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All articles by Joel Beeke

Joel R. Beeke (born 1952) is an American Christian pastor and theologian. He is minister of the Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, where he is also the professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics.

Beeke studied at Western Michigan University, Thomas Edison College, the Netherlands Reformed Theological School and Westminster Theological Seminary.

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Historical

March 2018
Articles > Historical

My top ten Puritan authors – Joel Beeke

Anthony Burgess (d. 1664) Recently, my favourite Puritan to read has been Anthony Burgess, vicar of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, from 1635 to 1662. In my opinion, he is the most underrated Puritan of all time. I once asked Iain Murray why Burgess was not included in the nineteenth-century sets of the works of the…

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Global Reformed evangelicalism – today and over the past 50 years

Historical

February 2017
Articles > Historical

Global Reformed evangelicalism – today and over the past 50 years

It is fitting that in 2017 Evangelical Times celebrates and give thanks to God, for it is not only the 50th anniversary of this periodical, but also the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation which gave birth to ‘evangelicalism’ — so called because of its emphasis on the gospel (Grk. euangelion) of…

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Article

January 2017
Articles > Comment

Ten commandments for pastors

1. Give priority to your personal communion with God. Put your own soul first: your maintaining communion with God is a prerequisite for being an effective pastor to your people. ‘Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers’ (Acts 20:28). 2. Give priority…

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November 2016
Articles > Comment

Ten commandments for church members

1. Don’t idolise your pastor. Don’t expect him to be able to do what only God can do. Don’t make a saviour of him. 2. Don’t criticise your pastor, unless he departs from the truth, and then do it with tears. And please don’t expect perfection. He is a mere man — a weak,…

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April 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

The works of William Perkins

Recently, Christian literary organisation ‘Books At a Glance’ interviewed Stephen Yuille and Joel Beeke about the recent publication of The works of William Perkins. Here is the substance of that interview. Books: The publication of The works of William Perkins is a landmark event in Christian publishing. Long overdue, the republishing of this ‘father…

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News

November 2014
News > Youth Features

Don’t waste your life – follow God fully! (2)

What does it mean for a true Christian to follow God fully? It means following the Lord: Consistently There are many who follow God in fits and starts. Their lives include periods of zeal and holiness, but also periods of laziness and sinfulness. They are not consistent in their walk with God. Their spiritual…

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News

October 2014
News > Youth Features

Don’t waste your life – follow God fully!

Along life’s journey, we sometimes find ourselves at a crossroads, from which we may turn in a number of different directions. The teen years are one of those crossroads — perhaps the most major crossroads of all. Are you going to go on to further education? Or are you going to join the workforce?…

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