A Pathway into the Heart of God: An Introduction to the Attributes of God
Grand Rapids: Baker, 2019
A. W. Tozer once said, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” If Tozer is right then knowing God, as he has made himself known, is at the very center of our identity. Each and every one of us has been made in God’s own image and, as John Calvin liked to say, has a sense of divinity within. In that light, the Christian life really is a quest for the truth about God, a pilgrimage that should lead us into a personal encounter with the living God. Naturally we have a desire, even a hunger, to understand God better, to know what to expect from him, and to conform our thoughts to his will. As Augustine so famously prayed, “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless, until they can find rest in you.”
A Pathway into the Heart of God takes readers back to the scriptures in order to understand who God is. The God of the Bible is a God who is not silent. He has spoken and told us what he is like. In doing so, the Creator and Lord of the universe has invited us to know him and enjoy him forever.
Rather than painting a broad picture of God that leaves readers with only a general understanding, A Pathway into the Heart of God dives into the specifics, looking at each and every characteristic of God. The goal, however, is not to walk away with mere knowledge. Rather, this knowledge of God is meant to lead us into worship. A Pathway into the Heart of God not only introduces the reader to the doctrine of God but shows the reader what it means to actually know God in a saving way so that one’s affections for God are kindled.
In a day when the God of the Bible is often tamed and domesticated, A Pathway into the Heart of God aims to retrieve a biblical view of God, one that sees him high and lifted up (Isa. 6:1), possessing all authority in heaven and on earth (Matt. 28:18), and yet one who is simultaneously with us and for us as our Savior (Matt. 1:21-23). A Pathway into the Heart of God provides Christians with a true understanding of the power, care, and magnificence of God.
The Scriptures Cannot Be Broken: Jesus, the Gospels, and the Authority of the Scriptures
New Studies in Biblical Theology, ed. D. A. Carson. Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2019.
About the series:
Addressing key issues in biblical theology, the works comprised by New Studies in Biblical Theology are creative attempts to help Christians better understand their Bibles. The NSBT series is edited by D. A. Carson, aiming to simultaneously instruct and to edify, to interact with current scholarship and to point the way ahead.
New Studies in Biblical Theology volumes focus on three areas:
- the nature and status of biblical theology, including its relationship to other disciplines
- the articulation and exposition of the structure of thought from a particular biblical writer or text
- the delineation of a biblical theme across the biblical corpus
While volume notes interact with the best of recent research, the text of each work avoids untransliterated Greek and Hebrew or too much specialist jargon. The volumes are written within the framework of confessional evangelicalism, but they also engage a variety of other relevant viewpoints and significant literature.
This is a growing series and not yet complete. More volumes are forthcoming.
The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical, and Pastoral Perspective
Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2019
Impetus for the Book
While we could point to many different factors that led the sixteenth century Protestant Reformers to break from Rome, one that would be at the very top of the list is the doctrine of justification by faith alone. As Martin Luther argued, justification by faith alone is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls. And as John Calvin claimed, justification is the main hinge on which religion turns. In part this is because sola fide is what sets Protestants apart. While every other religion puts something of man into the equation, Protestantism removes man’s works from the justification formula altogether. Therefore, the “sola” in sola fide makes all the difference in the world.
With over 2,000 years of church history in our rear view mirror, sola fide is a doctrine that comes under discussion in every generation. Our generation is no exception. Much dialogue continues over the New Perspective on Paul, Protestant and Catholic statements of agreement, and the relationship between justification and the Christian life. The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls: Justification in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective brings together some of the finest thinkers on the subject in order to better understand what Scripture says about how sinners can be made right with a holy God.
40 Questions about Salvation
Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2017
The 40 Questions Series, edited by Ben Merkle, from Kregel is a series to invest in. Each book seeks to answer some of the most common and difficult questions on some of the most important topics in theology. The volumes not only helpful to those thinking theological already, but also for those who may be thinking through these theological topics for the first time and need a simple, concise answer to some of their most basic questions. Read more about the series at Kregel.