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If you love Church history and/or if you are familiar with Crossway’s Series of books on Theologians on the Christian Life you might be delighted to know that there was a conference in 2017 that covered some of the Theologians in the series.

Personally I have only read only one of the volume in this series which I have reviewed: Review: Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality by William Edgar.  I do plan to read more from this series.

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Marriage to a Difficult Man

This is a book on Sarah, the wife of Jonathan Edwards.  I thought this was a wonderful book that was a window into the family life of the Edwards and also the larger Puritan world.  I know there are many negative stereotypes people have against the Puritans such as the fact that they wore solemn dark clothes and total killjoys but I was blown away at the description of Edwards’ family life that was filled with many joys and laughter.  I thought it was interesting that the book described how Puritan brides wore beautiful dress for the wedding and was expected to wear the same dress the following Sunday at church so that the rest of the Congregation could admire the dress for the occasion.  Again, this goes against the stereotype that exists in some people’s minds against the Puritans.

As a pastor I thought the book was insightful into the life of a pastor’s wife.  The book talked about how strong Sarah was but the author was also honest about Sarah’s struggle.  In particular I found it very helpful to see the author discussed the moment in which Sarah Edwards was at her lowest.  In the midst of her depression she learned more about God and grew from it.  This was wonderful to see in Sarah and made me think about the difficulties a Pastor’s wife faces in fulfilling her responsibilities all the while knowing that people have an expectation upon her.  The book was also insightful of the responsibilities of a Pastor’s wife during the Puritan era; in a day and age before Seminary, many young men interested in ministry would find a Pastor to be their mentor and they moved in with the Pastor.  That meant there was constantly another mouth for Sarah to feed.  This burden increased with the growing fame of her husband.

There were portions of the book in which the author went on an extended discussion that wasn’t focused on Sarah Edwards.  For those who are interested in the bigger picture of Jonathan Edwards’ ministry these moments in the book can be quite insightful although I imagine some might find this distracting.  I appreciated the book’s discussion about the missionary Adoniram Judson and also Aaron Burr (the father of the infamous Aaron Burr).  Both Judson and Burr married Sarah Edwards’ daughters.  It is interesting to know about the men of God whom Sarah’s daughters married to and their contribution towards the works of God.

I recommend this book.  In my opinion it is especially good for pastors and pastor’s wives to read.

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This is the first time I have ever read anything by Warren Wiersbe, but I have always seen his devotional books in the library and used book store, even though I must confess I do not know much about him. Ironically, in a book about other Christians I’ve also learn something about the author, that he was a former pastor of Moody Memorial church! In this work (which is an adaptation of a larger work on more Christians we should know), the author gives a short introduction to ten individuals every Christian should know. With the chapters arranged chronologically of when they were introduced into history, I’ve enjoyed the first chapter on Matthew Henry largely because I know nothing about the biography of this famous man whom I am only familiar with being the authority of a commentary bearing his name. It was interesting to know of him as a man that not only preach the word in the church but a man who practice family worship, in which some of the materials his commentary was based (much of his work was gather from his exposition after his death, since he only worked on it for 10 years before his death). Other chapters I’ve enjoyed include Jonathan Edwards, J.B. Lightfoot, Hudson Taylor, Spurgeon, Moody, Amy Carmichael and Oswald Chambers. I do have some concern with some of the other chapters though. I question whether John Henry Newman was that important to have been included in a book for Evangelicals to know–especially because he is a Roman Catholic and the author himself admits that he does not give a solution to man’s guilt. In the chapters on Tozer, Wiersbe spent more time talking about other works of mystics more than about the man Tozer himself or his theology. Wiersbe gets a little weirdy when he tells readers to buy “devotionals” featuring Kierkegaard and others without the caution about their ideology. I’m not against reading these works to understand the times, for apologetics concern, etc, but I do not know if it is wise to recommend these works as “devotional” reads to get into the grove of being Christian “mystics” (Wiersbe’s own words). He even recommends to his readers to read works by Evelyn Underhill, whom the author informs to the readers was a “British mystic” though “unfortunately she was never quite sure of her theology,” and “confessed to being ‘a modernist on many points.'” Again, for a work for a largely general audience, I don’t know what good it is to recommend as devotional readings these works and his appraisal of it. It’s for these reasons that in the end I have to say that I cannot recommend this work.

