Below are a collection of posts for help on the Christian walk.  I hope you find the source materials therein useful. All links open in new tabs/pages.

Apologetics Corner

The Apostles’ Creed: what Christians must believe

A balanced thought on faith

The components of faith

Sand or rock? (our foundations of faith; Matthew Henry, John MacArthur)

‘I never knew you — depart from me’ (Matthew Henry)

The importance of expository preaching (meaning: on the Bible, all of the time)

Proper Bible study brings the past to life and informs the future

Francis of Assisi never said ‘use words if necessary’

Beware the ‘whole Gospel’ teaching

Apostleship cannot be bought (C Peter Wagner)

Conspiracy theories detract us from Christ

The non-ambassadors for Christ

The left-wing origins of ‘What would Jesus do?’

The surprising — and shocking — supporters of assisted dying (2015)

Bible verses on Christ’s Atonement

Is Jesus the star of your pastor’s sermons?

‘The tyranny of happiness’

Happiness and the Beatitudes

The importance of joy — not happiness

Experiencing sorrow and fear is normal — just don’t let them rule you

How societies hang together (common grace, natural law, Noahide Laws, philosophy)

Poverty isn’t the way to salvation

Becoming more resilient

Becoming a stronger Christian

On living and dying well (the Revd Samuel Rutherford)

Forgiving and forgetting

One pastor’s suggestions on dealing with suspicion

Christian Hedonism (the joy of serving God)

St Andrew the Apostle — thinking differently

Amateurs versus professionals

Archbishop Cranmer on the importance of biblical literacy

Sola Scriptura or solo Scriptura? There is a difference

Luther and Calvin on Baptism

Examining the myths about John Calvin

John Calvin: theocrat or socialist?

John Calvin embraced scientific knowledge (the Bible is not a science book)

Zwingli and Felix Manz (the drowning incident had nothing to do with Calvin)

Welcoming the stranger biblically (not what you might think)

‘Turn the other cheek’

St Peter did not intend us to be cowardly doormats

When good people are called devils (Matthew Henry on Matthew 10:25)

It’s difficult to pray for our enemies

Why praying for our pastors is a good thing (shocking statistics)

The Five Finger Prayer (for children and adults)

The value of liturgical prayer (Percy Dearmer, 1912 — a surprising read)

America’s tide is turning (expect persecution of some sort soon)

‘The priesthood of all believers’ (it doesn’t mean what you might think!)

A Lutheran pastor’s dos and don’ts for the serious Christian (questions on which to ponder)

‘God helps those who help themselves’ — a truism (although not in the Bible)

‘Hate the sin, love the sinner’? Unbiblical!

St Paul’s faith compared with ours

Philemon: St Paul’s lessons of brotherly love

Ignoring sin = ‘spiritual amnesia’

Biblical qualities of a leader — French case study

Christ’s road to salvation is narrow

Believers versus unifiers (what to look for in theological attacks)

Jesus was no unifier (an important message)

A practical application of censure, repentance and forgiveness (Revd Matt Kennedy)

Preach the truth and they will come

The pleasure of sexual and identity-based sin (an argument against it)

Being grateful for what we have in a materialistic world (about kind, hard-working husbands)

Religious trolling and the ‘God bless’ — yeah, right

‘Speaking truth in love’ or making trouble? (on busybodies)

The way Christians act conveys much about our faith

The stiff upper lip and the cardinal virtue of Fortitude

Why older denominations turn to the social gospel (Catholic case study)

Abundant life or eternal life?

The atheist’s big error about Christianity (Abraham is our father in faith, not Moses)

Randall Niles: A former atheist speaks

Be careful with navel-gazing and guilt

The use of Greek in Palestine in Jesus’s time

Marian colours and religious art

Introducing the Gospel according to Matthew

John MacArthur: how Matthew 8 and 9 show us that Christ is Lord

Matthew Henry on Matthew 10 — part 1 of 2

Matthew Henry on Matthew 10 — part 2 of 2

John MacArthur on the structure of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 1 – 13)

St Mark in the New Testament

The Gospel of Mark (also includes a basic introduction to the Synoptic Gospels)

The authorship of the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts

The ‘madness’ of Jesus? (Mark 3; our brotherhood with Christ — good for evangelising with Muslims)

On Christ’s personal relationship with us (also good for evangelising with Muslims)

Blaspheming the Holy Spirit — the unforgiveable sin

Is it the Spirit speaking — or our own voice?

What do people hear when we speak?

When we refuse to discuss the world — a Christian attitude?

St Paul, ‘niceness’ and work  (2 Thessalonians 3:6-12)

True story of the mission that stopped ‘doing’ and started loving

Pastor Niemöller on Christian salt and the world

James, James, James and the  Epistle of James — who wrote it?

The Epistle of James — themes and justification

James 4:1-6 — faith versus the world

Doubting Thomas: John 20:19-31

John: from ‘son of thunder’ to ‘apostle of love’

What John 6 really says (what happened after the feeding of the 5,000)

The true story of Onan (not what you might have thought)

On body, soul and spirit

The Law as mirror

Against theonomy

Some things are secular, some things are sacred (R Scott Clark)

Heidelberg Catechism’s important teachings about Christianity (R Scott Clark)

The far from perfect people in the Bible

How much should Christians work for change?

Donna Summer — a Prodigal Daughter (useful for those seeking relief from a guilty conscience)

The absurdity of ‘Nephilim babies’

Ben Carson and the pyramid-as-grain-silo theory (2016, ancient theory)

Why wedding bands?

Liturgical colours explained

A case against universal Communion

Christians and animals (includes the story of the Gadarene Swine)

The Gadarene swine served a purpose (Apologetics Corner)

The Gadarenes — what happened next (Apologetics Corner)

Animals and Heaven

On publicised fasting and charity

We ARE adopted sons of God — accept no imitations (good for evangelising amongst Muslims)

Sexual continence and marital fidelity

The Pope [Francis] on matters sexual: ‘Who am I to judge?’

