Unity, Patience, and Charity (Alison)

Francis Alison (d. 1779) was the pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia who was also a professor at an academy there in Philadelphia. Alison preached a sermon on Ephesians 4:4-7 before the Synod of New York and Philadelphia 1n 1758 as the divided Presbyterian church was discussing the Plan of Union. The following quote… Continue reading Unity, Patience, and Charity (Alison)

On Tithing and Financial Giving (Chapell)

Scripture calls God’s people to give of their finances to support the ministry and work of his church. For one example, think of how Paul thanked the Philippian church for their generous financial gifts to support his missionary endeavors (Phil. 4:18). For another example, think of how Paul tells God’s people to financially support pastors… Continue reading On Tithing and Financial Giving (Chapell)

Reformed Theology and the Church Fathers

One of the many great things about Reformed theology is the fact that it stands firmly in the line of historic Christian doctrine and truth. The Reformers and the post-Reformation theologians were very much appreciative of the church fathers like Augustine, Cyril, Chrysostom, and so on. For example, when the Reformers and Reformed theologians after… Continue reading Reformed Theology and the Church Fathers

Not Just One Covenant (Duncan)

Here’s a helpful note by Ligon Duncan on the Westminster Confession’s explanation of covenant theology. It’s found in the foreward of Covenant Theology: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Perspectives. …The Westminster Standards set forth a bicovenantal structure of covenant, or federal, theology, with a covenant of works and a covenant of grace providing the theological outline… Continue reading Not Just One Covenant (Duncan)

The Joy of Conversion (Sproul)

Here's an autobiographical note from R. C. Sproul in his book, Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow. I've read these paragraphs a few times and they still bring a smile to my face when I read them again. The time of greatest joy in my life was my conversion to Christ, the defining moment… Continue reading The Joy of Conversion (Sproul)