Charles Haddon Spurgeon on Depression

by Mitchel Pierce “I know, perhaps as well as anyone, what depression means, and what it is to feel myself sinking lower and lower. Yet at the worst, when I reach the lowest depths, I have an inward peace which no pain or depression can in the least disturb. Trusting more…

The Free Grace Controversy (Wesley vs. Whitefield)

by Katrina King In the seventeenth century, the doctrinal dispute over predestination came to the forefront in the Netherlands, serving as a means to further divide Protestants and stir up dissension. Originating with the seemingly contradictory theology of John Calvin (1509-1564) and Jacob Arminius (1560-1609), the debate carried over into more…

“Is redemption of all the world here?”

by Samantha Cobb In the spring of 1995, three Jewish students of the Swarthmore College Chorus refused to sing in their April concert, which was to present Bach’s St. John Passion.[1] Their reason: this musical depiction of the Passion held anti-Semitic undertones, representing the ways in which the narrative of more…

Moving the Heart: 18th Century Pietism in Bach’s Music

by Samantha Cobb Johann Sebastian Bach, the great German composer of the 18th century, is well known for his many musical contributions to the Christian church. From his weekly cantatas to the grand Passions of St. John and Matthew, Bach’s musical genius remains unparalleled in church history. Born in 1685 more…

Paradise Lost and the Puritan Movement

by Peyton Murphy In the early 1660’s, English poet and writer John Milton was a man whose life was in turmoil. He had lost his government job, his home, and was forced into hiding by the return of England’s monarch.1 England in the mid-seventeenth century was country in turmoil – more…