Could the Pope — and other famous Catholics — please speak plainly? (2014)

Anglican relativism of sexual sin

Does the Anglican Bishop of London embrace Christian mysticism? (2014)

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s weak evangelising (2014)

Church of England alternative baptismal rites (2014)

Jeremiah 23:1-6 warns about leading the flock astray

Religious and societal condemnation of abortion is nothing new (the Didache)

British Heart Foundation study: baby’s first heartbeat comes early

A Calvinist reflects on the Pill, marriage and family life

The six ‘P’s of marriage (John MacArthur)

On idle talk and mobile phones

God isn’t your dad

Acedia — the forgotten Deadly Sin

Seven everyday sins which the Lord loathes

Mind-altering drugs and the Bible

Living without pride, which goeth before a fall

Prayer — more powerful than we think

A perspective on prayer from Edmond Sanganyado

A marvellous prayer to say in times of crisis

Exploring prayer (at least seven types)

St Augustine on the importance of the Lord’s Prayer

St Augustine of Hippo’s take on cafeteria Christians

The Anglican Prayer of Humble Access

A Prayer for the President of the United States (Episcopalian, 1928)

Subjective assurance and the worry of temporary faith

Doubt and spiritual assurance

Want assurance? Start reading the Bible

Why doubt inhibits assurance

John MacArthur defines God’s grace

Understanding more about saving grace

Grace in a Pauline context (refuting the ‘divine spark’ error)

Grace in a biblical context

Putting on new clothes and working out (Colossians 3:12-14)

Synergism compromises the doctrine of grace

More on monergism (the opposite of synergism)

Why today’s churches need to rediscover monergism

RC Sproul on the ‘Pelagian captivity of the Church’

The Devil speaks, or the temptation to wallow in doubt (on repentance and God’s forgiveness)

The perceived dichotomy between unbelievers and Christians

Unbelievers leading church services — why it’s discouraged

We can choose God or sin

Jonathan Edwards: Sinners in the hands of an angry God

Do church mission slogans really help?

Seeking the right kind of trouble (welcoming sinners)

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Guest post

Lutheran versus Presbyterian denominations (John J Flanagan, 2015)

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Political awareness

Why Christians should be politically aware

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The French touch (la touche française)

A return trip to the Reformed Church in Cannes (Paolo Morlacchetti, 2015)

Paolo Morlacchetti on Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 (2015)

‘The tyranny of happiness’ (the Revd Louis Pernot, Paris)

Happiness and the Beatitudes (the Revd Louis Pernot, Paris)

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Resurrection theology

Remembering the reality of the risen Christ

Are we bypassing the risen Christ?

A call for Resurrection theology

Christianity IS the Risen Christ

Unlocking the meaning of the Gospel

The extension of the risen Christ

A Lutheran application of Resurrection theology

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Christology and miracles

The Office of Christ from Luther’s Small Catechism

A Lutheran pastor on faith and the Bible

Lutherans on the purpose of Scripture

A Lutheran theologian on Christ’s use of miracles

A Lutheran pastor’s perspective on Christ’s miracles

Miracles were for a limited time only (the cessationist perspective)

Characteristics of New Testament miracles

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Truth versus error

R C Sproul explains semper reformanda

Heidelberg Catechism’s important teachings about Christianity (R Scott Clark)

Charles Porterfield Krauth (19th c. Lutheran)

Beware of apologists and useful idiots (21st century clergy)

Barna Group’s biblical literacy survey: we have work to do

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Which denomination?

This quiz can help you find the right denomination

Church shopping, part deux

Church scorecard — ‘cotton candy’ versus historical-biblical Christianity

Finding a good Reformed church

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Happiness is leaving legalism, enthusiasm and pietism for confessionalism

The dangers of dramatic conversion stories

Culture shock: moving from an Evangelical to a Reformed church

Legalistic Lutheranism (and Applied Finneyism) – Part 1

Legalistic Lutheranism (and Applied Finneyism) – Part 2

John MacArthur’s warning against enthusiasm in church

Church scandals (2015)

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Conversions

From Christianity to Islam (France)

From Islam to Christianity (France)

From Judaism to Christianity (England)

Conversions of convenience or the real thing?

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Women

Heidelberg Catechism’s important teachings about Christianity (R Scott Clark)

The Churching of Women — misogynist or not?

EWTN’s Mother Mary Angelica: feisty, fearless and faithful (died on Easter Day 2016)

Matthew Henry: an 18th century perspective on women (encouraging words)

Wife selling (less encouraging)

The Epistles on women in the Church and society

Philip B Payne on hair, headship and gender equality

Women, ‘federal headship’ and ordination

Christian Domestic Discipline — when life imitates art? (Warning against spousal abuse!)

Subtle spousal abuse: a Catholic story

Conservative clergy’s responses to spousal abuse

Quotes throughout history on the treatment of children and women

Jacobean England: Women, Christian fasting and marriage

Helpful resources for Christian women suffering domestic abuse

Clothes: Are we attracting or repelling potential converts?

On the cusp of Diamond Jubilee Weekend — facts about the Queen (Queen Elizabeth II)

Palace intrigue: background to Queen Elizabeth II’s ascent to the throne

Young Margaret — portrait of a future Prime Minister (Margaret Thatcher)

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Children

The Apostles’ Creed: what Christians must believe

Heidelberg Catechism’s important teachings about Christianity (R Scott Clark)

Christian child abuse: more works-based carnality

Quotes throughout history on the treatment of children and women

Carnality: Children historically seen as ‘poison containers’

Study of a 17th Dutch family portrait

Our treatment of children determines our future

Church scandals (2015)

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Death

Why a mourner’s grief is so severe

Home burial still possible in the UK

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Hallowe’en

Hallowe’en and similar traditions — a brief history

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Elders defending their own

The absence of values in today’s society (see third paragraph from the bottom for Grandma’s break-in)

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Marriage and family

Heidelberg Catechism’s important teachings about Christianity (R Scott Clark)

The six ‘P’s of marriage (John MacArthur)

Moving away from the God-given institution of marriage

What next for the institution of marriage?

