Josh Harris Kisses His Faith Goodbye

In a stunning Instagram post, Joshua Harris, the author who became famous for his 1997 book, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” announced that he is no longer a Christian.

Just last week, Harris announced that he and his wife of 21 years are separating. (Today he said he’s getting divorced.) “In recent years, some significant changes have taken place in both of us,” Harris wrote in an Instagram post last Friday. “It is with sincere love for one another and understanding of our unique... Continue Reading

David Brainerd: A Weak Vessel Used in a Mighty Way

What is it about this young man’s life that has emboldened men and women to take the gospel to the most difficult and dangerous places on earth?

It’s so easy to allow our weaknesses to cast doubt on our ministry effectiveness. In the life of David Brainerd, we see God’s power flowing through a man marked by emotional and physical weakness. Though he was often racked with suffering, the young minister kept his hand to the plow. He did not allow his... Continue Reading

A Wee Tribute to Ed Clowney

Fond memories of Ed Clowney from a fellow minister and colleague.

Being a church historian wasn’t always good for me, tempting me to be cynical about God’s people. But Ed wasn’t that way, though he knew a lot more about unbelief and scandal than I did. He rejoiced in Jesus and in his people and brought me far along that way. Thank you, Jesus, for him!... Continue Reading

Whither Evangelical Purity Culture? Thoughts on the Legacy of a Lost Pastor

Josh Harris burst into prominence as a young Christian with every author’s dream: a giant, influential first-book bestseller. “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” and it sold almost a million copies.

Harris has famously repented of his past legalism, and that makes his departure from the faith particularly poignant. He helped define young people by their sin, and then he left. He separated from his wife, and he rejected Christianity itself. He is like an inadvertent arsonist, who flees the burning house rather than helping fight... Continue Reading

Alcuin of York – More Than a Scholar

His accomplishments were numerous and varied, both for the church and the Carolingian court.

Alcuin’s education of the clergy aimed at equipping preachers. By the end of the eighth century, preaching was almost a lost art. It was left to the bishops, who were few in number, and preached mostly in their cathedral churches on feast days (not even on Sundays). Sunday worship included a simple reading from a... Continue Reading

As Useful to the Church as the Sun: John Owen on Hebrews

Owen intended his commentary to outlive him.

By the time his third volume was published in 1680, Owen believed the end of his life was imminent, even speaking of his “near approach unto the grave.” For Owen, there was no time to waste on preliminary matters. The tome consists entirely of an exposition on Hebrews 6–10 and contains some of his most... Continue Reading

Hrotsvit of Gandersheim and Her Christian Plays

Hrotsvit lived at the time when the Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great (912-973) aspired to bring about a cultural renaissance in Saxony.

Of all the ancient writers, she particularly liked Terence. She loved his wit and eloquent style, but had some problems with his overall message. Christianity had drastically changed the world by restoring dignity to all human beings as made in the image of God, and by emphasizing humility, compassion, and self-sacrifice. Why couldn’t there be... Continue Reading

The En-courage-ment of a Dying Elder’s Ministry: John Geiger of Eastwood PCA

A tribute to the vibrant life and testimony of PCA elder emeritus John Geiger.

As John made clear, everyone was dying, but what made him different was that he had a more definitive timetable given to him than others. Even the “gravel in his voice as the disease restricts his vocal cords,” as one writer put it, contributed something to John’s message as he pointed others toward the world’s... Continue Reading

John Bradford and the Comfort of God’s Sovereign Choice

Far from being discouraging, the doctrine of God’s unconditional choice in all matters, including salvation, brought Bradford great comfort.

As many other English Protestants during Mary I’s reign, Bradford knew his prospects for martyrdom were high. To prepare himself and others, he wrote A Very Godly Prayer of one Standing at the Stake Ready to be Burnt for Christ’s Gospel’s Sake, where he remembered how Jesus also experienced “fear and need by the reason... Continue Reading

Doctors of the Soul: Tested Cures for Today’s Counselors

The Puritans are often referred to as “physicians of the soul.”

Christ does not need a “vicar” (substitute) on earth over his church because he is himself present and active among his people. The way Jesus has chosen to shepherd each congregation is “through the ministry of his word, which he does outwardly and tangibly through his ministers and instruments” — namely, elders who preach, deacons... Continue Reading