Author Archives: Michael R. Jones

About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.

December 18, 1854: Charles Spurgeon First Preaches at New Park Street Chapel

According to Iain Murray’s The Forgotten Spurgeon, It was “on the cold and dull morning of December 18, 1853” that a nineteen-year-old Charles Spurgeon “first stood in the pulpit of New Park Street Chapel.” [1] This historic church had roots … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Herman Bavinck!

On this day (December 13) in 1854 one of the premier Reformed Theologians of the modern age was born in Hoogeveen in the Netherlands. Herman Bavinck first served as Professor of Dogmatics at Kampen Theological Seminary where he wrote the … Continue reading

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Calvin on what passes for “Worship” in many evangelical churches

Too much “worship” in churches today is nothing more than the product of people’s imaginations designed to make them feel good. It should be the product of the study Scripture and designed to glorify God. Having observed that the Word … Continue reading

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Calvin on the “Due Worship of God”

Let us now see what is meant by the due worship of God. Its chief foundation is to acknowledge Him to be, as He is, the only source of all virtue, justice, holiness, wisdom, truth, power, goodness, mercy, life, and … Continue reading

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Happy Burning Papal Bulls Day!

On this day (December 10) in 1520, Martin Luther burned the papal bull Exsurge Domine that denounced 41 of his 95 Theses and threatened him with excommunication from the Roman Catholic Church. As a result, Luther would be excommunicated the … Continue reading

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The three standards to which every pastor is held

I have just begun my eighteenth year of ordained, full-time pastoral ministry so I can talk about this not only with confidence but with competence because I have myself been held to these three types of standards. Only one of … Continue reading

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This is what happens when you let research assistants write your books for you: Statement from Zondervan Academic on Dr. Andreas Köstenberger’s John Commentary

This is one of the possible problems that arise when a prof has research assistant writing for them. I had a prof in grad school who published a dictionary using research assistants. I don’t know how the others fared, but … Continue reading

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