Martin Luther on marriage and the devil

Missing fathers — at the office or elsewhere

The perils of men growing up fatherless — from a woman’s perspective

Which is more deplorable, the gun culture or the fatherless culture?

Pastor warns: sex is not love

Success in marriage requires careful attention (pastor says, ‘Many beautiful houses are not homes’)

Family secrets

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Church history and miscellany

The parallels between ancient Jewish and Christian worship

Church history: early form of liturgy still followed

Church history: Eastern liturgy in the 4th and 5th centuries

Church history: Western liturgy between the 5th and 9th centuries

Church history: how mediaeval Mass led to the Reformation

Church history: early Lutheran liturgy

Church history: Zwingli’s rite in Zurich

Church history: the German rites in Strasbourg (Martin Bucer)

Church history: Calvin’s French rites

Church history: early Reformed rites in Scotland (and a biography of John Knox)

Church history: the early Book of Common Prayer

History — the Bible would have been questioned sooner or later

Church history: Communion frequency in Protestant churches

Communion frequency in Reformed churches

The value of liturgical prayer (Percy Dearmer, Anglican, 1912)

Changes in Lutheran liturgy from the 1950s to the present

Baroness Thatcher’s funeral — Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The reinterment of Richard III (ceremonies March 22 and 26, 2015)

King of Kings (1961)

Barabbas (1961)

Book of Daniel, The (2006)

Being a rector in the City of London  (St Bride’s)

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The Church Year

Advent

Advent resources for Catholics and Protestants

Advent reflections: John the Baptist and the Apocalypse

Advent: Make straight a highway

Advent: John the Baptist’s message of Good News — and repentance

Advent: Mary’s Magnificat and Zechariah’s prophecy in Luke 1

John the Baptist, charity and Advent

Advent and Christmas in colonial America

December 6

St Nicholas Day (much to learn about a man of great faith)

More on St Nicholas — feast day December 6

O Antiphons

The O Antiphon for December 17 (2013)

The O Antiphon for December 17 (2014)

The O Antiphon for December 18 (2013)

December 18: a second O Antiphon for this day (2014)

The O Antiphon for December 19 (2013)

December 19: a second O Antiphon for this day (2014)

The O Antiphon for December 20

The O Antiphon for December 21

The O Antiphon for December 22

December 22: another O Antiphon for this day (2014)

The O Antiphon for December 23

December 23: another O Antiphon for this day (2014)

Christmas

Happy Christmas, everyone!

The Christmas story in Matthew’s Gospel (hermeneutics)

Christmas Eve — Matthew 1:18-25 (with commentary from Albert Barnes)

The Christmas story according to St Luke

The Christmas story in Luke’s Gospel (hermeneutics)

Christmas Day — John 1:14 (with commentary from Matthew Poole)

Happy Christmas, one and all! (John 1:1-17)

Unto us a child is born

Compliments of the season to all my readers! (features Dr Paul Copan on the manger scene)

A Lutheran defence of Nativity scenes and crucifixes

The case for Xmas — yes, Xmas

Christmas prayer intentions

Martin Luther on the birth of Jesus

Carol services: ‘Christmas as secular entertainment’

Jesus’s nature as depicted in Christmas carols

Jesus, the ‘born leader’

What we can learn from Christmas — humility

Angel imagery in Christmas carols (Dr Paul Copan on how the Bible portrays them)

Jesuit astronomer discusses the Star of Bethlehem (2016)

The Christmas tree — a history (related to Christianity)

Christmas gifts — a history (and a Christian defence thereof)

Christmas feasting and revelry (the rehabilitation of Christmas)

British attitudes towards Christmas

Bizarre Christmas cards from the 19th century

Louis Prang — father of the American Christmas card

December 26 – Feast of St Stephen, Boxing Day

Come let us adore Him

St Stephen, the first martyr

Keeping the hope of Christmas alive

Thoughts on Christmas (Murillo’s Holy Family with dog)

Boxing Day – a history

Famous Christmas carols

‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’

‘O Come, All Ye Faithful’

‘Carol of the Bells’

‘O Holy Night’

‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen’

‘The Holly and the Ivy’

‘Hark the Herald Angels Sing’

‘Ding Dong Merrily on High’

Christmas 1

Christmas 1 – Year A (Isaiah 61:10 – Isaiah 62:3 — God keeps His promises)

First Sunday after Christmas — Book of Common Prayer

New Year’s Day

January 1 – Feast of the Circumcision of Christ

New Year’s Day: the Circumcision — and Naming — of Christ Jesus

Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God

A time for reflection

Christmas 2

Christmas 2 – Year C (Jeremiah 31:7-14, Ephesians 1:3-14)

Epiphany

A Lutheran pastor reflects on the Epiphany

More Lutheran reflections on the Epiphany

Remembering the Epiphany in chalk

The Epiphany and the Bible

Why the Epiphany is so important — a Lutheran perspective

A Lutheran perspective on the Magi

Jesuit astronomer discusses the Star of Bethlehem (2016)

What to remember about Epiphany (2016, Year C)

Epiphany — Epistle, Year C (2016, Ephesians 3:1-12)

Epiphany — Gospel, Year C (2016, Matthew 2:1-12)

Epiphany and king cake — a history

Plough Monday – first Monday after Epiphany

The English tradition of Plough Monday

Candlemas — February 2

February 2 is Candlemas

Candlemas: the prophetess Anna

February 3

St Blaise’s feast day and the blessing of throats

February 14

A bit of history about Valentine’s Day  (2015)

More history about Valentine’s Day (2016)

Valentine’s Day ‘shameful’ to totalitarians (2017)

Shrovetide

Shrovetide — a history

The Sundays before Lent — an explanation (the Sundays that define Shrovetide)

Lent

The Sundays before Lent — an explanation

Ash Wednesday reflections

Ash Wednesday: ‘No, that wasn’t dirt on my forehead’

Lent, denominational differences and freedom in Christ

Thoughts as we enter Lent 2014

St Athanasius and the Lenten practices of the early Church

Lent in the early Church — not a pagan practice

Ideas for Lent

Lutheran reflections for Lent

Caution on Lenten devotions

The labyrinth: Lenten it isn’t

On publicised fasting and charity

If you can — fast

Gosh, the rules on Lenten ‘fasting’ really have changed

The Church of England’s Lenten carbon fast

Why not read the Bible this Lent?

