Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The First Sunday in Lent.

The Collect

O LORD, who for our sake didst fast forty days and forty nights; Give us grace to use such abstinence, that, our flesh being subdued to the Spirit, we may ever obey thy godly motions in righteousness, and true holiness, to thy honour and glory, who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Gospel Growth/People Growth Conference 2009

I have recently decided to make a stronger commitment to my church, Christ Church Longwood(Note:  The church website is still under construction so do not be alarmed if there are theologically incorrect items there.  I will be correcting those as time allows.  My predecessor placed things there which are not precise.)
Also, I am teaching a Sunday school class on the 39 Articles of Religion and using that format to teach systematic theology and something of a catechism while we're going through the Articles.
My pastor, David Knox, and I will be traveling to Chicago, Illinois on October 13th to attend the Gospel Growth/People Growth Conference, October 14-16.  The speakers are Mark Dever and Phillip Jensen.  I am looking forward to this as you might guess.
If my posting has been quotes and commentaries from other sources rather than my own writings at this point, please bear with me.  I'm planning to do some articles on the major points of the 39 Articles and perhaps interact with previous Evangelical commentaries.
However, it is my considered opinion that the previous textbooks on the subject are mostly out of date and do not deal with the issues facing Evangelical and Reformed churches today.  There is a great need for such work to be done, particularly when essential doctrines like justification by faith alone are under direct attack or indirect attack by even Evangelical scholars!  W.H. Griffith Thomas' commentary on the Articles leaves much to be desired as does T. P. Boultbee.  What is needed is a commentary on the Articles which goes straight to the heart of the matter.  Why is Anglo-Catholicism and Tractarianism incompatible with the Articles and why?  That is the burning question today as never before, especially since many so-called Evangelicals are now saying that the doctrine of justification by faith alone is only a secondary matter in the fine print of the Gospel.  Who will step up and do the work necessary to combat this sort of compromise?
May our prayer ever be, "Lord, let it be me!"  (Isaiah 6:8).

Romans 16:25-27 (ESV)

25 Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages 26 but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith— 27 to the only wise God be glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.


The Fifteenth Sunday after Trinity
The Collect.
KEEP, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy: and, because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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