“This brings us at once to the heart of the matter. À Brakel wrote this work for church members—not for theologians.” – Bartel Elshout, Translator A NEW 2015 Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChristiansReasonableService/) has been created where a one-year reading plan is provided and members may engage in lively discussion of Wilhelmus à Brakel’s The Christian’s Reasonable Service.… Read More Read The Christian’s Reasonable Service in a Year
I first read of Isaac Watts as a boy learning American history at school in that battle cry, “Give ’em Watts, boys!” at the battle of Springfield, New Jersey. Over time I spotted his name in hymnals as the author of the some of the most famous hymns in evangelical Christendom. It happened this week… Read More Give ’em Watts, boys!
The Diocese of New Jersey elected its 12th Bishop on May 4th. Although the progress of the election and ballots fell out exactly as I had described it in our parish open forum, the Bishop elect was relatively unknown to me. So when I returned home and after a well-earned mug of tea, I had… Read More “Stoking” the boiler
2013 is the year the Episcopal Church, well, The Diocese of New Jersey anyway, has discovered reading the Bible. I was thrilled to hear the presentation in our minister’s meeting of last September because the reading and particularly the hearing of the Bible preached is God’s primary means of grace. The cycle of local ministry… Read More Robert M. McCheyne and The B-I-B, L-E
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!