter from a pastor who had spent time in hospital. He was surprised at how ill-equipped the saints who came to visit him seemed to be in ministering to his soul as he lay in the hospital bed. More recently, I was asked by a brother in a church which is currently without a...
(Note: while there is an almost endless variety of material available from Logos Bible Software, this compound review is based around Logos Bible Software 5 , the Bronze base package , and the Gold Reformed package .) From time to time, Logos gets a mention - and usually a kind one - on the...
Just around the corner from our church building is a junior school. We have a reasonable relationship with the school, extending to taking occasional school assemblies, depending on who is responsible for arranging them. Over the last fifteen years or so, since the neighbourhood was established and...
8 7. 8 7. D (Dim Ond Iesu) Let the praises of God's mercy My poor heart and tongue employ; Let each thought of grace and justice Fill this soul with boundless joy. Let me think on Christ my Saviour, Let me dwell on his great love; Let me serve with all my being Till I see his face above. Having...
Having been away on holiday for a week (yes, delightful, thank you for asking), I return to find that things continue much as they were, except that Mark Jones has joined Team Reformation21, and Paul has allowed him to write a long post using long words and referring to past centuries without...
(I first posted this about two years ago, but it seems germane, so I am going over the ground again.) Consider the man born into a family of terrorists. The man's father had rebelled against the King of the kingdom in which he lived, and - having so rebelled - all his posterity were brought up to...
As the brouhaha concerning antinomianism continues to develop, with fallout in various spheres, it is sad to see the vagueness, brutality and confusion that seems to spring up in its wake, more or less prevalent and evident depending on the medium employed. Vagueness, because lots of people seem to...
A few things coming up . . . First, today and tomorrow is the Grace Baptist Assembly , meeting in the wilds of Derbyshire, on the theme of "Building Healthy Churches." I am a reasonably last minute replacement for Alun McNabb, kept away by illness, and my topics in two sermons will be the nature...
Tom Nettles, Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon . Christian Focus, 2013, 700pp, £29.99/$38.00 It would be going over the top to declare an interest, but perhaps an admission of sorts would be in order: I yield the palm to none in my admiration for...
I could not help sadly oscillating the Walker bean when I read Carl's offer to ride shotgun to Mark Jones on the proposed debate between Jones and Tchividjian on the matter of the law and grace, and - specifically - the contributions of Luther on the topic, with regard to which Carl was rather...
S.M. (Bod Alwyn) God set before me love To draw my soul to him, But I was bound in Satan's chains And revelled in my sin. I saw the mercy seat, Was taught the way to go; I saw that Christ had died for sin, But did not want to know. I would not follow him, I fought against his call, But God would...
A few weeks ago I drew attention to some community pricing offers at Logos that might be of interest to Baptists. Of those, the Baptist Covenant Theology Collection has now crept over the edge and is now available (as a pre-order until Friday) at around $20, dropping lower if there are more orders...