Articles Posted in the " Protestants " Category

  • The Surprising Origins of the Thanksgiving Hymn

    Its mention of God makes it verboten in schools today. But not too many years ago this was the season when teachers would lead their students in the great ecumenical Thanksgiving hymn, “We Gather Together to Ask the Lord’s Blessing.” It’s a singable melody, and the stirring lyrics speak directly of the Pilgrims’ experience in overcoming religious persecution.

  • A Cloud of Witnesses Shows Us How to Run the Race of Life

    A Cloud of Witnesses Shows Us How to Run the Race of Life

    Although most of our loved ones were not martyred for their faith, they too are our “heroes of the faith,” persevering through all kinds of sufferings, persecutions, and trials in this world. They too counted themselves as merely pilgrims and strangers in this world, but now reside in their homeland—a better city and country.

  • St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572

    St Bartholomew’s Day Massacre in 1572

    Some of us seem to be all too willing to cast aside that for which our brothers and sisters paid with their blood, whether it is the doctrine of justification sola fide or the regulative principle of worship (i.e. sola Scriptura). Those Reformed folk who died in the frenzy of anti-Protestant violence did not die singing cheap and tawdry choruses.

  • Calvin and Public Worship

    Calvin and Public Worship

    A couple of years ago on Reformation Day, October 31, 2007, I wrote an article about John Calvin’s treatise “On the Necessity of Reforming the Church,” in which I discussed his views on the public worship of God in the church. Here it is…

  • Sacrament and Other Things “Catholic”

    “A Glossary of Terms Used in Reformed Churches Frequently Thought to be Catholic.”
    People from mainstream evangelical churches who visit Reformed churches usually come away with the feeling that they had been to a Roman Catholic Mass or something similar. For example, when they hear us mention sacrament, they imagine a priest conducting Holy Communion. And in the Apostles’ Creed, why do we “believe in the holy catholic church”?