Jonathan Edwards Is My Homeboy

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One of my favorite teachers here at BJU recently read the book above to get insight into some of his more theologically inclined students. I want insight, too, and I had noticed this book riding some blogosphere buzz, so I picked it up. It was engaging, informative, and a nice quick read perfect for walks between home and work.

It also managed to warm my heart toward the Lord; He brought it to me at a time when I needed some help and some rebuke.

This book was three things for me:

  1. A rebuke: Never be arrogant or cliquish about theology but always humble. That reminder came by way of a) stories about prideful theologues and b) the simple point that grace is not something you can work up for yourself.
  2. A fascinating narrative: a backstage pass into conservative, gospel-centered American evangelicalism.
  3. A reminder: Above all this book reminded me that my theology changes my life. My view of God affects me. Your view affects you. Rather than allow myself to be annoyed and frustrated by those who disagree with me, I want by God’s grace to focus on the positive. I want to give the Bible’s view of a powerful, ruling God free reign to change me into His image from glory to glory.

Author: Mark Ward

PhD in NT; theological writer for Faithlife; former high school Bible textbook author for BJU Press; husband; father; ultimate frisbee player; member of the body of Christ.

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