Patrick Ramsey on 11/13/2019

The Reward of Eternal Life

By Patrick RamseyWhen I began to study the doctrine of good works in the Reformed tradition many years ago, I was astounded by a view that many Puritans, following in the footsteps of John Calvin, promulgated. These Reformed stalwarts taught that God graciously rewards eternal life to his people who

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Ryan McGraw on 11/11/2019

Book Review: Calvinus Pastor Ecclesiae

By Ryan McGrawHerman J Selderhuis, Calvinus Pastor Ecclesiae Papers of the Eleventh International Congress on Calvin Research, vol. 39, Reformed Historical Theology (Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2016). 467pp. Hardcover. $150.00.Many scholars have demonstrated ably that John Calvin neither foun

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Robert Spinney on 11/06/2019

Satan’s Strategy #5: God Doesn't Judge

By Robert SpinneySatan tempts us to think that God is so indulgent that we need not fear punishment for our sins. Few of Satan's lies are more widespread and more dangerous today,"God is a God of love. He does not punish. He never judges. God expects people to sin and simply overlooks our sin, much

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Joel Beeke on 11/04/2019

The Roots of Puritan Worship

By Joel BeekeEditors Note: This is the first post in a short-run series on Puritan Worship. I'd like to take you on a journey back through time to a Christian worship service in the Middle Ages. The year is 1413; we enter a large cathedral where the bishop is about to celebrate the Roman mass. Befor

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Bob McKelvey on 10/30/2019

Themes in Puritan Theology: God’s Law

By Bob McKelveyEditor's Note: To read previous posts in this series, follow the links at the bottom of this post.We have previously considered the doctrines of justification and sanctification in our salvation from and to the law in Jesus Christ. This post will focus more specifically on the “rule o

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Patrick Ramsey on 10/28/2019


By Patrick RamseyKarma is a word that has been adopted from Hinduism and Buddhism to capture the saying, “what goes around, comes around.” What you do to others—good or ill—will eventually in some form or fashion be done to you. As is often the case with proverbs or maxims, this one is widely recogn

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Joel Beeke on 10/24/2019

The Life of Perkins (1558-1602)

By Joel BeekeEditor's Note: This post has been adapted with permission from Meet the Puritans, available at While there, be sure to also check out William Perkins: Architect of Puritansim.William Perkins was born in 1558 to Thomas and Hannah Perkins in the village of Marston J

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Robert Spinney on 10/21/2019

Satan’s Strategy #4: Great Men Sin

By Robert SpinneySatan tempts us to excuse or ignore our sin by showing us the sins of great men. We need not turn to tabloid newspapers to read of such sins; the Bible will suffice. Noah got drunk. Abraham lied. Jacob deceived his father and cheated his brother. David committed adultery and murder.

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Bob McKelvey on 10/18/2019

Movie Review: The Pilgrim's Progress

By Bob McKelveyThis post takes a look at the new animated production of The Pilgrim’s Progress, produced jointly by Cat in the Mill Studio, Herald Entertainment, Revelation Media, and Vision Video. This movie cannot be ignored; it has become an instant bestseller, has spread rapidly worldwide. There

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Sinclair Ferguson on 10/14/2019

The Impact of William Perkins

By Sinclair FergusonEditor's Note: This post has been adapted with permission from William Perkins: Architect of Puritanism, now available at Perkins was born in 1558 in Marston Jabbet, in Warwickshire, a few miles north of Coventry. We know relatively little about his

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