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In God's Grand Design: The Theological Vision of Jonathan Edwards professor and pastor Sean Michael Lucas has converted his years of teaching on Edwards' theology into this valuable overview of teh greates of American theologians. Exploring both redemption history and the application of God's redemptive work in the individual, Lucas unpacks Edwards's vision in this accessible, two-part framework, the resulting revelation of God's glorious work will strengthen our understanding of Edwards and of our own Christian life.
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Publication Date: 2011
Jonathan Edwards was a preacher, pastor, revivalist, and theologian. This volume unpacks his magnificent theological vision, which starts with Gods glory and ends with all creation returning to that glory.
Sean Michael Lucas has converted his years of teaching on Edwards into this valuable work, which places Edwardss vision in an accessible, two-part framework. Part one focuses on Edwardss understanding of redemption historyGods cosmic, grand work from eternity past to eternity future, where all things are united in Christ. Part two examines Edwardss perspective on "redemption applied"how that gracious, divine work unfolds in space and time to personally transform individuals, stirring their affections, illuminating their minds, and moving their wills to form new habits and practices.
This overview of Edwardss theology will prove to be a thought-provoking, encouraging guide to contemporary believers at every stage of their spiritual journey.
-Derek W. H. Thomas,
John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Minister of Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS
This is an edifying book on a most edifying person, one who became the most important pastor in all of American history. By focusing our attention on what mattered most to Edwards-authentic Christian living that derives from God's grace and reflects God's glory-Sean Lucas has written a book that can draw you nearer to God, even make you a better person. Good theology, well presented, leads to passionate, godly piety. Edwards and Lucas know this well. I pray that you will know it too.
-Douglas A. Sweeney,
Associate Professor of Church History, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
Sean Michael Lucas analyzes the ways that Jonathan Edwards understood the Christian life as both inconceivably vast and intensely personal and practical, demonstrating that there is still much to be learned from America's greatest philosopher-theologian. From his Introduction to the two invaluable Appendices, Lucas offers an eminently useful volume that reminds one of much of Edwards's own writing-technical yet accessible, scholarly yet pastoral.
-Richard A. Bailey
It is good for the church-and the heart-to see Sean Lucas, a modern pastor-theologian, working with such depth and clarity in the corpus of Jonathan Edwards, America's preeminent pastor-theologian. Lucas shows a mastery of the vast secondary and primary sources on and by Edwards, yet writes to be understood and to bless the church. If there is a better way to honor the New Light minister, I am not aware of it.
coauthor, The Essential Edwards Collection
Pastor DanWichita, KSAge: 55-65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Good scholarly research, yet very readableNovember 21, 2011Pastor DanWichita, KSAge: 55-65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5First of all I want to thank Crossway Books for sending a copy of this book seeking my thoughts via a review.
Sean Michael Lewis does a wonderful job of research and analysis of the preaching ministry of Jonathan Edwards. His years of teaching experience with this subject show in the way that he prepared and presented the material.
In today's culture and theology with it's resurgence of "preaching the Gospel from both the Old and New Testament" it is refreshing and reassuring to discover that Jonathan Edwards was preaching this way in his ministry long before today's resurgence. Edwards saw the Gospel as being previewed and painted in word pictures through the history of the Old Testament and the lives of the Patriarchs. He pulls the Gospel from Creation, from the story of Noah, the stories of Abraham and the nation of Israel, especially the exodus from Egypt and final settlement in the promised land. Edwards preaching of theology was solid and grounded in the Gospel. He was not a pioneer of that method, but he certainly was one who held the line and preached it well.
It was encouraging to know that with our modern day emphasis on the Gospel and how it is found in both the Old and New Testament I was pleasantly affirmed to know that the great Jonathan Edwards had walked this path before us.
This book is not an easy read, it will demand that you take your time, read it thoroughly and thoughtfully and then meditate on what you have read. Edwards is a figure that most of us have heard about, but we haven't studied much of his work. Instead we look at Calvin and Luther of John Moody and kind of skip over the era of the Puritans. But Lewis gives us a great gift in describing Edwards and his preaching. He extensively quotes Edwards and that reinforces the points that he is drawing us towards from the teaching ministry of Jonathan Edwards.
This is a book that every serious student of Theology should read. It will give you good understanding and encouragement of how a pastor daily thought about Theology, taught Theology through his sermons and lived it out in his life.