The Faith That Saves (Part 1)

Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, The Gospel

Calvinists and nonCalvinists have fought about the origin of saving faith for centuries.  Calvinists insist God grants saving faith to the elect at the moment of conversion.  NonCalvinists insist God has granted everyone the ability to believe the gospel and must be rightly persuaded.  No one has any ability or everyone has some ability.  Important distinctions, to be sure. But […]

Fancy It Forward:
October 27, 2015

Evangelizing Louisa Payson (and Our Children, Too)

Quotes of Interest, The Gospel

In A Pastor’s Daughter, Louisa Payson Hopkins (a.k.a. Maria) recounted how her father, Edward Payson, taught her gospel truth.  She recorded this riveting exchange with her father (pp129-130): “Suppose you had been guilty of a crime for which you were tried; and of which, if you were convicted, the punishment would be death. While you are lying in prison, […]

Fancy It Forward:
September 16, 2015