Ministry Trips in USA, Canada, and Brazil

Speaking at Campina Grande, Brazil

From January through May 2018, I had the opportunity to travel to Brazil and a number of places in North America for ministry. To read about them and see pictures of friends, new and old, click here for my pastoral newsletter.

Puritan Documentary Now Being Filmed

A camera crew has begun a busy trip to key Puritan sites in England, Scotland, and the Netherlands so that in 2019 we can release a new resource for learning from the Puritans. Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Reformation Heritage Books, Media Gratiae, and Stephen McCaskell are together creating PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God.

This includes a full-length documentary, up to thirty short lessons on Puritan people and Puritan themes, a workbook, and another book introducing the Puritans authored by Michael Reeves and me. Why would we do this, and why should you be interested?

To find out, visit my recent post at Tim Challies’ website.

Assurance of Faith Podcast

What do the Holy Scriptures teach us about the Christian’s assurance that he is truly saved? Is there a connection between revival and assurance? What is the relationship between assurance and perseverance in faith and obedience? What can we learn from the Puritans about assurance? How do the promises of God help the Christian to grow in their assurance? What is the Holy Spirit’s role in assurance? What should the person do if he has serious doubts about his salvation?

For answers to these and other questions, listen to Dave Jenkin’s interview with me at the Servants of Grace website.

To order my book, Knowing and Growing in Assurance of Faith, at a discounted rate, click here. I would also recommend the Puritan Anthony Burgess’s thoughts on this matter, which we have recently published in a short book in modernized language.

The Beauty and Glory of the Last Things

Please join us for the 2018 Puritan Reformed Conference, August 23-25. This year’s theme is The Beauty and Glory of the Last Things. Speakers will include many of our own PRTS faculty, as well as Rev. Edward Donnelly from Northern Ireland and Rev. David Strain, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi.

Click here for more details. You won’t want to miss this conference!

Video Documentary on the Puritans

Dr. J.I. Packer being interviewed and filmed for our documentary on the Puritans at Regent College

Yesterday the cameras began rolling.

We are pleased to announce that Reformation Heritage Books and Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary are partnering with Media Gratiae to produce the definitive documentary project and multimedia study package on the Puritan era, titled PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God.

Matthew Robinson (director of Logic on Fire: the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and the Behold Your God series by Dr. John Snyder) and Stephen McCaskell (director of Through the Eyes of Spurgeon and Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer) will be directing the project.

The project will consist of a feature-length documentary as well as thirty teaching sessions with accompanying printed study material.

Ministry Trips July-Dec. 2017

At Yellowstone, where God made Himself real to me fifty years ago.

For a summary of my ministerial itinerary in the last half year, including trips to California, Kentucky, Wyoming, Canada, England, North Carolina, Idaho, Thailand, Brazil, Mexico, and Colombia, please see the pastoral letter attached.

R. C. Sproul (1939-2017)

Dr. R.C. Sproul’s (Feb. 13, 1939-Dec. 14, 2017) passing on to glory this afternoon is his gain and our loss. The Reformed Christian world will miss this clear, biblical, bigger-than-life thinker greatly. The funeral will be on December 20, at 2:00 p.m. and will be livestreamed. You can go to for further details. Meanwhile, here is the blog Ligonier has already posted.

Dr. R.C. Sproul, Called Home to the Lord

(Chris Larson, Dec. 14, 2017)

Dr. R.C. Sproul went home to be with the Lord this afternoon around 3 p.m. surrounded by his wife, Vesta, and family in his hospital room in Altamonte Springs, Fla. He was 78. He died peacefully after being hospitalized twelve days ago due to severe respiratory difficulties exacerbated by the flu and complicated by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Known to millions of Christians as simply “R.C.,” he was used of the Lord to proclaim, teach, and defend the holiness of God in all its fullness. Through his teaching ministry, many of us learned that God is bigger than we knew, our sin is more deeply rooted than we imagined, and the grace of God in Jesus Christ is overwhelming.

