Martin Luther – How to Hear God Speak

4 Aug

He who wants to hear God speak should read Holy Scripture.

~Martin Luther~

Luther’s Works, Vol. 41: Church and Ministry III, ed. Jaroslav Jan Pelikan, Hilton C. Oswald, and Helmut T. Lehmann, vol. 41 (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1999), 332.

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SALE: Charles Hodge’s Systematic Theology – 3 Volumes for $20

3 Aug

Charles Hodge Systematics has Charles Hodge’s three volume Systematic Theology on sale again for $20.

This was the magnum opus of one of America’s most prominent theologians and offers an in-depth exploration of theology, anthropology, soteriology, and eschatology. This monumental work, now a standard for theological students, was written while Hodge served as a professor at Princeton (replacing the use of Francis Turretin’s “Elenctic Theology”) where he permanently influenced American Christianity as a teacher, preacher, and exegete. Includes a comprehensive index. Three hardcovers, from Hendrickson.”

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John Calvin – General Revelation and the Spectacles of Faith

3 Aug


It is therefore in vain that so many burning lamps shine for us in the workmanship of the universe to show forth the glory of its Author. Although they bathe us wholly in their radiance, yet they can of themselves in no way lead us into the right path. Surely they strike some sparks, but before their fuller light shines forth these are smothered. For this reason, the apostle, in that very passage where he calls the worlds the images of things invisible, adds that through faith we understand that they have been fashioned by God’s word [Heb. 11:3]. He means by this that the invisible divinity is made manifest in such spectacles, but that we have not the eyes to see this unless they be illumined by the inner revelation of God through faith. And where Paul teaches that what is to be known of God is made plain from the creation of the universe [Rom. 1:19], he does not signify such a manifestation as men’s discernment can comprehend; but, rather, shows it not to go farther than to render them inexcusable. The same apostle also, even if he somewhere denies that God is to be sought far off, inasmuch as he dwells within us [Acts 17:27], in another place teaches of what avail that sort of nearness is, saying: “In past generations the Lord let the nations follow their own ways. Yet God did not leave himself without witness, sending benefits from heaven, giving rain and fruitful seasons, filling men’s hearts with food and gladness” [Acts 14:16–17; vs. 15–16, Vg.]. Therefore, although the Lord does not want for testimony while he sweetly attracts men to the knowledge of himself with many and varied kindnesses, they do not cease on this account to follow their own ways, that is, their fatal errors.

~John Calvin~

Institutes of the Christian Religion, Volumes 1 & 2, ed. John T. McNeill, trans. Ford Lewis Battles, The Library of Christian Classics (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press, 2011) Vol. 1.5.14 p. 68.

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What to Read on the Christian Doctrine of the Trinity

3 Jul

When any discussion or debate comes up about vital Christian doctrines it is often a great opportunity to get book and article suggestions for further study on the topic.

Dr. Mark Jones has done just such a service for us by producing an annotated bibliography for what to read next if one is wanting to read more about the Christian doctrine of the trinity.

Find Dr. Mark Jones’ annotated bibliography here.

In addition to this, I have put all of his recommendations together into an organized list on Amazon for your convenience.

Find the recommended books on what to read next about the Trinity on Amazon here.

An Updated Version of John Calvin’s Sermons on 1 Timothy

5 Mar


“Today John Calvin is often thought of only as a theologian. However, he was first and foremost a preacher of the word of God. Here his sermon series through 1 Timothy is made accessible in English once again. Previously these sermons were available only in a rough facsimile of a 1579 translation. In this volume the language and spelling have been updated to give better access to these powerful sermons preached during a time of intense struggle in the church in Geneva. 

Significantly different from Calvin’s commentaries, these sermons show Calvin the pastor with a deep evangelistic burden. The sermons are valuable for personal reading, sermon preparation, reflection on pastoral ministry, and as models for sermons.”

Kindle Price: $2.99

Kindle Deals: Crossway’s “Theologians on the Christian Life” Series on Sale

24 Feb


Many titles from Crossway’s “Theologians of the Christian Life” are on sale for Kindle right now. These books are about specific individuals that have had profound influence on the life of the church through the ages and they are written by students of the particular individuals with a view to presenting their life and thought to readers in the present day. Check them out!

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John Murray’s Collected Writings on Sale

18 Feb

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All four volumes of the Collected Writings of John Murray are on sale at Westminster Book for $109 (down from $150+). See below for more information on each volume:

Volume 1: The Claims of Truth contains the most important of John Murray’s shorter writings and addresses between the years 1935 and 1973. They have been placed together in this opening volume of his Collected Writings as the best introduction to his thought on wide range of Christian truth. Murray’s belief was that, while the expression of truth ‘may be expanded indefinitely and furnish nourishment for the highest intellects to eternity’, it is also capable of presentation in popular and generally-understood terms. Accordingly, he speaks in these pages not so much to students as to the church at large in this critical century of her history. Such chapters as ‘Some Necessary Emphases in Preaching’, ‘The Power of the Holy Spirit’, and ‘The Church of Mission’, show how thoroughly he understood the great inadequacies of much contemporary Christianity.

Volume 2: Systematic Theology provides virtually John Murray’s own selection from his articles and lectures in systematic theology. In it will be found definitive treatments of subjects upon which, in the judgement of many, he advanced the frontiers of reformed theology and gave fresh elucidation of biblical truth. This is most evident in the chapters on Adamic Administration and Definitive Sanctification, but the seed-thoughts of further insight are also clearly evident in many other places.

