• How did the Reformers and Puritans view Christian piety? Question and Answer

    NICHOLS: Sometimes the Puritans are seen as overly zealous in their piety. We have this understanding of introspection associated with the Puritans. We have these urban legends of the Puritans with four-hour sermons and we hear, “Why can’t you sit there for thirty minutes?” Or we say things like, “The Puritans would pray for hours on end, and I can’t even pray for five minutes in the morning.” J.I. Packer called the Puritans “the redwoods of the forest.” So, we have this image of the Puritans as almost super-Christians. One thing we’ve got to be aware of is how they … View Resource

  • How do I cultivate a renewed mind? Question and Answer

    Romans 12:2

    We have to pray for it. We don’t believe in the Holy Spirit to the degree that we ought to. We don’t trust Him to the degree that we ought to, which means we’re not really trusting God to do what He promised He would do. We don’t ask God for the things He told us to ask Him for, and we have not because we ask not (James 4:2). We have to ask the Lord to renew our minds, and He does that by the Spirit of God. He does that from us studying His Word—and notice I said … View Resource

  • What book or resource would you recommend to a new believer? Question and Answer

    Some new believers are just not readers at all, so the most important thing is to encourage them to read the Scriptures. For that reason, you might want to find a book for them that would give them simple help. The most obvious answer to that question in this culture is that Tabletalk may be the best “book.” A subscription to Tabletalk means that this new Christian will be led on day by day in the study of Scripture and also be able to read short articles on different aspects … View Resource

  • What level of importance should church history have in my walk as a Christian? Question and Answer

    First of all, at the ordinary level, these folks are your family as a Christian, and it really is terrific to get to know them. The second thing is that the more we know about the past, the more we are preserved from repeating the mistakes of the past. The third thing is that we learn that even our heroes had feet of clay. That’s a very important lesson for us to learn so that we don’t engage in a kind of guru idolatry in our time. Then, speaking personally, I think ordinary Christians can best learn about the history … View Resource