The Forgotten Cross: Some Neglected Aspects of the Cross of Christ (2015)
This is a short book of expositions from the Bible, examining the cross and… success (1 Corinthians 1), service (Mark 10:32-45), suffering (1 Peter 212-25), separation (Ephesians 2:11-22), sanctification (Titus 2:1-15), and supremacy (Colossians 2:6-23). My contention is that while many have been preoccupied fighting battles over penal substitutionary atonement, we have often neglected other vital aspects of the death of Jesus.
Here is a steady flow of down-to-earth insights into cross-shaped living. Thank you, Lee Gatiss, for your wisdom. — J. I. Packer, Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College in Vancouver
This book of expositions by Lee Gatiss is an important reminder that, in our warranted zeal for the truth of penal substitution, we must not downplay or ignore the rich and full range of the achievements of the Cross, and its many applications to our lives. An important and edifying volume! — Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
In the business of proclaiming the meaning of the cross there have been major battles to protect the key elements of the gospel of Christ crucified. Lee Gatiss is no stranger to the battle to maintain, for example, the significance of the cross as a penal sacrifice for sin. But sometimes the fog of war obscures other landmarks which tie the cross to the life of the church and the experience of the Christian. Without diminishing the major truths of the cross he skillfully unpacks the message of the cross for the church and the believer in the struggles of daily life. What he has written will warm the heart and strengthen the nerve of God’s people as we join Christ “outside the camp” where He was crucified and be encouraged to bear our own “cross” as we follow after Him. — Liam Goligher, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
“Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures” lies at the heart of the gospel. But what exactly are these sins (plural)? Not only many, surely, but diverse, subtle, deceitful, harmful. If so, Christ’s death must be multivalent, deeper, richer, more adequate than merely a kind of mathematical exchange. If so, where do we begin? ‘ At Calvary’s cross is where you begin.’ And like John Bunyan’s Evangelist, Lee Gatiss and his book The Forgotten Cross will be good and reliable guides to help us do just that. I hope this book will be a real beginning of a larger view of Christ and his work for many readers. — Sinclair B Ferguson, Senior Minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina
Strangely Warmed: Whitefield, Toplady, Simeon and Wesley’s Arminian Campaigns (2015)
This is the full, written-up version of my 2014 St Antholin Lecture. John Wesley is widely regarded as one of the prime movers of the Evangelical Revival of the 18th Century, so much so that opposition to Wesley is even now taken by some with little knowledge of Wesley’s actual teaching to be straightforward opposition to the gospel itself. However, an intriguing question is unearthed in this lecture, which explores the relationships between Wesley and Whitefield, Toplady and Simeon. I come to the conclusion that in addition to being ‘strangely warmed’ by the gospel, Wesley became increasingly heated in his almost pathological opposition to Reformed Anglican doctrine. I argue that this has subsequently been systematically hushed up and played down by historians and hagiographers alike, and consider some lessons for those engaged in controversies today.
“I am happy to recommend this excellent assessment of John Wesley and George Whitefield’s roles in the Calvinist controversy of the eighteenth century. Lee Gatiss is a steady guide through this challenging but vitally important subject.” – Thomas S. Kidd, Baylor University. Author of George Whitefield: America’s Spiritual Founding Father.
“Once again we are indebted to Lee Gatiss who shows clearly that the Reformed faith of the Church of England is no indifferent matter but that the Reformation heritage is the thinking man’s evangelicalism and does a better job of defending the truth of the biblical gospel of free grace than any semi-Pelagian alternative. Whitefield’s grace in controversy is to be emulated, but also his clarity about what things really matter.” – Wallace Benn, former Bishop of Lewes.
‘In this lecture, Lee Gatiss mounts a stout defence of Whitefield and Toplady in their conflict with Wesley. This is a most useful contribution to evangelical literature, given the tendency in recent years even in some Calvinistic circles to view Wesley in a rather uncritical light. Certainly, the conflict involved a monumental clash of egos; but it also involved points of serious theological and historical significance which should shape our understanding of Anglicanism, Methodism, and the origins of English and American evangelicalisms.’ – Carl R Trueman, Paul Woolley Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Pa.
