So, you are a whole 4 days in to your 2011 Bible Reading plan, but you feel that you need to add something else to your daily regimen. I might be so bold to suggest that you consider following along with The Marrow Project (www.themarrow.org), where Austin Britton, Brian Chang, Paul Johnson, Brad Jones, Brian Lund, Nicole Noran and Chrisopher Chelpka will be blogging their way through Edward Fisher’s The Marrow of Modern Divinity for all of 2011. They’ve put together a handy 52-week reading plan that is aligned with the 2009 edition of The Marrow of Modern Divinity published by Christian Focus. In the event that you are not yet acquainted with this book, I’ve included the description from the publisher’s web site below:
An intriguing book, quite unlike any other The Marrow of Modern Divinity defies pigeonholing. It was written in the 1600s by an author of whom we know little, yet it proved to be a critically important and controversial theological text.
Penned as dialogue between a minister (Evangelista), a young Christian (Neophytus), a legalist (Nomista) who believes Christianity is a set of rules to be obeyed and Antinomista who thinks it’s okay to sin because God will forgive him anyway, it makes for a wonderfully insightful book that remains tremendously relevant for our world today.
This newly laid out and eagerly awaited edition includes explanatory notes by the famous puritan Thomas Boston, an Introduction by Philip Ryken and an historical Introduction by William Vandoodewaard.
What sold me on the importance of this book was the following recommendation by Sinclair B. Ferguson:
“Anyone who comes to grips with the issues raised in The Marrow of Modern Divinity will almost certainly grow by leaps and bounds in understanding three things: the grace of God, the Christian life, and the very nature of the gospel itself. I personally owe it a huge debt. Despite their mild-mannered appearance, these pages contain a powerful piece of propaganda. Read them with great care!”
I deeply respect and appreciate Dr. Ferguson and quite honestly, any book to which he owes a huge debt should be moved to the top of my reading list. With that in mind, I’ll be going along for the ride and reading through The Marrow of Modern Divinity in 2011 and will strive to be an active commenter on The Marrow Project as it unfolds. While the book retails for $29.99, many booksellers have it available for less than $20. As of the date of this post, the best prices I found were:
I am excited to see a collaborative blogging project like this come together. Hats off to the team at The Marrow Project for putting forth the effort to launch the web site and create the reading guide. Be sure to visit www.themarrow.org and consider participating in their 52 week blogging adventure.
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