November 20, 2019
Human Nature in its Fourfold State

Human Nature in its Fourfold State by Thomas Boston – A Book Review

In May 1708, toward the beginning of his ministry in Ettrick, Thomas Boston began to preach on man’s fourfold state, as he had done before in Simprin. Ever an observer of Providence, Boston noted that “The conduct of Providence in leading to a second attempt on that subject, was the more remarkable, considering what the same Providence had designed it for, unknown to and unlooked for by me, till the event discovered itself years after. And preaching of these sermons of the Fourfold State, through the mercy of God, was not in vain” (Memoirs of Thomas Boston, 227). The eventual […]
September 11, 2019
Bible open to 2 Corinthians

The LORD Our Righteousness: The Old Perspective on Paul

The LORD Our Righteousness; The Old Perspective on Paul. Obadiah Grew (1607-1689). Soli Deo Gloria 2005. 102pp. The New Perspective on Paul advocated by authors such as N. T. Wright has caused intrigue and concern in the church over the last few decades. It is a view that considers the Apostle Paul’s teaching to be in general agreement with first century Judaism’s idea of salvation, in which a man’s personal works contribute to his acceptance before God. Paul’s quarrel with the law in Epistles like Galatians was chiefly to do with Jewish pride, a false view of their national status […]
June 26, 2019
William Guthrie, The Christian's Great Interest

The Christian’s Great Interest by William Guthrie – A Book Review

The Lord Jesus Christ, the great Physician, has, through the centuries, raised up under himself faithful physicians of souls. One of these was William Guthrie (1620-1669), who left behind but one book, The Christian’s Great Interest as evidence of his skill as a physician of souls. It is said that John Owen on one occasion produced a small gilded copy of Guthrie’s book from his pocket and declared, “that author I take to have been one of the greatest divines that ever wrote. … I have written several folios, but there is more divinity in it than in them all.” […]
April 10, 2019
Praying Always

Praying Always by Frans Bakker – A Book Review

Praying Always. By Frans Bakker. Translated by Cornelis and Fredrika Pronk. Reprinted 2011. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1987. 114 pages. “Prayer is the breath of the soul.” So writes Frans Bakker in his book, Praying Always. What is more precious to the body than breath? If it ceases, the body dies. It is one of the most basic evidences of life, being essential for life to continue. Prayer is the same for the soul. It is vital. Bakker writes to persuade us of this. He also writes to diagnose underlying problems, encourage the weak-hearted, and draw us before […]