Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield

A former tenured professor of English and women’s studies at Syracuse University, she converted to Christ in 1999 in what she describes as a train wreck. Her memoir The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert chronicles that difficult journey. Rosaria is married to Kent, a Reformed Presbyterian pastor in North Carolina, and is a home school mother, pastor’s wife, author, and speaker.

 

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secretThe Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey Into Christian Faith (Expanded Edition)

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“Conversion put me in a complicated and comprehensive chaos. I sometimes wonder, when I hear other Christians pray for the salvation of the “lost,” if they realize that this comprehensive chaos is the desired end of such prayers. Often, people asked me to describe the “lessons” that I learned from this experience. I can’t. It was too traumatic. Sometimes in crisis, we don’t really learn lessons. Sometimes the result is simpler and more profound: sometimes our character is simply transformed.” -Rosaria Butterfield

Rosaria, by the standards of many, was living a very good life. She had a tenured position at a large university in a field for which she cared deeply. She owned two homes with her partner, in which they provided hospitality to students and activists that were looking to make a difference in the world. There, her partner rehabilitated abandoned and abused dogs. In the community, Rosaria was involved in volunteer work. At the university, she was a respected advisor of students and her department’s curriculum. And then, in her late 30s, Rosaria encountered something that turned her world upside down-the idea that Christianity, a religion that she had regarded as problematic and sometimes downright damaging, might be right about who God was, an idea that flew in the face of the people and causes that she most loved. What follows is a story of what she describes as a “train wreck” at the hand of the supernatural. These are her secret thoughts about those events, written as only a reflective English professor could.

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“Dr. Butterfield’s story is honest, glorious, wise, and a punch in the gut.”- Kirk Blankenship

 

opennessOpenness Unhindered: Further Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert on Sexual Identity and Union with Christ

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Terms like same-sex marriage, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gay Christian are part of daily discourse; yet enormous controversy surrounds them. They are the stuff of news headlines and vitriolic social media posts. But they also reflect stirrings of the heart in real people with real questions and concerns.

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, once a leftist professor in a committed lesbian relationship and now a confessional Christian, but always the thoughtful and compassionate professor, has written a followup to The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert. This book answers many of the questions people pose when she speaks at universities and churches, questions not only about her unlikely conversion to Christ but about personal struggles that the ques­tioners only dare to ask someone else who has traveled a long and painful journey.

Dr. Butterfield not only goes to great lengths to clarify some of today’s key controversies, she also traces their history and defines the terms that have become second nature today-even going back to God’s original design for marriage and sexuality as found in the Bible. She cuts to the heart of the problems and points the way to the solution, which includes a challenge to the church to be all that God intended it to be, and for each person to find the true freedom that is found in Christ.

Chapters include:

  • Conversion: the Spark of a New Identity
  • Identity: the Flame of Our Union in Christ
  • Repentance: the Threshold to God and the Answer to Shame, Temptation, and Sin
  • Sexual Orientation: Freud’s 19th Century Category Mistake
  • Self-Representation: What Does It Mean to Be “gay”?
  • Conflict: When Sisters Disagree
  • Community: Representing Christ to the World

Endorsements

“King Jesus knows just what the church and the world need, and just when we need it. When we needed a Pascal; behold, there was Pascal. When we needed Spurgeon, there he was. In his wisdom, Jesus knew that we would need the gift, right now, of Rosaria Butterfield. This book deals with some of the most difficult and incendiary questions with wit, joy, maturity, and, above all, radiating love.

If you are struggling with sexual sin, this book will help you. If you are gripped with guilt from your past, this book will strengthen you. If you don’t know how to love or bear witness to your neighbors, this book will equip you. Like Jael of old, Rosaria Butterfield wields the tent peg of the gospel against deception and accusation. And, with this book, she nails it.” – Russell Moore, president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission

Friday Devotional

August 29

He took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. – Mark 10:16

There are some dignified and religious persons in this world who appear to have no interest in children. Such was not our Lord Jesus Christ. It is possible that the disciples imagined Jesus to be above showing affection to mere children. At least, we read here, they ‘rebuked’ the people who brought young children to Him. But, if so, they were entirely mistaken. He was ‘much displeased’ with those who sought to stop children being brought to Him

The behavior of Jesus Christ should be an example to us all. Children are quick to realize when they are loved and welcomed, or when they are not. As Christians we wish to show love to children so as to win them to listen to the gospel which we believe.

