St. Bartholomew’s Day – France’s Persecution of the Huguenots

The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of August 24, 1572 is one of the darkest blots on the history of France, staining the name of one of the world’s foremost nations. At that time, according to Rev. James A. Wylie in his History of Protestantism, the Protestant population of France was estimated to be between one […]

A History of “Missions” to the Aztecs

The Aztecs were several tribes in the North of Mexico that settled near the Lake of the Texcoco and dwelt there until their conquest in 1521. Prior to the arrival of the Spaniards, the Aztecs, or more appropriately the “Mexicas”, were the dominant civilization, politically, militarily, and culturally. The concept of “nationality”, as we can […]

Luther's Legacy

When Playmobil produced a Martin Luther figurine to commemorate the Reformation, the German manufacturer could not keep this new toy on the shelves. Dressed in sixteenth century academic robes, replete with cap, scroll and quill, and holding a copy of his New Testament in German, the figurine had a first run of 34,000 and sold […]

Luther's Third Major Debate

The Place: Worms, Germany The Date: April 18, 1521 Luther’s Opponent: Dr. John Eck, Archbishop of Trier (not to be confused with the Dr. Eck of Ingolstadt, who debated Luther at Leipzig). The Main Issue: The pope sent a letter to German officials issuing a bull of excommunication against Martin Luther and demanded that the […]

Luther’s Second Major Debate

The Place: Leipzig, Germany The Date: June 24 – July 16, 1519 Luther’s Opponent: Dr. John Eck of Ingolstadt, a scholastic Roman Catholic prelate The Main Issue: The supremacy of the pope over the Catholic Church Dr. Eck’s Contention: “There is in the church of God a primacy that comes from Christ, Himself. The church […]

The Reformation Luther

Martin Luther has been called, along with the Apostle Paul and Augustine, one of the three greatest theologians of the Christian church. Luther, however, never meant to be a great theologian. He certainly never meant to shake the foundations of Europe as he did. Martin Luther was originally concerned only with the salvation of his […]

Savonarola: Preacher of Righteousness Part 2

In 1489 and 1490 he [Girolamo Savonarola] began the years of his establishment in Florence. People thronged to hear him. His name was on the city’s lips. About 1491 he was made prior of his convent and proceeded to require of its inmates a stricter life, effecting a wholesome internal reform. Two great controversies shaped […]

How Great Thou Art: A Hymn that was Born in a Storm

The Psalmist exhorts us to “Sing unto God, sing praises to his name; extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name JAH, and rejoice before him” (Psalm 68:4). When I go to my place of worship each Lord’s Day, I love to join with the congregation in singing the great hymns of the […]

“He Being Dead Yet Speaketh” The Story of the Prince of Preachers Broadcast

For a number of years, the Reverend Ian Goligher has jokingly called me “Mr. Spurgeon.” Recently, he asked me to write a brief account of the “Prince of Preachers” project which involved the recording of many of Spurgeon’s sermons. It originated at Bob Jones University’s Radio Station WMUU AM/FM in Greenville, South Carolina, where I […]

Savonarola: Preacher of Righteousness Part 1

Editor’s note: Next year being 2017 will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s protest at Wittenberg. We want to celebrate God’s mighty acts in the German Reformation and thought that this article, with part one this issue, and God willing, part two next issue, will serve as an introduction to the state of the […]

Rejecting the Usurper

On September 26–27, 2015, the pope attended a great gathering in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The news media predicted that two million people would come together for the Mass on Sunday, the 27th. Not all those that met with the pope were Roman Catholic. The Catholic Herald quoted Archbishop Chaput as stating, “Underlining the ecumenical and interfaith […]

The Third Great Awakening in America

The Third Great Awakening was different from the previous two awakenings in America in that it did not have its origins in the pulpit. Instead, a layman with a burden to serve the Lord and to pray was used of God to start a revival that crossed denominational and social boundaries. In any discussion about […]

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