This is a timely piece of writing that argues passionately and persuasively for a serious reconsideration of the great scriptural principles that under-girded the Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Far from being outdated and irrelevant to the church today, Terry Johnson shows that these very principles are the essence of biblical Christianity.
Sadly, the term ‘Protestantism’ has been rendered virtually redundant by years of misuse and abuse. it is seen as being antiquated and irrelevant in this present age of open-mindedness and political correctness. But Terry Johnson demonstrates that there is a powerful strong case to be made for the church to rediscover what this ‘unpopular’ and ‘unfashionable’ term really stands for. Using the great ‘Reformation watchwords’, he focuses our attention on Scripture, Christ, faith, grace and the glory of God in all aspects of daily life. Here is a well-written book, attractively presented and full of rich Bible teaching interspersed with thrilling illustrations from church history.
About the Author
Terry Johnson was born and raised in Los Angeles. He studied history at the University of Southern California, and also studied at Trinity College, Bristol, England, and Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, before earning his D.Min in 2008 from Erskine Theological Seminary. He is ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America and was assistant minister in Coral Gables, Florida, before moving to Savannah in 1987 to the Independent Presbyterian Church. Terry is the author/ compiler of the Trinity Psalter, Leading in Worship, and The Family Worship Book. He is also author of The Case for Traditional Protestantism, Reformed Worship, Worshipping with Calvin and other books including the trilogy When Grace Comes Home, When Grace Transforms, and When Grace Comes Alive. He and his wife, Emily, have five children.
This is the first book of Terry Johnson's that I have read. If the others are as good as this one, he is an author well worth reading. For a person well-versed in theology, this book provides a wonderful review of the fundamentals of Reformation belief for today. For those not well-versed in theology, this is a great introduction, written in a clear, easy-to-read style. The author explains the concepts very clearly and backs them up with great examples. The sources he cites are impressive. I found the two chapters "Sola Fide" and "Sola Gratia" to be the best in the book, and felt very encouraged and inspired in my own faith. All the chapters are well worth reading and re-reading. The book has practical application, for a clear understanding of the teachings he presents can help strengthen a person's faith and confidence in their Christian walk. I am pleased to give this book five stars.