SUPERNATURAL LIVING FOR NATURAL PEOPLE – Raymond Ortlund Jr.

If Ray Ortlund Jr. wrote a book about dirt, I would gobble it up.  I respect him that much.  So when Dr. Ortlund puts his hand to the plow and excavates some of the jewels that emerge in Romans chapter 8, I’m an eager learner.  Of course, Ortlund does not disappoint.  The title of theContinue reading “SUPERNATURAL LIVING FOR NATURAL PEOPLE – Raymond Ortlund Jr.”

SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD – Jonathan Edwards (1741)

I’ll never forget a very special evening with a small group of Christ-followers at the McLean home.  My good friend, Don suggested that we read Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God by Jonathan Edwards in one sitting – on our knees.  And so a group of middle-aged adults gathered in Don’s living room alongside severalContinue reading “SINNERS IN THE HANDS OF AN ANGRY GOD – Jonathan Edwards (1741)”

GOD GLORIFIED IN MAN’S DEPENDENCE – Jonathan Edwards

“God is glorified in the work of redemption in this, that there appears in it so absolute and universal a dependence of the redeemed on him.”  This is the doctrine that Jonathan Edwards sets forth in his sermon, God Glorified in Man’s Dependence.  He provides two central anchors that support his doctrine. “… So thatContinue reading “GOD GLORIFIED IN MAN’S DEPENDENCE – Jonathan Edwards”

MEN NATURALLY GOD’S ENEMIES – Jonathan Edwards (Part 6)

Edwards pens his concluding remarks by demonstrating how God may justly withhold mercy and by offering a brief section that he entitles, practical improvement (what we would call application). 7. God May Justly Withhold Mercy The primary argument that Edwards sets forth is basic: Since unconverted men are naturally hostile to God and prove to beContinue reading “MEN NATURALLY GOD’S ENEMIES – Jonathan Edwards (Part 6)”

MEN NATURALLY GOD’S ENEMIES – Jonathan Edwards (Part 5)

In this fifth post, Edwards turns his attention to the reality of restraining grace.  Additionally, he explores the reasons why natural men refuse to come to Christ. 5. Restraining Grace a Great Privilege Edwards poses a critical question: “If all natural men are God’s enemies, what would they not do, if they were not restrained?”  ChiefContinue reading “MEN NATURALLY GOD’S ENEMIES – Jonathan Edwards (Part 5)”

MEN NATURALLY ARE GOD’S ENEMIES – Jonathan Edwards (Part 1)

“For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son …” (Rom. 5:10a) is the text that Jonathan Edwards has in mind when he sets out to write his miscellaneous discourse entitled, Men Naturally Are God’s Enemies. The book is arranged in eight sections. The Puritans were fondContinue reading “MEN NATURALLY ARE GOD’S ENEMIES – Jonathan Edwards (Part 1)”

A WARNING TO PROFESSORS – Jonathan Edwards

Making a profession of Christian faith is simple.  It is a matter of merely mouthing the words; it is a matter of making mental ascent to a set of doctrinal standards.  However, one should never minimize  the importance of professing one’s faith and embracing a body of doctrine.  Indeed, Paul reminds us, “For with theContinue reading “A WARNING TO PROFESSORS – Jonathan Edwards”

GOSPEL WAKEFULNESS – Jared C. Wilson (2011)

In the 1746, Jonathan Edwards wrote Religious Affections (See my Review) – one of the most significant books ever written.     Edwards’ thesis is plain: “True religion, in great part, consists in holy affections.”  Gospel Wakefulness by Jared C. Wilson explores similar themes.  His thesis is a complement to Edwards: “Gospel wakefulness means treasuring Christ more greatlyContinue reading “GOSPEL WAKEFULNESS – Jared C. Wilson (2011)”

GOD’S PASSION FOR HIS GLORY – John Piper (1998)

Some books are worth reading again and again.  John Piper’s excellent work is such a book.  God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards is composed of two parts.  Part One is a Personal Encounter with Jonathan Edwards.  Part Two is a republication of Jonathan Edwards magisterial work, The End for Which God CreatedContinue reading “GOD’S PASSION FOR HIS GLORY – John Piper (1998)”

SIGNS OF GODLINESS – Jonathan Edwards (1730)

Jonathan Edwards’ short essay entitled, Signs of Godliness, sets forth a clear thesis that appears at the end of the work: “The grand secret of being real, thorough Christians lies in these two things: in cleaving to Christ as our only portion, so as therein to renounce the world; and in trusting in Christ asContinue reading “SIGNS OF GODLINESS – Jonathan Edwards (1730)”