John Owen is rightly considered one of the preeminent theologians in church history. His influence looms large especially over those who hold to Reformed and historical Protestant evangelical theology. From his books on sanctification, to the Holy Spirit, his commentary on Hebrews and more—John Owen’s life and influence has not waned since his death, but only continues to grow. Most people who have read him consider him to be one of the deepest theologians in the history of the Church. In a day and age when such teaching is by and large missing—Owen reminds us that God’s people do want the deep things of God. The deep truths of God take us into the heart and mind of God and help us better know our God and worship Him all the more. This is why I’m thankful for books like The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson.
In this book Dr. Ferguson takes us into one very important aspect of Owen’s thought—his Trinitarian vision for the Christian life and ministry. The book opens in chapter one with an introduction to John Owen the pastor and theologian—a look at his life and ministry. Chapter two explores Owen’s thought on the Holy Spirit. Chapter three explores Owen’s perspective on communion with the Father while chapter four explores communion with the Son, and chapter five looks at communion with the Holy Spirit. The book concludes by exploring how the Trinity enjoys intratrinitarian joy and fellowship with one another.
The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen is a very helpful biography on the life and thought of Owen. Owen’s influence continues to grow among serious minded lay people, seminary students and pastors because he takes God’s people into the deep things of God. Owen’s gigantic vision of the glory of Christ and other subjects has had a massive influence on my own thought, life, and ministry. I encourage you to check out this new biography and believe it will be useful to those new to Owen’s life and thought; as well as those who are seasoned in Owen’s life and life. I highly recommend this biography on Owen, and pray it will help readers to understand the influence Owen’s life and thought continues to have today on the Church.
Author: Sinclair Ferguson
Publisher: Reformation Trust (2014)
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