Romans 1.28-32 Inside Out

They came to see fit to fully acknowledge God, the God who, by grace, brought them back and gave them a new mind, a godly mind, to do what should be done: being filled with all righteousness, wholeness, contentment, kindness, full of love, life, peace, truth, and goodness.  They are edifying and generous in their […]

For the Lord’s Day (448)

I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.  And now, I ask you, dear lady – not as though I were writing you a new commandment, but the one we have had from the beginning – that we love one another.  And […]

Christ as King

Christ did not decline the title of king when it was applied to Him in irony (John 18.37), and only explained that His kingdom was not of this world.  Even in the state of humiliation, He exercised royal functions.  He called to Him whom He would, and they came (Mark 3.13) and, as it was […]

On Bede’s “Ecclesiastical History”

It is unfortunate that the greatest of Anglo-Saxon historians, writing at a time when these traditions were still alive, regarded them as irrelevant to his purpose.  Bede was in touch with men who could have told him much about the origins of the English kingdoms.   His pupil, Egbert, archbishop of York, was a member of […]

John Calvin’s Self-Understanding

Calvin. . .did not think of himself as a dogmatician in the modern sense of that term: rather, like most of the other theologians of his time, he understood himself as a preacher and exegete, and he understood the primary work of his life as the exposition of Scripture.  The Institutes of the Christian Religion […]

Our Experience of Grace

We must beware of making the experience of other believers the measure of our own.  We must beware of denying another’s grace because he has not been led by the same way as ourselves.  Has a man got the real grace of God?  This is the only question that concerns us.  Is he a penitent […]

The Importance of the Bible

Take Him out of the Bible and you take the sun out of our world and the soul out of the body – and what is left?  It is this that so powerfully endears the sacred volume to every real Christian.  It is the word of One he supremely loves and feels infinitely necessary to […]