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An interesting article about Jonathan Edwards younger years and his facination with the delight of God from His Creation

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The Resolved Conference has closed registration for the February 16 to 19, 2007 Conference in Long Beach, CA.

The Resolved Conference is based off the 70 Resolutions Johnathan Edwards made for himself when he was 19 years old. You can find the 70 Resolutions listed as #10 bullet from my post or just click here to go directly to the 70 Resolutions.

Upon reading, the following resolutions stuck out to me:

  • 3. Resolved, if ever I shall fall and grow dull, so as to neglect to keep any part of these Resolutions, to repent of all I can remember, when I come to myself again.
  • 8. Resolved, to act, in all respects, both speaking and doing, as if nobody had been so vile as I, and as if I had committed the same sins, or had the same infirmities or failings as others; and that I will let the knowledge of their failings promote nothing but shame in myself, and prove only an occasion of my confessing my own sins and misery to God. July 30.
  • 11. Resolved, when I think of any theorem in divinity to be solved, immediately to do what I can towards solving it, if circumstances do not hinder.
  • 24. Resolved, whenever I do any conspicuously evil action, to trace it back, till I come to the original cause; and then, both carefully endeavor to do so no more, and to fight and pray with all my might against the original of it.
  • 37. Resolved, to inquire every night, as I am going to bed, wherein I have been negligent,- what sin I have committed,-and wherein I have denied myself;-also at the end of every week, month and year. Dec. 22 and 26, 1722.
  • 38. Resolved, never to speak anything that is ridiculous, sportive, or matter of laughter on the Lord’ s day. Sabbath evening, Dec. 23, 1722.
  • 41. Resolved, to ask myself, at the end of every day, week, month and year, wherein I could possibly, in any respect, have done better. Jan. 11, 1723.
  • 62. Resolved, never to do anything but duty, and then according to Ephesians 6:6-8, to do it willingly and cheerfully as unto the Lord, and not to man:‹knowing that whatever good thing any man doth, the same shall he receive of the Lord.Š June 25 and July 13, 1723.
  • 65. Resolved, very much to exercise myself in this, all my life long, viz. with the greatest openness, of which I am capable of, to declare my ways to God, and lay open my soul to him: all my sins, temptations, difficulties, sorrows, fears, hopes, desires, and every thing, and every circumstance; according to Dr. Manton’ s 27th Sermon on Psalm 119. July 26, and Aug.10 1723.

I was curious to see if anyone had a copy of Dr. Manton’s sermon listened to by Johnathan Edwards mentioned in resolution 65. I couldn’t find any but I did find a website that had a diary of Johnathan Edwards when he listened to the sermon. It must’ve affected him a lot, because he mentions it twice in two seperate diary entries: July 20th and July 26th.

Resolution 11 really struck a chord in me, because I recently told a friend that I seemed good at finding questions, but no answers and that finding answers take a long time. Perhaps I should strengthen my efforts to find answers.

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These sermons (Men of Whom The World Was Not Worthy) by John Piper are dangerous. Do not listen if you want to live comfortably in your current spiritual condition.

 

Jonathan Edwards

Charles Simeon

David Brainerd

Martyn Lloyd-Jones
William Cowper

J. Gresham Machen
John Owen

Charles Spurgeon
Martin Luther

John Calvin (Do not listen if you don’t want to labor for Christ)
St. Augustine
John Bunyan

John G. Paton (Do not listen if you don’t want to be eaten by cannibals)
William Wilberforce
Adoniram Judson (Do not listen if you don’t want to be a missionary)
John Newton

George Mueller (Do not listen if you don’t want to pray)
Athanasius

 

[you can download the same sermons on desiringgod.org with the sermon notes]

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