Theological Lint-Pickers

The more things change, the more they stay the same.  In 1813, Thomas Chalmers wrote in “The Christian Instructor” bemoaning the compulsion to internecine warfare amongst the Reformed, Paleo-Conservative, Theological Lint-Pickers, and Nomenclature-Saber-Rattlers in the Scottish Church. He described the tendency as “that mingled sentiment of fear and aversion with which they listen, even to opinions that are evangelical and …

The Glory of the Ascension

“Hail the day that sees Him rise, Ravished from our wistful eyes! Christ, awhile to mortals given, Re-ascends His native heaven. There the glorious triumph waits, Lift your heads, eternal gates! Wide unfold the radiant scene, Take the King of glory in!” Charles Wesley “By the Ascension all the parts of life are brought together in the oneness of their …

Our Cottage in the Wood

“For our titanic purposes of faith and revolution, what we need is not the old acceptance of the world as a compromise, but some way in which we can heartily hate and heartily love it. We do not want joy and anger to neutralize each other and produce a surly contentment; we want a fiercer delight and fiercer discontent. We …

Deo Gracias!

Adam lay i-bowndyn, bowndyn in a bond, Fowre thows and wynter thowt he not to long. And al was for an appil, an appil that he tok. As clerkes fyndyn wretyn in here book. Ne hadde the appil take ben, the appil taken ben, Ne hadde never our lady a ben hevene quen. Blyssid be the tyme that appil take …

Saviour of the Nations, Come

Ambrose (340-397) was the great bishop of Milan who was instrumental in the conversion of St. Augustine. In fact, there is evidence in one of Augustine’s writings that substantiates Ambrose’s authorship of a wonderful Advent hymn,&nbsp…

Church Circus

“A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats.” Charles Haddon Spurgeon

History Repeats: The Tron Church Debacle

“The Free Kirk, the Wee Kirk,The Kirk without the Steeple.””The Auld Kirk, the Cauld Kirk,The Kirk without the People.”(A popular Scots rhyme at the time of 1843 Disruption)

Snopsing Chalmers on the “Gap Theory”

It is often asserted that the Scottish reformer, educator, and pastor, Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847), was one of the originators of the so-called “Genesis Gap Theory” as a part of his effort to harmonize the ideas of evolution and creation. S…

Reading Chalmers

 I am often asked by friends and students how to begin a serious study of the life and work of Thomas Chalmers.  This is at least partly because I can hardly ever give a lecture, preach a sermon, write an essay, or post a blog without me…

Leslie Printice: Pro-Life Pioneer

Leslie Printice was a young widow in New York City when she first became active in the pro-life movement. A member of Gardiner Spring’s congregation at the prominent Brick Presbyterian Church, she was encouraged by his sermons on child-killing to take a bold and active stand. She organized several meetings in her midtown Manhattan brownstone of doctors, lawyers, politicians, judges, …

The Wider Diameter of Light

“The wider a man’s knowledge becomes, the deeper should be his humility; for the more he knows the more he sees of what remains unknown. The wider the diameter of light, the larger the circumference of darkness.” Thomas Chalmers “With every footstep of growing knowledge there ought to be a growing humility–that is the best guarantee both for a sound …