Confident and Equipped: Facing Today’s Challenges in the Church of England (2014)
This is an edited volume of papers from the Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference (JAEC) in 2013, including 2 Bible readings on 2 Timothy 1 from me, 2 “strategy” talks by John Richardson, Ben Cooper on positive complementarianism, Sam Allberry on reclaiming the good news in the area of sexuality, and Simon Austen on why we should stay and work within the Church of England.
“Challenging, honest, engaging, realistic. This brief book is both heart warming and uncomfortable as it grapples with the Bible’s wisdom on many challenges for ministry today. You don’t have to agree with every word to make it a great resource for encouraging ministry in the Church of England. Here are writers aware that they hold views that are not ‘flavour of the month’ but writing warmly and positively to minister faithfully to the Scriptures. Put this in the hands of as many as you can.” Hugh Palmer, Rector, All Soul’s, Langham Place
“This is a timely and stimulating collection of papers for anyone thinking seriously about being a faithful evangelical in the Church of England today. I particularly appreciated the freshness of Sam Allberry’s writing about same-sex attraction and of Ben Cooper’s paper on positive complementarianism. Warmly commended.” — Christopher Ash, Director of the Proclamation Trust’s Cornhill Training Course and author of The Priority of Preaching.
“I warmly welcome this timely call for a form of gospel ministry which is thoroughly Anglican because of, and certainly not in spite of, being committedly evangelical. Its appeal contains a much needed blend of evangelistic passion, pastoral concern, and doctrinal conviction which will both convict and inspire.” Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St Ebbe’s, Oxford and President of the Proclamation Trust.
“My first reaction to hearing that JAEC 3 was being turned into a book was relief. Relief because at the conference itself, my note-taking pen couldn’t move fast enough. The conference featured a series of talks packed with content, relevance and authority, laced with grace and humour. Reading this book is great value for your time: read the talks by Sam Allberry and Ben Cooper and get the essence of their recently-published books. Read Simon Austen’s chapter for a distillation of reflections coming from decades in Anglican evangelical ministry and political engagement in the Church of England. Read Lee Gatiss’ two sermons from 2 Timothy to hear the voice of God applied with hope and challenge to our context as Anglican evangelicals. And read the late John Richardson’s two ‘stream of consciousness’ addresses that capture the heart of the man and the spirit and drive of the network and conference that forms part of his legacy. Read this book and see why my wife and I immediately installed JAEC as a ‘non-negotiable’ in our diary.” Dr. Tom Woolford, Ordinand, Oak Hill Theological College, London.
“Highlighting that we each have spiritual orientation issues and that propensity to quieten parts of the gospel that cause dis-ease, this book presents the theological integrities of those who combine grace with strategy. With it comes an invitation to sit at table and do theology with the aim of best serving Christ in our current age. The soul is stirred. When challenged, it asks that responses are articulated with a similar loving care and intellectual rigour, so that together, we hasten the day when though ‘contentions are now at their highest float… we shall with ten times redoubled tokens of our unfeignedly reconciled love, shew ourselves each towards the other (Hooker).” Rachel Marszalek, Vicar, All Saints, Ealing Common
JC Ryle’s Distinctive Principles for Anglican Evangelicals (2014)
This is a collection of previously uncollected tracts written by nineteenth-century Bishop JC Ryle on subjects such as the Reformation, the doctrinal distinctives of Anglicanism (i.e the 39 Articles), the role of the laity in reforming the church, and baptism. I edited it together and wrote an introduction.
