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The Westminster Assembly produced a new form of church order and government, worship, doctrinal confession for the churches of England, Scotland and Ireland. These have been used by presbyterian churches across the world. It was an advisory body to England’s Long Parliament which met at Westminster Assembly from 1643 to 1648. Richard Baxter said that “the Christian world, since the days of the Apostles” never had “a Synod of more excellent divines [theologians]”.

Nov 30

Ordinary Means of Extraordinary Grace

Every so often we hear a new methodology or approach to ministry being championed. It will transform the Church’s appeal, we are told, by transforming what the Church does. These approaches have been proven “to work” and therefore they must be the righ …

Nov 16

The Answer to a Political Crisis

There is no shortage of feverish opinion and speculation in a deepening political crisis. The rhetoric and debate may be polarised in all (not just opposite) directions. As onlookers perhaps we are thankful we do not bear the burden of managing it. But …

Nov 2

Does it Matter What We Believe About the Holy Spirit?

It used to be said that the Holy Spirit was the forgotten person of the Godhead. Now, it seems, the majority of evangelicals aren’t even sure if He is a person. The State of Theology survey on both sides of the Atlantic shows that most think the Holy S …

Sep 14

Confessionalism and a Flourishing Church

Some people are inclined to think that confessionalism has a stifling effect on the Church. They assume that adherence to Bible-based creeds and confessions inhibits vitality or freedom. To them the Church is more about relationship and are suspicious …

Sep 14

Meditating Often on the Word

Meditating on the Scriptures is something rarely emphasised today. What does it mean? Meditation is “a holy exercise of the mind whereby we bring the truths of God to remembrance, and do seriously ponder upon them and apply them to ourselves.” (Thomas …