Your King Doesn’t Come in Halves

| February 10, 2016

One of the great joys in studying the past is finding its relevance for today. While many have abandoned the study of church history, there are those who not only believe in its contemporary relevance but who are also able to clearly, effectively, and articulately bring it to life for ordinary believers. Sinclair Ferguson’s The Whole Christ [read Tim Keller’s foreword; 20 quotes] does just that with the Marrow Controversy, an obscure 18th-century Scottish debate over the nature of grace and law, faith and assurance. I have little doubt The Whole Christ will spark needed discussion about the theological and pastoral issues surrounding the controversy.

Ferguson, longtime pastor and professor of systematic theology at Redeemer University in Dallas, is a scholar whose expertise is the intersection of biblical exegesis and historical theology. He doesn’t see the Bible in isolation from the past, nor does he see the past as an infallible rule of life. Rather, he sees what has gone before as a guide (and corrective) to things that are, especially since so many issues facing the church today have, in one form or another, already been addressed. The context and culture may have been different, but the doctrine and timeless application…

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