I just begun reading a wonderful little book which I’d like to recommend to you all today. It is called “Reformation: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” by Carl Trueman. Anyone who wants to know why the one of the principles of the Reformation was “Semper Reformanda” (always reforming) should read this book. We are in need of it today.
Dr. Trueman examines the origins of contemporary Reformed theology in the Reformation world of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After tracing how this heritage shaped and transformed the intervening period, he then describes some of the major challenges being faced by the evangelical church at the present time and suggests ways of responding which remain faithful to the Scriptures and the theology of the Reformers drawn from it and points towards a future that embraces and disseminates these wonderful doctrines of grace.
About Carl Trueman:
Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He was editor of Themelios for nine years, has written more than a dozen books, and has contributed to multiple publications, including the Dictionary of Historical Theology and The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology.
“Western Christianity has been willingly hypnotized into a pre-Reformational state becoming religiously ecumenical and morally bankrupt. Simply put, we are in need of a new Reformation mindset which recaptures the tenets of the Reformers of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The re-release of Carl Trueman’s Reformation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow is a needed corrective and powerful antidote for the spiritual anemia that has infected our chapter of church history. It is historically compelling, wonderfully practical, and spiritually motivating.”
— Rick Holland, Executive pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA
“The present has inextricable links to the past. This is obvious, though possibly not to some moderns who think themselves wiser than reality. Trueman is thankfully not one of these moderns and, drawing upon a rich fund of knowledge of the Reformation, he here shows that the Reformation is not at all over but has ongoing relevance. A great introduction to the present-day meaning of this world-changing event.”
— Michael Haykin, Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
“This fine book should be required reading for all Christians—and especially for those who doubt whether the Protestant Reformation has anything left to say to us in our day. Stating that “the Reformation represents a move to place God as he has revealed himself in Christ at the centre of the church’s life and thought,” Trueman then retrieves Luther’s theology of the cross, argues that because the Reformation “was above all a movement of the Word—incarnate in Christ and written down in the Scriptures,” and because the Spirit works through the Word, “the Word written and the Word preached are both central to Christianity and are not simply cultural forms which can be shed when culture moves on,” and then closes with a chapter on Christian assurance that recognizes our assurance as the foundation for our Christian activity. Along the way, he scatters nugget after nugget of insight into what is core to the Reformation legacy, motivating his readers to embrace this core again.”
— Mark R. Talbot, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Wheaton College, IL
“With knowledge, wit, and clarity, Carl Trueman brings key insights from the Reformation on Christ, Scripture, and our appropriation of both to bear on the life of the modern evangelical church. This is not antiquarian theology. Rather we’re given a sharp diagnosis of our current shallow experience of God, and prescribed instead the rich, deep, satisfying currents of Biblical Christianity. This little volume will repay both the minster and the layman’s repeated reading. I am so glad to see it back in print.”
— Michael Lawrence, Senior Pastor, Hinson Baptist Church, Portland, OR
“Dr. Trueman calls us to build on the work of Reformers by a continuing reformation of the church under the Word; especially with regard to the cross of the Christ, the written and preached Word, and thirdly, the assurance of salvation… I commend them to a wider Christian public for reflection, prayer and appropriate reforming action.”
— Eryl Davies, Head of Research, Wales Evangelical School of Theology, Bridgend, Wales