Blog Category: Church History

Why Study Church History? Part 4

Nathan Busenitz | August 20, 2015

Why Study Church History? Part 1 Why Study Church History? Part 2 Why Study Church History? Part 3 8. Because just as we can learn from the good examples of faithful Christians (see Reason #7), we likewise have much to learn from those who failed at various points. It is an old cliché, but often […]

Why Study Church History? Part 3

Nathan Busenitz | August 19, 2015

Why Study Church History? Part 1 Why Study Church History? Part 2 5. Because sound doctrine has been guarded and passed down by faithful generations throughout history. In 2 Timothy 2:2, Paul told his son in the faith: “The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will […]

Why Study Church History? Part 2

Nathan Busenitz | August 18, 2015

Read, Why Study Church History? Part 1 2. Because God is at work in history. Conversely, history is a testimony to God’s sovereign providence. Pardon the cliché, but it really is His story. Everything is working according to His plans, and He is orchestrating all of it for His eternal glory (cf. 1 Cor. 15:20–28). God declares […]

Why Study Church History? Part 1

Nathan Busenitz | August 17, 2015

A week from tomorrow, I will make my way to a classroom full of (mostly) first-year seminary students. I can imagine it already. When I open the door, there will be the inevitable and slightly uncomfortable pause in the hubbub of pre-class conversation. It is the awkward moment every teacher experiences at the start of a new semester […]

The Mindset that Motivates Integrity

John MacArthur | July 20, 2015

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the gifted nineteenth-century London preacher, said this in one of his later sermons, “I feel that, if I could live a thousand lives, I would like to live them all for Christ, and I should even then feel that they were all too little a return for His great love to me” […]

Only One Life

Nathan Busenitz | June 24, 2015

(Today’s post is adapted from Nathan’s article “Living and Dying for the Glory of God,” originally published in Expositor Magazine.) To live well is to live for Christ, and to die well is to die for His glory. A brief article in the 1857 edition of The Scottish Christian Journal, entitled “Dying Well,” summarized that truth with […]

Sola Scriptura and the Church Fathers

Nathan Busenitz | June 10, 2015

In his denial of the deity of Christ, Arius was arguably the most notorious heretic of the early church. Though Arius’s heretical views were soundly condemned by the Council of Nicaea (in A.D. 325), the controversy he sparked raged for another fifty years throughout the Roman Empire. During those tumultuous decades, the defenders of Trinitarian orthodoxy […]

Church History and Israel’s Future

Michael J. Vlach | May 21, 2015

Romans 11:26 promises that all Israel will be saved. Dispensationalists understand this verse to refer to a national salvation of ethnic Israel after the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. Non-premillennialists sometimes imply that such an interpretation is a dispensationalist invention, because it means that God still has a future plan for national Israel. But […]

The Early Witness to Premillennialism

Michael J. Vlach | May 19, 2015

It has been said that one can use church history to prove just about anything. There is some wisdom to that old adage and that is why we must be careful when we use church history to support what we believe. Also, evangelicals have often rightly declared that as important as church history is, our […]

Calvinism, Prophecy, and Premillennialism

John MacArthur | May 18, 2015

The Reformed position has always approached Scripture using a literal hermeneutic—one that takes the Bible at face value and applies the normal rules of language in order to understand the text. None other than John Calvin was a staunch defender of the literal method of Bible interpretation. As he explained, “Let us know that the […]

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