What more perfect example of love to children could we ask for than this, in which we read that our Lord took them up in His arms and laid His hand on their head to bless them? “Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not,” says this gracious Savior.

Our Lord’s example and His words are the only warrant we need to encourage us to do all in our power to lead, teach, and instruct children and young people towards a real faith in God and in the gospel.

Our Savior goes even further. He says of the little children: “Of such is the kingdom of God.” These words of our Lord surely mean that children, even at a young age, may become, by God’s grace, true and sincere believers and members of God’s spiritual kingdom. Further, Christ’s words also surely teach that a childlike spirit is a gospel spirit. All true Christians are childlike in that they, with a humble believing faith, have received the gift of forgiveness and everlasting life, while the haughty and high-minded utterly fail to get these gifts because of their pride.

If you are not a child of God, you need to humble yourself. Those who get into heaven must all be of a childlike spirit. Those who exalt themselves will sooner or later be humbled by God. But those who humble themselves will in the end be exalted. Happy are they who cultivate a child-like, self-effacing spirit!

Taken from Milk and Honey by Joel Beeke

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preaching-front__77645_zoomPreaching in the Holy Spirit – EBOOK

Albert N. Martin

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Good pastors pray for the Holy Spirit’s help in preparing biblical sermons that will adequately feed God’s sheep. They also hope for the Spirit’s work in the hearts of the hearers so that they effectively receive the preached Word. But are these the only ways that preachers must depend on the Spirit in their preaching? In this book, Albert N. Martin reminds gospel ministers of their need to rely on the Holy Spirit as they proclaim God’s Word. He explains the necessity of the agency and operations of the Holy Spirit, describes its specific manifestations, and discusses ways it is restrained or diminished. Here is a prophetic call to reliance on God in the very act of proclaiming His Word.

Author   Albert N. Martin served as a pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, New Jersey for forty-six years. He now resides in western Michigan with his wife, Dorothy.

Endorsement   “Who better to write a book on preaching in the Holy Spirit than Albert N. Martin? This gifted preacher, long-known for his own passionate expositions, has provided us with this insightful book that details the hallmarks of Spirit-energized preaching. In recent years, there has been a renewed interest in expository preaching, but much of it has produced little more than dry, lifeless, tame lecturing. But true preaching, Martin argues, is quite different. Spirit-empowered preaching is delivered with penetrating insight, enlarged affections, deeper certainty, and fervent zeal. Every preacher should periodically read this book on Saturday night before entering the pulpit on Sunday morning.” — Steven J. Lawson, Senior Pastor Christ Fellowship Baptist Church Mobile, Alabama

Holy-Spirit-3DThe Holy Spirit – EBOOK

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The Holy Spirit is often treated as either a dry doctrine for our mouths to recite or raw power to ignite our emotions. Geoff Thomas shows us that the Holy Spirit is both infinitely glorious and intensely personal. Neither a theory nor a force, the Spirit is God and acts as our God in gathering a people to Himself. This book follows the scriptural revelation of the Spirit from Genesis to Pentecost to today, covering such topics as His personality and Deity, His inspiration and anointing in the Old Testament, His conviction and regeneration, the spiritual gifts, putting to death sinful deeds by the Spirit, His sealing, and spiritual revival. It will help believers to know how much the Spirit of God loves them, and will help them to love the Spirit with all their hearts—and with Him, the whole Triune God. It may also help unbelievers to begin to thirst for the living water which they desperately need.

Endorsement   “Dr. Geoff Thomas has here given us a book on the theme of the Holy Spirit, which, unlike so many recent books on this subject, can be trusted. As a pastor of many years experience he brings the subject to his readers with vivacity, illustration, and attention to theological accuracy. It will show us what our churches today need and yet not do so by glamorizing the past. It deserves to be widely read.” – Maurice Roberts, emeritus pastor in the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) “Jonathan Edwards rightly believed that the Father’s great gift to the Church is the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of His beloved Son. How sad then that many sectors of professing Christianity failed to understand Him in the past century: liberals because they no longer believed the truth about God; Pentecostals and charismatics because they forgot that the coming of the Spirit ever sheds light in the mind; and evangelicals and reformed believers because they feared to be accused of fanaticism. For a variety of reasons, this situation with regards to evangelical and Reformed Christians is changing for the better and that partly because of solid biblical reflection on the blessed Holy Spirit like this new work by the Welsh pastor Geoff Thomas. Pastor Thomas comes from a tradition that has always honored the Spirit and longed for His power. Pastor Thomas, though, is also deeply rooted in biblical truth and rightly wary of experience that is not infrangibly tied to the Bible, which, it goes without saying, is the creation of the Spirit Himself. I hope this important meditation on the Spirit gets a wide hearing, for there is much biblical wisdom here.” – Michael A. G. Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

holy spiritThe Holy Spirit and Reformed Spirituality: A Tribute to Geoffrey Thomas – EBOOK

