January 21, 1525

Believer’s baptism is re-instituted by the Swiss Brethren in Zurich. It is almost universally agreed, even by those scholars whose churches do not practice it today, that baptism by immersion upon profession of faith was the normative practice of the earliest church. While there were groups, throughout the Middle Ages, who rejected the ‘baptism’ of…

Unfortunate Conclusions

I once knew a man who firmly believed the following syllogism [step by step logical formula]: The Bible says the thoughts of the righteous are right: (Proverbs 12:5) I have been made righteous in Christ, and so I am therefore righteous. Therefore, all of my thoughts are right—and I am justified in doing whatever I…

And I Quote—May 23

A movement that cannot or will not draw boundaries, or that allows the modern cultural fear of exclusion to set its theological agenda, is doomed to lose its doctrinal identity. Once it does, it will drift from whatever moorings it may have had in historic Christianity. Carl Trueman, The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind,…

The Church: The Gospel Made Visible | Part Four

Chapter Seven: The Purpose of the Church “The church ultimately exists for the glory of God. Whether pursuing missions or evangelism; edifying one another through prayer and Bible study; encouraging growth in holiness; or assembling for public praise, prayer, and instruction, this one purpose prevails. The church is the unique instrument for bringing God such…

Friday Findings—May 20

Say Hard Things “When was the last time someone told you you were wrong? If you can’t remember, you may have reason to be concerned.” The Tender Heart of a Woman “Women, don’t let Satan use some ten or twenty year old words to devour you… And, husbands, handle your wives with care. They are…

Charles Spurgeon… Yet Speaking

A deep sense and clear sight of sin, its heinousness, and the punishment which it deserves, should make us lie low before the throne. We have sinned as Christians. Alas! that it should be so. Favoured as we have been, we have yet been ungrateful: privileged beyond most, we have not brought forth fruit in…

1534

Henry VIII declared to be “Supreme Head of the Church of England” by the English Parliament, an explicit rejection of obedience to the pope in Rome. This “Act of Supremacy” is considered to be the beginning of the “official” English Reformation. It would be some time before this “official reformation” had any genuine connection to…

Why Are All of Us Misfits?

The other day, as I was reading along in my Greek New Testament, I came across some of the most challenging verses in all of Scripture. In Matthew 7:13–14, Jesus makes it clear that the path of salvation will be found by few. Even those who find it, who enter through the gate, will find…

And I Quote… May 16

Oh, the surpassing kindness and love of God! He did not hate or reject or bear a grudge against us but he was patient and bore with us, having mercy he himself experienced our sin, he himself gave his own son, a ransom on our behalf, the Holy for the lawless, the innocent for the guilty,…