Church History

The Relevance of the Reformation for the 21st Century

Is Reformation theology still relevant today? Absolutely! It reminds us that we have a big God and that salvation is found in Him alone. We are saved by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, for God’s glory alone. And we know this because Scripture alone...

Reformation as Rediscovery of the Gospel

Countless historians have gone to great lengths to explain the Reformation through social, political, and economic causes.[1] No doubt each of these played a role during the Reformation, and at times a significant role.[2] Yet most fundamentally, the Reformation was a...

Light in Church History

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16) It was on March 20th, 1832, after reading part of the Life of Jonathan Edwards, where Robert Murray M'Cheyne wrote...
Bold Reformers Refuse to Compromise the Truth

Bold Reformers Refuse to Compromise the Truth

My grandfather, the late Rev. V.W. Steele, used to say, “Never compromise the truth.” “Don’t ever sell you soul for a mess of pottage,” Grandpa would surmise, with fire in his eyes. He understood the deadly influence of compromise, which plagued the church in his...

Get Caught Up on Church History

Get Caught Up on Church History

Followers of Christ should know their church history, not so you can win trivia games at the church potluck, but to get a sense of the sweep of God’s work in building His church in the last 2,000 years. Furthermore, a sense of church history keeps us grounded in good...

Seven Reasons to Read the Puritans

Seven Reasons to Read the Puritans

The Puritans were the 16th century English Protestants and their successors in 16th-17th century New England, whose concern for church reform and spiritual renewal earned them the originally derogatory epithet, “puritan.” Unfortunately, when most people hear the word...

The Split of 1054

The Split of 1054

Introduction Historians often pinpoint the fracture of the Christian Church to 1054 A.D. It is easy to apply such a label when members from the Eastern and Western churches were excommunicating each other. There is a definite act in a definite place at a definite time...

Three Essentials of Discipleship According to Herman Bavinck

Three Essentials of Discipleship According to Herman Bavinck

You probably haven’t read much, if anything, by Herman Bavinck. I hadn’t either, but after hearing what impact he had on some ministers that I deeply respected, I decided to take the plunge and purchase his seminal masterpiece, Reformed Dogmatics, a four-volume,...

John Calvin – One Who Rightly Handled the Word of God

John Calvin – One Who Rightly Handled the Word of God

2 Timothy 2:15 reads, “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth." This is a biblical text that is applicable to all students of the Scripture. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 teaches that,...

Who was a “Puritan”?

I'm often asked questions about the Puritans and Puritanism. While the definitions are a bit elusive, I wanted to give you an article I wrote a few years ago for Churchman, helping navigate the waters of various definitions that have been offered.  Here you go:...

John Owen on the Proper End and Design of Evangelical Truth

John Owen on the Proper End and Design of Evangelical Truth

The gospel-centered movement may be new, but gospel-centeredness itself isn’t a novelty. Love for the gospel lies at the center of the rich heritage of evangelicalism, reaching back hundreds of years. I’m (very) slowly plodding through The Works of John Owen, the most...

Why Read the Puritans?

Why Read the Puritans?

The Puritans were the 16th century English Protestants and their successors in 16th-17th century New England, whose concern for church reform and spiritual renewal earned them the originally derogatory epithet, “puritan.” Unfortunately, when most people hear the word...

Book Review – Know The Creeds and Councils

One of the more encouraging recent trends has been the increase in books looking at a variety of councils and creeds. While most of these recent books look at the Reformed confessions and that is important, those aren’t the only confessions that are important for...

Justification: The “Lost” Doctrine in the American Pulpit

I am so very thankful for the recent resurgence among the “Young, Restless, and Reformed”—as Collin Hanson with The Gospel Coalition would call it—who preach the gospel and it’s core doctrine of justification by faith alone week by week. Sadly, this is not the case...

The Rise of the Papacy

In the days after the Apostles died there was a need to clarify what exactly the church was and who was to lead it. In this essay I will trace the history of the Papacy and those who had an influence upon it as well as it’s dominance over Western Europe. I will also...

The Growth of Christianity in Uganda

Biblical Christianity is a living organism that breathes life into the areas where it’s effects are felt. When Biblical Christianity is taught souls are converted, sin is exposed and people who were held in bondage to darkness are brought into the light of God’s...

Friedrich Schleiermacher: Father of Liberal Theology

In this paper on Friedrich Schleiermacher, I will discuss how Friedrich was raised, the schools he attended, and who was influential to the formation of his theology as well as what impact he made on his era as a Pastor, theologian and philosopher. In tracing his...