Saturday, March 10, 2007

names and faces



dr. john piper, author
and pastor of bethlehem
baptist church
in minneapolis, minnesota.
known primarily for his book
"desiring god",
dr. piper champions the
glory of god in all things with
his mission statement
"god is more glorified in
us, when we are most
satisfied in him."

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. dr. r.c. sproul, is the senior minister
of teaching and preaching at saint andrew's
chapel in sanford, florida. sproul is also the
founder and chairman of ligoneir ministries
and author of over 60 books. he has also served
on the faculty of respected seminaries and colleges
teaching such courses as systematic theology, philosophy,
and apologetics.



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j.i. packer, author and
board of governors' professor
of theology at regent college
in vancouver, british columbia.
though anglican, his writings
have profoundly influenced many
in wider evangelical circles.

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charles haddon spurgeon, baptist pastor
of 19th century england. known as the
"prince of preachers"


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jonathan edwards,
18th century american pastor
in the puritan tradition.
considered by many to be
"the greatest theological mind
america has ever produced"

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john calvin, french reformer in the 16th century.
largely misrepresented and misunderstood, the protestant
church owes a large debt to the man and his writings.


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martin luther,
augustinian
monk turned
pastor who turned
the world upside
down religiously
and politically in
the 16th century. is
credited with
beginning the
"reformation".






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these men have been some of the most influential people i have never met.

their writings have helped shape and strengthen, as well as reshape and tear down my ideas and convictions.
while i would never (i pray) put any mere man or his writings on the same level as scripture, they have helped me think through and understand scripture better.

i do not agree with everything any of these man have said or written, but i am thankful for how the lord has used them to help me know and understand him better.

they are great teachers, and i recommend them to you.

i plan on writing briefly on each of these men in hopes that you may learn about them and from them first hand.

4 comments:

WorshipLeader said...

Wow, not a southern baptist in the bunch. A shame, an absolute shame.

stephen lee cavness said...

i have been impacted by southern baptists.. largely so.(being at a sbc seminary)
however, i can think of only two who has written a book that greatly impacted me; mark dever and tom nettles.

however, what these two have written, for the most part i had come to believe or hold to before i read their writings.

they did, however, largely reinforce them.

-stephen

stephen lee cavness said...

i also hate that there is no spell check in blogger's comment section.

" i can think of only two who *have* written books that have greatly impacted me..."

WorshipLeader said...

you don't really want spell check, it will catch all your "lower case" proper nouns. It would be a pain!