Men's Forum

Next Meeting

Feb 15, 6:30 PM @ Spotts house

Topic: A Reformed View of Sanctification

NOTE: In February, we're meeting the third Thursday because of Mission Cohort. Also, we're meeting at Rev. Spotts' house.

Text: A Reformed View of Sanctification by Wilhelmus a Brakel (.pdf)

I won't deny it—I'm very excited for this month's text and topic. If not the easiest, it might be one of the most helpful things you ever read on sanctification. Wilhelmus a Brakel, a Dutch Reformed theologian, really brings the goods. He makes clear and biblical distinctions of Old and New Man, divine sovereignty and human responsibility, and how we practically wage war on sin. And somehow, it's blessedly short.

Come with questions, critiques, and biblical comments.

Main course and soft drinks provided. Bring any other snacks or drinks you wish to share. Looking forward to some good fellowship!

NOTE: If you plan to eat with us, please bring a few bucks to chip in.

 

What it is

The Men's Forum provides a great occasion for study and fellowship, for long-term members as well as those considering PURC as a church home.

Each meeting revolves around different articles (appx. 5-25 pages) from classic Christian thinkers. Articles are posted here in advance. After an a brief introduction we discuss the material, followed by fellowship. We compare Scripture and talk about real-life implications of these ideas. 

WHY WE LIKE this format...

Since topics change monthly, those who miss a meeting aren't “cut out” of future gatherings. Also, reading is limited to brief articles (under 20 pages). This allows us to encounter a wide variety of voices and topics ranging from biblical and cultural issues, history, systematic theology, and practical ministry.


Past Topics

Jan 18, 2017

"order vs ardor"

Timothy Keller on Ardor vs. Order in the ministry of Francis Schaeffer (.pdf) from City Church.

Dec. 14, 2017

"Job: Mystery and Faith," by D. A. Carson

Is there a straightforward answer for why God allows his children to suffer? According to D. A. Carson, there is always a mystery to the question, but there can also be faith. In this essay, Carson explores themes of suffering, sovereignty, and faith in the book of Job.

Job: Mystery & Faith.pdf

Nov 9., 2017

"Silence and Solitude," by Don Whitney, Spiritual Disciplines of the Christian Life

Life in the digital age can feel like a relentless stream of updates and distractions. This time around, we're considering the spiritual benefits of silence and solitude based on a chapter from Don Whitney's Spiritual Disciplines.

Silence & Solitude .pdf

Oct 12., 2017

“The Letter of Mathetes to Diognetus,” Author Unknown

This month's article was the wonderful So-Called Letter to Diognetus (this version is specially abridged for the Forum). It's short but substantial, touching on themes related to Christian culture and Christ's atonement.

Sep 14., 2017

“A Simple Guide to Prayer,” by Martin Luther.

We kicked things off with Martin Luther's memorable letter to his barber, A Simple Way to Pray. It's short but rich.

Supplementary resources: 

 

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