Making sense of the world

We are confronted with various ills in the world today. Terrorists murder hapless individuals in Afghanistan and Nigeria. A young British soldier is mercilessly butchered in his own country. A man kills his own mother for ritual purposes. These are the ones that make headlines. But what about the less publicized but equally true occurrences? … Continue reading Making sense of the world

Benedict XVI, the Great Augustinian

As the Pope leaves office in a few days, an evangelical theologian reflects on who he is as a person and his legacy for the Christian community. This article was sourced from First Things. Not long ago, Pope Benedict XVI made a personal donation to the restoration of the Basilica of St. Augustine in Annaba, … Continue reading Benedict XVI, the Great Augustinian

Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 4 of 4)

The present chapter is, I confess, advocacy, barefaced and unashamed. I am seeking to make good the claim that the Puritans can teach us lessons that we badly need to learn. Let me pursue my line of argument a little further. It must by now be apparent that the great Puritan pastor-theologians – Owen, Baxter, … Continue reading Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 4 of 4)

Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 3 of 4)

The foregoing celebration of Puritan greatness may leave some readers skeptical. It is, however, as was hinted earlier, wholly in line with the major reassessment of Puritanism that has taken place in historical scholarship. Fifty years ago the academic study of Puritanism went over a watershed with the discovery that there was such a thing … Continue reading Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 3 of 4)

Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 2 of 4)

In what ways can they do this? Let me suggest some specifics. First, there are lessons for us in the integration of their daily lives. As their Christianity was all-embracing, so their living was all of a piece. Nowadays we would call their lifestyle holistic: all awareness, activity, and enjoyment, all ‘use of the creatures’ … Continue reading Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 2 of 4)

Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 1 of 4)

(This is an excerpt from the author's book, A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, published by Crossway) Horse Racing is said to be the sport of kings. The sport of slinging mud has, however, a wider following. Pillorying the Puritans, in particular, has long been a popular pastime both sides … Continue reading Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 1 of 4)