Living More as We Preach—Rosalind Goforth
It is useless to preach Christ yet not live Christ.
Repeatedly being confronted by our own shortcomings has a way of driving us to more urgent dependence upon the Lord. As we continue to look to and lean upon Him, by God’s grace (and to His glory) over time we come to experience a considerable degree of progress and consistency in living and serving as... Continue Reading
Anne du Bourg – A Conflicted Martyr
He persevered in his faith in spite of these hesitancies and vacillations is a greater testimony to the faithfulness of God.
On December 23, du Bourg was sentenced to be hanged and then burned. The execution took place the same afternoon. From the scaffold, he proclaimed to the crowds, “My friends, I am not here as a thief or a murderer, but for the gospel.” He was 38 years old. His last words were a prayer:... Continue Reading
John Gerstner’s Edwardsian Shadow
Put your ear to the ground in the PCA’s Ascension Presbytery in Western Pennsylvania, and you’ll hear people talking about the life and influence of Dr. John Gerstner.
There is a sense in which we can say that men like Gerstner, and Edwards before him, “lost” their battles with Culture. Edwards’ fear that orthodox Calvinism would one day be overrun by Enlightenment theologizing came true. Gerstner’s fear that the mainline denomination would veer towards the cliff of subjective relativism was likewise realized. But... Continue Reading
Jan Laski – The Polish Reformer
Jan Laski is normally remembered as the Reformer of Poland.
If Laski was unswerving in his opposition to heretical views, he was tolerant of other views within the Protestant camp, trying to foster unity among Reformed, Lutherans, and Polish Brethren (followers of the 15th-century reformer Jan Hus). He was also one of the translators of the first complete Polish translation of the Bible, known as... Continue Reading
PCA Minister, John Browne, Called Home to Glory
John headed Sheds of Hope, a ministry of Mission to North America’s Disaster Response
John, a native of Northern Ireland and new American citizen, and his wife, Betsy, an American, met while attending Bible School in England and were married in California 40 years ago. John’s journey to ministry began when, as a new Christian attending Bible School, he and Betsy became members of a new church plant with... Continue Reading
PCA Minister, James McKenzie Baird, Jr., Called Home to Glory
Jim Baird went to be with his Heavenly Father on January 31, 2020, at age 91.
At the age of 28, Jim became a Christian and was called to his life’s work of full-time ministry. In 1957, he graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary in Georgia. Jim’s ministry spanned almost 40 years in Presbyterian churches across the Southeast: he shepherded congregations in Clinton, MS, Brewton, AL, Gadsden, AL, Macon, GA, and Coral... Continue Reading
Lessons from the Life of Matthew Henry
Like Matthew Henry, may we take time at the beginning of this new year to see our shortcomings.
So what of this man for us? Is he just another superhero of the faith who can never be emulated in today’s world? What encouragements can we receive as we begin another new year? Many years ago, I wandered into a Christian book store and laid my eyes on something wonderful – a half... Continue Reading
Ten Baptists Everyone Should Know: Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Spurgeon’s Christology is seen in his belief in the all-sufficiency of Jesus Christ and his work on the cross.
Spurgeon saw himself primarily as a pastor-evangelist. He had a strong foundation in the theology of the Puritans. He was a Calvinist, though not a high or hyper-Calvinist. He once confessed, “I have been charged with being a mere echo of the Puritans, but I had rather be the echo of truth than the voice... Continue Reading
PCA Minister, Edward Johnson, Called Home to Glory
Ed Johnson was called to home to glory on Sunday, January 26, 2020. He was 89 years old.
Ed began and ended his official ministry as pastor of Wynndale Presbyterian Church in Terry, MS. Between his callings to Wynndale, he served as pastor of Mt. Salus Presbyterian Church in Clinton, MS, as an assistant pastor at Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, as pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg, MS... Continue Reading
Mary Honywood and Her Flickering, Unquenchable Faith
Mary was one of the many gentlewomen of her time who supported Protestant preachers during the troubled reign of Mary Tudor.
On July 1, during the scheduled execution of preacher John Bradford (1510–1555) and apprentice John Leaf in the district of Smithfield, the authorities delayed the proceedings for five hours, hoping the massive crowd would disperse. This didn’t happen. In fact, the attendants were so many and so eager to find a good spot that Mary... Continue Reading