The following articles appear in this autumn/winter 2015 special edition, "The Word of God":
1. The Authority and Utility of the Scriptures – Hugh Binning. The necessity of learning and practising what the Bible teaches is shown from 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
2. The Duty of Searching the Scriptures – George Whitefield. In which Whitefield illustrates the two great messages of the Scripture (our fallen nature and the grace of God) and gives directions on how to make time spent in Scripture most profitable. Based on John 5:39.
3. The Great Worth of Scripture Knowledge – Francis Roberts. Roberts gives seven helpful directions on how to better read and understand the Word of God.
4. How the Word is to be Read and Heard – Thomas Boston. From Luke 8:18 ("Take heed therefore how ye hear"), Boston teaches how to prepare our hearts for receiving the Word, and how to apply it to our daily lives.
5. How We May Read the Scriptures with Most Spiritual Profit – Thomas Watson. Watson's own collection of twenty-four directions on how to read the Scripture for greatest benefit.
6. The Puritan Practice of Meditation – Drs. Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones. To read the Scripture is not enough; it must permeate the mind and affect the heart. The authors show how the Puritans used meditation this effect.
This edition contains the following articles:
1. Be Not Soon Shaken in Mind - Thomas Manton. Based on 2 Thessalonians 2:2. From a series of eighteen sermons Manton preached on the end times, which is sadly now appropos given the recent stirrings over the Harold Camping debacle. Christians are not to doubt Christ's plain instruction, that no man would know the time of his return (Matthew 24:36).
2. Meditations of the Misery of a Man Not Reconciled to God in Christ - Lewis Bayly. A lengthy excerpt from The Practice of Piety which candidly and biblically addresses the error of now-shown-to-be-a-universalist Rob Bell's most recent book Love Wins; namely, that God will not set aside his justice to spare those who continue to unrepentantly spurn Christ's sacrifice.
3. The Art of Man-Fishing - Thomas Boston. The personal reflections of Thomas Boston on the importance of winning souls to Christ; presented in its entirety. J.I. Packer commends it as "worthy to stand on the same shelf as Baxter's Reformed Pastor."
4. The Dying Thief at Calvary Saved - John Flavel. An examination of the unique characteristics of this unlikely eleventh-hour salvation; this piece is informative to Christians who often wonder if a death-bed conversion is likely genuine or not.
5. An Examination of True Christian Sincerity - William Gurnall. An excerpt from The Christian in Complete Armour which is useful in helping the professing Christian probe his heart, to determine if his motives in coming to Christ are sincere or hypocritical, "Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith" (2 Corinthians 13:5).
The following articles appear in this spring/summer 2014-2015 edition:
1. Profiting from the Puritans for Devotional Reading – Joel Beeke
2. Dead Preaching is Often the Cause of a People’s Deadness – William Fenner
3. A Discourse on Thankfulness – Thomas Goodwin
4. Perilous Times in the Last Days – Thomas Boston
5. A Wedding Sermon – Thomas Taylor.
1. Anger Not to Be Sinfully Indulged – Thomas Boston
2. Hope and Comfort Usually Follow Genuine Humiliation and Repentance – Jonathan Edwards
3. The Brevity of Life—A Call to Improve It – Andrew Gray
4. The Character of a Complete Evangelical Pastor, Drawn by Christ – John Flavel
5. To Be Light in a Dark Place is Commendable – Christopher Love.
In the twilight and the twittering dawn
My life goes flitting like a spotted fawn.
A scent of something stalks the tall, dry grass—
The fragrance of the rain—I come; I pass.
Acacia thorn and zigzag lightning rend
And scratch their whistling way into the wind.
Ant-castles silhouette the fire-swept plains
Where tawny kings in limbo shake their manes.
The clouds collapse; musk mixes with the breeze.
Birds dart into the hard-knot of the trees.
A vulture’s wing is passed across the sun.
Blood stirs to surly muscle on the run.
The lion scans the landscape as it lies,
His dignity indifferent to the flies.
By revisiting the Marrow Controversy—a famous but largely forgotten eighteenth-century debate related to the proper relationship between God’s grace and our works—Sinclair B. Ferguson sheds light on this central issue and why it still matters today. In doing so, he explains how our understanding of the relationship between law and gospel determines our approach to evangelism, our pursuit of sanctification, and even our understanding of God himself.
Ferguson shows us that the antidote to the poison of legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other is one and the same: the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ, in whom we are simultaneously justified by faith, freed for good works, and assured of salvation.
His Marrow of Theology (originally entitled The Marrow of Sacred Divinity drawne out of the Holy Scriptures) is organized as follows:
I. Of the Definition, or Nature of Divinity
II. Of the Distribution or Parts of Divinity
III. Of Faith
IIII. Of God, and His Essence
V. Of the Subsistence of God
VI. Of the Efficiency of God
VII. Of the Decree, and Counsel of God
VIII. Of Creation
IX. Of Providence
X. Of Special Gubernation About Intelligent Creatures
XI. Of Man’s Apostacy, or Fall
XII. Of the Consequences of Sin
XIII. Of Original Sin
XIV. Of Actual Sin
XV. Of Corporal Death
XVI. Of the Consummation of Death
XVII. Of the Propagation of Sin
XVIII. Of the Person of Christ, the Mediator
XIX. Of the Office of Christ
XX. Of Satisfaction
XXI. Of the Life of Christ Being Humbled
XXII. Of the Death of Christ
XXIII. Of the Exaltation of Christ
XXIV. Of the Application of Christ
XXV. Of Predestination
XXVI. Of Calling
XXVII. Of Justification
XXVIII. Of Adoption
XXIX. Of Sanctification
XXX. Of Glorification
XXXI. Of the Church Mystically Considered
XXXII. Of the Church Instituted
XXXIII. Of the Extraordinary Ministers of the Church
XXXIIII. Of the Holy Scripture
XXXV. Of Ordinary Ministers, and Their Office in Preaching
XXXVI. Of the Sacraments
XXXVII. Of Ecclesiastical Discipline
XXXVIII. Of the Administration of the Covenant of Grace Before the Coming of Christ
XXXIX. Of the Administration of the Covenant From Christ Exhibited to the End of the World
XL. Of Baptism and the Supper of the Lord
XLI. To the End of the World
I. Of Observance in General
II. Of Virtue
III. Of Good Works
IIII. Of Religion
V. Of Faith
VI. Of Hope
VII. Of Charity
VIII. Of Hearing of the Word
IX. Of Prayer
X. Of an Oath
XI. Of a Lot
XII. Of Tempting of God
XIII. Of Instituted Worship
XIIII. Of the Manner of Divine Worship
XV. Of the Time of Worship
XVI. Of Justice and Charity Toward Our Neighbour
XVII. Of the Honour of Our Neighbour
XVIII. Of Humanity Toward Our Neighbour
XIX. Of Chastity
XX. Of Commutative Justice
XXI. Of Telling Truth. Veracity
XXII. Of Contentment