From the “Hall of Faith” of Hebrews 11, to those we desire to emulate in our era, we all have a spiritual legacy from which we can draw confidence in God’s faithfulness. We can look back on the example set for us by men like David Jones to preach the gospel, use soap if necessary.
Blog Category: Church History
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
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 […]
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, 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. […]