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    The Puritans: Can They Teach Us Anything Today?

    I recently read the notes of a lecture by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson on the Puritans and what they can teach us today. The short answer to the question is.. a whole lot! Puritans were individuals who wanted to see the church purified according to the teaching of Scripture, and also wanted to see their lives, in great detail, purified by the Word of God.

    Here, Dr. Ferguson presents the big picture overview concerning why the Puritans and their writings can be so useful to us in our own day. I was particularly struck by how the Puritans sought to practically apply the Bible in the home life of each family in the local church and how all the doctrine expoused was so very Trinitarian. It is excellent material. I hope it will stir in us a desire to read more of their writings. You will find part one of his talk here, part two here. The audio recording of this lecture can be found here: Enjoy! - JS

    Posted by John Samson on September 22, 2009 03:41 AM


    I read a lot of stuff from the Puritans. From Baxter, Grunell, and Owens my soul gets deeply ministered to and they help me sharpen my own thinking.

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