His Hymns Make Souls Feel Whole: Horatius Bonar (1808–1889)

Today we can rejoice that Horatius Bonar found a way of expressing his theology, poetry, and heart’s doxology in hymnody.

Bonar’s hymns are usually simple, but not simplistic; poetic and yet clearly theological; and the best of them focus on the person of the Lord Jesus, his atoning work, coming to him in faith, living unreservedly for him, and anticipating future glory. In these hymns, the heart of the gospel is always found in Jesus Christ,... Continue Reading

J.I. Packer – Another Person We Should Know Better

It’s regrettable that Packer has been rather inconsistent on some key biblical teachings.

Even when Packer tackles difficult subjects like propitiation (the turning away of God’s wrath through the cross), he communicates winsomely. It’s really not surprising that some Canadian Reformed pastors have even used Knowing God for their pre-confession instruction. It’s a solid book! While there are many ways in which we can appreciate what God has... Continue Reading

Thomas Boston, the Marrow and the Gospel

Like Jonathan Edwards, I consider Thomas Boston "a truly great divine."

Like most prolific writers, Thomas Boston was also a prodigious reader. As a man of limited means, his personal library was small–little more than a single shelf of books. Yet he read whatever he could find, and in his Memoirs he lovingly describes new theological books arriving by post.   Thomas Boston is one of... Continue Reading

Marcella of Rome – The Woman Who Tamed Jerome’s Temper

By the time Jerome left Rome, Marcella had acquired a wealth of biblical knowledge.

After Athanasius, Rome welcomed another famous Christian author: Jerome (today best-known for his Latin translation of the Bible). Jerome’s fame had preceded him both as ascetic and as exegete, and Marcella had many questions to ask him. At first, he shunned her. He was a firm believer in celibacy for the clergy and in chastity... Continue Reading

Twelve OPC Ministers And Elders Ask Westminster Board To Lift Waddington’s Suspension

Carl Trueman and eleven other Orthodox Presbyterian Church ministers and elders from five presbyteries ask the WTS board to lift a temporary suspension on an adjunct faculty member.

Obviously, those of us who sent the letter understand that we cannot dictate employment policy to the Seminary, but we are hoping that the Board will honor the commitment not to allow the Seminary to prejudice the trial and, above all, will show some compassion to Jeff and his family, by overturning the Administration’s decision. ... Continue Reading

Charles Spurgeon on Contemplating God

The study of God brings consolation because we realize there is an eternal hope.

While there is a benefit in studying the sciences, studying all things in light of the Lord broadens our understanding of reality. It gives us a lens through which to view the world. Likewise, contemplating God forces us to look beyond the material world to the spiritual forces that are at work around us. Most... Continue Reading

13 Things Ridiculously Successful People Do Every Day

Analyzing responses from successful people to the question, “What is your number one secret to productivity?”

They make it home for dinner. Kevin first learned this one from Intel’s Andy Grove, who said, “There is always more to be done, more that should be done, always more than can be done.” Highly successful people know what they value in life. Yes, work, but also what else they value. There is no... Continue Reading

Learning From Past Adversity; Humbled in Present Victory

I'm thankful in a way for what happened because it did, it drew me closer, most importantly, to my faith in the Lord.

I hope that it’s a message for some people out there that there can be hope and joy and resiliency. I’m thankful for what happened. That’s why I did what I did at the end. When that horn went off, I just put my head down and said, Thank You. I’m humbled, Lord, because I... Continue Reading

PCA Pastor, Jim Dallery, Finds Help At PNRC After Life-Changing Fall

After Dallery suffered a rare traumatic brain injury he was diagnosed with acquired prosopagnosia or “face blindness.”

Face blindness is the inability to recognize faces – even those of family and close friends. Up to 2.5 percent of the population are believed to be born with it. But prosopagnosia caused by stroke or injury to the brain’s occipital/temporal lobe regions is so rare one researcher believes there are only 20 known cases... Continue Reading

Andrew Murray’s Successful Marriage Proposal

Sometime early in 1856 (probably February) he wrote to ask her forgiveness for past offenses and to learn if he might have some hope of winning her as his wife in the future.

 “He is very romantic in his disposition. All sorts of things that in reading German poetry and plays I had put down to German mystery and romance, I find he fully sympathizes in. I thought no one in this matter-of-fact age did, that it was only the philosophy of poets.…”   Here’s the second of... Continue Reading