A Plea to the Church

When the church refuses to reform itself by recovering the authority of God speaking in his word, and his glory revealed in the gospel; when the church plays politics with truth and aligns itself with the rich and powerful; when the church closes its ears to the cry of the oppressed and the pains of…

We need another Reformation

Several centuries ago, on this date, an unknown monk, professor and preacher posted a document on the door of the castle church in the town of Wittenberg in modern day Germany. It was a simple call for discussion and debate of some important topics and issues. Unknown to him, the material would be taken by…

The 95 Theses

On this day, 496 years ago, Martin Luther turned the world upside down by posting his 95 theses for debate and discussion. To Luther’s mind, this was merely an invitation to scholars and students to review certain practices and teachings within the Catholic church. However, under God’s providence, his action became a catalyst for renewal…

The Principle of the Reformation

Several centuries ago, Europe witnessed a movement which was to have tremendous impact on the both the continent and the wider world. This was the Reformation – the great crusade which was to renew the church and divide it into the Roman Catholic and Protestant branches. Historians have identified three principles which were central in…

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…