Jonathan Edwards has been recognized as the most influential evangelical theologian of all time. Before his death at the age of fifty-four, he had sparked a new movement of Reformed evangelicals who played a major role in fueling the rise of modern missions, preaching revivals far and wide, and wielding the cutting edge of American theology. He has never gone out of print, and Christians today continue to flock to seminars and conferences on him.
In this biography of the great preacher and teacher, historian Douglas Sweeney locates for us the core and key to Edwards' enduring impact. Sweeney finds that Edwards' profound and meticulous study of the Bible securely anchored his powerful preaching, his lively theological passions and his discerning pastoral work. Beyond introducing you to Edwards' life and times, this book will provide you with a model of Christian faith, thought and ministry.
Douglas A. Sweeney
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Earlier this year I saw an interview that John Piper did of Rick Warren. During the course of their conversation one thing that came up and stuck in my mind was their admiration for Jonathan Edwards (1702-1758), and their mutual opinion that his was perhaps the greatest mind, in any discipline, to emerge from America in the time since it was colonized by Europe. My own exposure to Edwards' work at that time was quite limited, consisting of reading one collection of his sermons. Edwards was a preacher par excellence and his sermons are as powerful as any preacher of any age, from the apostle Paul onward. His exposition was firmly grounded in the Bible, his explanation was clear and easily understood, and the application spoke to the concerns of our own time as well as his.
Those thoughts of Edwards' were in mind as I began reading Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word by Douglas A. Sweeney, (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009). Sweeney is a scholar who has written...
Jonathan Edwards is long known as the greatest theologian America has ever produced. This book doubles as a brief biography of Edwards and a case for the centrality of the word of God.
Thesis: This book on Jonathan Edwards shall be used to engage the attention of Christians, advancing the ministry of the Word around the world.
Sweeney has written this book for pastors and lay people--it is not at all difficult to understand. If you want to know more about Jonathan Edwards, but are intimidated by the several-hundred page biographies about him, this is a decent place to start. He offers a look at Edwards from birth to death, and highlights the significant events of his life. He describes some of the minute details that were characteristic of Edwards as well (e.g. taking a horse ride into the woods for some time of meditation). He deals truthfully with the sad fact that Edwards did own slaves. He shows the love he had for his wife, his children, and his...
This is an illumination of the life of Jonathan Edwards. Often Edwards is only noted as a famous preacher responsible for one of the most remembered sermons in history, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God." After reading the book, my image of Edwards has totally changed.
This book reveals that Edwards was an intelligent man, who built his Biblical arguments on reason and good theology (a rare find in many debates). The theological mind of Edwards makes this book a valuable piece to have on the shelf. The spiritual walk of the man, however, is the most inspiring aspect of the book.
I would recommend this one!
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