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John Owen, Richard Baxter and the Battle for Calvin in Later-Seventeenth-Century England

Tim Cooper is Associate Professor of Church History in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He earned his PhD from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is the author of John Owen, Richard Baxter and the Formation of Nonconformity (Ashgate, 2011) and Fear and Polemic in Seventeenth-Century…

John Owen and the Traditional Protestant View of the Hebrew Old Testament

Russell T. Fuller is Professor of Old Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He earned his PhD in the Old Testament from Hebrew Union University. Dr. Fuller is the author of numerous articles and An Invitation to Biblical Hebrew (Kregel, 2006) and the forthcoming An Invitation to Biblical Hebrew Syntax: An Intermediate Grammar…

Lessons from God’s school of waiting

We pray in hope, and then we wait on the Lord to answer.

Five common objections to church discipline

Church discipline is not only biblical, it is loving.

Follow Spurgeon’s example in reading good books

One of the reasons Spurgeon was so rich in language and full in doctrinal substance is that he was always immersed in a great book.

Is it okay to use movie clips in your sermons?

I had been a pastor for just a few months when a faithful church member sought me out to discuss the use of media in the services.

Beware of ‘preacher eater’ churches

A preacher eater church has a series of short-term pastors, and those departing pastors have few positive words to say about them.

The goal of apologetics: come and see

The goal of apologetics is more than the dissemination of facts, it’s the invitation into a relationship.

Staying at a church for the long haul

It’s best for both the health of a church and its pastor for him to dig in and stay

5 reasons you should read missionary biographies

Listen to their counsel, because “being dead they still speak” and teach us today.

Preach holiness, for we are not frightened enough

God is holy and we are not, yet that seldom frightens us into action.

Pastor, don’t forget you are a watchman on the walls

People often ignore the watchman or disregard his words, but this does not deter the faithful pastor.

What elements should family worship include?  

When we are faithful to God in bringing our family together to worship, we are fulfilling the very purpose for which He created us.

Why should you stay a long time in the same church?

I was grateful to learn that I don’t have the right to dislike and refuse to care for someone’s soul that God had entrusted to me.

Learning from Spurgeon’s daily priority

Spurgeon’s first and nonnegotiable order of business each day, before he met with anyone else or put his hand to any other work, was devotional exercises.

Questions to ask before posting about politics on social media

Christians must spend time in careful thought before they post about politics on social media.

How do I follow a long-tenured pastor?

Following a pastor who has run well is only a problem for those who lack the character or the stamina to do the same.

Beware of falling into ‘Sinkhole Syndrome’

Resolve never to let your daily life keep you from Jesus daily.