Joel R. Beeke and Derek W. H. Thomas

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How does God bring His Word into our lives? The answer is: by the Holy Spirit. By the Spirit the Word was revealed and written. By the Spirit the Word became flesh and dwelt among us. By the Spirit the Word roots itself in the hearts of sinners and produces fruit. Calvin recognized long ago that the Holy Spirit is the bond of union between believers and Christ. Jonathan Edwards said that the Spirit is the sum of all Christ bought for His people with His precious blood. How precious then is the Spirit, and how important to know Him and His ways! In this book, a team of pastor-theologians uncover the rich biblical teachings about the work of the Holy Spirit. How was the Spirit involved in the human life of Jesus Christ? What is a spiritual person? How does the Spirit open the mind of sinners to trust in Christ? What does it mean to serve God in the power of the Spirit? How does the Spirit’s sovereign work relate to our responsibility in evangelism? These questions and more are addressed in this book.

Endorsements  “Geoffrey Thomas is known and respected far and wide for his love for the doctrines of grace and warm-heartedness as a pastor. I am grateful to have known him over the years and to be invited now to commend this festschrift with its helpful essays illustrating the importance of the Holy Spirit’s work in saving sinners, in promoting their holiness and spiritual growth, and in supplying biblical preaching past and present.”  — Maurice Roberts

“Geoff Thomas is a Reformed statesman—one of the remarkable figures in the modern church who is truly committed to Reformed ecumenicity. For that reason alone, this tribute is appropriate. You will note that men from a number of church backgrounds (both credo-Baptist and paedo-Baptist) have contributed to this birthday present. Those readers who know Geoff have found much pleasure and edification in his company, and all who read these articles will find the same.” —Joseph Pipa, president, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Taylors, South Carolina

“What better way to give thanks to God for the gracious work of the Holy Spirit in and through a dear father and brother in Christ than by directing hearts and minds to grow in delight in and reverence for the Holy Spirit? This diverse collection of essays challenges us to search the Scriptures to know the Spirit, see His work, and stand in wonder and worship before the triune God.” — William VanDoodewaard, associate professor of church history, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Durand – Review

durandReviews of Marie Durand by Simonetta Carr taken from ‘Cross Focused Reviews Blog Tour’.

“As a historian, I love these books for how they draw young people in to history and make it come alive! As a homeschooling mom, I love using these because they point out the sources they come from and encourage the kids that are reading them to delve in more to the time by giving them a brief bit of information on either side of the time they feature. As a reader myself, I enjoy being able to sit down for an hour or less and dig in myself and learn something new!” – Reviewer: Wendi Bevitt

“I’ve read and reviewed several children’s biographies by Simonetta Carr, but Marie Durand is my favorite thus far. The story of this ordinary believer’s perseverance is very powerful. I’m thankful it is being told.” – Reviewer: Persis Lorenti

“This is one of those books that is a pleasure to read aloud with someone else… History tied to a person is much more memorable than straight facts. For this reason this makes an excellent book for teaching history to young children.” – Reviewer: William Perkins

“It is written in a way that children can understand, and is still interesting for adults as well! I found myself wanting to read more about the life of Marie Durand!” – Reviewer: Heidi Smith

“Marie Durand is the beautiful story of the faith of a young woman who continued to live faithfully to what God had called her, even in the face of persecution… This is a hardcovered book with pages beautifully printed, making this a wonderful book to gift to any child or school library.” – Reviewer: Joanne Viola

“I thoroughly enjoyed Marie Durand, and cannot recommend it, and the other books in the Christian Biographies for Young Readers series, highly enough. Ideal for reading as a family, it would also be a helpful addition to homeschool curriculum, or a wonderful introduction for those new to the story of Marie Durand. I would give the book an “A”.” – Reviewer: Amanda Cain

“I recommend this book to anyone interested in women of the church, French church history, and young girls looking for examples of Godly women.” – Reviewer: Kenneth Clayton

