THE POETIC WONDER OF ISAAC WATTS – Douglas Bond (2013)

Steven J. Lawson serves as the general editor of A Long Line Of Godly Men Profiles, published by Reformation Trust.  Douglas Bond adds to this excellent series with a biographical sketch of Isaac Watts.  The men set forth this series may disagree on secondary theological matters but “stood shoulder to shoulder” writes Lawson, “in championing these fiveContinue reading “THE POETIC WONDER OF ISAAC WATTS – Douglas Bond (2013)”

THE WARNINGS OF SCRIPTURE ARE IN THE BEST MANNER ADAPTED TO THE AWAKENING AND CONVERSION OF SINNERS – Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards has a way of warning sinners like no one else in the halls of church history.  His warnings are distinct from the watered-down invitations that emerge from many American pulpits. The preacher from Northampton is burdened in this sermon to warn sinners and root that warning in sacred Scripture.  He sets forth hisContinue reading “THE WARNINGS OF SCRIPTURE ARE IN THE BEST MANNER ADAPTED TO THE AWAKENING AND CONVERSION OF SINNERS – Jonathan Edwards”

FIVE POINTS – John Piper (2013)

I remember fighting the doctrines of grace during my university days.  Perhaps it was the moniker, “Calvinism” that put me on edge.  I remember believing in perseverance of the saints (inconsistently I might add), but rejecting the other points of Calvinism.  While I affirmed the doctrine of sin, like all Arminians – I refused toContinue reading “FIVE POINTS – John Piper (2013)”

THE KING IN HIS BEAUTY: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments – Thomas R. Schreiner (2013)

The King In His Beauty by Tom Schreiner is a book about biblical theology.  But my suspicion is the author would agree enthusiastically with my assertion that the book is a worship manual.  Schreiner’s work weighs in at 646 pages.  Each page is filled with heart-warming theology and mind-stretching propositions.  But when the work is considered asContinue reading “THE KING IN HIS BEAUTY: A Biblical Theology of the Old and New Testaments – Thomas R. Schreiner (2013)”

DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY – Jonathan Edwards

   ““Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”” (Psalm 46:10, ESV) Psalm 46:10 is the basis of Jonathan Edward’s spine tingling sermon, entitled The Sole Consideration, That God is God, Sufficient To Still All Objections To His Sovereignty.  Six thoughts formContinue reading “DIVINE SOVEREIGNTY – Jonathan Edwards”

GOD’S GRAND DESIGN: The Theological Vision of Jonathan Edwards – Sean Michael Lucas (2011)

For twenty-five years, I have read and re-read books by Jonathan Edwards and about Jonathan Edwards.  The books about Jonathan Edwards are weighty and worthwhile.  Some Edwardsian quotes seem to appear in nearly every volume.  For instance, “Absolute sovereignty is what I love to ascribe to God.”  Or, “True religion, in great part, consists inContinue reading “GOD’S GRAND DESIGN: The Theological Vision of Jonathan Edwards – Sean Michael Lucas (2011)”

THE HEROIC BOLDNESS OF MARTIN LUTHER – Steven J. Lawson (2013)

Dr. Steven Lawson has done it again.  The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther  is the fifth installment of the excellent series, edited by Dr. Lawson,  A Long Line of Godly Men.  The series reaches back into the halls of church history and unearths the great heroes of the Christian faith, men who have faithfully served GodContinue reading “THE HEROIC BOLDNESS OF MARTIN LUTHER – Steven J. Lawson (2013)”

JOHN KNOX AND THE REFORMATION – Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Iain Murray

Buried deep in the catacombs of church history lie heroes that deserved to be revived from time to time.  John Knox stands among several men who faithfully raised the banner of the gospel and defended the truths of the Protestant Reformation.  Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Iain Murray guide readers through the life and legacy of theContinue reading “JOHN KNOX AND THE REFORMATION – Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Iain Murray”

THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD – A.W. Pink (1930)

In 1930, A.W. Pink  wrote The Sovereignty of God, an earthshaking book that awakened readers to the absolute and kingly control of God over all things.  I read the book for the first time in 1991 and have read it several times since. Pink defines sovereignty in the first chapter: “To say that God isContinue reading “THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD – A.W. Pink (1930)”

THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL – Jerry Bridges (2012)

I’ve been reading Jerry Bridges since the early 80’s and I’m continually amazed at the depth and breadth of his writing and his ability to make profound truths simple to understand.  The Word of God is never diluted or compromised.  For some reason, Bridges reminds me of a modern-day John Bunyan.  He just has aContinue reading “THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF THE GOSPEL – Jerry Bridges (2012)”