Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

Thomas Watson  (d. 1686) is one of my favorite Puritan authors.  He wrote clearly, concisely, and biblically. Here’s one great example from his discussion of faith and works in The Beatitudes. I originally posted this quote on October 6, 2014. Julian [a Roman emperor who renounced Christianity when he became emperor) upbraided the Christians that… Continue reading Do Not Build Faith upon Works (Watson)

J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir (A Brief Review)

(Today's post is by Elisabeth Bloechl, a friend who is part of the church family I serve as pastor. You can read her blog over at "Who Am I".) This is a time of increasing tension between Christians and secular culture. More and more Christians (and churches) are either paying homage to secular culture or… Continue reading J. Gresham Machen: A Biographical Memoir (A Brief Review)

Augustine on Faith, Seeking, and Reason (Peters)

I've always enjoyed reading Augustine. I also enjoy hearing others explain Augustine's views and thoughts. One such example is James Peters, The Logic of the Heart: Augustine, Pascal, and the Rationality of Faith. I was skimming over the first section again today and saw this quote I had highlighted. I hope you enjoy it as… Continue reading Augustine on Faith, Seeking, and Reason (Peters)

The Law, Justification, and the Gospel (Hodge)

In chapter five of his book, The Way of Life, Charles Hodge discussed the great topic of justification. This chapter is split into three sections: 1) Importance of the doctrine / Explanation of the Scriptural terms relating to it / Justification is not by works; 2) The demands of the Law are satisfied by what… Continue reading The Law, Justification, and the Gospel (Hodge)

Oh This Heart of Stone! (Newton)

The kind folks at "The John Newton Project" recently sent me a sample of some of the work that they've been doing: transcribing Newton's handwritten diaries for publication. I've been blessed and encouraged by Newton's other writings, and so far these diaries have also been wonderful to read. You can learn more at "www.johnnewton.org". This… Continue reading Oh This Heart of Stone! (Newton)