Learning about Christ from His Miracles

This extract is taken from the recently published book Mercy Revealed: A Cross-Centered Look at Christ’s Miracles by Gerald M. Bilkes

Christ’s miracles are not the only ones recorded in Scripture. We are given detailed accounts of Moses, Elijah, and Elisha. The opening pages of the New Testament also record miracles such as the birth of John the Baptist and the conception of Jesus Christ. After Christ’s ascension, His disciples performed many notable miracles. Miracles were not something that occurred only during biblical times. Christ still performs miracles both as He saves sinners and sustains His people every day. As He carries them, heals them, restores them, and delivers them from their fears, He is working our His perfect plan, filled as it is with countless miracles. However, the miracles Christ performed Himself while He walked this earth are perhaps the most well known and beloved by Christians.

Miracles are valuable because of what they teach us about Christ. Peter made an important point about these miracles on the day of Pentecost: “Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know” (Acts 2:22). The miracles magnify Christ’s glory, pointing to Him as one approved by God. If Christ has His Father’s approval, how can He not be worthy of ours?

Defining Miracles

The miracles of Christ were special signs that He performed during His public ministry. He did things that others could not do – things that proved that God was with Him, as Nicodemus noted (John 3:2). These events ran counter to expected natural processes.

In a certain sense, everything God does is a miracle. For example, many miracles were involved in His creation of heaven and earth in six days. God’s upholding everything by His providence is a miracle. The sunshine and rain, the springtime and harvest, and many other natural phenomena point to the might and power of God, who works in ways we cannot trace (Eccl. 11:5). Yet the Bible speaks specifically of miracles and, in doing so, refers to events that distinguish themselves from normal and expected processes.

The Bible uses three main words for miracles. Each one emphasizes a certain aspect of the miraculous character of an event. In many instances, only one of three words is used in a narrative.

  • The first word used is dunamis, or ‘powerful deed.’ This word stresses the might or power required for the performance of a miracle. For example, Christ used this word when He said, “If the might works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented” (Luke 10:13).
  • Teras, or ‘wonder,’ is the second word that is used. It emphasizes the response required by or expected from the miracle. A person witnessing or hearing about the event ought to be amazed. This word is used in John 4:48: “Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.”
  • Third, is semeion or ‘sign.’ In other words, the miracle serves as a signal or signpost, pointing the person who sees it or hears of it to something else. This word is used in John 20:30: “And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples.”

The Kinds of Miracles

Biblical scholars have attempted to categorize the miracles into groups. One common method classifies them according to who or what is involved, as follows:

  • Miracles involving human beings: This is the most common kind of miracle in the Gospels. Christ cured people with diseases and even brought the dead back to life. Some were healed with a touch, others from a distance. In each case, it was clear that Christ was the source of healing. Miracles involving demon-possessed people could be included as a subcategory within the group.
  • Miracles involving creation or nature: The well-known miracles in which there is a calming of the sea, walking on water, or multiplying of loaves and fishes are included in this group. Something within the created order was being acted upon and became subservient to its Creator in a new and incredible way.

The Purposes of the Miracles

Why did Christ perform miracles on earth?

  • To announce the arrival of the kingdom of grace in Christ’s coming, in accordance with prophecy (see, for example, Isa. 35:3-6)
  • To illustrate Christ’s teaching of redemption by grace and the turning back of the consequences of the fall into sin
  • To foreshadow the benefits Christ would accomplish in His work of redemption on the cross
  • To show forth Christ’s glory as the Son of God

The Christ of the Miracles

Is it any wonder that Christ performed miracles when He is such an extraordinary person? He was both perfectly human and perfectly divine. While on earth, He was unique from any other human being.

When we study the miracles, we should never lose sight of the glorious and magnificent Christ who performed them. If you have been brought from darkness to light, He has performed such a miracle in your heart. He has regenerated you, justified you and reconciled you unto God. These things should astound us no less than the miracles He did when He was on earth.

Ultimately, all the miracles should led us to Calvary and the empty tomb, where we see the most miraculous event of all. On the cross and in the empty grave, we see how God brought life and immortality to light in the gospel through the death of a sinless Surety. Our focus should not be on the miracles themselves, but on the triune God who purposed and performed them and who applies their truth to the hearts of those who are spiritually blind, lame, leprous, and dead.

Journibles – Back in Print!

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Why the 17:18 series?

