Christ, the Power and Wisdom of God

The Christian world seems to be split into two broad camps. On the one hand are those who have cultivated the study of theology over centuries, exploring the profound disclosure of God and his relation to us which is given in the scriptures; and on the other are various groups and communities which desire, celebrate … Continue reading Christ, the Power and Wisdom of God

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

The Wisdom of God

What is wisdom? In a quotation attributed to him, C.H. Spurgeon described wisdom as the right (or judicious) application of knowledge. Wisdom is that ability to apply knowledge in a purposeful manner. We are wise or act wisely when we make judgments or decisions that are based on knowledge and that reflect prudence and good … Continue reading The Wisdom of God

The Nature of God: Immutability

The eternity of God implies that He endures forever; he is outside the realm of time. His unchanging character (immutability)  indicates that he remains the same always. God exists forever (eternity); He is the same forever (immutability). He was holy, powerful, and wise five thousand years ago. He remains the same today. And his promises … Continue reading The Nature of God: Immutability

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)