A new book on the Thirty-Nine Articles added: “A Brief Comparison of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England with Holy Scripture”
Today I came across another text on the Thirty-Nine Articles that I have added as a PDF to the blog resources: A Brief Comparison of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England with Holy Scripture. This text dates back to 1843 and was written by Piers C. Claughton, M.A., who at the time was a fellow and tutor at University College, Oxford. (He later went on to become Bishop at Colombo.) The author states that his purpose was such that “we may proceed to examine reverently their agreement with the test of scripture—the test by which those who drew them up chose that they should be tried, and by which honestly being tried, they will stand alway—a monument, not of the wisdom of their compilers, but of His wisdom and His mercy, who in His Providence watched over the actions of His ministering servants, and did not suffer them (as without His aid assuredly would have been done) to teach for doctrines the commandments of men—to make His word of none effect by their traditions.”
I think he did accomplish his objective, so if you are a student of the Articles of Religion, you might take a look at A Brief Comparison of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England with Holy Scripture.
Prof. Carl Trueman on the need to “be deeply and seriously grounded in the historic, doctrinal, and elaborate Christian faith”
Tonight I came across what seems to be a prescient essay by Prof. Carl Trueman of Westminster Theological Seminary on Protest and Survive, But How. He is writing about what is needed for the Church to stand against the prevailing cultural winds, and this excerpt is definitely something we all must realize:
The redefinition of human identity which we are witnessing today is so comprehensive in its scope that Christians need something equally comprehensive if they are to be able to hold fast their confession. And—mark this well—our children will only think that protest worthwhile if we have taken pains to teach them that the Church and her confession are important in the first place. Teach your children by precept and example that church is an optional extra and you teach them that protesting the world’s values is the folly of fools.
Churches which are doctrine-lite, or which define themselves with a ten or twelve point doctrinal statement, or which portray themselves as a nice, fun supplement to the more important things of life, are rather like the little pig who built his house of straw. When the wolf blows, the house will simply vanish in the wind. For Christians to continue to protest the world in the public square, they need first to be deeply and seriously grounded in the historic, doctrinal, and elaborate Christian faith. A faith built on Wikipedia articles or reducible to 140 characters points to no lasting city.
Make no mistake about this: the Church now faces as serious a challenge as has been faced since the first and second centuries.
Here is another in Dr. Don Carson’s excellent series, “The God Who is There”, and this video is “The God Who Becomes a Human Being”. In this message, Dr. Carson explains that magnificent passage, John 1:1-18.
This post, End of An Age, by Dr. Curtis Crenshaw is somewhat along the same lines as the one by Rick Phillips that was titled Will the American Church be a New Smyrna?. As I do think we need repeated warnings as to the state of the world and of the Church now, I wanted to call attention to Dr. Crenshaw’s post. His second paragraph certainly sets the stage:
But my purpose in a few words is more modest—to give some signs of the death of a culture, hastening to add that no one knows when the corpse will be put into its coffin. I did not conjure up these insights, for I am not a prophet, but I’m indebted to insightful men who’ve gone before me. I’ll list a few with some comments, adding that the Triune God moves slow, usually, but when judgment begins to fall, it accelerates. Judgment has begun in the West.
If you have the time, read his essay, because it may well be true that “judgment has begun in the West.”
From commentator Bill Whittle comes this Afterburner on “I Support Free Speech, But…” – and I do agree that speech is either free or it is not.
In this piece, violinist Stefan Milenkovich and the Orchestra Radio-Television Serbia (Bojan Sudjic, conductor) perform “Meditation” – an intermezzo from Jules Massenet’s Opera Thais. I found this piece almost hauntingly beautiful – see what you think.
Continuing with his series on the Book of Acts, here is another message from Phillip Jensen, titled “The World Mission Commences”.
Another very good message from the Ligonier 2015 National Conference is this one by Alistair Begg on “No Place for Truth”. The YouTube notes say:
We are facing a culture that does not see truth as absolute, that says all paths lead to God, and that disdains the rigorous intellectual pursuit of the things of the Lord. Such darkened thinking resists the light of God’s Word, and it influences the church in ways that hinder our ability to shine forth the Lord’s truth. Dr. Alistair Begg looks at the threats of anti-intellectualism, relativism, and postmodernism, exhorting us to proclaim Christ as the way, the truth, and the life. Dr. Begg calls us away from a low view of truth to a view that places truth front and center in the Christian mission.