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Evangelical Tradition

Spener on the Training of Pastors

Spener gives some guidelines on how the training of pastors should be reformed

Coleman on Discipleship

The best work is always done with a few. Better to give a year or so to one or two people who learn what it means to conquer for Christ than to spend a lifetime with a congregation just keeping... Continue Reading →

Spener on How to Correct the Erring

Philipp Spener gives five guidelines for correcting heretics

Wilhoit on the Cross

The Cross is the place where God most clearly tells us what he thinks of sinners: "I would rather die than live without you; I will die to provide you a way of escape." James Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if... Continue Reading →

The Gospel meets Spiritual Formation

My attempt at articulating the gospel message in a way that naturally leads to discipleship.

Spurgeon’s Prayer for Revival

O God, send us the Holy Ghost. Give us both the breath of spiritual life and the fire of unconquerable zeal. O thou who art our God, answer us by fire, we pray thee. Answer us both by wind and... Continue Reading →

Packer on the gift of the Evangelical Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

J.I. Packer describes 5 questions churches need to ask themselves about the Holy Spirit in order to stay healthy

I was meditating on Luke 6:46-49 today: 46 ‘Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say? 47 As for everyone who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice, I will show... Continue Reading →

Gregory the Great on Scripture

The Bible is shallow enough to be waded by a lamb and deep enough to be swum by an elephant. Gregory the Great

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