Archive for August, 2012


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1. The Work Of The Ministry By W. H. Griffith Thomas (PDF)

The Work of the Ministry, perhaps Griffith Thomas’ greatest book. The substance of that book was delivered as lectures at Wycliffe Hall.

Excerpt from a biographer:

His addresses on Pastoralia, in view of his varied experiences in different spheres and his wide reading, must have been specially helpful. Much of what he then gave was reproduced later in The Work of the Ministry. The second part on Preaching is unrivalled in its grasp of the subject and its suggestiveness. “Think yourself empty, read yourself full, write yourself clear, pray yourself keen—then enter the pulpit and let yourself go!” It would be hard to better that as a general counsel.

2. The Importance of Christian Scholarship By J. Gresham Machen (PDF)

This article contains three lectures given at meetings of the Bible League in CaxtonHall, Westminster, London on June 17, 1932.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Introduction

Modern Teaching

“Religious Education”

I. The Importance of Christian Scholarship for Evangelism

II. The Importance of Christian Scholarship for Defense of the Faith

III. The Importance of Christian Scholarship for the Building Up of the Church

3. The Religious Life of Theological Students By Benjamin B. Warfield (PDF)

Delivered as an address at the Autumn Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary on October 4, 1911. Dr. Warfield shows the importance for those preparing for the ministry to grow both as scholars and as people of God. (15 Pages)

Review:

In his address called The Religious Life of Theological Students, delivered at Princeton Theological Seminary on the 4th of October 1911, Benjamin B. Warfield stressed the need for servants of God to be both learned and religious. The man without learning, Warfield noted, no matter with what other gifts he may be endowed, is unfit for his duties. Because he was addressing students in particular, the burden of his lecture was on their “religious” or spiritual life—that is, Warfield was warning these students about the dangers of studying apart from worship, of seeking knowledge apart from godliness. Severing knowledge and godliness is indeed perilous to the soul. Apart from godliness, knowledge merely puffs up into vanity and pride; apart from knowledge, godliness proves thin and unstable, tossing one about by every wind of doctrine.

Dr. L. Michael Morales, Reformation Bible College


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1. The Doctrine of Repentance by Thomas WatsonThe Doctrine Of Repentance

One of the easiest to read Puritans, Thomas Watson, explains what true Christian repentance looks like in the believers life. A quote from the Foreword: “Repentance is never out of season…”

Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting, are essential to true Christianity. Few better guides have existed in any area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. A good case could be made out for believing that “repentance” is one of the least used words in the Christian church today. In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in sociological terms, the biblical teaching on repentance has inevitably been ignored. Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.
Watson was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twentieth century. Watson shows what gospel repentance is: Repentance is a grace of God’s Spirit whereby a sinner is inwardly humbled and visibly reformed.
For a further amplification, know that repentance is a spiritual medicine made up of six special ingredients:
1. Sight of sin
2. Sorrow for sin
3. Confession of sin
4. Shame for sin
5. Hatred for sin
6. Turning from sin
If any one is left out it loses its virtue.

2. A Lifting Up For The Downcast By William Bridge

Depression is not unique to our times. To encourage the depressed, Bridge wrote this choice book and filled it with the kind of rich encouragement which our generation too rarely hears.

A quote from the book:A Lifting Up For The Downcast

“Suppose that a man have sinned greatly against his conscience, or against his light, against his knowledge, hath he not just cause or reason then to be cast down, and to be quite discouraged? No; for if there be a sacrifice for such a sin as this is, then a man hath no reason to be quite discouraged; cause to be humbled … but no reason to be discouraged. … Do you not think that Peter, when he denied his Lord and Master, sinned against his conscience, against his light, and against his knowledge? … for though your sin be great, is not God’s mercy great, exceeding great? Is not the satisfaction made by Christ great? …Is Jesus Christ only a Mediator for small sins? Will you bring down the satisfaction of Christ, and the mercy of God, to your own model? Has not the Lord said concerning pardoning mercy, that His ‘thoughts are not as our thoughts, but as the heavens are greater than the earth, so are his thoughts (in this respect) beyond our thoughts’?”


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The Moslem Christ By Samuel M Zwemer
What do Moslems believe about Jesus? What are the deep significances attached to the names they assign Jesus in the Koran? What does the Koran teach about Christ’s life, deeds, teachings, his crucifixion and his Coming Again? And how does any Christian reach a Moslem with the truth of who Christ really is without alienating them? All this and much more is answered in this scholarly yet very readable work by a Christian missionary to the Moslem World.