‘My introduction to JC Ryle was in my teens when I first read Knots United. I had been exploring some of the difficult questions that many Anglicans face and Bishop Ryle’s analysis I found refreshing and convincing, even though he had written them nearly 100 years ago. I began to read as much of Ryle as I could find and my friends must have known this as I received two sets of his Expository Thoughts on the Gospels for my 21st birthday! I am therefore delighted to commend this publication of four of Ryle’s tracts. The Bishop is in good form as he explores issues which are remarkably relevant to our own day and as he reminds us that real Anglicanism is Reformed, Protestant Anglicanism.’ — Glenn Davies, Archbishop of Sydney.
‘Bishop Ryle is the only nineteenth century Anglican divine whose works are still in print and enjoyed by people all over the world. Some of his writings are scattered and hard to find, which makes this collection particularly valuable. Ryle speaks to our situation with a clarity that few have equalled, and his voice needs to be heard as much now as when these tracts were first produced.’ — Gerald Bray, Research Professor at Beeson Divinity School, Samford University and Editor of Churchman.
‘Lee Gatiss is to be commended for putting together this magnificent collection of tracts. The tracts address head-on issues facing the Church of England that are as challenging today as they were in Bishop Ryle’s day. A truly godly man, he writes with a clarity and focus on the gospel that is often sadly lacking amongst those who lead our Church today. As a layman, I felt particularly inspired by his examination of the position and importance of the laity in the Church. His study of ‘The Distinctive Principles of the Church of England’ is truly magisterial.’ — Mark Cawson QC, Commercial Barrister and Deputy High Court Judge.
‘This collection of tracts is immensely readable, informative and encouraging. Ryle’s vivid portrait of the State of the church in England before the Reformation and then the impact of the Reformation on it; his summary of the distinctive qualities of the Church of England, and its teaching on baptism will help all laity understand why the reformed Church of England is worth fighting for, why we have to be part of the fight.’ — Debbie Woods, Associate Professor, University of Law, Manchester and former Churchwarden.
‘I am grateful to Lee Gatiss for re-introducing JC Ryle to modern Church people, and in particular for making available this new collection of tracts for our times. Ryle provides a clear and compelling vision for a truly Protestant and Evangelical Church of England to flourish today. He believed that every generation needed to own its Reformed heritage, and to that end, I am grateful that these Tracts have been put in our hands now.’ — Simon Vibert, Vice Principal and Director of the School of Preaching, Wycliffe Hall, Oxford.
‘I love J C Ryle! Of all the bishops we have had since the good bishops of the Reformation period, he is the most loved and widely respected, and his writings have done, and continue to do, so much good for the Gospel cause. These tracts are vintage Ryle! Once again we are indebted to Lee Gatiss for this excellent collection. May J C Ryle be rediscovered and enjoyed by a new generation! And may we, please God, have a fresh injection of Ryle’s clarity and courage!’ — Wallace Benn, former Bishop of Lewes and President of the Church of England Evangelical Council.
‘This is a refreshingly honest, brilliant little book and an absolute ‘must read’ for all clergy, from Archbishop to Curate and particularly for ordinands. Every lay person in the church should read it too, both for its wisdom and plain common sense, and for each person to understand that the church belongs to the laity as well as the clergy.’ — Alison Ruoff, Member of General Synod.
Edmund Grindal – The Preacher’s Archbishop (2013)
This is the written-up and expanded version of my 2013 St Antholin’s Lecture. The audio of the original lecture can be downloaded from here. Edmund Grindal (1516-1583) enjoyed a glittering career in the Church of England under Edward VI and Elizabeth I. The first generation of English Reformers saw in him the maturity and character to handle the temptations of preferment without losing the passion to reform or the backbone to resist intimidation.
Yet he put it all on the line in a turbulent confrontation with Elizabeth I over the issue of freshly-prepared, locally-applied preaching. He saw this as God’s instrument for the conversion of England; she wanted it massively restricted. In his defence of biblical preaching, and the training conferences he saw as key to its growth and success, we observe the courage of a man who tried to protect the church’s doctrine from unwarranted outside interference.
‘When many acquire the habit and reputation for jettisoning their principles for the sake of preferment and advance, let us hope to be inspired by those like Grindal, who are prepared to suffer professionally and politically when a clear but difficult stand becomes necessary.’
