Reply to a Critic of the Church of England Reformation Concerning my Biopgraphy of Toplady

An uninformed know-all seeks to suppress the truth concerning Augustus Toplady.        This letter was written to an enemy of the Church of England Reformers who wished to censor and suppress the publication of my Augustus Toplady biography. He maintained that my work was that of a Roman Catholic and an enemy and that […]

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The Ministry of Septimus Sears (1819-1877)

The Ministry of Septimus Sears (1819-1877) as Seen By his Congregation and Challenged by David Gay      Septimus Sears, renowned in England as one of the country’s most outstanding pastors and preachers, started his ministry at the age of 20 before taking over Clifton Strict Baptist Church, Bedfordshire which he shepherded from 1842 to […]

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John Durie’s Practical Divinity

A Brief Introduction to Durie’s Life      Born 1596 in Scotland, John Durie was a descendent of noblemen, diplomats, ministers and rebels. When John was a child, James VI forced the family into exile. After extensive school and university studies in France and Holland, John tutored the son of a Huguenot merchant in France. […]

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The Mediatorship of Christ: Part Two: Christ’s Engagements as Mediator

The suretyship of Christ in His office as Mediator      Christ is our Surety because He transfers our obligations and debts to Himself, leaving us free from them. Those who preach that Christ was not imputed with our sin and did not pay a ransom for sinners’ debts, leave the sinner with his obligations, guilt […]

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The Decline of Rome in the Ruhr District

The improved state of the Reformed faith in Germany     Some vocal British Protestants bolster their arguments against their country’s European Union membership by pointing out that Europe, excluding Britain, is firmly in the hands of the Vatican. This thinking also opens up old wounds regarding Germany who is seen as the leading Roman Catholic […]

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Reformation: Europe’s House Divided By Diarmaid MacCulloch

Reformation: Europe’s House Divided By Diarmaid MacCulloch Penguin Books, 2004      Penguin adorns the covers of their new 832 paged paper-back on the Reformation by Diarmaid MacCulloch with 22 eulogistic blurbs announcing it as wonderful, sardonic, monumental, dazzling, breathtaking, magisterial, eloquent, a triumph, astonishing, masterly, blockbusting, superb, a milestone, a masterpiece of learning, and […]

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The Mediatory and Covenantal Offices of Christ (Part 1)

The Mediatory and Covenantal Offices of Christ: An Evaluation and Acceptance of the Doctrine as expressed by the Reformation in General and John Gill in Particular.   Part One: Christ’s Qualifications as Mediator   Christ’s Covenant Mediatorship The New Testament, especially the Epistle to the Hebrews, describes Christ as Mediator. This office is allied to […]

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The Seventeenth Century: No Time of Reformation

True heroes exchanged for lesser men     Nowadays, at least in Britain, our Reformed churches teach us to take our gaze off the 16th century Reformation and concentrate on the Revolutionary period of the 17th century where, they say, we shall find true Reformation theology. This, they say, was the age of Puritanism, though they […]

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Remembering Hampton Court

     Sir: The article Remembering Hampton Court (No. 55) though excellent in its appraisal of the Authorised version, suffers from amnesia concerning the so-called Conference which was rather an informal, summing-up chat in the King’s quarters after substantial reforms had been made in Convocation.      Far from only one puritan being present, most […]

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Affirmation 2010 Deals with Critics

     The adverse criticism levelled at Affirmation 2010 in a good number of Christian magazines and digital publications has moved The Bible League Trust to over-react with an eight point, five-paged rebuttal claiming that all such criticisms are unfounded, ill-conceived, fallacious, confused and indicate a departure from sound teaching. In their condemnation of honest […]

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