The Black Robed Regiment: The Role of American Clergy in the American Revolution

"It was Sunday morning early in the year 1776.  In the church where Pastor Muhlenberg preached, it was a regular service for his congregation, but a quite different affair for Muhlenberg himself.  Muhlenberg's text for the day was Ecclesiastes 3 where it explains, 'To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under … Continue reading The Black Robed Regiment: The Role of American Clergy in the American Revolution

Revival in the Hands of a Sovereign God: Jonathan Edwards on the Great Awakening

If there were a gene for revival, Jonathan Edwards surely had it. From his father Timothy, Edwards learned how to become a great preacher, to be ambitious, and a learned theologian; and from his maternal grandfather Stoddard, Edwards gained an ineffable revivalist zeal.Of all of Jonathan Edwards’ works there is one that stands above the … Continue reading Revival in the Hands of a Sovereign God: Jonathan Edwards on the Great Awakening

Kiffin, Knollys, and the Formation of Baptist Ecclesiology

William Kiffin was one of the most influential and outstanding of the Particular Baptist leaders in 17th century England.  In the 1630’s around the age of 21, Kiffin began his sixty-year pastorate at the Devonshire Square Particular Baptist Church.[3] Kiffin’s ministry can be seen as one that was religiously radical, and politically moderate. Kiffin argued … Continue reading Kiffin, Knollys, and the Formation of Baptist Ecclesiology

Totally Surrendered: The Life of Hudson Taylor

In 1832 James Hudson Taylor was born in England to a devout Methodist home. As a young teen, Taylor had grown somewhat cold to his parent’s religion, but after fervent prayer from his mother and the miraculous work of God’s providence Hudson Taylor would come to know the Lord. His conversion happened as a teenager. … Continue reading Totally Surrendered: The Life of Hudson Taylor

Being Missionaries in Both Word and Deed

Paul wrote to the church at Colossae, “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Col. 3:17).[1] James, the half-brother of the Lord wrote, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves” (Jam. 1:22). … Continue reading Being Missionaries in Both Word and Deed

We are all Called to be Missionaries according to the Early Church

In light of the fear of persecution that many early Christians faced it in no way undercut the missional nature of the church, and the desire by many to see the gospel spread throughout the world. It would seem as though the persecution of their fellow Christians would have undermined the courage of other Christians … Continue reading We are all Called to be Missionaries according to the Early Church

What we can Learn from Irenaeus and the “Rule of Faith”

One of the first major heresies to threaten the church was Gnosticism. Gnosticism taught that there was a higher and secret spiritual knowledge (gnosis) passed down by Jesus, and that only those who have obtained this knowledge would ultimately be saved. Though there was much variance of belief within Gnostic thinking, prominent and universal views among … Continue reading What we can Learn from Irenaeus and the “Rule of Faith”