The Reformation recognized that numerous commands in Scripture were for the good-order of the Church in their given context, and were not absolutely binding, without qualification, on all times and societies.
This Scriptural category of 'Church ordinances' was a common-place in Reformation...
books of church order
culture vs ordinance
The puritans suffered through many spreading diseases and plagues and have given us:
(1) Careful and even handed, cautionary advice in such situations,
(2) noble and heroic examples to follow, and
(3) a wealth of moving and poignant spiritual treasure on this topic.
Here is a webpage that has...
Why should a Christian read a significant portion of the apocryphal literature?
Because falsehood and deception breeds on ignorance. The Truth does not fear the unknown, or anything at all; rather, it exposes darkness for what it is. Do not found your faith on ignorance. Have you found God’s...
After the joys of Thanksgiving may we be "continuing instant in prayer". (Rom. 12:12)
I hope these many resources that have been collected from the best literature on prayer in reformed history stir us up to be continually conversing with our beloved God;
and I hope the collection may be of...
The Jesuit Robert Bellarmine (d. 1621) was the most important apologist in all of Church history for the Romanist Church. Responses to his works numbered into the several hundreds.
As Bellarmine's volumes of disputations covered most doctrines of the Christian faith in an orderly way, so full...
Greetings brethren and fellow PBer's,
There is a new translation of never-before-translated sections of Samuel Rutherford's Examen Arminianismi available now on Reformed Books Online. The work is a systematic examination and refutation of the teachings of the Remonstrant Arminians and it tends...
While maintaining justification by faith alone, the Reformed have historically answered this question: Yes.
Many historic reformed resources are linked on the below webpage on this issue, including many in Latin from Reformed Orthodoxy with numerous quotes from those works translated.
Two well known Christians have recently left Christianity, in part citing as a reason contradictions in the Bible. If Christianity is a farce, or is true, it is better to find out now rather than later.
One of the most notable and difficult seeming discrepancies in the New Testament is that Mk...
I am humbled and thankful to God to be able to present to you a webpage of most of the major whole New Testament Commentaries (or the majority thereof, 75+) in Latin throughout Church history which have been preserved and are on the net.
The titles have been translated into English.
What day was Christ crucified on?
The answer greatly affects how one understands the events and flow of Christ’s whole Last Week, which events form a significant share of the Gospels. The issue will be of very practical import to preachers who preach through Christ's Last Week.
Here is every major whole Bible commentary in Latin through Church history (which has survived, is commonly referenced in the secondary literature and is on the net): 38 total, including those of the puritans. The titles are translated into English.
If you have not begun learning Latin yet...
Scripture says, "Quench not the Spirit." (1 Thess. 5:19)
Yet how many times have we done this? And how liable are we to doing it?
May we cultivate fruit from the motions of the Spirit in us. This sermon by Jeremiah Dyke, an English puritan (d. 1620) will help us do exactly that.
This is one...
The first split in the Church of Scotland was the Resolutioner-Protester controversy in the 1650's. An introduction to the controversy is on the webpage.
This sad division brought out interesting theological controversies concerning: civil resistance, passive and active obedience, the unity of...
church of scotland
scottish church history
unity of the church
I have compiled a large collection of recommended, religious, reading lists, bibliographies and other reference materials which I hope will be helpful to both beginner and scholar alike.
For one studying an issue, the first thing to do is to find the best available literature that is...
Some of the most precious writings in Church history are the works of the reformers of the English Reformation. Many of these men gave their lives for their testimony.
The Parker Society in the 1800’s published the main writings of the English reformers, which are all in the public domain...
Here is a wealth of resources on Medieval Church history which will answer just about any question you have about it. We have harvested the public domain on the topic for you and have found many of the standard sources on the subject, in addition to contemporary scholarship as well.
If it may be of use to you, I have collected the harvest from the public domain on Church histories and on the Early Church, with links at your finger-tips:
Church History: ReformedBooksOnline
Early Church History: ReformedBooksOnline
There is a lot of amazing material here; I hope...
Historical theology is seeing and analyzing the recognition and development of the doctrines of God's Word through the development of the history of the Church.
Historical theology is of the utmost value as most teachings of God's Word have already been hammered out in greater earnestness and...
If it is of interest, and as I suspect many here probably have opinions on the topic, I have collected as many resources on Infralapsarianism and Supralapsarianism as I could get my hands on through reformed history.
For those new to the subject, of whether God, in his predestinating...
Are you able to sing with David that God's “statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage”? – Ps. 119:54
In order that you may find as rich treasure and grace in singing the Lord’s psalms as David did, we have collected as many psalters online as we could. Previously we had around...
First time posting a new thread (so please forgive me if misplaced or mislabeled) but I was hoping to pick some brains. I am interested in doing some more reading on prayer, but more specifically the place and importance of thanksgiving in prayer. To my understanding, thanksgiving...
Hello, this is my first post on the Puritan Board. I thought I might glean a little bit of wisdom from my reformed brethren.
I have been teaching a small, 10-20 person class at our church, a nondenominational, (previous SBC) on the book of Genesis for the last few weeks. So far we have not...
I was reading through McLeod's Principle Prophecies of Revelation and came across a footnote of a "Scot's Family Bible" on pg. 272. I did some research and find out that it was a misspelling. It is a reference to Thomas Scott's Holy Bible in six volumes. Here are the links to the 6 volumes if...