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In the concluding section of his first letter to the Corinthians, the Apostle Paul challenges the brothers to “Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, [and] be strong” (I Cor. 16:13), not least of all those men who have been set apart as under-shepherds of the flock. Sadly, in our increasingly effeminate culture, these biblical marks of manhood appear to be diminishing amongst both laymen and ministers. Dandified, progressive, culture-centric preachers (and preaching) are becoming as ubiquitous as Starbucks and American Eagle. Harder to find is Lionhearted, authoritative, expository, God-besotted, Law/Gospel-filled preaching like that which characterized the preaching of men like Calvin, Knox, Owen, Spurgeon and Lloyd-Jones. It is, in part, for this reason that John Fullerton MacArthur Jr.’s long and steadfast ministry of the Word is a welcome and timely subject for reflection…..[continue reading at Reformation 21]
A very good article by William Boekestein,
A Call to Add Church History to a Healthy Spiritual Diet
Many of us may struggle with the feeling that the church is already too old-fashioned. If so, why should we study church history? Shouldn’t we stop looking backward to the 16th century and start living in the 21st century?
Contrary to our concerns, the church has always realized that a forward looking church is also a backward looking church. Likewise, well-balanced, progressive Christians will be students of church history.
The Bible supports this. Christianity, as revealed in Scripture, is an inescapably historical religion. The Christian conception of time itself is linear not cyclical. That is, time has a beginning, a middle and an end. It is within this spectrum of time that the great themes of the Bible are all rooted. The Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration of humanity are not merely ideas; they are real events that remind us of the importance of history….[continue reading at Reformation 21]