In Deuteronomy 17, Moses is leaving final instructions concerning the future of Israel. As a prophet of God, Moses foretells of when Israel will place a king over the nation (v. 14). In verse 18, the king is commanded to not simply acquire a copy of the law (the entire book of Deuteronomy) from the “scroll publishing house,” but to hand write his own copy of the law. Thirty-four hundred years later, educators are “discovering” that students that physically write out their notes by hand have a much greater retention rate than simply hearing or visually reading the information. Apparently, God knew this to be true of the kings of Israel also. From such understanding came the conception of this series of books.

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How to Use These Books

Each book is organized so that you can write out your very own copy of Scripture. You will be writing the Bible text only on the right hand page of the book. This should make for easier writing and also allows ample space on the left page to write your own notes and comments. From time to time a question or word will be lightly printed on the left page; these questions are to aid in further study, but should not interfere with your own notes and comments.

Endorsements  “There is an old proverb that says ‘Thoughts disentangle themselves when passing over the lips and through the finger tips.’ The 17:18 Series which encourages us to actually write out the words of Scripture will be a tremendous tool in putting that proverb into action in our daily lives. I am happy to commend this project.” -Jerry Bridges

“Rob Wynalda’s The 17:18 Series encapsulates the biblical mandate to write Scripture on the tables of our hearts. By writing out Scripture ourselves and buttressing that with answering questions and taking notes about the texts, we will grow immensely in hiding the Word in our hearts and exemplifying it in our lives. This series of books is suitable for children and adults, for lay people and ministers, for Bible study classes and private devotions. Try a volume yourself. By the Spirit’s grace, your soul will prosper, and you will want to write out the whole of Scripture.” -Joel Beeke

Reformed Historical-Theological Studies Ebook Sale

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William VanDoodewaard

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After the Reformation, the Marrow Controversy of the eighteenth century is noted as one of the most significant and defining events in the Scottish church. However, until now, there has not been a serious analysis of the theology of the Marrow Men as it relates to churches in Scotland during the aftermath of the controversy. In this important study, William vanDoodewaard identifies characteristic understandings of Marrow theology on the atonement, saving faith, and the free offer of the gospel and traces them out in the theology of the Seceder tradition. In doing so, he presents substantial evidence for the continuity of Marrow theology in the Associate Presbytery and Associate Synod in Scotland during the eighteenth century. He ably demonstrates that while Marrow theology was not the primary cause of the Secession churches, the Seceders were aware of the significance of Marrow theology and consciously made it an integral part of their churches.


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Willem J. van Asselt

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This work supplies a long-standing need in the field of early modern studies by providing a basic introduction to Reformed Scholasticism. Although technical studies abound and interest in the subject continues to rise, until the appearance of this work by Willem van Asselt and his colleagues, students of history have lacked a concise guide to help them navigate the difficult waters of Reformed Scholasticism. This book carefully defines the phenomena of scholasticism and orthodoxy, concisely surveys the era, notes the most significant thinkers together with the various trajectories of thought, and references the relevant secondary scholarship. In short, this Introduction to Reformed Scholasticism surveys the topic and provides a guide for further study in early modern Reformed thought.

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Martin I. Klauber

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The Theology of the French Reformed Churches introduces us to the Huguenots of the seventeenth century. The period was an unusual one in which France boasted two state religions, Roman Catholic and Protestant, due to the protections afforded the latter by the Edict of Nantes in 1598. In this book, Martin I. Klauber and his team of scholars survey the development of and diffi culties facing the early French Reformed tradition as well as the ecclesiastical, theological, and political challenges it faced during the seventeenth century. They also investigate the important contributions made by some of its most significant theologians: Moïse Amyraut, Pierre du Moulin, Jean Daillé, Andreas Rivetus, Charles Drelincourt, Claude Pajon, Jean Claude, and Pierre Jurieu. The theologians of the seventeenth-century French Reformed churches displayed a theological richness rarely remembered even among Reformed believers in the centuries following their labor, and this volume resurrects some of their vitality for a new audience.

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David H. Kranendonk

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In Teaching Predestination, David H. Kranendonk focuses on the ministry of an early seventeenth-century Puritan-leaning theologian, Elnathan Parr (1577–1622). Although relatively unknown today, Parr’s works were popular in his own day. Kranendonk’s survey contributes a nuanced picture of this English Reformed pastor and demonstrates that Parr’s scholastic development of predestination, coupled with his pastoral concern for the salvation and edification of his hearers, resists the caricature of Reformed Scholasticism as being a philosophically speculative system. Here one sees the practical use of predestination for the care of souls as Parr and others aimed to help increase the faith and joy of God’s people.

