Forty Years

December 26, 2016

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Funny the things that come into your head when the usual timetable of your day is put aside for a holiday. I realized today that I took my first course in ancient Greek (Koine) in 1976 and my first course in classical Latin in 1977. Latin would have beaten Greek to the starting block if […]

How Well Do We Know American Anglican History?

November 17, 2016

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Particularly of the nineteenth century. The evangelical wing of Anglicanism in the United States ceased to have any active influence by the end of that century. One hypothesis as to the cause is in its failure to respond to the doctrinal challenges of the Second Great Awakening within its ranks. Coming as it did in […]

Happy Reformation Day

October 31, 2016

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This is probably my favorite Martin Luther quotation, ever. I have quoted the italicized section in many sermons over the years. Let me set the quote in a bit of context that I read in Carl Trueman’s book on Luther and the Christian Life: Cross and Freedom. Most of us may know of his stand […]

Philip Benedict on the Character of Anglicanism

September 2, 2016

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Philip Benedict, Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed: A Social History of Calvinism, Yale University Press: 2002, xxvi+670 pp, hardcover. Philip Benedict is an American historian of the Protestant Reformation in Europe, currently holding the title of Professor Emeritus (profeseur honoraire) at the University of Geneva’s Institute for Reformation History (l’Institut de Histoire de la Réformation). His book, Christ’s Churches Purely Reformed was awarded […]

Spring Training

February 15, 2016

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I attended my first Workshop on Biblical Exposition by The Charles Simeon Trust at Tenth Presbyterian Church in Center City Philadelphia last week. I had known about the Trust’s work for some time now and I had wanted to attend a workshop but calendars, location and available funds never seemed to match up. This year […]

Samuel Maresius (1599-1673) on the end and use of the Lord’s Supper

December 8, 2015

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Originally posted on Theologia est doctrina Deo vivendi per Christum - Theology is the doctrine of living unto God through Christ:
? “[The Lord’s Supper was instituted] to signify our spiritual nourishment in Christ, for which it is necessary that with true faith we should eat his flesh and drink his blood, that is, as…

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A Sad Departure

November 18, 2015

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David J. Randall’s new book: A Sad Departure: Why we could not stay in the Church of Scotland, chronicles the all too familiar departure from biblical orthodoxy, this time in the Church of Scotland, and the recent sad departure of ministers and congregations as a result. It contains a narrative familiar to many of us in Anglican North […]