A Religion of Merit or a Religion of Grace? (Machen)

Many endorsements of many new Christian books say things like "must read" or "must have on your shelves" or "this book is a modern classic." The cynic in me rolls my eyes at these kinds of endorsements; in some ways it is just hype. Forgive me for my cynicism! Now I do believe there are… Continue reading A Religion of Merit or a Religion of Grace? (Machen)

The Conversion of Paul (Machen)

After explaining how Saul persecuted the church, here’s how J. Gresham Machen briefly summarized the story of Saul/Paul’s conversion in Acts 9: And yet he [Paul] attained salvation. It came in the strangest way. He was at the height of his persecuting zeal. He was making havoc of the Church of God (Gal. 1.13). He… Continue reading The Conversion of Paul (Machen)

Thank God for the Christmas Season! (Machen)

In a sermon preached soon before his death in 1936, J. G. Machen explained how the Bible puts an “enormous emphasis” on the death of Christ.  He also noted how the Christian church places a great emphasis on Christ’s death – we “chiefly commemorate” the death of Christ because it is God’s wisdom and our… Continue reading Thank God for the Christmas Season! (Machen)

The Sweet Words of Jesus (Machen)

In the early part of 1935, J. Gresham Machen gave a series of radio addresses on the deity of Christ. The manuscripts of these addresses have been published in a book called The Person of Jesus. It's an excellent book - and that's an understatement! The Person of Jesus is a great blend of biblical… Continue reading The Sweet Words of Jesus (Machen)

“In Those Dark Hours” (Machen)

  (This is a re-post from September, 2010) In the early 1900s, J. Gresham Machen faced intense spiritual struggles – he was asking some deep questions about Christianity.  There were three people who helped him through it: Francis Patton, Bishop Blougram, and his own dear mother.  Here’s what he said of his mother – how she helped… Continue reading “In Those Dark Hours” (Machen)