Seen & Heard Archives

“An Oration in Commemoration of the Independence of The United States of America” by Enos Hitchcock

Enos Hitchcock (1744-1803) was a Harvard graduate (1767) and a chaplain for several brigades in the Colonial militia (seeing battle at Ticonderoga, Saratoga, Valley Forge, and West Point). He also served as chaplain of the Continental Army from 1779-1780. He preached in other New England churches after the Revolutionary War, prior to settling as the pastor of the First Congregational Church in Providence, Rhode Island, from 1783 until his death. During his pastorate, the church grew and built an impressive church in 1794-75 at the corner of Benefit and Benevolent streets. Later his church which was Arminian under his leadership became Unitarian, shortly after his time.

07/22/2016 - 8:44am

Extraordinary Means of Grace

The idea of ‘the means of grace’ has undergone an encouraging rehabilitation in the life and ministry of many Reformed churches in recent years. This has come as a healthy corrective to pressure from the wider church to embrace ideas and practices that seem more effective vehicles for church growth. However ‘effective’ these alternative means may have seemed, it has been at the expense of a meaningfully biblical definition of the church. So, the widespread return to emphasising the Word, sacraments, fellowship and prayer (Ac 2.42) as the core components of a faithful and effective church has been welcome.

07/07/2016 - 4:41pm

5 Reasons to Study Old Testament History by David Murray

Many Christians entertain a negative view of Old Testament History; of its usefulness and even of its accuracy. It is often regarded as “far away” and “distant” chronologically, geographically, socially, and theologically. “What can it do for me?” and “Why study it?” are common questions. In this post, David Murray gives us 5 Reasons to Study Old Testament History.

06/14/2016 - 3:26pm

The Cambridge Declaration: Alive and Kicking

Is the Cambridge Declaration still relevant?

We think it is and we’re doing something exciting about it!

04/12/2016 - 5:52pm

Why These Books and No Others?

What was once accepted in academia – Who wrote the New Testament? Who is Jesus? Why these books and no other? – is no more. And as the framework of scholarship has shifted, doubt about the authority and clarity of Scripture has led many in the Church to question. 

The 2016 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology addresses the topic of canon head on.

03/31/2016 - 2:27pm