Reformation Theology Blog

A Companion for Prayer

OR, Directions for Improvement in Grace and Practical Godliness in times of extraordinary Danger.

By Richard Alleine, Author of Vinditiae Pietatis.

LONDON: • Printed for Thomas Cockerill at the Three Legs in the Poultry, 1680.


Reverend Sir,

The proposal made in your letter concerning Prayer has deeply impacted me and has led to some reflections of my own. Despite acknowledging my own inadequacies, I found myself repeatedly returning to these thoughts. I now present the outcome of these reflections for your consideration.

Misuses of the Law

by Anthony Burgess

Knowing the Law is good, if a man use it lawfully. - 1 Timothy 1:8-9

In these words, you have heard two points: First, the affirmation, "The Law is good." Second, the condition, "If a man use it lawfully."

Shellfish and Mixed Fabrics

A common argument against Christianity by many atheists is the idea that Christians don't follow the dietary laws of the Old Testament. I recently heard one ask, "Why are you not firebombing Red Lobster restaurants for serving shellfish?" and "Why are you not calling for the dissolution of clothing companies that produce garments of mixed fabrics?"

The question being asked is a good one, but it shows a common misunderstanding about the role and purpose of Jesus, known as the Messiah.

He is Altogether Lovely

He is lovely in His person—the glorious all-sufficiency of His deity, the gracious purity and holiness of His humanity, His authority and majesty, His love and power.

He is lovely in His birth and incarnation—when He, who was rich, became poor for our sake, taking on flesh and blood because we share in the same. He was made of a woman, so that He could be made under the law for our sake.

Man's Utter Inability to Recover Himself

by Thomas Boston

Updated English

For when we were still without strength, at the appointed time Christ died for the ungodly.—Romans 5:6. 

No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him.—John 5:44.

How Faith Helps Against the Fear of Man: Explored in Fifteen Aspects

by Jeremiah Burroughs

First, let us discuss where the power of faith lies in helping us overcome the fear of man.

Much has been said about the power of faith in assisting us through sufferings. However, we now have several points to address regarding the power of faith in combating the fear of man.

A Gospel Primer

How may a sinful man approach God? (Exodus 3:5) Does God require perfect obedience to His law in order to achieve the righteousness He demands of us?

Practical Ways to Honor Others

Honour encompasses various aspects and actions:

1) Charitable constructions of men's actions: This involves giving others the benefit of the doubt and interpreting their actions in the best possible light. It prevents us from hastily judging others as wicked, false, or graceless based on little information. Instead, it encourages us to refrain from harsh conclusions about others and to withhold negative judgments unless we have sufficient knowledge.