Why the Apostles’ Creed Matters

We live in an anti-creedal age. Many churches do not have a body of jointly held beliefs. Where these are present, they often have little or no bearing on the life of the community.  Sermons consist of sound bites, anecdotes and motivational remarks. If the Church is to be a force for change in the … Continue reading Why the Apostles’ Creed Matters

The Nature of Conversion

Conversion is the commencement of a journey - the christian journey. It is the start of a new life. 'Once I was blind, but now I see', described John Newton. Old things have passed away, all have become new. If conversion is such an important event, it is important that we clearly understand what it … Continue reading The Nature of Conversion

The Nature of Conversion

Conversion is the commencement of a journey - the christian journey. It is the start of a new life. 'Once I was blind, but now I see', described John Newton. Old things have passed away, all have become new. If conversion is such an important event, it is important that we clearly understand what it … Continue reading The Nature of Conversion

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)

The Apostles’ Creed

The Apostles' creed is a summary of the Christian faith . It has been in use by believers for over  a thousand years  as an outline of key elements of the Christian worldview. And it provides us with truths to meditate upon as we seek mind renewal (cf. Rom.12:2). May its statements nourish our minds … Continue reading The Apostles’ Creed