• ‘Faith’ in the Letter to the Hebrews

    In his helpful little book, God's Words, J.I. [...]

  • ‘God is Love’

    The statement, "God is love" (1 John 4:8,16),  'is one of the most tremendous ...

  • A quick defence of the Trinity

    Challenged by a Jehovah's Witness heckler to defend the doctrine of the Trinity ...

  • An ethic of hope

    An ethic of hope pervades the New Testament:- It is an ethic of pilgrimage: ...

  • Application in preaching

    J.I. [...]

  • Calvin and the (in)errancy of Scripture

    It is clear to any reader of the works of John Calvin that he had a very high ...

  • Christ and the Bible

    The Living and the Written Word Christ and the Bible - the Living Word and ...

  • Christ’s ascension – the Lamb upon his throne

    We are too apt to move straight from an assertion of Christ's resurrection ...

  • Do we have ‘free will’?

    C.H. [...]

  • Faith

    Regrettably, the subject of faith has been a matter of controversy in many ...

  • Guidance

    [stextbox id="download" float="true" align="right" width="250"][otw_is sidebar=otw-sidebar-1][/stextbox]Evangelicals ...

  • Guidance – perils and pitfalls

    Christians, as J.I. [...]

  • In praise of tradition

    Evangelicals can sometimes be understandably nervous about 'tradition'.  ...

  • Justification – a peripheral doctrine?

    A couple of years ago Roger Forster, founder of Ichthus Christian Fellowship, ...

  • Knowing God

    “This is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus ...

  • Knowing God, and knowing about him

    'A little knowledge of God,' wrote J.I. Packer, 'is worth more than a great ...

  • Packer on eternal punishment

    In 1990, aware that respected evangelicals such as John Stott, Philip Edgcumbe ...

  • Puritan evangelism

    J.I. [...]

  • Signs of life

    Regenerations, according to T.C. Hammond, is 'a spiritual resurrection into ...

  • Sin

    'If you have not learned about sin,' writes J.I. [...]

  • Spiritual authority

    In his excellent collection of essays and papers on the Puritans, J.I. Packer ...

  • The Bible and women’s ministry

    The thoughts that follow are based on an address given by J.I. [...]

  • The challenge of universalism

    Universalism has become the new orthodoxy for many Christian thinkers and groups. ...

  • The doctrine of the ascension

    The Ascension establishes three facts: 1. Christ's personal ascendancy. Jesus ...

  • The driving force in Jesus’ life

    Sit down (suggests J.I. Packer, in his celebrated book Knowing God) and read ...

  • The Gospel – its content and communication

    J.I. Packer explores this topic with cross-cultural evangelism in mind.  Here's ...

  • The Holy Spirit – before and after Pentecost

    J.I. [...]

  • The Holy Spirit in the New Testament

    In the New Testament, the Holy Spirit is given as '"another (i.e. a second) ...

  • The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament

    The ‘Holy Spirit' is named as such only three times in the Old Testament: ...

  • The justice of final judgement

    'The justice of God’s final judgment, which Jesus will administer, according ...

  • The logic of penal substitution

    There are three principal ways in which Christ's death has been understood ...

  • The logic of the Virgin Birth

    ‘The Virgin Birth meshes harmoniously with the rest of the New Testament ...

  • The Puritan path of piety

    In mapping the path of piety (that is to say, godliness), the Puritans focused ...

  • The Puritans as interpreters of Scripture

    Some general statements:- 1.  Puritan exegetes are pre-modern, in the sense ...

  • What is legalism?

    Legalism is a distortion of obedience.  It is guilty of:- a skewed purpose, ...

  • What is Liberal Theology?

    This blog is written from an evangelical and reformed perspective.  Such a ...

  • What is Providence?

    'Providence' (writes J.I. Packer) 'is normally defined in Christian theology ...

  • Who were the Puritans?

    Lord Macauley once described the Puritans as 'perhaps the most remarkable body ...

  • Why has the credibility of preaching declined?

    J.I. [...]