Catching up on Petrus van Mastricht

The great Dutch theologian of the Nadere Reformatie, Petrus van Mastricht (1630–1706), has only recently been introduced to the English-speaking world.

They are both excellent. Turretin is on polemical divinity, on the 5 points & all other controversial points, & is much larger in these than Mastricht, & is better for one that desires only to be thoroughly versed in controversies. But take Mastricht for divinity in general, doctrine, practice & controversy, or as an universal... Continue Reading

5 Cautions for Your Spiritual Disciplines

You need to consider and properly understand spiritual disciplines and the benefits they may bring

“Do not use the spiritual disciplines so you can tell other people about how godly you are, or even so you can show off to yourself. Don’t read the Bible so you can Instagram your devotions or humblebrag about it on Twitter. Examine your heart to ensure you are using the spiritual disciplines for the... Continue Reading

Can Men And Women Be Friends?

What if the Bible has a better way for us to pursue purity and holiness through our friendships, even the coed ones?

Do you want to know more about how to be sacred siblings, about the challenges and blessings of spiritual friendship? Read her book. Aimee gives a thoroughly biblical answer to the question, “Why can’t we be friends?” Men and women can be friends but only when we remember who and whose we are, brothers and... Continue Reading

Undivided – An Open Letter to Vicky Beeching

Overall I found Undivided overwhelmingly depressing – here’s why.

Reading your book you come across as a lovely person who has had a horrible time. Something for which I can only feel empathy and sorrow. But that is not enough to make me overturn what the Bible says. I’m not sure why my heart – or indeed yours- should overrule the word of our... Continue Reading

Francis Grimke’s Practical Advice for Preachers

Francis Grimke’s “Stray Thoughts and Meditations” is the third volume of his published works. He pastored the Fifteenth Street Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. from 1878-1937.

In the upcoming book Meditations on Preaching, contains approximately 200 stray thoughts and meditations that Grimke wrote about the highest calling of the minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Whether one reads it cover to cover in one sitting, or as a daily devotional exercise, the sentences and paragraphs of the former slave turned... Continue Reading

The Legacy of John Gerstner, Presbyterian Historian and Mentor to R. C. Sproul

John Gerstner (1914-1996) was a man of great passion, energy, and evangelical commitment.

“I decided to write on Gerstner because I was interested in writing on an evangelical Presbyterian historian and because I felt that Gerstner had become unjustly neglected in the field of Presbyterian history—two key volumes on the history of Pittsburgh Seminary barely mention his name. Too many PCUSA church historians marginalize or neglect evangelical Presbyterianism... Continue Reading

Book Review: 15 Things Seminary Couldn’t Teach Me

This volume provides a collection of wise, short, and practical chapters from a number of pastors

Now, before you think the book totally dismisses the need for the seminary, you should know that the presidents of two seminaries also contributed to this volume. Albert Mohler of Southern Seminary wrote the foreword, and Danny Akin of Southeastern Seminary has penned the chapter “How to Shepherd My Wife.”   I don’t remember much... Continue Reading

Holy Helps for a Godly Life

But godliness never flourishes unless it is planted in the fertile soil of God’s grace.

Much Evangelical teaching on devotional practices is only loosely connected to a robust understanding of the gospel of grace, or worse, leads undiscerning believers into practices more characterized by mysticism, asceticism, and legalism, than the gospel-grounded, grace-oriented piety of which Calvin spoke, namely, “that reverence joined with love of God which the knowledge of his... Continue Reading

A Field Guide to Atheism—for Believer and Unbeliever Alike

By carefully disentangling the different ways atheism works, and the different reasons why people find it compelling, Gray has done a great service not just for atheists who want to be understood but also for Christians who want to understand.

John Gray—veteran British philosopher, intellectual historian, and book reviewer—has no intention of converting anybody. But his Seven Types of Atheism is a searching and helpful taxonomy of unbelief ancient and modern, and it has the potential to make the second of these two scenarios disappear altogether.   Imagine a conversation in which well-meaning skeptics try to deconvert... Continue Reading

The Rise of Victimhood Culture

Increasingly, modern life in the West is being shaped by victimhood culture, and this has important implications for all of us.

“People in a victimhood culture are like the honorable in having a high sensitivity to slight. They’re quite touchy, and always vigilant for offenses. Insults are serious business, and even unintentional slights might provoke a severe conflict. But, as in a dignity culture, people generally eschew violent vengeance in favor of relying on some authority... Continue Reading