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Blog Archives: August 2018

The Imposing Force of Truth

August 30, 2018
Chris Castaldo
I have enjoyed learning about the legacy of Thomas Scott (1747-1821). Scott had been a godless and lazy minister in the Church of England, at a time when many non-evangelical clergy were distinguished by their lukewarm enthusiasm for true religion. His own neglect of his duty provoked him to search the Scriptures and through this study he was brought to genuine repentance. Scott charts his journey to repentance in an autobiography entitled The Force of Truth. Conscious of his own experience he summons ministers to devote themselves to the ...

Gospel Outreach to the Partially Evangelized

August 21, 2018
Chris Castaldo
Angela’s Ashes is the autobiography of Frank McCourt who describes his life in Ireland during the 1930s and 1940s. His family lived in a hovel with one bare light bulb and bedbugs, on a dirt lane, and shared one outdoor toilet with all the neighbors. Because dad was an alcoholic and seldom found work, they subsisted on unemployment. For many painful years the family lived on bread and tea. In the early part of the film, Frank’s mother (Angela) loses her three babies, Margaret-Mary, Eugene, and Oliver, to “consumption,” the dreaded disease ...

Peter Mead & Biblical Preaching

August 16, 2018
Chris Castaldo
It seems like yesterday we had Dr. Peter Mead at New Covenant Church, all the way from England. You may recall his phenomenal message on John 3:1-16, titled, Alive. You thought you knew everything there was to John 3:16 didn’t you? Yeah, so did I. And then Peter started preaching. In addition to enjoying his ministry among us, I had the pleasure of visiting with Peter and his family over lunch. It was then I became thoroughly impressed with his work of training pastors and suggested that one day he will need to let me dedicate a blog post to ...

A Preacher’s Legacy

August 09, 2018
Chris Castaldo
The Reformation in England was in many ways a series of bonfires. While Hitler burned books, 16th century religious authorities and magistrates burned their writers and those who read them. One such reader was “little” Thomas Bilney (c. 1495-1531). Bilney was burned at the stake in 1531, but his influence survived into the reign of Queen Mary. Some of the most famous English martyrs were converted under his ministry. Bilney, like Luther, was converted by reading Paul’s epistles. He had acquired a copy of Erasmus’ Latin New Testament, more ...