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RECOVERING THE REFORMATION

Today, you will have an opportunity to pick up Stephen Nichol’s excellent book, Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought (2002) for $1.99.

Students of the Reformation will also want to pick up my new book, Bold Reformer: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther.  Here’s a brief sample: Bold Reformer - d5

The Protestant Reformers were men of unbending principle.  They were men of unyielding conviction.  These men fought relentlessly  for the truth.  Some of the battle took place privately as godly men wrote books and treatises, which magnified the mighty work of the gospel.  Much of the battle, however, took place in public as the reformers made their bold ascent into the pulpit.  Lines were drawn, the Word of God was declared, and lives were forever changed.

Oh, that we would recover the spirit of the Protestant Reformers in our day.  May our pulpits reflect the great truths that Luther boldly proclaimed.  May the great Name of Jesus be exalted in our generation.

Soli Deo gloria!

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BOLD REFORMER: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther – David S. Steele

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On April 1, 2016 my new book, Bold Reformer will be available at Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble.com, and Booksamillon.com.  Here’s a brief summary:

On October 31, 1517 Martin Luther nailed the ninety-five theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. One act of courage sparked a theological firestorm in Germany that set the world ablaze in a matter of days. Spreading like wildfire, thousands were introduced to the gospel which is received by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.

Bold Reformer: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther takes readers on a journey through a remarkable period of church history. It will challenge contemporary readers to learn the lessons of courage, and perseverance. It will inspire a new generation of people to follow Jesus, obey Jesus, and worship the Savior with all their heart, soul, mind, and strength. It invites a new generation of Christ-followers to recover the gospel in their generation and make their stand as a bold reformer.

Bold Reformer is born out of personal pastoral turmoil and inspired by the courage of Martin Luther.  My hope is that many pastors, Christian leaders and Christ-followers will be encouraged as a result of reading this book; that God will propel them into the future by his grace and for his glory.

Soli Deo gloria!

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

RTP_2701_DUSTJACKET_martin_luther_sept12a.inddDr. 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 God and proclaimed the truth of God – John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, John Knox, and Charles Haddon Spurgeon.  The newest offering is a riveting account of the life and legacy of the great Protestant Reformer, Martin Luther.

Chapter one surveys Luther’s pilgrimage from spiritual death to spiritual life and his ascent to the pulpit.  Readers familiar with Roland Bainton’s classic work, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther will appreciate Lawson’s approach here.   They will certainly appreciate Lawson’s unique ability to weave many details of Luther’s life into a few short pages.

The remaining chapters which comprise the core of the book focus on Luther’s preaching.  The author examines Luther’s deep conviction concerning God’s Word, his commitment to toiling hard in the study, his commitment to the text of Scripture, his passion in the pulpit, and his fearless approach to preaching God’s Word.

Once again, Steve Lawson has done a great service for the church.  This short volume will no doubt awaken a sleeping church.  It will alert them to indispensable need for expository preaching; preaching that is faithful to Scripture.  Faithful preaching, of course always magnifies the doctrines of grace, which is to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ – so that nations will treasure him above all.

5 stars