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John Calvin

“Let us remember that the taste of God’s love towards us cannot be had by us under chastisements, except we be fully persuaded that they are fatherly scourges by which he chastises us for our profit.  No such thing can occur to the minds of the reprobate, for they are like fugitives.” John Calvin, Epistle […]

A New Call to Holiness (a second read)

I first reviewed this book in 1997.  I have always liked Baxter.  I’ve even been to his former church in Edinburgh.  As I pointed out in my earlier review, Baxter refutes the holiness teaching of the eradication of the old nature and therefore the believer always having only one nature, either sinful or holy.  He […]

The Greater Virtues

It is the selfish part of our human nature to place our energies on the showy but lesser virtues rather than upon the more difficult and greater virtues.  Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the […]


John Charles (J.C.) Ryle (1816-1900) was the Anglican bishop of Liverpool, England in the last twenty years of his life.  In the early 1880s he became concerned with the holiness teaching of a deeper life in the Keswick revivals.  This book was his reponse to that teaching and has found kinship in the orthodox doctrines […]