Bible study plan suggestions

Laetare Sunday, Mother’s Day and the Golden Rose

Laetare Sunday is Mothering Sunday

Holy Week

Holy Week begins  (Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday)

Holy Week begins tomorrow – today is Lazarus Saturday

Psalm 118, Christ’s Passion and Eastertide

John 17 — the High Priestly Prayer: parts 1, 2 and 3

What is Tenebrae?

Palm Sunday

The greatest reality story of all time begins on Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday and the Jesus watchers

Palm Sunday: Why palms?

Palm Sunday: Why a donkey?

If this is the first time you have received palms

Monday of Holy Week

The righteous anger of Jesus towards the money changers

Jesus and the money changers

Tuesday of Holy Week

Contemplating the withered fig tree (2017)

The High Priests plot against Jesus

Epistle for Holy Week of Year C — 1 Corinthians 1:18-31 (2016)

Spy Wednesday

Judas offers his services

More on Spy Wednesday

More on Judas

Holy Week — the story thus far

Gospel reading for Wednesday of Holy Week Year C — John 13:21-32  (2016)

Wednesday of Holy Week — Spy Wednesday (2017, Henry and MacArthur on Judas: bad hombre)

Maundy Thursday

What is the Triduum?

‘One of you will betray Me’ (John 13)

Passover, the Last Supper and the New Covenant

Why some Jews celebrated Passover on Thursday and others on Friday (here and here)

Maundy Thursday and the Last Supper: Jesus’s words of comfort (John 14, alludes to Holy Trinity)

John MacArthur on Passover as celebrated at the Last Supper

John 17 — the High Priestly Prayer: parts 1, 2 and 3

Jesus foretells Peter’s denial (Mark 14:26-31)

The concept of ‘basin theology’

Easter food explored — part 1 (Mary Berry, BBC — 2016)

Good Friday

The greatest reality show ends with a popular vote

Barabbas: an inspiration for liberation theology?

Meditations on the Cross

Reflections on the Crucifixion

Good Friday: in whom can we trust? (John 18:12-27)

Martin Luther’s ‘How to Contemplate Christ’s Sufferings’: the false views

Martin Luther’s ‘How to Contemplate Christ’s Sufferings’: the true views

Martin Luther’s ‘How to Contemplate Christ’s Sufferings’: the comfort

Good Friday: the horror of the Crucifixion (John MacArthur)

Easter: the drama and glory of the Resurrection (John MacArthur, explains Jesus’s relatively short time on the cross)

Holy Week and Easter — the two-part story

The concept of ‘basin theology’

Easter food explored — part 1 (Mary Berry, BBC — 2016)

Holy Saturday

What happens on Holy Saturday?

Holy Saturday and food traditions

Easter food explored — part 1 (Mary Berry, BBC — 2016)

Easter food explored — part 2 (Mary Berry, BBC — 2016)

Holy Saturday: preparing for an Easter feast (2017)

Easter and Eastertide

Easter: the greatest feast in the Church year

Easter Sunday: Thoughts on this greatest of days

Happy Easter — He is risen!

The significance of Easter to the Church (various questions answered)

Psalm 118, Christ’s Passion and Eastertide

Easter poems from an inspired Anglican, the Revd George Herbert

George Herbert: 17th century poet and priest

Part I of a Martin Luther Easter sermon: the story of Christ’s Resurrection

Part II of a Martin Luther Easter sermon: the fruits and benefits of Christ’s Resurrection

Easter: the drama and glory of the Resurrection (John MacArthur explains Gospel accounts)

Holy Week and Easter — the two-part story

The road to Emmaus — a great Easter story

Epistle for Easter in Year C — Acts 10:34-43 (2016)

The Easter story: reflections on Mark 16:1-8 (Dr Gregory Jackson, Lutheran)

Judge Andrew Napolitano on the meaning of Easter (great, especially from a layman)

Easter documentaries — when knowing the Bible helps — part 1

Easter documentaries — when knowing the Bible helps — part 2

Doubting Thomas — John 20:19-31

Doubting Thomas: When seeing is believing

Quasimodo Sunday — seriously

Easter, the egg and the hare (one of the fullest accounts about Easter symbolism)

Mary Magdalene and the legend of the egg (Christian — not pagan!)

Easter food explored — part 1 (Mary Berry, BBC — 2016)

Easter food explored — part 2 (Mary Berry, BBC — 2016)

Ascension Day

Acts 1:9-11 on the Ascension (addresses errors of preterism)

A Reformed view of the Ascension (Christ as prophet, priest and king)

Ascension Day 2016 (John MacArthur on Acts 1-11)

Exaudi Sunday

Exaudi Sunday: between the Ascension and Pentecost

Pentecost Sunday

Pentecost — the Church’s birthday, with gifts from the Holy Spirit

Lutheran reflections on Pentecost

Thoughts on Pentecost: the power of the Holy Spirit

Reflections for Pentecost — a Reformed view

Pentecost Sunday — May 15, 2016 (John MacArthur explains adoption in the ancient world)

Trinity Sunday

On Trinity Sunday

A great way to explain the Holy Trinity

Anglican reflections on the Trinity

A practical — and Anglican — reflection for Trinity Sunday

Trinity Sunday — an Anglican analysis of its importance

Trinity Sunday 2016: May 22 (John 16:12-15, three-year Lectionary Year C)

Corpus Christi Sunday

What is Corpus Christi Sunday?

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Churches

Why are the doors on Episcopal churches painted red?

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Parables

Prodigal Son

Historical meaning of the Parable of the Prodigal Son

Everyone sees older brother as bad

The Prodigal Son, public policy and churchgoers

The Parable of the Prodigal Son and brothers in Genesis

The Parable of the Prodigal Son relates to the lost tribes of Israel

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Hymns and psalmody

The ancient tradition of exclusive psalmody (where only psalms are sung)

For All the Saints — a rousing hymn with beautiful lyrics

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Martin Luther

Martin Luther on the birth of Jesus

Martin Luther’s thoughts on the Lord’s Supper

Who would be an idolater?

A Reformed perspective on Luther’s esteem for leisure time

Martin Luther’s marks of a good preacher

Religious and societal condemnation of abortion is nothing new (the Didache)

New book on Martin Luther: ‘not an easy hero’ (2016)

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What is Reformed?

A Calvinist explains the word ‘Reformed’

Michael Horton on the principle called semper reformanda

Culture shock: moving from an Evangelical to a Reformed church

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John Gresham Machen (20th c. Presbyterian)

Who was John Gresham Machen?

Christianity and Liberalism (1923) – chapter by chapter. If you read only one book on Christianity (outside of the Bible, of course), please make this THE one:

Introducing Christianity and Liberalism

Societal decline and the State

Today’s education system

The modern aversion to doctrine

St Paul and the early Church

Church history and doctrine

Jesus and the Sermon on the Mount

Jesus and today’s Christian

God the ‘Father’

Modernist pantheism and sin

The Modernist view of the Bible

The nature of Jesus

Jesus and the first Christians

Jesus, miracles and modern thought

New Testament miracles

The Atonement

Understanding salvation

On conversion and faith

On modern Christian salvation

On the ‘brotherhood of man’

On honesty in the Church

On intolerance

What to do about the modern Church?

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John MacArthur

On the ‘Son of Man’ (humiliation for our sinful sakes)

John MacArthur explains why people lie about Jesus

John MacArthur warns about trends in the Church

The Church’s best time is now (2014, related to Luke 17:20-27)

On the role of a pastor

On biblically-anaemic preaching

On the structure of Matthew’s Gospel (Matthew 1 – 13)

How Matthew 8 and 9 show us that Christ is Lord

On reading the Bible and understanding Christ

On Bible reading and meditation

Introducing John MacArthur’s Sermon Builder

The six ‘P’s of marriage

John MacArthur on hell

John MacArthur on Mariolatry – Part 1

John MacArthur on Mariolatry – Part 2

John MacArthur warns us about globalisation and peace

Don’t be duped by Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

John MacArthur: Be an overcomer

MacArthur on the Modern Church

John MacArthur’s success: ignore church growth movement

John MacArthur on discernment — Parts 1 – 3

John MacArthur on discernment — Parts 4 – 6

John MacArthur on confronting the culture

John MacArthur on compromising Scripture

Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Life — is it about Man or Christ?

Easy-believism and the watered-down sermon

John MacArthur on postmodernism

Apostate says, ‘I’m happy I now live in the real world’

The Devil speaks, or the temptation to wallow in doubt

On demon possession today

On learning the Bible by heart

John MacArthur’s warning against enthusiasm in church

On conversion and salvation

On responsibility for spiritual growth (a seeming paradox)

John MacArthur explains the wise fear of the Lord

John MacArthur criticises ‘Let go and let God’

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Charles Simeon

Who was Charles Simeon?

Charles Simeon on Matthew 7:6 — pearls before swine

More on Charles Simeon’s ministry — still relevant today

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Bible versions and biblical literacy

A brief history of the biblical canon

Modern Bible ‘experts’ and Scripture (also about the pericope de adultera in John 8)

Don’t be duped by Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

The King James Version celebrates its 400th anniversary this year

BBC shows on the King James Version

BBC’s Story of the King James Bible — The Commission

BBC’s Story of the King James Bible — The Translation

BBC’s Story of the King James Bible — The Legacy

The timeline of a Bible for the British Isles

A word about study Bibles

Barna Group’s biblical literacy survey: we have work to do

John MacArthur on learning the Bible by heart

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Hell

John MacArthur on hell

Hell on low — or no — heat (20th century history)

Christian views on hell: moving back to Origen

J C Ryle on hell (19th century, first Anglican Bishop of Liverpool)

Our inability to comprehend hell — and God

Archibald G Brown’s tour of hell that happened on earth (Pompeii, 79 AD)

Thomas Boston, Scottish Presbyterian, on hell (17th century)

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The Anglican Communion

The story of priest holes in Tudor England

The importance of the Book of Common Prayer (1662 – present)

Confession in the Anglican Communion

The Anglican Prayer of Humble Access

Archbishop of Canterbury: selection process (2012)

Possible successors to the Archbishop of Canterbury (2012)

Justin Welby — new Archbishop of Canterbury (November 2012)

The Enthronement of the Archbishop of Canterbury — March 21, 2013 (Justin Welby)

Women bishops won’t boost Church of England membership

A new archbishop writes about his duties (the Rt Revd Foley Beach)

The Episcopal Church’s membership continues its decline (2014, John 10:1-18)

Anglicans, the Thirty-Nine Articles are essential, not historical (2014)

The Episcopal Church in Cuba (2015, good news)

Church of England sinking rapidly, bearded priests to the rescue (2016)

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Anglicanism: The Book of Common Prayer — Percy Dearmer (1912)

Percy Dearmer on the Anglican Thirty-nine Articles of Religion

Percy Dearmer on the title page of the Book of Common Prayer

Percy Dearmer on the title page of the Book of Common Prayer – part 1

Percy Dearmer on the title page of the Book of Common Prayer – part 2

Percy Dearmer on the earliest church service manuscripts

Percy Dearmer’s interpretation of St Paul on prophecy and tongues

Percy Dearmer on elements of worship in the New Testament

Percy Dearmer: how several prayer books became one liturgical book

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Lutheranism

The growth of Lutheranism in the United States (a 19th and 20th century history)

