It’s the end of November. After many years waiting the great Puritan theologian John Owen finally moves into 501 Green. Got an amazing Christmas deal from Banner of Truth this year. I’ve picked up and put down the set at the Banner’s Ministers Conference each May, not quite being able to persuade myself that the… Read More The Blessing of Being a Reformed Protestant
About six years ago we started to record my sermons to include in our homebound ministry, “HomeTouch” so that our members who could no longer make it to church were never cut off from church family life and gospel preaching. It was about three years later that we started to think about uploading the recordings to… Read More New name, new addition
No, not the Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge held by Isaac Newton and more recently by Stephen Hawking, but another “Lucasian” chair. This one is at St. Helen’s, Bishopgate and cheekily named by me for its long time Rector, Dick Lucas. St Helen’s, Bishopsgate is an Evangelical Anglican Church (Church of England) in the… Read More A Lucasian Chair
Christian Focus have released a kindle/e-book edition of Robert Bruce’s sermons on the Lord’s Supper (some of the most helpful ever preached on the topic). It is available this week (I am writing on 091712) at a special price here (UK) and here (US). Robert Bruce preached these sermons on the sacrament in 1589 at Giles Cathedral where he… Read More An E-book Deal!
Gospel means “Good News.” It is an announcement of what God has done to save us, a remarkable truth that we could never learn from any other source than God’s saving Word. Because of his love, God sent his son into the world: Jesus Christ who is fully God and fully man. Jesus always lived… Read More What is the Gospel?
With my father’s death on June 7th and funeral yesterday I am much more conscious now than before of losing those precious ties to my Frisian heritage. All of my cousins and second cousins old enough to remember eventually asked the same question yesterday, “How’s your Frisian?” And we we’re not talking about black and… Read More “In Stukje Brakel”
While on a return with the hearse driver the other day, I was asked a question about my day ahead. When I told him my next task that Saturday was a revision toward greater clarity of my Sunday sermon, he wanted to know what that meant. I explained to him the pattern of setting a… Read More More Power to You
I passed a milestone today that may be worthy of comment. Both John Calvin (1509-1564) and Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) — two of the greatest pastors and teachers of the Church — did not live to see their fifty-fifth birthday. Calvin and Edwards both died just short of their fifty-fifth. I, on the other hand, made… Read More “God works in a mysterious way”
If you’ve read any of my posts you will know a bit about the influence of the Church of England’s evangelicalism has had in shaping my way of theology and ministry. When I use the rather long term, “39-article-evangelical-anglican”, to describe myself I like to think that I am standing within the tent occupied by… Read More Godly Ambition
Calvin’s Institutes make great devotional reading. My practice of reading slowly and aloud has really made Calvin’s felicity of expression leap off the page. This week I began his chapter that critiques the use of statues and images by the medieval church. Here’s what he wrote about crosses. Read this aloud. You can hear the… Read More Nothing Comes Between Me and My Calvin, 2