Jonathan Edwards on Heaven and Hell (Essential Edwards Collection)
This volume of The Essential Edwards Collection explains Edwards' strong ^sense of pastoral responsibility to warn his people of the reality and dangers of ^judgement and hell. But it will also show his equally vivid and compelling ^views of heaven and eternal life. Easily...
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This volume of The Essential Edwards Collection explains Edwards' strong ^sense of pastoral responsibility to warn his people of the reality and dangers of ^judgement and hell. But it will also show his equally vivid and compelling ^views of heaven and eternal life. Easily accessible and readable, you ^do not need to be a scholar to enjoy these insights about Jonathan Edwards and his ^writings.
OWEN STRACHAN is the Managing Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center ^for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and a Ph.D. ^student in Historical Theology at TEDS. He has served as a teaching assistant and ^has worked for the White House and the presidents of Bowdoin College and Southern ^Seminary. Having worked at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Strachan is preparing to ^serve as an urban pastor-theologian. He lives on Chicago's North Shore with his ^wife, Bethany, and their daughter. Strachan enjoys interacting with theology and ^culture on his blog, www.owenstrachan.com.
DOUGLAS ^A. SWEENEY is Professor of Church History and the History of Christian Thought ^and Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity ^Evangelical Divinity School. He formerly served as a lecturer at Yale University, ^as an adjunct professor as Aquinas College, and as a visiting professor at both ^Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminary. Sweeney ^is the author of a number of books and articles about religious history and the ^American theologian, Jonathan Edwards. He resides with his wife, Wilma, and their ^son in Lindenhurst, Illinois.
The question of the afterlife is, for many today, one of preference. Christians ^trained to evangelize unsaved people with the query, "If you were to die today, ^do you know where you would go - heaven or hell?" have grown befuddled when met ^with the response, "I don't believe in heaven or hell." Something in our culture ^has changed. The ground has shifted beneath our feet. We did not feel it. But change ^has come, just the same.
We must reacquaint modern Christians with the eschatologically ^driven preaching and teaching of Edwards. This word "eschatological" may trip some ^readers up at first encounter, but it refers simply to "last things", things of ^eternity and ultimate significance. We exhume Edwards' scripturally fired material ^on the reality of the afterlife, the terror of hell, the glories of heaven, and ^the shape life must take in light of these realities.
If we accept the Word ^as our authority, and if we will allow Edwards to serve as our faithful and imaginative ^guide, we will find that God is alive. He is Lord of heaven and earth, the sovereign ^ruler of all Creation. He is not small. He can be found. He is not silent on the ^afterlife, and His testimony calls for our attention, our concern, and our whole-hearted ^worship and trust.
Easily accessible and readable, you do not need to be ^a scholar to enjoy these insights about Jonathan Edwards and his writings.
Chapter 1. The Disappearance of the Afterlife
Chapter 2. The Frightening ^Prospect of Hell
Chapter 3. The Glorious Prospect of Heaven
Chapter ^4. The Transforming Power of an Eschatological Mindset
When it comes to Jonathan Edwards's writing, where does an average ^reader (like me!) begin? Right here with The Essential Edwards Collection. Strachan ^and Sweeney provide a doorway into the life and teaching of one of church's ^wisest theologians. The authors have included notes of personal application to help ^us apply the life and teaching of Edwards to our own lives. I've read no better ^introduction to Jonathan Edwards.
- C.J. Mahaney, President, Sovereign Grace ^Ministries
A great resource! Edwards continues to speak, and this series ^of books is an excellent means to hear Jonathan Edwards again live and clear. Pure ^gold; be wise and invest in it!
- Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, ^Wheaton, Illinois
These primers on Jonathan Edward's life and thought ^- his passion for God - provide an excellent glimpse into a life lived unto God. ^And they help the rest of us slake our thirst for the majesty of our Savior. ^We owe a great debt to Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney for making Edwards and ^his vision of God so accessible to the rest of us thirsty pilgrims.
- Thabiti ^Anyabwile, Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
Everyone ^says Jonathan Edwards is important. Quite frankly, however, his writing style ^is pretty dense by contemporary standards, so few pastors and other Christian leaders ^have invested much time reading him. This new series tackles the problem. Here is ^the kernel of much of Edwards's thought in eminently accessible form.
-D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical ^Divinity School
In The Essential Edwards Collection, Owen Strachan ^and Doug Sweeney point with knowledge and excitement to clear and searching sections ^that illuminate God's truth and search our hearts. In this collection, Edwards ^is introduced to a new generation of readers. His concerns are made our concerns. ^This is a worthy effort and I pray that God will bless it.
- Mark Dever, ^Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC.
This series ^is a fantastic introduction to the heart, mind, and ministry of the greatest theologian ^America has ever produced.
- Mark Driscoll, Pastor of Mars Hill Church, ^President of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network.
Let Strachan and Sweeney ^serve as your guides through the voluminous writings of America's greatest theologian. ^They have been shaped by his godly counsel and moved by his passion for Christ. ^By God's grace, Edwards can do the same for you. Start your journey with The ^Essential Edwards Collection.
