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Reformation: Yesterday, Today and TomorrowReformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow by Carl R. Trueman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book as a T4G giveaway in 2012, and had it in my to-read stack for quite awhile. I am sad that it took me this long to read it.
In my opinion, in this book Trueman does what he does best: he lectures on the Reformation.
This brief book, however, is very focused on how the theological principles that sparked Reformation, and flowed from it, can still guide us today. I very much benefited from Trueman’s expansion on Luther’s Theology of the Cross, and its implications for pastoral ministry in the church. I also appreciated his emphasis on the love of God and the work of Christ as the basis for our assurance.

Although, a tad bit of prerequisite knowledge of Reformation history is helpful, this book can be read in a matter of hours, and is very beneficial to those in pastoral ministry.

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The Gospel is on a mission.

Gospel in a nutshell: There are many verses in the Bible that divulge the essence of the Gospel. One of them is Paul’s message to the Corinthian church.

2 Corinthians 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (NASB)

One of the things I have come to understand about the Gospel is that it is causal. It is intended, and superintended, by God to have an effect on those who believe it. It’s effect is righteousness, in both declaration and in practice. The declaration of righteousness over us is instant, the practice of righteousness in us takes time. With this in mind, we will ponder┬áthree questions of God’s Word, seeking help from God. Continue Reading…