The Moslem Jesus is an essay on the life, character, and teachings of Jesus Christ according to the Qur’an and the Orthodox traditions. Islam is the only of the great non-Christian religions which gives a place to Christ in its book, and yet it is also one of the non-Christian religions which denies His deity. This volume provides a gateway to understanding what Islam teaches about Christ and ends with a chapter on how to preach to Muslims about Christ with this knowledge.

About the Author

Samuel Zwemer was a missionary to Arabia from 1890—1913, and then served in Egypt until 1929. Loving the Mohammedans passionately and knowing their religion thoroughly, with an almost perfect command of Arabic and an accurate knowledge of the Koran, he was known as the lion-hearted missionary who confounded the Arabs out of their own scriptures with the truth of Christ. Samuel Zwemer worked tirelessly for an enlargement of the missionary force to the Moslem world. After returning to the USA, he taught at Princeton Theological Seminary until 1952.


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1. The Doctrine of Justification By James Buchanan

Doctrine of Justification by James Buchanan

‘The doctrine of justification by faith is like Atlas: it bears a world on its shoulders, the entire evangelical knowledge of saving grace … This is still the best text book on the subject…’ – J. I. Packer

“James Buchanan’s ‘Doctrine of Justification’ is THE classic work on this cardinal doctrine by which a church stands or falls. After lucidly covering the historical development of the doctrine through the Old Testament, the apostolic age, the scholastic divines, the Reformation and Counter Reformation, and in the Church of England, Buchanan expounds the doctrine itself by covering the scriptural meaning of the term, its relation to the law and justice of God, its relation to the mediatorial work of Christ, its relation to grace and works, and more. The chapter on justification in relation to the work of the Holy Spirit is alone worth the price of the book. Throughout, Buchanan systematizes the doctrine of justification in an orthodox Reformed manner that is fully reliable, is consistent with all the doctrines of grace, and is still relevant to the burning issues of our day, such as the New Perspective. A new introduction by Dr. Gerald Bilkes on the New Perspective is also a great help. If you can only afford to read one book on justification, read this definitive work.” – Joel R. Beeke

2. The Religious Affections By Jonathan Edwards

Religious Affections by Jonathan Edwards

A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections is a famous publication written in 1746 by Jonathan Edwards

describing his philosophy about the process of Christian conversion in Northampton, Massachusetts during the Great Awakening, which emanated from Edwards’ congregation starting in 1734

The author’s object in this book is to distinguish between true and false religion by showing the marks of a saving work of the Holy Spirit in our lives. In his Preface, Edwards stresses the importance of using “our utmost endeavors clearly to discern … wherein true religion does consist.” For “till this be done, it may be expected that great revivings of religion will be but of short continuance.”

3. Commentary on Galatians and Ephesians By John Calvin

Commentary on Galatians and Ephesians is an impressive commentary. Calvin is regarded as one of the Reformation’s

Galatians and Ephesians by John Calvin

best interpreters of scripture. He frequently offers his own translations of a passage, explaining the subtleties and nuances of his translation. He has a penchant for incorporating keen pastoral insight into the text as well. He always interacts with other theologians, commentators, and portions of the Bible when interpreting a particular passage. Further, this volume also contains informative notes from the editor. Calvin’s Commentary on Galatians and Ephesians should not be ignored by anyone interested in those books or John Calvin himself.

“The fundamental issue for John Calvin, from the beginning of his life to the end, was the issue of the centrality and supremacy and majesty of the glory of God.” — John Piper


Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices By Thomas Brooks

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This book is a must-read for every Christian, especially those who are struggling or tampering with sin.

Satan hates “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” because it exposes his methods. More than that, it offers biblical methods to avoid and overcome temptation. The message and content of “Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices” are as useful today as they were many ages ago when it was written. The profound depths of insight that Thomas Brooks delivers makes it worthy of reading over and over again.

Whether you are downhearted, unsure about the topic of spiritual warfare, or want to successfully battle pride, unbelief, or lust, this book has it all.

A quote from the preface to the book:

“Beloved in our dearest Lord, Christ, the Scripture, your own hearts, and Satan’s devices, are the four prime things that should be first and most studied and searched. If any cast off the study of these, they cannot be safe here, nor happy hereafter. It is my work as a Christian, but much more as I am a Watchman, to do my best to discover the fullness of Christ, the emptiness of the creature, and the snares of the great deceiver; which I have endeavored to do in the following discourse, according to that measure of grace which I have received from the Lord.”

A Review: 

Most of the Puritans knew Satan better than they knew their best friend. Not that they were intimate with the Devil, but they knew his devices so well and with such clarity that it would have almost seemed they could, by the power of the Spirit, expose every one of his hell-deserving schemes.

