Sweeney’s “Jonathan Edwards”: Must-Buy

The Director of the Henry Center, Doug Sweeney, a friend and mentor, has authored an important text entitled Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word (InterVarsity, July 2009). The book covers the life and Word-centered ministry of the colonial pastor-theologian, a subject area in which Sweeney has already produced numerous important works, including Volume [Read More...]

Piper-Carson Media Is Up

This just in: the media for the Piper-Carson event is here.  The Desiring God blog has all the goods, and believe me, they are nice, as the event was shot in high-definition video.  If your computer can handle it, I highly recommend that you watch these talks and the Q&A through the video. Here’s the [Read More...]

The Link, February 13, 2009: The Sad State of “The Office”

1. You should check out Stephen Witmer’s church blog.  Stephen is a bright, godly pastor in Pepperell, MA who has a PhD from Cambridge and training under John Piper.  As a fellow New Englander, I am really excited to see what the Lord does through the ministry of his church in coming days.  He just [Read More...]

Handling Theological Mystery, According to Edwards

In an age when many pastors are thoroughly confused about how to handle mystery, and many theologians offer less-than-satisfactory solutions, Jonathan Edwards offers some of the soundest advice around (though he may not always have taken it himself): “Don’t perplex your mind with the secret decrees of God, and particularly about the eternal decrees of [Read More...]

Contemplate Heaven with Me for a Minute: Edward’s “Heaven Is a World of Love”, Pt. 3

I’m glad that some of you are enjoying these quotations from “Heaven Is a World of Love.” Here’s the final one you’ll see on this blog. It encapsulates the themes seen in the previous quotations and paints a beautiful metaphysical, emotional, and spiritual picture of the realm to come. Wherever you are, take just four [Read More...]

Contemplate Heaven with Me for a Minute: Edward’s “Heaven Is a World of Love”, Pt. 2

Here, from the pen of Jonathan Edwards, are several ways for the Christian to cultivate a love for heaven and a holy piety that fits us for that realm. These are manifestly helpful to the Christian seeking to learn how to become more heavenly-minded, in the best sense of the term. “First, let not your [Read More...]

Contemplate Heaven with Me for a Minute: Edward’s “Heaven Is a World of Love”, Pt. 1

This sermon is an absolute masterpiece. Unfortunately, most Christians have not and never will encounter it. I encourage you to read this section and to check out the sermon. You’ll see why if you read it. The Reality of God’s Unending Love for His People–“As the saints will love God with an inconceivable ardency of [Read More...]

Jonathan Edwards on the Pastor’s Chief Responsibility

The following is from a paper I just wrote on the subject. Edwards’s “Farewell Sermon”, delivered in June 1750 on 2 Corinthians 1:14, presents Edwards’s most extended treatment of the theology of Christian ministry, specifically, the theology of the pastorate. The following quotation captures nicely Edwards’s view of his call. Ministers are set as guides [Read More...]

What I Am Reading Now: Or, This Is What Happens When Your Buddy “Tags” You

My friend Reid Monaghan “tagged” me to fill out this little survey about reading. I played along. What are you reading on Spring reading days? I do not have Spring reading days. Currently I am reading various works of Jonathan Edwards for my class on the same. “Heaven Is a World of Love” was recently [Read More...]

A Short List of Important History Biographies: 1-3

In the spirit of the lists posted by historians Sean Lucas and Michael Haykin, I offer my own humble little list of my favorite history biographies. 1. George Marsden, Jonathan Edwards–If you haven’t read this, you are missing out on a masterpiece of readable, richly textured history. Marsden sets Edwards’s context as well as one [Read More...]


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