The Old Puritanic Faith

spurgeon_chair-e1379528080265“A certain vainglorious party of Pretenders to intellect and culture tell us now that the old Puritanic faith is nearly extinct; there are only a few of us ignorant people who now hold the same truths as John Owen, John Bunyan, Goodwin, and Charnock; but all the elite of the world, those who have all the “sweetness and light” to themselves, the thinkers, the mental gentility have all been sensible enough to give their votes for something more suitable to the times.

In the name of God, we shall show them the difference yet, and by his Spirit He will din their ears with the gospel ram’s horn till they and their Jericho come down in a common ruin. The evangelical doctrine which shook Europe will shake it yet again, and England shall yet know that the self-same truth, for which her martyrs died and for which her Puritans fought on many a well-contested field, shall break the rationalism and ritualism of this land in pieces yet, and all else that standeth in the way of the true gospel of the living God.

We are not afraid nor discouraged, but we cry mightily unto the King that we may once more lift up a shout because of his presence, for then human philosophy shall be ashamed, and old Rome shall know, and all the cubs of the beast of Rome shall know, that the Lord liveth, and his invincible truth shall win the day.”

– Charles Spurgeon

Men Who Rocked the World

steve_lawsonMen Who Rocked the World 2014

Dr. Steve Lawson brings these giants of the faith to life as he explores “The God-Centered Pursuit of the Reformers.”

The 2014 Logos Conference: Men Who Rocked the World was November 21–22, 2014 at Grace Community Church.

Session 1: Martin Luther and the German Reformation
Session 2: William Tyndale and the English Reformation
Session 3: John Calvin and the French Reformation
Session 4: John Knox and the Scottish Reformation

At this link.

Men Who Rocked the World 2015

Dr. Steve Lawson brings these giants of the faith to life as he explores “The God-Centered Pursuit of the Puritans.”

The 2015 Logos Conference: Men Who Rocked the World was October 23–24, 2015 at Grace Community Church.

Session 1: The Puritan Era I

Session 1 – The Puritan Era I from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 2: The Puritan Era II

Session 2 – The Puritan Era II from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 3: Samuel Rutherford

Session 3 – Samuel Rutherford from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 4: John Owen

Session 4 – John Owen from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 5: John Bunyan

Session 5 – John Bunyan from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 6: Matthew Henry

Session 6 – Matthew Henry from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Men Who Rocked the World 2016

The 2016 Men Who Rocked the World Conference was September 23–24, 2016 at Grace Community Church. Dr. Steve Lawson’s theme throughout was The God-Centered Pursuit of the Revivalists.

Session 1: The Great Awakening (Overview)

Session 1 – The Great Awakening from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 2: Jonathan Edwards (Part 1)

Session 2 – Jonathan Edwards I from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 3: Jonathan Edwards (Part 2)

Session 3 – Jonathan Edwards II from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 4: George Whitefield (Part 1)

Session 4 – George Whitefield I from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

Session 5: George Whitefield (Part 2)

Session 5 – George Whitefield II from Grace Community Church on Vimeo.

At this link.

Why Read the Puritans

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The Puritans [were] burning and shining lights. When cast out by the black Bartholomew Act, and driven from their respective charges to preach in barns and fields, in the highways and hedges, they in a special manner wrote and preached as men having authority. Though dead, by their writings they yet speak: a peculiar unction attends them to this very hour (Works, 4:306-307).

Whitefield went on to predict that Puritan writings would continue to be resurrected until the end of time due to their scriptural spirituality. Today, we are living in such a time. Interest in Puritan books has seldom been more intense. In the last fifty years, 150 Puritan authors and nearly 700 Puritan titles have been brought back into print.

Puritan literature has so multiplied that few book lovers can afford to purchase all that is being published. What books should you buy? Where can you find a brief summary of each Puritan work and a brief biography of each author so that you can have a glimpse of who is behind all these books?

These kinds of questions motivated Randall Pederson and me to write Meet the Puritans: With a Guide to Modern Reprints. In this book, we tell the life stories of the 150 Puritan writers who have been reprinted in the past fifty years. We have also included concise reviews of the 700 newly published Puritan titles plus bibliographical information on each book. And we have noted the books that we consider most critical to have in a personal library.

We had four goals for writing this book: first, that these godly Puritan writers will serve as mentors for our own lives. That is why we have told the stories of the Puritans on a layperson’s level and kept them short. You could read one life story each day during your devotional time. Second, we trust that when you read these reviews of Puritan writings, you will be motivated to read a number of these books, each of which should help you grow deeper in your walk with the Lord. Third, we hope this book will serve as a guide for you to purchase books for your families and friends, to help them grow in faith. Finally, for those of you who are already readers of Puritan literature, this guide is designed to direct you to further study and to introduce you to lesser-known Puritans that you may be unaware of.

Definition of Puritanism
Just who were the Puritan writers? They were not only the two thousand ministers who were ejected from the Church of England by the Act of Uniformity in 1662, but also those ministers in England and North America, from the sixteenth century through the early eighteenth century, who worked to reform and purify the church and to lead people toward godly living consistent with the Reformed doctrines of grace.

Puritanism grew out of three needs: (1) the need for biblical preaching and the teaching of sound Reformed doctrine; (2) the need for biblical, personal piety that stressed the work of the Holy Spirit in the faith and life of the believer; and (3) the need to restore biblical simplicity in liturgy, vestments, and church government, so that a well-ordered church life would promote the worship of the triune God as prescribed in His Word (The Genius of Puritanism, 11ff.). Continue reading

The Preaching of the Puritans

Joel R. Beeke is President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, including, “A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life.”

There are a number of reasons why the time of the Puritans is often referred to as “the Golden Age of Preaching.” Dr. Beeke explains why:

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