In this small book, Thomas Brooks teaches the Christian that Satan is alive and well, and desires to destroy the Christian by his many devices. However, Brooks arms the Christians not only with that knowledge but also with the knowledge that the devices have remedies which may be applied to them. The Christian has weapons for the war. There are precious remedies clearly taught in God’s word which flow from the throne of grace into the minds and hearts of the saints to fight against the wiles of the devil. And being thus equipped we can say with Paul “we are not unaware of his devices.”

Charles H. Spurgeon wrote: “As a writer, Brooks scatters stars with both his hands. He has dust of gold: in his storehouse are all manner of precious stones. Genius is always marvelous, but when sanctified it is matchless.”


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Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther

Probably the most popular biography of Martin Luther written in English is Roland Bainton’s Here I Stand: A Life Of Martin Luther.  Easily readable and digestible material, historically reliable. It’s been in print for over 50 years now. The book presents the basic “facts” about the 16th Century Reformation in non-technical terms.

“I cannot.. I will not… recant! Here I stand.” This authoritative and inspiring story paints a vivid portrait of the crusader who spearheaded the Reformation. Considered one of the most readable biographies of Martin Luther, this volume is an illustrated look at the German religious reformer and his influence on Western civilization.

Martin Luther entered a monastery as a youth and as a man shattered the structure of the medieval church. Luther spoke out against the corrupt religious practices that then existed. His demand that the authority for doctrine and practice be Scriptures, rather than Popes or Councils, echoed around the world and ignited the Great Reformation. Accused of heresy and threatened with excommunication and death, Luther maintained his bold stand and refused to recant. In his crusade to eliminate religious abuses, he did more than any other man to establish the Protestant faith. With sound historical scholarship and penetrating insight, Roland Bainton examines Luther’s widespread influence. He re-creates the spiritual setting of the sixteenth century, showing Luther’s place within it and influence upon it. Richly illustrated with more than 100 woodcuts and engravings from Luther’s own time, Here I Stand dramatically brings to life Martin Luther, the great reformer.

Reviews:

”Easily the most readable Luther biography in English.” –Time

”Of the many superlative treatments, a half-century-old study by Roland Bainton, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther, has justly won a reputation as a classic work on a classic subject.” –Mark Noll, author and historian.

A review from 1950 states, “Dr. Bainton, who holds the Titus Street Professorship of Ecclesiastical History in the Yale Divinity School, is one of the foremost Reformation scholars in this country—a fact which in itself lends considerable worth to this work”[Westminster Theological Journal Volume 13 (Vol. 13, Page 164)].

About the Author:

A specialist in Reformation history, Roland H. Bainton was for forty-two years Titus Street Professor of ecclesiastical history at Yale, and he continued his writing well into his twenty years of retirement. Bainton wore his scholarship lightly and had a lively, readable style. His most popular book was Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther (1950)–which sold more than a million copies. Martin Luther (1483-1546) was a German monk, priest, professor, theologian, and church reformer, whose teachings inspired the Reformation and deeply influenced the doctrines and culture of the Lutheran and Protestant traditions.


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The Works Of John Newton 6 Vols

The Works of John Newton contains Newton’s most important sermons, hymns, letters, political and social tracts, and other writings—nearly 4,000 pages of material.

Product Description

Although Newton is remembered for his preaching, his hymn-writing, and his outspoken support of the abolitionist movement, he also wrote hundreds of letters, which are included in this collection. The Works of John Newton also contains Richard Cecil’s 129-page biography, first published in 1809, two years after Newton’s death. This biography includes factual information on Newton’s life and reflections on his legacy and influence.

Overview

John Newton was one of the key figures in the evangelical movement in eighteenth century England. As a slave trader, Newton experienced a powerful conversion after he was nearly shipwrecked. As the spiritual mentor of William Wilberforce, Newton was influential in the abolitionist movement. He also preached before the British Parliament and wrote extensively on political issues. After leaving behind the slave trade, Newton became an influential preacher, a prolific writer, and an author of hundreds of hymn texts—which are included in this collection. In fact, “Amazing Grace,” which Newton wrote, has become arguably the most popular hymn ever written.

Reviews:

In few writers are Christian doctrine, experience, and practice more happily balanced than in the author of these letters, and few write with more simplicity, piety, and force.

—Charles Spurgeon

Grace, like water, always flows downward, to the lowest place. I know no one who embodies this principle better than John Newton . . .

—Philip Yancey, author, Grace Notes

I keep John Newton on my select shelf of spiritual books . . .

—Alexander Whyte, Professor of New Testament, New College, 1909

He moved in the lowest and vilest circles and sank to the depths of vice, and yet there emerges from this stormy story a man who not only commands the affection of any humane soul, but who showed himself then and afterwards capable of the highest Christian graces.

—Erik Routley, pastor and hymn writer