• Be bold!

    What I meant to do, when writing my previous post on William Gurnall, was to ...

  • Charnock on natural theology

    Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) held that men can and do know something of God, ...

  • Christ’s illegal trial and condemnation

    Outline of a sermon on Luke 23:23f by John Flavel (1628-1691). I.  The trial ...

  • Gems from Gurnall

    William Gurnall (1617-1679) was rector of Lavenham in Suffolk.  Although a ...

  • Judgment according to works

    Recent re-thinking about the doctrine of justification throws up a related ...

  • Money, sex and power

    Money, sex and power, writes Richard Foster, are inseparably intertwined:- ...

  • Of the preaching of the word

    I here reproduce the wise words of the Westminster Directory for the Public ...

  • Owen: what does it mean to preach the gospel?

    The teaching of the great Puritan writer John Owen on this subject is summarised ...

  • Puritan evangelism

    J.I. [...]

  • Puritan preaching priorities

    In a recent article reprinted in The Banner of Truth, Johann Odendaal sets ...

  • Puritans and ‘restless experientialists’

    In A Quest for Godliness (p35), J.I. Packer identifies a breed of evangelical ...

  • Puritans on penal substitution

    In chapter 15 of The Atonement Debate (2008), Stephen Holmes gives an account ...

  • Remedies against Satan’s devices

    William Spurstowe (1605-1666), along with other Puritan writers, catalogued ...

  • Righteousness in Christ (Robert Traill)

    Robert Traill (1642-1716) was a Puritan pastor whose works were re-issued by ...

  • Spiritual authority

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

  • Spiritual decay

    Hebrews 4:16 urges us to 'come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may ...

  • The excellency of knowing Christ crucified

    John Flavel's work entitled The Fountain of Life (subtitled, 'Presenting Christ ...

  • 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 ...

  • The Throne of Grace

    Some very short notes on the first few sermons from a series preached by Robert ...

  • Wanted: prophetic discernment

    In Micah, chapter 2, the prophet suddenly turns from a message of stern warning ...

  • What can the Puritans do for us?

    A major publishing event has recently taken place.  A Puritan Theology: Doctrine ...

  • Who were the Puritans?

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