In school, we were taught the importance in knowing our history. I wonder, though, how many Christ-followers recognize and understand the importance of church history. While church history is not above Scripture in its authority, it does not mean it is not important at all. We do not want to be ignorant of the brothers and sisters in Christ who have come before us. Names like Augustine and John Calvin are worth getting to know because they play a part in the history of the church. Another name to be aware of is John Owen. Ryan McGraw is and he has taken the time to edit and introduce Owen in another volume for the “Profiles in Reformed Spirituality” series.
In this titled work, The Foundation of Communion with God, McGraw introduces us to the man John Owen, giving us the background of his life, ministry, and writings. It sets up the rest of the book well in understanding the Trinitarian piety of Owen. 41 selected writings of Owen are then mapped out under three major headings (Knowing God as Triune, Heavenly-Mindedness and Apostasy, and Covenant and Church). This gives the reader a deeper appreciation for the contribution John Owen made in church history.
Case in point, The Foundation of Communion with God provides Christians with a well-organized resource for seeing how the Trinity is incorporated and implemented in our worship. For those who may think Owen is too hard to read, this book provides the opportunity to take their time. Each of the writings is 2-3 pages and allows the reader to meditate on what they have read. Therefore, I gladly recommend this book to any serious student of Scripture and of church history.
I received this book for free from Reformation Heritage Books via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.
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