Yesterday the latest issue of Themelios was posted. There are several articles on different aspects of Jonathan Edwards’ life, pastoral ministry, and theology. Along these same lines there is a review of Dane Ortlund’s Edwards on the Christian Life: Alive to the Beauty of God, the latest contribution to the helpful Crossway series Theologians on the Christian Life. Also worth noting is the review of Rhys Bezzant’s Jonathan Edwards and the Church.
Longtime readers of my blog know that Jonathan Edwards is one of my favorite figures from church history. (I even own one of these shirts). For a time during seminary I even contemplated becoming an Edwards’ scholar, but in the end settled for
For many years Yale University has been producing the definitive collection of Jonathan Edwards’ writings. That project culminated with the creation of the Works of Jonathan Edwards Online, a fully searchable database of everything Edwards’ ever wrote that has survived.
But now the folks at Yale have taken it to the next level. They have created a free app for IPad/IPhone (not aware if there is an Android app as well) that accesses the entire database (assuming you have an internet connection).
If you have never read anything by Jonathan Edwards, or have a skewed understanding of him because your American Literature teacher/professor ridiculed his famous sermon “Sinners in the Hands of Angry God,” do yourself a favor. Read his sermon “The Excellency of Christ.” Based loosely on Revelation 5:5-6, the doctrine for his sermon is: There is an admirable conjunction of diverse excellencies in Jesus Christ. Your mind will be fed, your heart will be moved, your affections for Christ stirred, and your worship fueled!
In the latest issue of Themelios, which is now available, you can find my review of Douglas A. Sweeney, Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought. Here’s my summary evaluation:
In sum, this is a book that will benefit every Christian. But pastors, missionaries, theological students, and everyone else in vocational ministry especially should read this book. In fact, if you can only read one book on Jonathan Edwards, make it this one. You will not be disappointed.