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The following is taken from Thomas Brooks, The Secret Key to Heaven: The Vital Importance of Private Prayer (Puritan Paperbacks). After detailing the great privilege of private prayer, and why it is of the essence of the true Christian life, he anticipates and answers several common objections to its practice: First Objection. But many will […]

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Date April 8, 2024
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Think about someone being selected and sent to do an especially difficult job. Some major crisis has arisen, or some massive problem needs to be tackled, and it requires the knowledge, the experience, the skill-set, the leadership that they so remarkably possess. It was like that with Jesus. Entrusted to him by God the Father […]

Category Articles
Date March 28, 2024
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The following excerpt is Chapter 2, ‘The Spirit of God’, in The Holy Spirit by John Owen. This Puritan Paperback title is abridged and made easy to read from Owen’s Pneumatologia or A Discourse Concerning the Holy Spirit, which is 650 pages in the third volume of Owen’s Works. The Holy Spirit has many names […]

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Date March 21, 2024
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The following address, published in Knowing the Times: Addresses Delivered on Various Occasions, 1942–1977, was given at a conference of leaders of the Crusaders’ Union, Sion College, London, on 7 February, 1942. The presentation of the gospel is a subject which is always important. It is always important because of the eternal consequences that depend […]

Category Book Excerpts
Date March 6, 2024
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The following was given as a radio address for the BBC in Wales, 25 June, 1944 and is featured in Knowing the Times: Addresses Delivered on Various Occasions, 1942–1977. Nothing is more significant of the great change which has happened in the field of theology during the past twenty years than the place now afforded, […]

Category Book Excerpts
Date March 5, 2024
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The following article appeared in Issue 291 of the Banner Magazine, dated December 1987. ‘The Lord gave the word; great was the company of those that published it’ (Psalm 68.11) THE NEED FOR TRUTH I would like to speak to you today about the importance of the use of liter­ature in the church, for evangelism, […]

Category Articles
Date February 27, 2024
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The following words, so contemporary in their feeling and import, come from John Kennedy (presumably of Dingwall), and were published in the 6th Issue of the Banner of Truth Magazine (May, 1957). In times such as ours it is easy to seem a bigot, if one keeps a firm hold of truth, and is careful […]

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Date February 26, 2024
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The following sermon is taken from Grace and Glory: Sermons Preached at Princeton Seminary, by Geerhardus Vos (Banner of Truth, 1994, 2020). By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for […]

Category Sermons
Date February 20, 2024
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Accepting applications until March 18, 2024 Banner of Truth is looking for an enthusiastic individual to assist in our US sales and marketing team. From email and social media marketing to event/conference and audiovisual support, to helping create captivating content and representing the Banner of Truth, this role offers diverse opportunities to make a difference. […]

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Category Announcements
Date February 19, 2024
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The following post was published on the Reformation21 Blog, and is reproduced here by their kind permission. Last week I noticed that Ryan Gosling was nominated for an Oscar for playing Ken alongside Margot Robbie’s Barbie in last summer’s hit by the same name. Robbie, incidentally, was not so nominated. I won’t watch the film, but I […]

Category Articles
Date February 19, 2024
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Charles Ross’s The Inner Sanctuary: Expositions of John 13–17 is a neglected gem of devotional teaching. The following excerpt, Ross’s comments on John 13:1, amply demonstrate how warm and practical is his treatment of this uniquely beautiful section of Scripture. THE narrative on which we are about to enter has always been regarded by true […]

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Date February 6, 2024
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Watch Jonty Rhodes’ sermon from the Borders Conference 2023, The Beauty of God in the Face of Jesus Christ: The Borders Conference 2024 will take place on November 8 and 9 in Carlisle, England.

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Category Sermons
Date February 2, 2024
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The following excerpt is the first chapter of The Glory of Christ, R. J. K. Law’s Puritan Paperback abridgement of John Owen’s Meditations on the Glory of Christ which appears in Volume 1 of his Works. When the high priest under the law was about to enter the holy place on the day of atonement, […]

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Date January 31, 2024
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The following article first appeared here on October 26, 2006. In the light of recent developments across many denominations, most notably the Church of England, it remains a most necessary and timely piece. ‘The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.’ Proverbs 14:1 The mainline Protestant denominations […]

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Date January 26, 2024
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John 17:24 is a text to dwell on, and indeed to dwell in. John Owen, perhaps the greatest Puritan theologian, wrote his Meditations on the Glory of Christ on the themes of this verse, and it was carefully treated of by his contemporaries Anthony Burges in England, who preached six of his 145 sermons expositing […]

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Date January 23, 2024
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We were saddened to hear of the passing of Humphrey Mildred on 31 December 2023. In 1999, when I started with the Banner of Truth in Edinburgh, Humphrey was the longest serving employee of the Trust, and the last remaining member of staff who had been with the Banner in London before the move to […]

Category Obituaries
Date January 20, 2024
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Elizabeth Prentiss led a life that was far from easy. She knew hardship, toil, sickness, weakness, and the loss of precious children. Through it all, she received grace to submit to the wisdom and sovereignty of the Lord she loved, and ever longed to love more. The following excerpt, from Sharon James’s Elizabeth Prentiss: More […]

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Date January 17, 2024
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Elizabeth Prentiss lived in a different century, but the challenges she faced, and the way she responded to those challenges, speak powerfully to us today. Early in their married life, Elizabeth and her husband, George suffered the loss of two of their six children. Eddie died aged five and Bessie died when just a few […]

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Category Articles
Date January 14, 2024
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We are delighted to announce that as of January 2024, we have a podcast channel! The Magazine Podcast is a new departure for us, and will, Lord-willing, enable us to reach new audiences, and existing readers in a fresh mode. The Magazine began 68 years ago, and with many fine articles on theology, church history, […]

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Date January 12, 2024
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The following article first appeared in The Founders Journal, Issue 74 (Fall 2008) and was featured on the Banner website in January 2010. By ‘posture’ I do not refer to the alignment of one’s body when standing. Good posture, of course, is advisable, for one breathes better, projects his voice better and shows respect for […]

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Date January 10, 2024
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The following is an excerpt from J. Gresham Machen’s classic work, What Is Faith?, which has recently been reprinted by the Banner with a new, modern typeset and an updated cover. It is impossible to trust God in the Christian sense without holding that he is a free and living person, Creator and Ruler of […]

Category Book Excerpts
Date January 4, 2024
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The following was an address delivered at the “Religious Conference,” held in the Theo­logical Seminary, Princeton, on October 13, 1902. Reprinted from The Princeton Theological Review, i. 1903, pp. 81-92. The article forms a part of Warfield’s Studies in Theology (1932, rep. Banner of Truth, 1988), which is currently out of print. WE may as […]

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Date January 3, 2024
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The meditations below are from the Memoirs of the Rev. James Fraser of Brea, Minister of the Gospel at Culross, Written by Himself, as they appear in Vol. II of Scottish Puritans: Select Biographies. Fraser lived and ministered at a time of great trouble for the Church in Scotland, when those who had signed the […]

Category Articles
Date December 13, 2023
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Here’s something that happened just over seven hundred years ago. On the 24th of June 1314 a famous victory was won by the Scots over the English at a place called Bannockburn. I mention it not because I am a Scot and Bannockburn is one of the outstanding events in our national history but rather […]

Category Articles
Date December 11, 2023
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On this day in 1666, the infamous Battle of Rullion Green took place six miles outside of Edinburgh. The following excerpt from The Scots Worthiesprovides some of the background to this encounter, and introduces us to a young man whose involvement with the uprising for the sake of faith and conscience cost him his life. […]

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Date November 28, 2023
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