To Seminary Students and Pastors (Newton)

John Newton's letters are pieces of literature that I often go back to in my life and ministry. Although there are other historical and Christian letters that have been a blessing to me, for some reason Newton's letters always strike a chord in my heart and mind. This afternoon as I was reading a certain… Continue reading To Seminary Students and Pastors (Newton)

Questions about Prayer: Augustine’s Answers

This is an interesting and helpful read: St. Augustine Answers 101 Questions on Prayer by Cliff Ermatinger. I recently read Augustine's Confessions again and took special note of his prayers. Then I read Augustine's letter to Proba (Letter CXX in NPNF 1.1). To make a longer story short, I've been thinking a lot about Augustine's… Continue reading Questions about Prayer: Augustine’s Answers

A Few Bunyan Quotes on Prayer

I just read part of John Bunyan's "Dying Sayings." A few of his quotes on prayer stuck out. I think you'll appreciate these as well - short but sweet! When thou prayest, rather let thy hearts be without words, than thy words without a heart.Prayer will make a man cease from sin, or sin will… Continue reading A Few Bunyan Quotes on Prayer

On Praying for Leaders, Rulers, and Authorities (Calvin)

In very clear terms Paul tells Timothy that God's people should be praying for all those in authority over us: "I urge that requests, prayers, intercessions, and thanks be offered on behalf of all people, even for kings and all who are in authority...." (1 Tim. 2:1-2a NET). Paul doesn't say we should pray for "some"… Continue reading On Praying for Leaders, Rulers, and Authorities (Calvin)

Conscience, Prayer, and Public Worship (Gurnall)

In his lengthy discussion of prayer based on Ephesians 6:18, William Gurnall connected it (prayer) to conscience and public worship. Habitually joining with other believers for Lord's Day worship is a duty of the Christian. So is prayer - public and private. Here's how Gurnall weaves these together. I've edited it for readability. Make conscience… Continue reading Conscience, Prayer, and Public Worship (Gurnall)