- Collin Hansen, Author of Young, Restless, ^Reformed
Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney have done us all a great ^service by remixing and reloading the teaching of Jonathan Edwards for a new generation. ^They do more than introduce us to his writing: they show us how his biblical teaching ^relates to a modern world and leave us hungry for more. I am very impressed ^and very grateful for The Essential Edwards Collection.
- Joshua Harris, ^Senior Pastor of Covenant Life Church
Why hasn't this been done before? ^The Essential Edwards Collection is now essential reading for the serious-minded ^Christian. Doug Sweeney and Owen Strachan have written five excellent and accessible ^introductions to America's towering theological genius - Jonathan Edwards. ^They combine serious scholarship with the ability to make Edwards and his theology ^come alive for a new generation. The Essential Edwards Collection is a ^great achievement and a tremendous resource. I can't think of a better way ^to gain a foundational knowledge of Edwards and his lasting significance.
- ^R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
You ^hold in your hands a unique resource: a window into the life and thought of Jonathan ^Edwards, a man whose life was captured by God for the gospel of Jesus Christ. In ^these pages you'll not only learn about Edwards, but you'll be able to hear him ^speak in his own words. This winsome and accessible introduction is now the first ^thing I'd recommend for those who want to know more about America's greatest pastor-theologian.
- ^Justin Taylor, Managing Editor, ESV Study Bible.
I am deeply ^impressed with the vision that has brought together this splendid library of volumes ^to introduce Jonathan Edwards to a new generation. Owen Strachan and Douglas Sweeney ^have provided an incredible service by making the often challenging writings of ^America's greatest theologian accessible for seasoned theologians, pastors, and ^students alike with their five-volume Essential Edwards Collection. This ^series is properly titled the "essential collection."
- David S. Dockery, ^President, Union University
Jonathan Edwards was a preacher of the ^Word, a pastor of souls, a philosopher of first rank, and the greatest theologian ^America has ever produced. In this wonderful new anthology of Edwards's writings, ^the great Puritan saint lives again. I can think of no better tonic for our transcendence-starved ^age than the writings of Edwards. But beware: reading this stuff can change your ^life forever!
- Timothy George, Founding Dean of Besson Divinity School ^of Samford University
From a course he taught at Yale and in personal ^friendship, Doug Sweeney has tought me much about Edwards. Possessing a command ^of the academic field, he and Owen Strachan nevertheless write this collection with ^pastoral concern, showing the relevance of Edwards for our Christian faith and practice ^today. It's a rare combination of gifts and insights that Sweeney and Strachan bring ^to this task.
- Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic ^Theology and Apologetics, Westminister Theological Seminary California
Jonathan ^Edwards is surely one of the most influential theologians of the eighteenth century. ^Now, at last, we have a wide-ranging and respresntative sample of his work published ^in an attractive, accessible and, most important of all, readable form. The ^authors are to be commended for the work they have put into this set and I hope ^it will become an important feature of the library of many pastors and students ^of the Christian faith.
- Carl R. Trueman, Academic Dean, Westminster Theological ^Seminary
The question of the afterlife is, for many today, one of preference. Christians trained to evangelize unsaved people with the query, "If you were to die today, do you know where you would go - heaven or hell?" have grown befuddled when met with the response, "I don't believe in heaven or hell." Something in our culture has changed. The ground has shifted beneath our feet. We did not feel it. But change has come, just the same.
We must reacquaint modern Christians with the eschatologically driven preaching and teaching of Edwards. This word "eschatological" may trip some readers up at first encounter, but it refers simply to "last things", things of eternity and ultimate significance. We exhume Edwards' scripturally fired material on the reality of the afterlife, the terror of hell, the glories of heaven, and the shape life must take in light of these realities.
If we accept the Word as our authority, and if we will allow Edwards to serve as our faithful and imaginative guide, we will find that God is alive. He is Lord of heaven and earth, the sovereign ruler of all Creation. He is not small. He can be found. He is not silent on the afterlife, and His testimony calls for our attention, our concern, and our whole-hearted worship and trust.
Easily accessible and readable, you do not need to be a scholar to enjoy these insights about Jonathan Edwards and his writings.
Douglas A. Sweeney (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is professor of church history and the history of Christian thought and director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written numerous books and articles about religious history and Jonathan Edwards. He is the coeditor of The Sermons of Jonathan Edwards: A Reader (Yale University Press) and Nathaniel Taylor, New Haven Theology, and the Legacy of Jonathan Edwards (Oxford University Press).
He has recently authored Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word: A Model of Faith and Thought and The American Evangelical Story: A History of the Movement.
Koorong -Editorial Review.
Owen Strachan is the Managing Director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School.
Strachan is a PhD student in Historical Theology at TEDS. He has worked for the Commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor, 9Marks Ministries, the White House, the US Department of State and the presidents of Bowdoin College and Southern Seminary. Strachan was a history major at Bowdoin College and completed an MDiv in biblical and theological studies at Southern Seminary. He was a teaching assistant for the SBTS president and a research assistant for professors of history, literature, and theology. With Doulas Sweeney, Strachan is writing five books for Moody Press on the life and thought of Jonathan Edwards (The Essential Edwards Collection, out in early winter 2010).
A member of Crossway Community Church, Strachan lives in Highland Park, IL with his wife, Bethany and his daughter, Ella Rose. He hopes to serve as a pastor-theologian