To be fair, I thought I’d put down how God brought me to embrace Reformed Theology as the most consistent understanding of biblical theology.
- What was the first book you read that introduced you to Reformed Theology? That would be Packer’s Knowing God, though I didn’t know it at the time. I had been a Christian for less than a year when I bought it. It remains one of my favorites. After I “got” Reformed Theology, I re-read Knowing God, and saw all the seeds had been sown there. Sproul’s Chosen By God was the one that gave me words to express what I had come to believe.
- Besides the Bible, list the five most influential books in your Reformed theological journey. In addition to the 2 already mentioned, Martin Luther- Bondage of the Will; John Piper- Desiring God; J.I. Packer- Keep in Step with the Spirit; Jerry Bridges- Trusting God; R.C. Sproul- The Holiness of God.
- List three preachers and/or teachers who were most influential in your journey? Prior to seminary, R.C. Sproul. I devoured his books and audio tapes prior to going to seminary. J.I. Packer, who joined Sproul in introducing me to the Puritans, the Reformers and Jonathan Edwards. In seminary, I spent lots of time reading Edwards and the Puritans (particularly Burroughs, Owen & Boston). Post-seminary it would be John Frame, Sinclair Ferguson, Tim Keller and Jack Miller. Yes, I cheated. But I affirm grace, baby.
- If you could give one book to someone interested in What is Reformed Theology?) or Ferguson’s In Christ Alone. , what book would you give them? Probably Sproul’s Grace Unknown (I think it is now called
- What doctrine would you say distinguishes Reformed Theology? Particular Atonement. Packer’s intro to Owen’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ is must reading to understand how essential this doctrine is to grasping biblical Christianity, and how other theologies offer a different gospel. This is a much understood doctrine thanks to the many straw men those opposed to it put up. This is usually the hardest distinctive doctrine for people to accept.