Thomas Brooks (1608-1680) was an English Puritan of remarkable influence. Charles Spurgeon found the work of Thomas Brooks so helpful that he published selections of it under the title Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks. In the preface of this book, Spurgeon introduced Brooks as “one of the King’s mighties . . . of the race of giants . . . head and shoulders above all the people, not in stature (like Saul), but in mind, soul, and grace.”
Many believers associate the grace of God only with the New Testament. Passages in the NT (i.e. John 1:17, Gal. 2:21; 5:14) draw such a clear distinction between the Law of Moses and the grace of God in Jesus Christ that one might mistakenly conclude that the Old Testament God was not a God of grace.
All Christians should know what they believe, and why they believe it. For this reason, it is important for all Christians to give some thought to how they form their understanding of Bible doctrine. This brief article summarizes some useful guidelines for developing a theological method informed by Scripture.
Recently the faculty announced an extensive redesign of the Master of Divinity program. The revised program is retains the robust framework of the classic Master of Divinity, emphasizing the biblical languages, Church History, Systematic Theology, and Practical Ministry. At the same time, the new program introduces initiatives to shorten the graduation timeframe, sharpen educational effectiveness, and adapt to student aptitudes and objectives. To meet these three objectives, the new MDiv program is built around the following features:
Much has been written about the relationship between postmodern thought and the problem of uncertainty in the church. We might infer from this that the church didn’t have this kind of problem in the good-old-days of modernity. While revisiting the J. I. Packer’s God Has Spoken (released in 1965), I was reminded that the problem of uncertainty is not unique to today’s church: