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“Where is the God of Marston Moor and Naseby?”

Learning the craft of writing church history involves learning a number of different, but related skills: chronological humility, self-awareness of various interpretative horizons, a close attention to tradition and thus a listening ear, a fascination with people and a delight in asking questions, a devotion to the Lord of history and his people, to name a few. Being aware of horizons Consider the awareness of horizons: this is a basic skill that needs to be taught from the outset and to which one must return again and again. There is the horizon of the historical fact/event/person/text—the historical context in which...

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

In his recent book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Carl Trueman describes how we have entered into a world in which society understands and generally accepts the notion that a biological male may self-identify as a woman. Even fifty years ago, people generally assumed that a person’s biological makeup defined their sex. The notion that a person could individually express a deep, internal sexual identity regardless of one’s biological makeup was not an available idea within the social imaginary of earlier generations.  Certainly, sexual boundaries had been crossed and precursor ideas existed, but that society would understand—simply...

Should Christian Artists Promote Their Art?

A Christian musician writes and performs a new song and posts it on YouTube. A blogger uploads a short piece about the Christian perspective on raising a family. A writer self-publishes a children’s book about faith and prayer. How do these Christian creators get their work into the hands of people who can benefit from their efforts? Do-it-yourself publicity has never been easier with free platforms like YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. However, our present age of obnoxious selfies and kitschy self-promotion campaigns have made it difficult for Christian artists, musicians, and writers to promote their work without coming across as...

A Christmas Poem

The Promised Messiah (Isaiah 9, 11) The prophets had foretold of it— The promised child to come, The mighty God from heaven’s heights, the Father’s only Son, The Prince of Peace and Counsellor, Who wields the Shepherd’s rod, The everlasting father King, Who bears the name of God. With wisdom great and shoulders strong, The government he’ll bear, The wicked he will strike and crush, But poor ones tend with care. He’ll judge not with the eyes of men, Nor turn a biased ear, But rule in godly righteousness, And drive out strife and fear. Then wolf shall lie with...

The Young Martyr of St. Lucy’s Day

Over 1700 years ago, intense persecution of believers was taking place in the Roman Empire under the rule of Emperor Diocletian. Churches were destroyed, Scripture burned, church leaders were arrested, and men, women, and children were executed or enslaved. It was a horrific time. Christians who refused to make sacrifices to the Roman gods were tortured and often burned alive. It was amidst this Great Persecution that a young Greek woman stood out like a light in a dark time. Lucia—whose name means “bringer of light”—was born in the year 283 A.D. to a rich family who lived in the...

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