The arrangement is in seven sections which deal comprehensively with the themes of Man, Common Grace, Christ and Redemption (2 sections), Sanctification , Church and Sacraments, and the Last Things. To the authors own selection the publishers have added material from his class lectures. None of the 36 chapters has previously appeared in any of John Murray’s volumes.

Volume 3: Life, Sermons, Reviews brings to the reader both the story of his life and some of the choicest fruit of his ministry. Since the publication of volumes one and two of the Collected Writings of John Murray, this third volume in the series has been eagerly awaited. As promised, it contains an extensive account of Murray’s life and the first published collection of his sermons. Added to these are the penetrating and valuable book reviews which he contributed to The Westminster Theological Journal during the period 1939-1953. Iain H. Murray’s biography of John Murray traces his life from his boyhood days in the north of Scotland at the turn of the century, through the First World War (in which he suffered the loss of one eye), his theological training at Princeton and his long ministry as a Seminary Professor in Philadelphia, until his retirement, his return to his native Scotland, and his late marriage and brief period of fatherhood. The biography closes with a moving account of his last days during the early months of 1974.

Volume 4: Studies in Theology is the concluding volume in the Collected Writings of John Murray. Like the preceding volumes it presents a selection of the finest work, produced mainly during his long and distinguished ministry as Professor of Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia. Volume 4 includes articles dealing with several areas of doctrine which lay close to Murray’s heart. Among them is the hitherto unpublished work, ‘Jesus, the Son of God’, which is possibly his last piece of theological writing. Its chief characteristic – as with all of Murray’s writings – lies in the way in which the text of Scripture suffuses everything he says. This concern to be thoroughly biblical applied also to his doctrine of Scripture, to Christology, and to his understanding of the proclamation of the gospel and the Christian ethic. Outstanding articles in each of these areas may be found in these pages.

Reformed Ethics by Herman Bavinck – A New Translation Project

22 Jan

Below is an excerpt from a recent editorial in the Bavinck Review updating readers on the exciting news of a discovery and subsequent plans to translate a volume from Herman Bavinck on Reformed Ethics which will likely be produced in three English volumes:

Readers of this journal were introduced in our first issue to Dirk Van Keulen’s discovery in the Bavinck archives at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, of a large hand-written manuscript, Reformed Ethics. A small group of Bavinck scholars at the time agreed that this work should be published and translated. After Dirk Van Keulen prepared an electron- ic, transcribed version of the first half of the manuscript (560 pages), your editor began translating and annotating the work in 2012. I came to the realization in the winter of 2013/14 that at the pace I was going, it was going to take a lot longer than I had initially envisioned. With the help of a gift from the Dutch Reformed Translation Society and a number of generous benefactors, I was able to hire out the translation work, a section at a time. In addition, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Fund of Calvin Theological Society, an editorial team consisting of myself, Dirk Van Keulen, Nelson Kloosterman, and Ph.D. students Jessica Driesenga and Antoine Theron, spent the week of August 3–7, 2015 carefully editing already translated sections, establishing editorial protocol for the work as a whole. Deo volente, we will repeat this communal editorial work in the summers of 2016, 2017, and 2018. Readers of this journal who are also members of the Bavinck Society already know that the American mem- bers of the editorial team got a large surprise this summer when we learned that the Bavinck manuscript was over 1100 pages instead of the 560 total that we were working with. This also means that instead of a one-volume work, we are now projecting a three-volume work along the following lines:

I. Created, Fallen, and Converted Humanity
II. The Duties of the Christian Life (Ten Commandments)
III. The Life of the Redeemed in the World (Marriage and Family)

We are profoundly grateful to the Baker Publishing Group for its willingness to take on the enlarged project. It is our goal to have the translated and edited Volume I in the hands of the publisher January 2017.

A final word of thanks to long-time friends Harry Van Dyke and Nelson Kloosterman for the gift of their translations that enrich this volume.

~John Bolt~

Bavinck Review Volume 6, 2015.

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Kindle Deals: NAC Commentaries & More

2 Dec

Almost every New American Commentary Kindle Book is on sale for $2.99: View them all here
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John Paton: I Saw Him Watching All the Scene

10 Aug

They encircled us in a deadly ring, and one kept urging another to strike the first blow or fire the first shot. My heart rose up to the Lord Jesus; I saw Him watching all the scene. My peace came back to me like a wave from God. I realized that I was immortal till my Master’s work with me was done. The assurance came to me, as if a voice out of Heaven had spoken, that not a musket would be fired to wound us, not a club prevail to strike us, not a spear leave the hand in which it was held vibrating to be thrown, not an arrow leave the bow, or a killing stone the fingers, without the permission of Jesus Christ, whose is all power in Heaven and on Earth. He rules all Nature, animate and inanimate, and restrains even the Savage of the South Seas. In that awful hour I saw His own words, as if carved in letters of fire upon the clouds of Heaven: “Seek, and ye shall find. Whatsoever ye shall ask in My Name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.” I could understand how Stephen and John saw the glorified Savior as they gazed up through suffering and persecution to the Heavenly Throne!

~John G. Paton~

John G Paton, Missionary to the New Hebrides. An Autobiography. (Edinburgh, Scotland; The Banner of Truth Trust; 1994) p. 207.

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