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

Friday, July 09, 2010

Seized by Grace: A Sermon by Dr. Andrew Purves Refuting Dr. Edith Humphrey

I was pleasantly surprised to hear Dr. Andrew Purves of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary speak on the distinction between Law and Gospel. He directly refutes his colleague, Edith Humphrey, who spoke at Wheaton College during the lauding of N.T. Wright's divisive doctrines on the New Perspectives on Paul.  (See Conference:  A Dialogue with N. T. Wright). He even says that we do not ascend to God on a ladder but God comes down to us in Jesus Christ!  I cannot help but think that Dr. Purves deliberately intended to refute Dr. Humphrey, who has recently converted to Eastern Orthodoxy from Anglo-Catholicism.  One has to wonder why Dr. Humphrey is on the faculty of a Reformed Seminary in the first place since her background is Arminian via the Salvation Army.  (You can hear Dr. Edith Humphrey's talk, "Glimpsing the Glory—Paul's Gospel, Righteousness and the Beautiful Feet of N.T. Wright," by clicking on the title, which seems a bit idolatrous to say the least).  The only thing which I could find that I disagreed with was his statement in the beginning of the video that it is not our faith in Christ that Paul is speaking of but the "faith of Christ." Clearly the ESV has the right translation of Philippians 3:9. At any rate, I found Dr. Purves to be an excellent preacher and one who is not afraid to speak against those who are preachers of Law rather than Gospel. 

Seized by Grace from Dennis & Barfety Design Group on Vimeo.

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