Blog Category: Church History

William Carey: The Morning Star of Modern Missions

Brad Klassen | February 21, 2018

Whether going, enabling, or praying, Christians must recognize Jesus’ Great Commission as prescriptive for them. Such an understanding, however, has not always been so widely held. William Carey was the man whom God used almost single-handedly to bring the Great Commission back to the forefront of the church’s thinking in the 18th century.

What Caused the Reformation?

Nathan Busenitz | October 31, 2017

In answer to the question, “What caused the Reformation?” many people might point to Martin Luther and his 95 Theses. But if you were to ask Luther himself, he would refuse to take any credit. Instead, he would put the focus entirely on God and His Word. Near the end of his life, Luther declared, “All […]

3 Lessons from the Life of John Bunyan

Austin T. Duncan | October 16, 2017

I read The Pilgrim’s Progress, like many of you, when I was a kid. In high school, I rejoined Christian on his journey through a Brit Lit class. When I discovered Reformed theology in my college years, I was reintroduced to John Bunyan through those little Puritan Paper books. In youth ministry, I’ve returned over […]

Luther’s Personal Reformation

Nathan Busenitz | October 26, 2016

It was just over 500 years ago, in the fall of 1510, that a desperate Roman Catholic monk made what he thought would be the spiritual pilgrimage of a lifetime. He had become a monk five years earlier, much to the surprise and dismay of his father, who wanted him to become a lawyer. In […]

John Calvin: Theologian and Pastor

Andrey Gorban | September 7, 2016

Simply saying the name ‘John Calvin’ is enough to start a fight in certain circles. His teachings, the branch of theology that stems out of his ministry and writings, and those who associate themselves with him and his “T.U.L.I.P.”  (never mind the fact that the ‘five points of Calvinism’ were created more than 50 years […]

The Necessity of Divine Sovereignty

Justin Feland | July 20, 2016

Within church history, the doctrine of God’s sovereignty represents a continental divide between denominations and theologians. Indeed, few Christians have gone untouched by this discussion in one way or another. Jonathan Edwards was no exception. As a boy, Edwards struggled with questions regarding God’s sovereignty in salvation. He later remarked that he was “full of objections against […]

William Tyndale: Suffering for the Word of Christ

Kaspars Ozoliņš | July 12, 2016

When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments. 2 Timothy 4:13 The climax of William Tyndale’s brief life occurred along a narrow alleyway leading to the home of Thomas Poyntz, the Englishman who had been his good patron. It was there, in Antwerp, that Tyndale’s traitor, […]

The Bold Legacy of John Calvin’s Co-Pastor

Yorke Hinds | June 29, 2016

Four hundred and fifty two years ago, on May 2, 1564, John Calvin, on the brink of death, wrote his last letter. It began: “Farewell, my best and most worthy brother. Since God has determined that you should survive me in this world, live mindful of our union, which has been so useful to the […]

London Burning

Ian Rush | June 28, 2016

During my early school years, a centuries old children’s nursery rhyme still remained popular among the children of my English school playground. London’s burning, London’s burning; Fetch the engines, fetch the engines; Fire, fire! Fire, fire! Pour on water, pour on water. Although the specific origins of the nursery rhyme are unknown, the words within are […]

George Whitefield: Calvinist Evangelist

Andrew Morrow | June 27, 2016

George Whitefield, the famed 18th century evangelist known for crossing the Atlantic Ocean thirteen times, was an instrumental figure in the Great Awakening. Also known as the “Grand Itinerant”, Whitefield often preached outdoors to crowds upwards of 20,000 people. He was a passionate proclaimer of the gospel of Jesus Christ, urging lost souls to be born again. […]

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