When the Shorter Catechism Was Recited from Memory At Westminster Abbey! Really!
“When you know and understand The Shorter Catechism, you know theology, PERIOD!”
Once inside the room, the two women who had hoped for this moment, Elaine Edwards and Karen Scheibe, recited the first 10 questions. The lady in charge watched and listened and suddenly seemed to be interested. I then asked if these women, who had worked so hard for this time, could recite the entire Catechism?... Continue Reading
Hannah More and Her Lasting Influence on Education and Christian Service
Her Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education inspired a whole generation of women to pursue education in order to serve their neighbors in Christian love.
Her main focus was on education. Together with her sisters, she opened a Sunday School for the poor. At a time when there were no public schools, they provided both biblical instruction and basic general education. One school led to another until, within ten years, they had sixteen school in operation. Hannah wrote many of... Continue Reading
The Day the Bible Became a Bestseller
Martin Luther didn’t set out to produce a bestseller. But 500 years ago, that’s exactly what he did.
Luther sought to create a Bible not to be a bestseller, but one through which individuals would hear God speaking directly to them in their world, in their time, in their place. A Bible that was God’s Word—more accurately, God speaking. Not a passive tool that sits on a shelf or a table or even... Continue Reading
Doing Well in the Things that Count
How are you really doing, that is, in the things that really count?
Helen Lemmel, a member of Ballard Baptist Church, died in Seattle on November 1, 1961, thirteen days before her 98th birthday; she had written nearly 500 hymns. Due to her extreme poverty, her remains were cremated and nobody seems to know where they were disposed of. No matter. Those are things of earth. Strangely dim.... Continue Reading
Dr. Carl W. Bogue, 82, Retired PCA Minister, Called Home to Glory
Carl William Bogue (1939-2022) fell asleep in the Lord and passed into glory on Sunday morning, September 18, 2022.
Returning to the US in 1969, he took a pastorate at Allenside United Presbyterian Church in Akron, Ohio. He would spend the rest of his career in Akron, first at Allenside and then at Faith Presbyterian Church (PCA), which he led out of the mainline denomination in 1975. Faith PCA was the first church in... Continue Reading
How Should We Then Live in a Time of War?
Just how should believers live in times of crisis?
As Europe was facing the onset of war in 1939, Lewis preached a sermon in the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Oxford. With many other academics and students in attendance, the issue of how we should now live was certainly a pressing concern for all those present. So Lewis entitled his address, “Learning in War-Time”. What the... Continue Reading
Other Billy Graham “Rules”?
What, then, were these four resolutions (rather than one rule) that made up the “Modesto Manifesto,” as Graham and his team came to call it?
The resolutions about money, sex, and power aren’t all that surprising, or even probing. This deadly trio, while ruinous, does not represent the deepest sins of the heart. They are manifestations of unbelief and rebellion, but they grow in the soil of “the great evil,” as C.S. Lewis calls it: pride. So, it’s actually this third... Continue Reading
The Problem with Aquinas
The recent enthusiasm that many Protestants have shown for Thomas Aquinas is a mistake; they do not serve the church well by praising and commending him to members.
In summary, the recent enthusiasm that many Protestants have shown for Thomas is a mistake. The church has not been well-served by its eminent men lavishing praise upon an idolater and commending him to her members. There are many among us, especially young men, who are zealous to learn all that they might about the... Continue Reading
King Charles III and Securing the True Protestant Religion
As King of the United Kingdom, Charles III bears the title “Defender of the Faith.”
Given the current state of the Church of Scotland and uncertainty of King Charles III’s sincere commitment to Protestantism, today’s pageantry may prove to be mere formality and tradition. Nevertheless, Jesus Christ, the only King and Head of the Church, has taught us to pray: “Thy kingdom come,” which, in part, is a petition that... Continue Reading
Identity Confusion In The Church: Majority of U.S. Christians Don’t Know Who They Are, According To New Survey From Ligonier Ministries
Ligonier Ministries: survey reveals the overwhelming majority of U.S. evangelicals have accepted a view of human identity that aligns more with American society than the teaching of the Bible.
The fact that nearly two-thirds of U.S. evangelicals believe that humans are born in a state of innocence reveals that the biblical teaching of original sin is not embraced by most evangelicals. The Bible, however, makes clear that all humans are “by nature children of wrath” (Eph. 2:3). In other words, we are not sinners... Continue Reading