Blog Category: Church History

Why Study Church History? Part 2

Nathan Busenitz | August 18, 2015

Read, Why Study Church History? Part 1 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 […]

No Turning Back

Jesse Johnson | May 14, 2015

“I Have Decided to Follow Jesus” is a polarizing hymn. Made popular by the Billy Graham crusades, it is inseparable from the concept of altar calls and emotional pleading. For some, it stands as a sort of Arminian anthem—a testimony to the power of human volition and an example of all that is wrong with modern Christian lyrics. For others, it is a song celebrating the simplicity of conversion–simple and sincere.

A Call for Farmer Theologians

Eric Dodson | April 24, 2015

By God’s grace I was saved as a teenager under the ministry of faithful ministers at a Southern Baptist church in Houston, Texas. I am tremendously thankful for the men who took the time to love and care for me, faithfully (and patiently) teaching me about Christ and the gospel. Still, until I went to […]

A Life Not Wasted: Adoniram Judson

Nathan Busenitz | April 17, 2015

I have been profoundly impressed with the sacrifices made by Christian men and women throughout the centuries of church history. From martyrs to missionaries, these individuals have served their King with greatest intensity and courage, valiantly standing as examples for those who come behind them. They are individuals of whom “this world was not worthy” […]

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