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|Title: Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service - eBook|
By: John Bolt, Stephen J. Nichols, Justin Taylor
Format: DRM Free ePub
Publication Date: 2015
Series: Theologians on the Christian Life
Stock No: WW78547EB
The importance of Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck to Reformed theology is difficult to overstate. Bavinck's comprehensive four volume systematic theology, Reformed Dogmatics, is a modern classic that has influenced countless pastors and theologians over the past 100 years. In Bavinck on the Christian Life, scholar John Bolt brings the great Dutch theologians life and work to bear on following Jesus in the 21st century. By practically applying Bavinck's systematic works to the Christian life and looking at the life of the man himself, this book shows the direct connection between robust theology, practical holiness, and personal joy.
John Owen is widely hailed as one of the greatest theologians of all time. His many worksespecially those encouraging Christians in their struggle against sincontinue to speak powerfully to readers today, offering much-needed spiritual guidance for following Christ and resisting temptation day in and day out. Starting with an overview of Owens life, ministry, and historical context, Michael Haykin and Matthew Barrett introduce readers to the pillars of Owens spiritual life. From exploring his understanding of believers fellowship with the triune God to highlighting his teaching on justification, this study invites us to learn about the Christian life from the greatest of the English Puritans.
Part of the Theologians on the Christian Life series.
Stephen J. Nichols (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer of Ligonier Ministries. Previously, he served as research professor of Christianity and culture at Lancaster Bible College. He is an editor (with Justin Taylor) of the Theologians on the Christian Life series and is the author of several books, including The Reformation, For Us and for Our Salvation, The Church History ABCs, and Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life.
Justin Taylor (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is senior vice president and publisher for books at Crossway. He has edited and contributed to several books including A God-Entranced Vision of All Things and Reclaiming the Center, and he blogs at Between Two Worlds - hosted by the Gospel Coalition.
-Richard J. Mouw,
President, Professor of Christian Philosophy, Fuller Theological Seminary
This obvious labor of love explores an important but insufficiently highlighted aspect of Bavinck's thought. Leaving virtually no pertinent stone unturned throughout his life and published works, Bolt provides both a full presentation of Bavinck's views and his own understanding of their continuing relevance for Christian discipleship today. Here is valuable instruction in Bavinck's thought presented in a way that will also stimulate the reader's own thinking on the issues raised.
-Richard B. Gaffin Jr.,
Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Emeritus, Westminster Theological Seminary
Trinitarian, Christ-centered, and culturally engaged, Herman Bavinck immerses us into a vivid vision of the gospel of Jesus Christ. His rich theological imagination provides a compelling alternative to the many vapid, pragmatic approaches to faith today. John Bolt provides an accessible and illuminating guide to Bavinck's theology of the Christian life in the most expansive sense: the Christian life of fellowship with God and others, in family, work, and politics. Bolt skillfully navigates these waters in order to open up the treasures of Bavinck for today's church.
Gordon H. Girod Research Professor of Reformed Theology, Western Theological Seminary, Holland, Michigan
Perhaps every generation in the church age could claim a need for Bavinck's perspective on the Christian life. We can't let our salt lose its saltiness and our light lose its brilliance - not now. Bavinck encourages us in this regard even as we are in the world, not of the world, and sent into the world. In one seamless volume, Bolt shows how Bavinck's contributions help correct our nearsightedness as we become tethered to his conviction that the Word of God is ever living and ever active in every day.
Pastor's wife, Redeemer Church of Dubai
Not one square inch of nature, work, culture, or history escaped the reach of Herman Bavinck's expansive Christ-centered worldview. Of the great Reformed theologians, Bavinck is the generous giant, with a heart as wide as his axiom 'grace restores nature.' Bavinck's vision of a sovereign Savior at work in the world, carefully grounded in the gospel, suits him to speak authoritatively on the Christian's place in this world. This book is a masterpiece from John Bolt, a man who knows Bavinck's mind as well as anyone.
Staff Writer and Researcher, desiringGod.org
Never before have I read such a fine and stimulating overview of Herman Bavinck's life and theology. John Bolt shows clearly why the study of Bavinck is growing worldwide and why this theology is a great help for today's Christians. Bavinck and Bolt are a great team!
Professor of Church History, Theological University of Apeldoorn; Director, Refo500, The Netherlands
Bolt's portrait of Bavinck and his theology captures the man himself: clear, elegant, biblically saturated, theologically rich, philosophically nuanced, irenic, and aimed at the Christian life. Drawing on a diversity of sources, Bolt not only brings the riches of Bavinck's mature theology into conversation with current theological concerns, but also applies it to the most practical elements of faith, marriage, family, work, and culture. He ably introduces readers to Bavinck's vision of the Christian life as part of God's movement of grace restoring nature and a cosmic redemption aimed at restoring and elevating creation to its intended goal. Most of all, it is a vision of following Jesus out into the world as the Father conforms his children into the image of the Son in the power of the Spirit for the sake of his glorious name.
Director of College and Young Adult Ministries, Trinity United Presbyterian Church, Santa Ana, California
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