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"The man who never reads will never be read;
he who never quotes will never be quoted.
He who will not use the thoughts of other men's brains,
proves that he has no brains of his own.
We are quite persuaded that the very best way for you to be
spending your leisure, is to be either reading or praying."
--CH Spurgeon

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2 May, 2008   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

Book Review: Spurgeon's "All of Grace"

"Those who hope to be saved by trying their best, know nothing of that glowing fervor, that hallowed warmth, that devout joy in God that come with salvation freely given according to the grace of God". What a wonderful reminder for all of us from Charles Spurgeon, in his hundred+ year old book All of Grace. In the book, Spurgeon walks you through what God has done and why. Then he elaborates on what must happen for us to be saved and to persevere in the faith. This highly recommended book would be useful for your personal edification as well as an evangelism tool for you to give away to unbelieving friends and family. ... [Read More!]


21 April, 2008   Resource Spotlight  

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Here's a small collection of quotes from one of my favorite authors. Walter Chantry was a pastor for many years and his books are available (some from Amazon but more often) from the online CVBBS bookstore that is headquartered in the hometown that he preached in for decades. Recently he retired, and along with his wife - moved several states away to be near my church where they can spend time with their grandchildren and hear their son preach for us every Sunday. Walter Chantry is still quite busy for the Lord however, as the Editor of Banner of Truth magazine, which Chad and I both subscribe to. We often jest with Chad that, even though he only lives a mile or two from Walter Chantry, he must wait for his BOT magazine to arrive each month - all the way from Scotland! But it's well worth waiting for, and Walter Chantry's books deserve a special place in your personal library. I owned most of them before I ever met any of the Chantry family, so I hope that erases at least some of the bias of my recommendation. ... [Read Link]


15 April, 2008   Resource Spotlight  

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Sketches From Church History would be the book to have if you could only own one such book. As John Gerstner points out in his recommendations, all church history books have a bias; you can't get away from that fact. This book, which is my church's Book of The Month for July, admittedly has a Reformed bias. A History of The Christian Church by Williston Walker is Gerstner's top pick, though it has a mild liberal bias, and is not a very fun book to read because it's so dense with raw information. It's almost the opposite of Bruce Shelley's Church History In Plain Language which reads more like a novel that you can't put down. The book I'm recommending however, has numerous photos and is written at a level which makes it understandable to even young teenagers. Regardless of which of these books you choose, be sure and buy at least one of them, and read it. History repeats itself, and so much can be learned about today's church by studying the past. ... [Read Link]


29 February, 2008   Resource Spotlight  

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I suppose it's one of the benefits of growing up in a Christian home, with a pastor for a father and first-hand exposure to some of our day's greatest missionaries; Tom Chantry always seems to know of hidden jewels like this one. He recently introduced me to one of the best books on missions that I have ever read. Five Pioneer Missionaries is a series of biographical sketches based on the lives of John Eliot and David Brainerd who ministered here on the homefront to the American Indians. I spent several weeks reading to my kids from this book's account of Henry Martyn who was an Anglican missionary in India. Also included in the book's five are the Scottish Missionaries to the Far East - William Chalmers Burns and John G. Paton. These were great missionaries by any denominational standard, but the fact that their efforts were born out of Calvinistic zeal towards God's grace through Christ Jesus ought to lay to rest any claims of alleged theological incompatibilities between evangelism and fervent belief in Election. Five Pioneer Missionaries was January's book of the month at Christ Reformed Baptist Church in Milwaukee. My family and I are thankful for Pastor Chantry's recommendation of this book, and I am passing along the same tip to you. Be sure to add this one to your shopping cart at Amazon or wherever you buy books online. ... [Read Link]


15 February, 2008   Resource Spotlight  

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wrote a very helpful book (), far better than many modern tomes on evangelism and ministry. Like the other Puritans, he was a firm believer in "the law being a schoolmaster to bring us to Christ." Boston would, I'm sure, be shocked at the minimal attention given the law by much of today's pastors and evangelists. Boston saw conversion as something that was most often the result of sustained ministry in the life of a person rather than the result of an instantaneous, emotional response. It goes without saying that this message is sorely needed in today's church. The author is very critical of ministry which grows out of a man's own power and ability (i.e. excellent speaking skills) where that talent is not accompanied by an humble realization that apart from Christ we can do nothing. ... [Read Link]


23 January, 2008   Resource Spotlight  

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I had to chuckle when another blogger shared with me some of his flame mail yesterday, from an Emerging Church follower who complained of the blogger's "superficial dark-ages interpretations". The old-equals-dumb bias that we frequently run into is put to rest when you consider the vast scholarship of the Puritans. Take for example one of them who spent 24 years in the book of Job; it's available in today, and it's anything but superficial. Recently Joel Beeke - author of the book Meet The Puritans made this radio interview, in which he had this to say: "The overarching demeanor of the Puritans was one of great love, compassion, reaching out to other people, and helping the poor. I think the Puritans can help us today in a great number of ways, including bringing the scriptures to bear on every area of life. They'll help you focus on the Trinitarian character of theology by focusing on the electing grace of the Father, the dying love of Christ, and the applying work of the Holy Spirit. As an example, look at Isaac Ambrose's Puritan book - there's just nothing like it in today's literature in terms of a passion towards Jesus Christ, loving Him, experiencing Him, and knowing Him. The Puritans help us with Spiritual depth, and help us in coping with trial (having faced affliction and imprisonment themselves)." Take an hour and listen to the rest of Joel Beeke's interview. ... [Read Link]


9 January, 2008   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

Puritan Reading Challenge for Old Truth Readers

Forget all of those silly New Years resolutions in which you promise to do things like use that treadmill that you bought eight years ago. Here's a better plan for 2008, one that you might actually follow-through with. Certainly if you do follow-through with it, with the Holy Spirit's help - your knowledge of the Lord Jesus will increase by leaps and bounds. What's more, by participating in this program, you'll qualify for some deals and maybe even some free-bees of some of the best Christian books ever written. There's no catch, nothing to loose (except for the price of the books you buy), and if you are a regular Old Truth reader there's even more reason to participate. Here's what it's all about. ... [Read More!]


