Category: Church History

A Review of “Warfield on the Christian Life” by Fred Zaspel

B.B. Warfield, the great Princeton theologian of the 19th century, has sometimes been hailed as a scholastic theologian. A scholar interested purely in the academics of dogmatics, not the kind of theologian you would consult on matters of the Christian life. Perhaps that is why Zaspel has been tasked to write this volume on Warfield for Crossway’s Theologians of the Christian Life series. This often criticized teacher has much to teach us about the interrelationship between deep theology and Christian living. The dominant theme across the pages of this wonderful volume in the series is that theology is related...

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Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition (editors Robert Davis Smart, Michael A.G. Haykin, Ian Hugh Clary)

When it comes to the Reformed tradition, one of the words that normally causes us to tense up is “revival.” Maybe it’s because we have had bad experiences theologically with revivals. In my rural Southern Baptist upbringing, “revivals” were scheduled events in which powerful, sensational preaching and worship were aimed to bring about mass conversions. Motivations for these revivals varied by the congregation, but regardless, the idea of facilitating and manufacturing a time for the Holy Spirit to win souls always leaves a bad taste in the mouth of the Reformed. Folks a part of this tradition have gone...

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Church History for Modern Ministry by Dayton Hartman

Outside of the handful of folks that love spending their free time cracking open a biography of a famous President or reading about various culture movements of previous centuries, it is probably safe to say most people find studying history, especially for “fun,” a bit daunting. Thousands of years of thoughts, opinions, events, and tens of thousands of commentaries on those happenings in the present day, make studying history an often overwhelming task that we often neglect too much. When applied to the Church and its understanding of church history, little changes. In fact, Christians are probably more inept...

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The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones (A Long Line of Godly Men Profile)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones ministry has had a massive impact on the confessional evangelicalism of the 20th century and now the 21st century. His ministry was marked by a love for God’s Word, His people, and the Church. Starting out as a medical doctor, the man known as “The Doctor” had a prominent medical career and was on the rise in that field before the Lord called him to serve His people vocationally as a pastor. In his new book, The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones Dr. Steve Lawson writes to help people understand the life, ministry, and times of this...

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