The Church

  1. Twenty-nine Years

    This article originally appeared on my blog (Here). “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13) David Brainerd (1718-1747) was an 18th century American missionary to the native American Indians of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843) was a 19th century Scottish minister in Dundee. These two men lived in different centuries, were born in different countries, ministered in differing circumstances and therefore, in...
  2. Holding The Rope

    This article originally appeared (Here). “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) A slate engraving and a stone cairn were recently unveiled in Stornoway as the first in a series of events to commemorate the centenary of the Iolaire disaster (Here). Before being used by the navy in anti-submarine and patrol work, the Iolaire had been a luxury yacht prior to the First World War. It was 31 December 1918, the war was over, peace was...
  3. Featured

    25 Protestations Against Christmas By Daniel Kok

    By Daniel Kok. It is difficult for people to understand why some Christians do not celebrate Christmas. I offer the following as an explanation and defense of that position so that you can understand why that is: 25 Protestations against Christmas 1. The scriptures do not inform us of the date or season of our Lord’s birth. 2. Thus all attempts to date the birth of Christ are conjecture and cannot be substantiated from scripture. 3. Although many Christians celebrate Jesus’ birth on...
  4. Ash Wednesday: Picking And Choosing Our Piety

    Carl Trueman, Ash Wednesday: Picking and Choosing our Piety The rise of Lent in non-Roman, Orthodox or Anglican circles is a fascinating phenomenon. "Finally, it also puzzles me that time and energy is spent each year on extolling the virtues of Lent when comparatively little is spent on extolling the virtues of the Lord’s Day. Presbyterianism has its liturgical calendar, its way of marking time: Six days of earthly pursuits and one day of rest and gathered worship. Of course, that is...
  5. Irenaeus: A Pivotal Theologian In A Pivotal Era

    Irenaeus was perhaps the most important and influential theologian of early Christianity. He defended against attacks by Gnosticism and Marcionism, he was the first to recognize most of the texts that would form the canon as it is known today, and he developed a robust understanding of Scripture and salvation. Irenaeus, known anachronistically as a 'biblical theologian', shaped Christian orthodoxy that would lay the foundation of the Church for centuries to come.
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