The views I have received of the doctrines of grace are essential to my peace, I could not live comfortably a day or an hour without them. I likewise believe, yea, so far as my poor attainments warrant me to speak, I know them to be friendly to holiness, and to have a direct influence in producing and maintaining a gospel conversation, and therefore I must not be ashamed of them.

John Newton (1725-1807)

in his preface to “Olney Hymns”.

An Overview of Poverty & Charity in the Early Church [9 min. vid.]

[SURPRISE!, what they did was based on what they believed… their orthopraxy followed their orthodoxy/theology.] 

John Dickson, Director of the Centre for Public Christianity and Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University:



Reading the responses to the T.D. Jakes / Mark Drisoll / James MacDonald / Elephant Room fiasto, let me just say I am disappointed in all the defense I am seeing from Acts 29 folk (haven’t seen one raise a concern yet, granted I don’t read TOO many) and disappointed in the high level Southern Baptist that are approving of Jakes (like Ed Stetzer and Jack Graham, whose been Jakes prayer partner for the last 10 years!) Yes, yes, I know this doesn’t mean all Acts 29’rs or all Southern Baptist but WOW, just WOW!

Best Response yet…


I love the Trinity and affirm the Athanasian Creed.

“Whosoever will be saved before all things, it is necessary that he hold the Catholick Faith, which Faith unless everyone do keep undefiled, without doubt he shall perish everlastingly.And the Catholick Faith is this, That we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity, neither confounding the Persons, nor dividing the Substance. For there is one person of the Father, another of the Son, and another of the Holy Ghost, but the Godhead of the Father, of the Son, of the Holy Ghost is all one, the glory equal, the majesty coeternal. Such as the Father is, such is the Son, such is the Holy Ghost.The Father uncreate, the Son uncreate, the Holy Ghost uncreate. The Father incomprehensible, the Son incomprehensible, the Holy Ghost incomprehensible.The Father eternal, the Son eternal, the Holy Ghost eternal; yet are they not three eternals, but one eternal. Also there is not three incomprehensibles, nor three uncreated, but one uncreated,and one incomprehensible. So likewise the Father is Almighty, the Son Almighty, the Holy Ghost Almighty, yet they are not three Almighties, but one Almighty. So likewise the Father is Lord, the Son Lord, the Holy Ghost is Lord; yet are they not three Lords, but one Lord. For like as we are compelled by the Christian Verity to acknowledge every Person by himself to be God and Lord, so are we forbidden by the Catholick Religion to say there be three Gods, or three Lords. The Father is made of none, neither created, nor begotten. The Son is of the Father alone, not made, nor created, but begotten. The Holy Ghost is of the Father and the Son, neither made nor created, nor begotten but proceeding.

So there is one Father, not three Fathers; one Son, not three Sons; one Holy Ghost,not three Holy Ghosts. And in this Trinity none are afore nor after another, none is greater or less than another, but the whole three Persons be coeternal and coequal. So that in all things as is aforesaid, the Unity in Trinity, and the Trinity in Unity is to be worshipped. He therefore that will be saved, must thus think of the Trinity.”


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