Author Archives: John Aloisi

Arminius’s Declaration of Sentiments

A little over fifty years ago, Carl Bangs lamented that Jacob Arminius (1559/60–1609) had been consistently misunderstood and misrepresented by both friend and foe alike (Bangs, “Arminius and the Reformation,” Church History 30 [1961]: 155–56). Some thirty years later, Richard … Continue reading

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Book Giveaway and Some Summer Reading

In a few days, we’re going to give away a couple of books to one of our readers. The books we are giving away are Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy and Four Views on the Historical Adam, both in the … Continue reading

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Adoniram Judson and the Question of Baptism

At the beginning of the nineteenth century the country of Burma was almost 100% Buddhist, but such is no longer the case. According to the 2010 edition of Operation World, Burma (now called Myanmar) currently contains a sizeable minority of … Continue reading

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Three Differences Between Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism

In the West, most Protestants are at least somewhat familiar with Roman Catholicism. Many of us have Roman Catholic friends, neighbors, and even family members. And many believers have been saved out of Roman Catholicism. Much less familiar to most … Continue reading

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Thinking about the Church Fathers

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about Patrick (c. 389–c. 461). In response to that post, someone asked several questions about Patrick including whether or not he was Catholic. I offered a brief reply, and a colleague suggested … Continue reading

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Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day

Although St. Patrick’s Day appears on our calendars each year, most modern celebrations of St. Patrick’s Day have little to do with the person behind the holiday. Next week many people will wear a little extra green, some will celebrate … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Grace and for the Glory of God

“Almighty God, our heavenly Father, seeing that since antiquity it has always pleased you to extend your grace toward your people, as perverse and rebellious as they were; and that you have never ceased to exhort them to repentance, but … Continue reading

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Three Reasons Why Some Professing Christians Avoid Church

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about the myth of unchurched Christians. Unfortunately the reality is that there are a good number of professing Christians who either shy away from church membership or avoid church attendance altogether. … Continue reading

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Unchurched Christians, Minotaurs, and Other Mythical Beasts

From time to time I’ve met professing Christians who for one reason or another claim that they do not need to be part of a local church. In most cases, they seem to believe that because God has placed them … Continue reading

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Winner Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Josh Peglow of Silverdale, WA is the winner of our recent book giveaway. The books will go in the mail today. Thanks to all who entered.

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Book Giveaway

In the spirit of the season, we’ll be giving away a couple of books to one of our readers very soon. Here are the books: Christians in an Age of Wealth by Craig Blomberg Workbook in Romans by Kenneth Berding … Continue reading

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Why Pray If God Knows Everything?

In his commentary on the Synoptic Gospels, John Calvin discusses Jesus’ statement that the “Father knows what you need before you ask him” (Matt 6:8). Calvin addresses the question of why believers should pray if God already knows what we … Continue reading

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