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Ideas for children

Teaching children the Lord’s Prayer

The Five Finger Prayer

The Ten Commandments and a catechism (Lutheran)

Short catechism (Reformed)

Learning the Bible one verse at a time

Bibles for children

Here’s what happens when Dad doesn’t attend church

88% of young people drift from the Church before adulthood

On biblical literacy, teens and ‘Christian’ books

A great way to explain the Holy Trinity

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Grant Horner Bible Reading System

You, too, can read the Bible with the Grant Horner system

Update on the Grant Horner Bible Reading System

The Grant Horner Bible Reading System is a success

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The Lectionary (yes, we do need to read the Bible in full)

Three-year Lectionary — a good idea?

A Lutheran perspective on the Lectionary

Catholics on the Lectionary (a Cardinal Bugnini innovation)

More on the three-year Lectionary

The Lectionary: when the ellipsis is not your friend

Critiques on the Lectionary — read the fine print

Concluding on the Lectionary — once more, with feeling

A personal case against the Lectionary

December 2012 — new Church year and Lectionary Year C

Advent 2016 — new Church year, new Lectionary year

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Hermeneutics with Dr Craig S Keener

Reading Scripture as ‘basic research’

Reading the Bible is all about ‘context, context, context’

Biblical hermeneutics involves learning context

Biblical hermeneutics and whole-book context

Biblical hermeneutics and whole-book context — continued

Biblical hermeneutics — more context principles

Biblical hermeneutics and understanding Bible background

Understanding biblical background — selected examples

Understanding biblical background — more examples

Biblical hermeneutics and the context of genre: narrative

Biblical hermeneutics: more on genre

Biblical hermeneutics: genre in the New Testament

Biblical hermeneutics: prophecy and the Book of Revelation

Biblical hermeneutics: beware of misinterpreting Revelation

Biblical hermeneutics: knowing how to read Revelation

Conclusions on hermeneutics with a word on ‘social location’ (good for evangelising amongst those who want to become Muslim)

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Church attendance — why it is in decline

Here’s what happens when Dad doesn’t attend church

Consistent churchgoing habits important for children

Why Johnny won’t SING!

A Lutheran pastor on church music

Women priests in the Anglican Church

Women bishops won’t boost Church of England membership

Women priests — a Calvinist view

Once more with feeling — are church services too feminine?

For clergy: three reservations Christians have about church

Barna Group’s biblical literacy survey — we have work to do

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Calvinism is not antinomian 

Leading Calvinists refute antinomian (heresy of lawlessness) accusation:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

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More on Calvinism

Michael Horton on the principle called semper reformanda

Weakened Calvinism is no Calvinism: Arminius, Amyraut and the Marrowmen

Why Calvinists refute Amyraldism and Universalism

Why Calvinists refute Arminianism and free will

The confusion over ‘free will’ and so-called ‘Calvinist’ Remonstrants (Arminius)

The Calvinist view of salvation

Heidelberg Catechism’s important teachings about Christianity (R Scott Clark)

Culture shock: moving from an Evangelical to a Reformed church

A Calvinist reflects on the Pill, marriage and family life

A Reformed minister traces his move from the Democrats to libertarianism

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Seminary curriculum

A pastor’s message to seminarians

Seminary warning signs — look before applying

Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal)

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary (WELS)

Fuller Theological Seminary

Myers-Briggs scores and the seminary (2014)

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Charles Haddon Spurgeon on

Ambition

Eternity

Growing old

Matthew 7:6 (pearls before swine)

Reconciliation

Strained relationships

Unity

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Matthew 7:6 — pearls before swine

J Vernon McGee (a very practical application)

Charles Simeon

Charles Spurgeon

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Europe

Europe’s Catholic versus Protestant outlook

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Huguenots

The origins of the word ‘Huguenot’

Notes on the Reformation (with regard to the Huguenots)

A Huguenot timeline

The Huguenot méreau

The Huguenot Cross

Life as a Huguenot in France

St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

La Rochelle and the French Wars of Religion

The Revocation of the Edict of Nantes — the Edict of Fontainebleau

When the Huguenots finally became part of French society

France’s Protestants find equilibrium in the early 19th century

The Huguenot settlements in 16th century Brazil

The Huguenots in 16th century St Kitts

The Huguenot settlement in 16th century South Carolina (this made The Guardian on Tuesday, July 26, 2016)

The Huguenots in sixteenth-century Florida

The Huguenots in South Africa

The Huguenot legacy in South Africa

Huguenot migration, French alarm and the Channel Islands (the word ‘refugee’ was coined in 1681)

A summary of the Huguenots in Britain

Huguenot flight to England in 1572

How the Huguenots made their way in England and Ireland

Huguenots in 17th century England (and Ireland)

The Huguenot influence on English silk weaving

Huguenots and England’s lace making industry

Huguenot clockmakers in England

Samuel Romilly — an Englishman descended from Huguenots (the Next Generation)

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England

St Swithun’s Day and summer weather trends (relates to other European countries)

Subtle Puritan allegiances in the English Civil War

The impact of the Glorious Revolution on the Church of England

Jacobean England: Women, Christian fasting and marriage

World events at the time of the First Great Awakening

George Whitefield, a great preacher in the First Great Awakening

Robert Raikes and his Sunday Schools educated the poor

An Englishwoman’s observations on modern Britain

Famous Anglicans: Geoffrey Anketell ‘Woodbine Willie’ Studdert Kennedy

Famous Anglicans: David Suchet converted by reading St Paul’s Epistles

Famous Methodists: J Arthur Rank of British film fame

Famous Methodists: Young Margaret — portrait of a future Prime Minister

Guest post from Lleweton — former journalist — on the Houses of Parliament

A look at the monarchy on the Queen’s official birthday [2011] (cost of the monarchy — not much!)

On the cusp of the Diamond Jubilee Weekend [2012] — facts about the Queen and the 1950s

Diamond Jubilee Weekend [2012] and American impressions of England

Prayers of thanksgiving for our gracious Queen on her Diamond Jubilee [2012]

‘Elizabeth the Great’ — Diamond Jubilee sentiments

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American settlers, statesmen, military men and politicians on God

The Thanksgiving story seasoned with Calvinism

Advent and Christmas in colonial America

Happy birthday, America! (Founding Fathers’ religious denominations)

George Washington and the first Thanksgiving proclamation

Remembering Benjamin Franklin’s call to prayer

Unbelief and immorality in colonial New England (from two John Cottons, a century apart)

Abraham Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving

General Patton’s belief in prayer

President Truman on the importance of morality and education

Ron Paul’s statement of faith

Lt Col Allen West’s Land of Dreams — an inspiring speech

USMC chaplain’s poem for soldiers

Happy Thanksgiving, America!

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Famous Anglicans

Famous Anglicans: Geoffrey Anketell ‘Woodbine Willie’ Studdert Kennedy

Famous Anglicans: David Suchet converted by reading St Paul’s Epistles

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Famous Catholics

Dragnet‘s Jack Webb

The McLaughlin Group host dies, aged 89

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Famous Episcopalians

Famous Episcopalians: Cecil B DeMille

Famous Episcopalians: Tucker Carlson

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Famous Methodists

Famous Methodists: J Arthur Rank of British film fame

Famous Methodists: Young Margaret — portrait of a future Prime Minister

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Famous Presbyterians

Famous Presbyterians: James Stewart

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Creation

Notes on American fundamentalism — pre-1920

Fundamentalism in America after 1920

N T ‘Tom’ Wright on ancient texts, the Enlightenment and Darwin

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Saints

St Stephen, Hungary’s first Christian king (includes Sts Emeric, Henry, Adalbert, Cunigunde)

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Tobacco and the Church

Can you take tobacco and receive Communion? (The answer might surprise you.)

Tobacco and 20th century Christian greats

John Alexander Dowie: a prohibitionist masterclass

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Heresy (and error — see categories below!)

Bogomilism

Notes on Gnosticism

The heresy of Modernism explained simply

Modernist thought and rhetoric influence our world

The heresy of Modernism — seriously

Modernism: 1922 illustration proven true a century later

Pelagianism is still around and, no, we are not divine

Grace in a Pauline context (refutes the ‘divine spark’ error)

Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism throughout history to the present day

Popular Pelagianism in Oprah Winfrey’s Lifeclass

Avoid ‘radical’ — works-based — Christianity (à la David Platt)

Semi-Pelagianism in the Anglican Church and Frank Weston

Semi-Pelagianism in The Episcopal Church

Dr Michael Horton on Pelagianism

R C Sproul on the ‘Pelagian captivity of the Church’

Spiritual warfare for the faith and against false teachers

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Church of Gaia

The Church of Gaia

News from the Church of Gaia

The Church of Gaia saves the Earth

Church of Gaia prayers seem to be working

The Calvinist church of Gaia in Cannes

Christianity and you: eugenics, sex, Gaia — and a new currency

The Church of Gaia in the Diocese of Linz

The Church of Gaia WILL ‘motivate’ you into being eco-warriors

Will the Church of Gaia EVER close?

The British reaction to the Church of Gaia and Harold Lewis

Western social conditioning, Gaia and the perils of secular sin

More madness from the Church of Gaia

Where Pachamama and industry meet

Thoughts on Pope Francis (2013, first papal sermon)

A reminder about syncretism and the Church of Gaia (Summer Solstice services, Episcopal Church)

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Liberation theology

Barabbas: an inspiration for liberation theology?

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Moralistic Therapeutic Deism

Moralistic Therapeutic Deism, or comfy Christianity

Fading ‘memory’ of Christianity, the Divine Butler and false teaching

Forbidden Bible Verses: John 6:16-23

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Pietism and Small Groups (semi-Pelagianism)

A brief history of pietism

Pietism and Methodism

A brief history of the United Brethren churches in America

Later Wesleyan and pietist movements: holiness and temperance

Pietism, Holiness and Pentecostalism

Church history: the many small Pentecostal and Holiness denominations

A history of pietism elsewhere in Europe: Moravians, Anabaptists and Mennonites (see chart)

Clothes: Are we attracting or repelling potential converts?

Early pietists: the Waldenses

Early pietism: Moravian history and Jan Hus

Early pietism: Count von Zinzendorf and the spread of Moravian teachings

An introduction to Swedish pietism

Swedish pietism: Carl Olof Rosenius and George Scott

Dwight Moody and the Swedish pietists

Famous Moravians: Andy Griffith, America’s favourite dad … and sheriff

A brief history of the United Methodist Church

Pietism in America today: the Emergents and the Purpose Driven Church

R C Sproul on the ‘Pelagian captivity of the Church’

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Evangelicalism and Enthusiasm (not such a good thing!)

Americana: Michael Horton on ‘the politics of enthusiasm’

The dangers of dramatic conversion stories

The origins of snake handlers in the Holiness Church

Dwight Moody: the evangelist who nearly wasn’t

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Charismatics / Pentecostals

A cautionary note about experiencing divine gifts

Experience and ‘gifts’ – Part 1: Gnosticism and the roots of Pentecostalism

Experience and ‘gifts’ – Part 2: Gnosticism and the roots of Pentecostalism

Pietism, Holiness and Pentecostalism

Church history: the many small Pentecostal and Holiness denominations

The Charismatic movement in Africa

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Oneness Pentecostalism

T D Jakes, Oneness pastors and the Trinity

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Messianic Christianity / Hebrew Roots Movements

On the error of Messianic Christianity

More on Messianic Christianity — preaching Torah, not Gospel

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Jehovah’s Witnesses

What you should know about Jehovah’s Witnesses

What Jehovah’s Witnesses really believe

When Jehovah’s Witnesses come to call

What it’s like being a Jehovah’s Witness

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Alpha Course

Alpha Course: truth or error?