 

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Andrew A. Woolsey

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Over the years, some scholars have argued for competing streams of covenantal thought within the reformed tradition. For instance, some have pitted Calvin against the Calvinists, some have tried to detect unilateral and bilateral approaches to the covenant, and still others have set federalism against predestinarianism. In this landmark survey of covenant theology, Andrew a. Woolsey assesses the reformed tradition and finds that the development of diverse formulas actually maintained substantial agreement on the basic contours of covenantal thought.

Unity and Continuity in Covenantal Thought examines the historiographical problems related to the interpretation of the Westminster Standards, delving into the issue of covenantal thought in the Westminster Standards, followed by an exhaustive analysis of nineteenth- and twentieth-century scholarship on covenant. After surveying patristic and medieval backgrounds, Woolsey’s study looks in detail at a representative list of writers who contributed to the early development of federal thought (Luther, Oecolampadius, Zwingli, Bullinger, Calvin, and Beza). The final part of his study explores the early orthodox approach to covenant and the rise of emphasis on the covenants of works and grace in the thought of Heidelberg theologians (Ursinus and Olevianus), the English Puritans (Cartwright, Fenner, and Perkins), and Scottish divines (Knox, Rollock, and Howie). Here is a substantial contribution to the study of reformed thought on covenant from its reformation origins to the more detailed formulations of the early to mid-seventeenth century.

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Paul R. Schaefer, Jr.

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During the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, a “spiritual brotherhood” formed among the Puritans, shaped by the reforming activity and training of Cambridge. These pastor-theologians initiated a new emphasis within the established church, stirring up a greater understanding of the Reformation doctrines of grace and preaching for conversion and Christian growth and piety. In this study, Paul Schaefer looks at six thinkers in this group who stand out because each was used as the human vehicle to bring the gospel to the next: William Perkins, Paul Baynes, Richard Sibbes, John Cotton, John Preston, and Thomas Shepard. By examining their teaching on the relation between man’s depraved nature and sovereign grace, as well as the distinct but inseparable relation of justification and sanctification, Schaefer demonstrates how the Puritan movement came to focus most intently on the cultivation of Reformed piety within the church.

Author Interview

Jeremy Walker, author of Passing Through: Pilgrim Life in the Wilderness, is interviewed on The Confessing Baptist Podcast.

passingTOPICS:

  • How are Christians to engage with the world?
  • Why is answering the question, “Who and what are you?” important?
  • How does a pilgrim motif help us with our engagement (or disengagement) with the world?
  • What is the pilgrim’s destination?
  • Why does knowing our destination even matter?
  • What is “Holy Indifference”?

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Friday Devotional

For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. – Isaiah 65:17

How infinitely great is the future which the Lord has provided for His people! It is beyond our understanding and all our expectations. This future will soon be here. We already hear the footsteps of the heavenly Bridegroom and we see the signs of His coming. Let our heart be longing with great desire for this day when he comes to judge the living and the dead. The Devil, and all who served him, will be cast into the bottomless pit, and then this wonderful prophecy shall be fulfilled, “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth.” In the beginning, God created heaven and earth by the Word and it was all very good. Nevertheless, there was a possibility of sinning. There was the serpent who could enter and affect God’s creation. That all had to happen according to the perfect, wise counsel of Him with whom we have to do. But in the new creation, there is no sin, devil, or hell.

In this new creation, there will be eternal happiness with no threat of evil. There will be no thought of evil, for the former things will not be remembered. They can never come into our mind because our mind and heart will be eternally full of God. God will be all in all. We shall love Him perfectly. There cannot be any thought which is not totally filled with His love. We will admire ad adore Him, and we will be so busy that we have no time for anything else. It is our greatest joy, our eternal pleasure, and our deepest wish that this will never end. Our wish will be fulfilled; this is eternal joy, this is eternal life.

The former things shall not be remembered anymore and the things which are then shall fill us to all eternity. We will be united with Christ in the fullness of the Holy Spirit. The love of the Father will dwell in us in all perfection. The love for each other shall unite us unto all eternity to the same goal. And Christ’s prayer shall be heard: “and the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one” (John 17:22). We can share in this glory by a true faith in Christ.

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