God called R.C. to proclaim the gospel to as many people as possible. R.C. did this knowing the Lord did not need him. In fact, he wanted people to know the enduring, faithful witness of God’s servants throughout church history. God powerfully used R.C.’s ministry in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries to awaken people around the world to the truths of classical Christianity.

It belongs to others in the days, weeks, months, and years ahead to assess the impact of R.C.’s ministry in the history of the church. In this moment, we feel loss—immense sadness and profound loss—the loss of a pastor, a teacher, a leader, a brother-in-Christ, a friend.

R.C. now sees the object of his faith, the risen Christ, high and lifted up. He now hears the seraphim’s song before the throne, “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!”

We will be publishing details about the memorial service and providing an opportunity to leave a note of appreciation for Dr. Sproul’s ministry at in the coming hours.

Double Your Dollars with a Year-End Gift to Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

(The following post was written by Chris Hanna)

I recently spoke with a student who will shortly be returning with his family to Singapore. There he will again serve the church he left to attend PRTS. He is grateful for his theological education and for the tremendous outpouring of love he and his family experienced while studying at the seminary.

Maybe you’ve given to the seminary in the past, or considering a first-time donation, and you’re wondering what donation options are available. You can give a one-time gift or become a monthly partner through the seminary website or by calling the Development Office at 616.432.3407. In fact, a gift given by December 31 will be generously matched by loving partners of PRTS. We are hoping to raise $400,000 by year end so as to have a two-month balance for the opening lean months of 2018. Please remember that no gift is too small. Your $50 donation will become a $100 gift to the seminary.

You can also give a gift of appreciated assets. To start this process, please contact the Barnabas Foundation – a PRTS partner – at 888.448.3040 and ask for Cindi Riemersma. If you’re in Canada, please contact our Canadian Development Coordinator, Corney Les, at 604.795.6938 or email him today at

If you or your spouse is 70 ½ or older, you may consider an IRA Charitable Rollover. As of 2015, the US tax code allows seniors of this age to donate tax-free up to $100,000 in IRA assets. The Charitable IRA Rollover is tax-free and will not be included in your adjusted gross income. Once again, please contact Cindi Riemersma at 888.448.3040 for more information.

By supporting PRTS you will be stewarding your resources in a lasting ministry, a ministry that the apostle Paul instructed Timothy to pass on to others (2 Tim. 2:2). Thank you again for prayerfully considering a matching gift to PRTS before December 31.

Puritan Movie: All of Life to the Glory of God

On December 1, I spent the day working on the script to an upcoming documentary that RHB is producing in partnership with Media Gratiae. Pictured with me here is Media Gratiae director Matthew Robinson, director Stephen McCaskell, writer Barry Cooper, and Sales and Marketing Manager at Reformation Heritage Books David Woollin. The film will be titled “PURITAN: All of Life to the Glory of God,” and we are anticipating a 2019 release. Please pray for us as we enter the production phase of the project in the new year, and watch my blog for updates!

Beautiful, Historic Tour Opportunity

We would absolutely love to have you join us on the upcoming Reformation cruise down the Rhine River. We have a great group of people going. In addition to what the attached brochure says, Dr. Michael Haykin, world-renowned historian, will now be accompanying us and giving short practical, Reformed, spiritual summaries of historical sites (together with Rev. Ian Hamilton, David Woollin, me, and a Witte Travel guide). It is shaping up to what I think will be the best tour group vacation that we have ever done.

Witte Travel would like to have everyone sign up by the end of December so that they can make appropriate plane reservations, etc. in the first week of January. If you have any questions, please feel free to call (616-307-4022 or 616-432-3403). Or you can contact Witte Travel directly by calling or emailing Kristina Choura (, 616-954-7492).

Please share this with any of your friends whom you think might want a wonderful vacation of great beauty combined with historic Reformation sites and special fellowship.