Alpha’s brand of Jesus

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Preterism (no, no)

England’s senior clerics react to Paris attacks (Justin Welby, 2015)

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Rick Warren / Purpose-Driven Church / Church Growth

Oprah Winfrey and Rick Warren – vital tools in globalisation

The influence of the UN, New Age and management theory on us and our churches

Rick Warren’s global network

Beware of apologists and useful idiots

Rick Warren, John Piper and the Desiring God 2010 Conference

Rick Warren’s talk at the Desiring God 2010 Conference

Church Growth and our true ‘purpose’

Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Church and management theory

The errors of Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Church

Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Life — is it about Man or Christ?

Summary of reasons to avoid Rick Warren’s Purpose-Driven Broad Way Christianity

Rick Warren, the Church Growth Movement and ‘dissenters’

Pietism in America today: the Emergents and the Purpose Driven Church

Rick Warren reaches out to Muslims

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Rob Bell

Fuller Theological Seminary alums: Rob Bell

If Rob Bell is right, then God, Jesus and the Bible are wrong

Love Wins: a case of ‘Robbellion’?

Rob Bell versus shocked Christians: When two Gods collide

Rob Bell’s coming to the UK – April 2011

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Fuller Theological Seminary and alums

Seminary Curriculum: Fuller Theological Seminary

Fuller Theological Seminary blogs support emergents, church ‘n’ change

John Ortberg

Richard Foster

C Peter Wagner

Tony Jones

Rob Bell

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Mark Driscoll

A cautionary note about receiving divine gifts

On Mark Driscoll and ‘cool’ pastors

Rick Warren, John Piper and the Desiring God 2010 Conference

An example of a controlling church environment

Background on Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll on the Song of Solomon

Mark Driscoll’s Real Marriage — where’s the sanctity?

Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill churches are no more (2015)

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N T Wright and the New Perspective(s) on Paul (justification is NOT akin to church membership — presenting your card and you’re in)

A British Evangelical explains the error of N T Wright’s New Perspectives on Paul

Cornelis Venema on the error of N T Wright’s New Perspectives on Paul

Michael Horton on the error of N T Wright’s New Perspectives on Paul

J V Fesko on the error of N T Wright’s New Perspectives on Paul — Parts 1 and 2

Sinclair Ferguson on the error of N T Wright’s New Perspectives on Paul

Three more clergymen point out the errors of N T Wright’s New Perspectives on Paul (includes Ligon Duncan’s link)

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Crystal Cathedral

Robert Schuller — from Reformed to the Crystal Cathedral

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Prosperity gospel (some ties to Gnosticism)

Theological and scriptural issues with the prosperity gospel:

Norman Vincent Peale

Rev Ike (Frederick J Eikerenkoetter Jr)

Joel Osteen

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Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey and Rick Warren – vital tools in globalisation

Eckhart Tolle and New Agers: The paradigm shift in faith

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New Age

Eckhart Tolle and New Agers: The paradigm shift in faith

Rick Warren’s global network

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Apostate clergy

The Clergy Project — an atheist rescue mission for apostates

Time for Anglicans to return to the Bible

The Episcopal Church? ‘Satan laughs’

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Mariolatry

The Mariology Dossier — complete set of links

Ordinariate article turns into bunfight over the Bible and Mary

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Vatican II and its aftermath

Benedict XVI, Modernism and Vatican II

La nouvelle théologie — heretical menace to Catholics and Protestants

Thoughts on the Catholic Church

Canonisation as it used to be before John Paul II

Canonisations, holiness — and guarding the Church

Thoughts on Pope Francis

Why Pope Francis’s Maundy Thursday foot washing was kicked into touch

Vatican II in brief, from Cardinal Bugnini to Pope Francis

Catholics on the Lectionary (a Cardinal Bugnini innovation)

A Jesuit misses an opportunity

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Eastern Orthodoxy

A Lutheran warning about Eastern Orthodoxy

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Globalisation

John MacArthur warns us about globalisation and peace

Rick Warren’s global network

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Conflicts with Islam

Middle East Anglican bishops do not speak for mankind

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Harold ‘the end is nigh’ Camping

Harold Camping, or the temptation of prophecy

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Other end of the world prophecies

The ‘plain truth’ never happened — beware false prophets! (avoid Herbert Armstrong’s false teachings)

December 21, 2012 fears? Carry on shopping!

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Toxic churches and their influence on marriage and family life

A word of advice on joining and leaving a church

Pastor Reb Bradley on the homeschooling ‘crisis’

Pastor Reb Bradley’s advice for homeschooling parents

Pastor Reb Bradley on ‘formulaic parenting’ and ‘relationship’

Baptist pastor decries today’s authoritarianism

Should we obey our pastors?

‘Force and cruelty’ from pastors scatters the faithful

An example of a controlling church environment

Churches that Abuse — Ronald Enroth’s 1992 book still timely

Toxic churches: quizzes determine if you could be under the influence

Conservative clergy’s responses to spousal abuse

Christian child abuse: more works-based carnality

Against theonomy

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Mormons

Thoughts on the Mormons

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General irritations

Unbelief: recent conversations

The Archbishop of Canterbury further embraces the world (Justin Welby)

What sort of ‘friend of Christianity’ is this? (Diarmaid MacCulloch, Anglican deacon and Oxford Professor of Church History)

Christian Summer Solstice services — sad but true

Noah: Why not film the original story?

Could UK footballers’ marriages affect our view of family life? (2011)

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Atheism

The atheist’s big error about Christianity (Abraham is our father in faith, not Moses)

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Buddhism

The Buddhist missionary came to call

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Fundamentalist Judaism

London’s Hasidic women told not to drive (Belz sect, 2015)