A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life – J.I. Packer (1990)

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life by J.I. Packer is a superb introduction to the English Puritans.  For too long, the Puritans have been marginalized, unfairly caricatured, and relegated dusty boxes of books in the garage.  Packer intends to bring the Puritans to the forefront of Christian thought, precisely whereContinue reading “A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life – J.I. Packer (1990)”

THE CREEDAL IMPERATIVE – Carl R. Trueman (2012)

Several months I ago, I posted a piece on Veritas et Lux entitled, “No Creed But Christ.”  I have received a great deal of traffic as a response to this post and much of the feedback has been negative.  Carl Trueman also recognizes (and repudiates) this anti-confessional agenda and affirms the importance of creeds and confessionsContinue reading “THE CREEDAL IMPERATIVE – Carl R. Trueman (2012)”

HISTORICAL THEOLOGY: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine – Gregg Allison (2011)

I waited for Gregg Allison’s, Historical Theology for over a year.  After carefully devouring over 700 pages, Allison’s work does not disappoint. Historical Theology is patterned after Wayne Grudem’s, Systematic Theology and follows a topical-chronological framework that makes studying historical theology a real delight.  For those familiar with historical theology, a discipline that is oftenContinue reading “HISTORICAL THEOLOGY: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine – Gregg Allison (2011)”

A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life – J.I. Packer (1990)

A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life by J.I. Packer is a superb introduction to the English Puritans.  For too long, the Puritans have been marginalized, unfairly caricatured, and relegated dusty boxes of books in the garage.  Packer intends to bring the Puritans to the forefront of Christian thought, precisely whereContinue reading “A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life – J.I. Packer (1990)”

JONATHAN EDWARDS AND THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD – Douglas A. Sweeney (2009)

Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word by Douglas A. Sweeney is a superb overview of America’s greatest evangelical and intellectual.  Sweeney summarizes his life, pastoral ministry and theological framework. Sweeney reminds readers that Edwards opposed Arminian theology at every juncture.  For Edwards, Arminianism meant opposition to “the Reformation and its glorious doctrines ofContinue reading “JONATHAN EDWARDS AND THE MINISTRY OF THE WORD – Douglas A. Sweeney (2009)”

JONATHAN EDWARDS: LOVER OF GOD – Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney (2010)

Jonathan Edwards: Lover of God is the first installment in a series of five by Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney.  The Essential Edwards Collection includes additional works on beauty, heaven and hell, the good life, and true Christianity. If you have never met Jonathan Edwards before or if you are familiar with the name butContinue reading “JONATHAN EDWARDS: LOVER OF GOD – Owen Strachan and Doug Sweeney (2010)”

HERESY: A History of Defending the Truth – Alistair McGrath (2009)

Heresy: A History of Defending the Truth, by Alister McGrath is a detailed overview of the progression of heresy in the church.  Part one defines heresy and provides a helpful summary of the origins of the idea of heresy.  “The essential feature of heresy is that it is not unbelief (rejection of the core beliefsContinue reading “HERESY: A History of Defending the Truth – Alistair McGrath (2009)”