Preaching…Not A Running Commentary (Ferguson)

In his collection of previously published articles (Some Pastors and Teachers), Sinclair Ferguson shared some of his helpful thoughts on preaching in the chapter called "Exegetical Preaching." (This chapter is also found in the 1986 book, "The Preacher and Preaching" - edited by Samuel T. Logan.) I appreciated the section where Ferguson noted that exegetical/expository… Continue reading Preaching…Not A Running Commentary (Ferguson)

Spiritual Pride (Edwards)

One of the best discussions of spiritual pride that I've found is in Jonathan Edwards' treatise called "Some Thoughts Concerning the Present Revival of Religion in New England [etc.]". I'm not a huge admirer of Edwards, but I do appreciate parts of his writing. Speaking of, Edwards' notes about pride are found in a section… Continue reading Spiritual Pride (Edwards)

Newton’s Critique of Edwards

 Near the end of Josiah Bull’s biography of John Newton, there’s a quote by Newton that is somewhat critical of the great American theologian, Jonathan Edwards. Here it is: “Mr. Edwards was an excellent man, but some of his writings are too metaphysical, and particularly that book [The Freedom of the Will].  If I understand… Continue reading Newton’s Critique of Edwards

Spiritual Impulses, Errors, and Delusions (Edwards)

 Jonathan Edwards was around ten years older than George Whitefield.  Both were involved in the famous revivals of the 1730's and 40's.  Edwards and Whitefield did meet and were both interested in promoting revival, so they had common ground.  However, as George Marsden notes, Edwards was somewhat critical of Whitefield.  Below is Marsden's summary of… Continue reading Spiritual Impulses, Errors, and Delusions (Edwards)

He Came To Rescue Sinners

    "Christ will not refuse to save the greatest sinners, who in a right manner come to God for mercy; for this is his work.  It is his business to be a Savior of sinners; it is the work upon which he came into the world; and therefore he will not object to it.  He… Continue reading He Came To Rescue Sinners