As He Spoke from the Pulpit

January 11, 2017
John Calvin's sermons on Ephesians are a wonderful text. In the introduction to the Banner of Truth Trust's edition of these sermons, the editors note that as we think about Calvin's writings, we have his sermons, his commentaries, and his Institutes of the Christian Religion, but: "In these pages, we hear Calvin. Not as we

The Enduring Problem

January 4, 2017
The twentieth-century theologian H. Richard Niebuhr once put his finger on what he called "the enduring problem." The phrase comes from his book Christ and Culture. He said, "A many-sided debate about the relations of Christianity and civilization is being carried on in our time." He uses the word "civilization"; we could also just say

Bishop Ussher

December 28, 2016
Bishop James Ussher came from a very long line in Ireland. If you go way back in his family line, you will find that his ancestor was named Ussher because of his occupation—he was usher to the king. When James had come of age, he was ready to go off to college. He was sent to

Forgotten Founder: Cotton Mather

December 21, 2016
Cotton Mather is one of America's forgotten founding fathers. He was born to Increase and Maria (née Cotton) Mather in 1663. He was practically royalty in Puritan New England. His father was not only a minister in Boston, but also president of Harvard University for a time. And Increase's father, Richard, came to New England
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