Communion with Our Triune God
The writing and teaching of John Owen, a 17th century pastor and theologian, continues to serve the church. Daily communion with God characterized his life and equipped him for both ministry and persecution.
In The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen, the latest addition to the Long Line of Godly Men series, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson offers careful reflection and insight for Christians today as he highlights Owen's faith in the triune God of Scripture. We're reminded that regardless of our circumstances we can know God, enjoy Him, and encourage others.
The True Cost of the English Bible
Early in the sixteenth century, legislative decree in England controlled people's access to Scripture and prohibited an English Bible. But theologian and linguist, William Tyndale, was determined to provide his fellow countrymen with Scripture they could read.
In The Daring Mission of William Tyndale, the latest addition to the Long Line of Godly Men series, Dr. Steven J. Lawson traces this daring mission, which was ultimately used by God to ignite the English Reformation yet would cost Tyndale his life. From one man's labor, we're reminded of God's faithfulness to preserve His Word and equip His people.
John Knox, the great Reformer of Scotland, is often remembered as something akin to a biblical prophet born out of time strong and brash, thundering in righteous might. In truth, he was low in stature, and physically frail, a small man who was often sickly and afflicted with doubts and fears.
In The Mighty Weakness of John Knox, a new Long Line Profile from Reformation Trust Publishing, author Douglas Bond shows that Knox did indeed accomplish herculean tasks, but not because he was strong and resolute in himself. Rather, he was greatly used because he was submissive to God; therefore, God strengthened him. That strength was displayed as Knox endured persecution and exile, faced down the wrath of mighty monarchs, and prayed, preached, and wrote with no fear of man, but only a desire to manifest the glory of God and to please Him.
For those who see themselves as too weak, too small, too timid, or simply too ordinary for service in God s kingdom, Knox s life offers a powerful message of hope the biblical truth that God often delights to work most powerfully through people who are most weak in themselves but most strong in Him.
During the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century, the Reformers' most effective tool was the pulpit, and all of the Reformers were gifted preachers. This was especially true of Martin Luther, the man regarded as the father of the Reformation.
Luther used every legitimate means to make known the truths of Scripture. His strategies included writing books, tracts, pamphlets, and letters, as well as classroom lectures, public debates, and heated disputations in churches and universities. But his chief means of producing reform was the pulpit, where he proclaimed the truths of God's Word with great courage. In a day when the church greatly needed to hear the truth, Luther's pulpit became one of the most clarion sounding boards for God's Word this world has ever witnessed.
In The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther, Dr. Steven J. Lawson shows the convictions and practices that fed Luther's pulpit boldness, providing an example for all preachers in a day when truth once more is in decline.
England in the twentieth century was in the grips of theological liberalism. It was thought that no modern person could accept the claims of the Bible. Preaching was filled with maudlin platitudes and empty moralizing.
Into this dark atmosphere stepped the man known as "the Doctor." D. Martin Lloyd-Jones was a physician by training, and he embarked on a promising career in medicine. But after having been converted, Lloyd-Jones felt an irresistible call to preach. In answering this call, he engaged in a ministry that would exert profound influence on both sides of the Atlantic. From his pulpit at Westminster Chapel in London, he set a new standard for faithfully proclaiming the Word of God while combating the influence of liberalism in his day.
In The Expository Genius of John Calvin, Dr. Steven J. Lawson delves into the practices, commitments, and techniques that made John Calvin, the great Reformer of the sixteenth century, such an effective preacher during his long pastorate at Saint Pierre Cathedral in Geneva, Switzerland. Dr. Lawson identifies thirty-two distinctives of Calvin's preaching, providing comments from Calvin's writings, quotations from Reformation scholars, and examples from Calvin's own sermons to reinforce his points. In the end, Dr. Lawson finds in Calvin a strong model for expository preaching and calls on modern pastors to follow the Reformer's example.
Steve Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. Dr. Lawson serves on the board of directors of The Master's College and on the ministerial board for Reformed Theological Seminary. He teaches with Dr. John MacArthur at the Expositor's Institute.
England in the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries was in the midst of spiritual decline, marked by lifeless sermons, strife, persecution, and malaise. Into this dark time, George Whitefield burst forth as one of the greatest preachers the church had seen since the time of the Apostles.
Called the "Grand Itinerant" for his unprecedented preaching ministry, Whitefield crossed the Atlantic Ocean numerous times and lit fires of revival on two continents. Yet, as Dr. Steven J. Lawson illustrates in this latest entry in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles series, we must note that Whitefield was a man whose extraordinary evangelistic fervor was marked by remarkable piety and deep theology, and whose unswerving devotion to his God led him to risk all that he had to preach the name of Christ.
Charles Spurgeon, the great Baptist preacher of nineteenthcenturyLondon, is remembered today as "the prince ofpreachers." However, the strength of Spurgeon's ministrywent far beyond simple rhetorical skill. With a foundationalcommitment to the Bible, Spurgeon fearlessly taught thedoctrines of grace and tirelessly held forth the free offer ofsalvation in Jesus Christ. In short, he was a firm believer in thetruth of the gospel and the power of the gospel to save.
In The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon, new from ReformationTrust Publishing, author Steven J. Lawson explores Spurgeon'sfascinating life and ministry, showing how he clung to the gospelin every venue of life and ministry, teachingit constantly even amid controversy andpersonal suffering.
Edwards, often remembered for his sermon, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," is revealed here as a man with a heart for God's glory above all things. To help himself pursue that goal, he composed a set of resolutions to guide his conduct in all areas, from his battle against sin to his use of time. In Edward's singleminded pursuit of God, Dr. Lawson sees an unparalleled example for modern Christians.
In an age of simplistic and repetitive choruses, many churches are rediscovering the blessing of theologically rich and biblically informed songs. In the latest addition to A Long Line of Godly Men Profile series, Douglas Bond introduces us to Isaac Watts, "the father of English hymnody." Douglas Bond urges Christians to delight in the grandeur, beauty, and joy of Watts' poetry. Hardcover.