The Unwavering Resolve of Jonathan Edwards
Author: Steven J. Lawson
To Present an Example of intentional, faithful, and passionate Christian living, Dr. Steven J. Lawson paints a portrait of eighteenth-century pastor and theologian Jonathan Edwards, who structured his relationship with God by composing and following seventy heart-searching resolutions. 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 Edwards' singleminded pursuit of God, Dr. Lawson sees an unparalleled example for modern Christians.
The growing embrace of Reformed thought in the past quarter of a century has been very encouraging to those of us who delight in this most biblical expression of Christianity. And the remarkable writings of Jonathan Edwards have, by the grace of God, played no little part in this expansion of Reformed theology. This new volume by Steve Lawson helps to locate the root of Edwards thinking in his close walk with God. It serves as a powerful reminder to those of us who delight in Reformed truth that Reformed orthodoxy and Reformed piety belong together, and that to focus on the former at the expense of the latter is not only un-Edwardsean, but also un-biblical. --Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin, Professor of church history and biblical spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological SeminaryTired of going at the Christian life in piecemeal fashion? Tired of half-hearted pursuits? Then you ve come to the right book. Here Steven Lawson artfully points you to Jonathan Edwards, a model for pursuing holiness, humility, and love, and for the forsaking of sin; all driven by a relentless passion to glorify God and enjoy him forever. When Edwards wrote his Resolutions, he likely had no idea how much they would impact his life. Beware, they'll do the same for you --Stephen J. Nichols, Research professor of Christianity and culture, Lancaster Bible CollegeThe pursuit of a regimented godliness is not unique to Christianity, but it is rare. Unlike popular versions of the Christian faith, Jonathan Edwards did not seek the disciplines of godliness for utilitarian ends, the self-help preoccupation of Western Christianity. He saw conformity to Christ as a means, the only means, to glorify God. Steve Lawson has done a wonderful service, producing in a tactful and pastoral manner Edwards pious resolutions, thereby helping us understand the inner life, the spiritual struggles and goals, of perhaps America s greatest intellect. --Dr. John D. Hannah, Research professor of theological studies, and distinguished professor of historical theology, Dallas Theological Seminary
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Publication Date: 20150315
Subject: REL108020-RELIGION / Christian Church / History,BIO018000-BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Religious,REL093000-RELIGION / Christianity / Calvinist,REL067000-RELIGION / Christian Theology / General
About The Author:
Dr. Steven J. Lawson is the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama. A graduate of Texas Tech University (B.B.A.), Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M.), and Reformed Theological Seminary (D.Min.), Dr. Lawson is the author of fourteen books, including The Expository Genius of John Calvin, Foundations of Grace, Famine in the Land, and a two-volume commentary on the Psalms in the Holman Old Testament Commentary Series. Dr. Lawson and his wife, Anne, have three sons, Andrew, James, and John, and a daughter, Grace Anne.