15 November, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

J.C. Ryle on Church Attendance and the Means of Grace Part 2.

Last time we looked at the first part of a three part series From J.C. Ryle's tract entitled; Thoughts for Young Men. There Ryle began to expound on the great necessity of church attendance and attending to the ordinary means of grace. Here we shall look at another of those means of grace and see that the preaching of the gospel is so important for people to hear. Not only for the saving of their souls but also for the restraining of wickedness. It is important to remember that this is the second part of a thesis that Ryle begins by saying; "Be regular in going to the house of God, whenever it is open for prayer and preaching, and it is in your power to attend. " Church attendance is vital to all the means of grace, especially the preaching of the gospel. ... [Read More!]


15 November, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

J.c. Ryle, on Church Attendance and the Means of Grace Part 1.

J.C. Ryle wrote a tract, a 62 page tract titled; Thoughts for Young Men. Within it's pages there is much good advice for the youth but often what is good for the young is good for the fully grown. I find that when I read this tract it speaks to people of every age and often has good advice for those who are both new in the Lord and those who have walked with the Lord for many years. Ryle may have intended his message for young men but it is indeed good for all. We shall take a look at an excerpt from the tract. Here J.C. Ryle gives us some very good reason why church attendance and observance of the ordinances of the church are so important. Because this section is so long and because I think the information in the whole thing is so important I am going to break it up into 3 parts. That way we can keep the discussion on each string more focused. ... [Read More!]


15 November, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

J.C. Ryle on Church Attendance and the Means of Grace Part 3.

In this last post in the series we come to the thing that Christians seem to have more aversion to than anything else in this day. Ryle is going to discuss the necessity of Sabbath keeping. The fourth commandment still stands and will until heaven and earth pass. In my opinion the last paragraph is of particular importance. ... [Read More!]


14 October, 2007   Resource Spotlight  

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Have you ever wondered what it really means to walk with God, all day long? Find out in this great Puritan book, where you'll find chapter 4 entitled "What Walking With God Is". Burroughs elaborates on how walking with God "causes the soul to eye God". He says "The Lord is a Fountain of all good to me". The Puritan tell us that walking with God causes a man to carry himself as in God's presence; and the soul behaves accordingly. Those are just a couple of the nine points in just that chapter. Other important chapters in this book include: Five Directions On How To Get Our Hearts Free From Earthly-Mindedness, How Far The Examples of Godly Men Should Prevail With Us, How The Saints Are Citizens of Heaven, and How The Soul is Brought To Walk With God. If you are getting the impression that this book was written on another planet; join the club - those are my thoughts exactly. It is out of this world, and nothing like any of the modern fluff that you'll find at your local Christian book trinket store. I gave this book to an older single lady in my church, and she came back a couple of weeks later asking where she could get another one, because she was so impressed with it that she had to give it to a friend at work. Read the review of it over on The Shepherd's Scrapbook. ... [Read Link]


13 October, 2007   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

Protecting Your Family From an Explicit Internet

A discussion broke out in the comments of Monday's thread, related to all of the explicit advertising that's around us. Of course, the 'relevant' innovators use this as grounds for justifying today's brand of explicit church enticement. But the point still stands, as Dan said it well in the comments: "Let's face it. Anyone with an unfiltered internet connection is about 3 clicks from being a voyeur of any number of sex acts. If that isn't surrounded by sex, I don't know what is! But, that doesn't mean that we need to be partakers in it, or that we should pander to the world's obsession with it." With that in mind, I want to make a recommendation to Christians who use the internet. ... [Read More!]


18 September, 2007   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

"Why Me God?" (The Problem With Pleasure)

We've all had our fill of megachurch power-pastors posting on their blogs about the 'cold' or muscle cramps that they just got over. I made up my mind early-on that I would not waste my blog space on "personal news" like that. I'm not hiding anything; I always try to communicate through email with people who want to know more about me, but I hate using blog posts for that. In this one however, I'll break from that tradition, and I'll also introduce you to somebody who has carried a greater burden than most of us can imagine (no it's not the guy in the picture). If you struggle with a "Why Me?" attitude when things go wrong, this post is a must read. ... [Read More!]


17 September, 2007 - by Chad   comments: (0) Resource Spotlight  

Old Christianity and God's Will For Suffering

An Emerging Church blogger recently took aim at the Family Worship resource that I reviewed last year.
His postmodernism apparently conflicted with the male/female family roles, and the call for a return to an emphasis on family devotions the old way: "I am especially interested in hearing from women and parents . . . is the solution to the problem of the family really going to be a 'present return to the old paths'?" You don't have to look far for disdain towards past Christianity; there's not much use for it today. But in this post, Chad reminds us of yet another resource from the past that you can use to deepen your present understanding of the Lord. It's another timeless Puritan classic on the wisdom and sovereignty of God displayed in the afflictions of men. Tomorrow I'll be back with a short example of it, being lived out in the life of a brother who God has been sustaining for years under incredible trials. ... [Read More!]


 

 

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