A Christ-centred ministry: Book Review of ‘Spurgeon on the Christian Life’ by Michael Reeves

*Why bother about someone who lived about two centuries ago? As the preface to the ‘Theologians on the Christian Life’ series, of which the book under review is a part, points out, studying past theologians and believers gives us perspective: “We tend to lack the perspectives from the past, perspectives from a different time and … Continue reading A Christ-centred ministry: Book Review of ‘Spurgeon on the Christian Life’ by Michael Reeves

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)