A Christ-centred ministry: A new look at C.H. Spurgeon on the Christian life

    *Why bother about someone who lived about two centuries ago? As the preface to the ‘Theologians on the Christian Life’ series, of which the book under review is a part, points out, studying past theologians and believers gives us perspective: “We tend to lack the perspectives from the past, perspectives from a different…

Praying in the Name of Christ, by Thomas Boston

For many of us, it is something of a tradition to close our prayers with ‘In Jesus name’. But what really does it mean? And what exactly are we doing when we make our petitions or thanksgiving in the name of Jesus Christ? The post below was a sermon by Thomas Boston (1676-1732), who was…

Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 4 of 4)

The present chapter is, I confess, advocacy, barefaced and unashamed. I am seeking to make good the claim that the Puritans can teach us lessons that we badly need to learn. Let me pursue my line of argument a little further. It must by now be apparent that the great Puritan pastor-theologians – Owen, Baxter,…

Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 3 of 4)

The foregoing celebration of Puritan greatness may leave some readers skeptical. It is, however, as was hinted earlier, wholly in line with the major reassessment of Puritanism that has taken place in historical scholarship. Fifty years ago the academic study of Puritanism went over a watershed with the discovery that there was such a thing…

Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 2 of 4)

In what ways can they do this? Let me suggest some specifics. First, there are lessons for us in the integration of their daily lives. As their Christianity was all-embracing, so their living was all of a piece. Nowadays we would call their lifestyle holistic: all awareness, activity, and enjoyment, all ‘use of the creatures’…

Why we need the Puritans, by J.I.Packer (Part 1 of 4)

(This is an excerpt from the author’s book, A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life, published by Crossway) Horse Racing is said to be the sport of kings. The sport of slinging mud has, however, a wider following. Pillorying the Puritans, in particular, has long been a popular pastime both sides…