– from the lecture
‘There can be little doubt that the power of Christianity and, by extension that of the local church, is to a great extent a function of the vitality of preaching. In this lively and well researched essay Lee Gatiss shows the contribution of Archbishop Grindal as the latter took on Queen Elizabeth I to defend the role of preaching in the nascent National Church. Often vilified for his Protestantism, and weakness as leader of the Church, we are shown a different picture of a man of spiritual insight, courage, and faith. I have no doubt that this as relevant for our day as it was four hundred years ago.’
Lord Carey of Clifton, former Archbishop of Canterbury
‘Lee Gatiss has put us in his debt not only for the fascinating history but, more importantly, in showing us how an episode in Elizabethan England is of crucial importance today as the Church struggles to maintain its integrity in the face of enormous secular pressures. As he says, we need more Grindals today to stand in the breach.’
Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, former Bishop of Rochester
‘There is little doubt in my mind that preaching is undervalued today. Read, therefore, about a mostly unknown hero of the Protestant faith who stood firm against incredible pressure so that preaching might take its rightful place at the heart of church life. You will be encouraged. I guarantee it.’
Adrian Reynolds, Director of Ministry at The Proclamation Trust
Reformed Foundations, Reforming Future: A Vision for 21st Century Anglicans (2013)
By Lee Gatiss and Peter Adam. This concise book explores the history, theology, and future of Anglicanism. I unpack the catholic, Protestant, and Reformed nature of the church’s doctrine, and consider how it might apply in today’s questions of evangelical identity and arguments over women bishops. Peter Adam goes on to look at how Christ is the sufficient and effective Saviour of his church,encouraging us to engage faithfully in the ongoing work of reformation today.
‘A welcome tonic in the midst of competing forces seeking to redefine Anglican doctrine for the 21st century… both stimulating and refreshing… An excellent guide for those engaged in gospel ministry.’ Archbishop Glenn Davies
‘Nobody could read these addresses without huge stimulation and benefit. Read and enjoy!’ Bishop Wallace Benn
‘A timely and important word… thoughtful, scholarly, stimulating, and finally encouraging reasons to be determined, courageous, and – yes! – cheerful, Anglican Evangelicals.’ Christopher Ash
‘A must read! A challenge to stay and contend. A deeply encouraging and refreshing vision. I highly recommend this book.’ Nigel Atkinson
‘A lively, robust and compelling case for the Church of England being both Reformed and in need of reform. We are reminded that Anglicanism at its heart is truly Evangelical, and that a great way to be a better Evangelical is to be a better Anglican!’ Sam Allberry
‘Wisdom on how to live in a denomination where many have drifted from, and in some cases deny, all that the Articles uphold. I now want to teach the Articles to our church in Wimbledon!’ Robin Weekes
The NIV Proclamation Bible (2013)
I am Senior Editor of a Study Bible for the New International Version (2011) with Hodder & Stoughton, called The NIV Proclamation Bible. This has involved commissioning, organizing, and editing work from 65 scholars across 4 continents.
‘The NIV Proclamation Bible is remarkable: it puts the highest quality biblical scholarship at the Bible student’s fingertips in a clear, penetrating and accessible form. There are many Study Bibles, but none better.‘ Timothy Keller
‘How do we preach the Bible faithfully, powerfully, and winsomely to our contemporary age? This first rate resource will go a long way to helping us further our efforts to this end.’ Joshua Moody
‘This volume is a wonderful gift to those who want to study God’s word in depth. Both the authors and the aim fill me with confidence. I warmly commend it.‘ Peter Jensen
‘At last! A really useful study Bible that encourages us to focus on the text and not just the notes below the line! The introductory essays and overviews of each book help the reader to understand, interpret and apply the different biblical genres with wisdom and confidence. Every Sunday school teacher and Bible study group leader should invest in one.’ Carrie Sandom
For Us and For Our Salvation: ‘Limited Atonement’ in the Bible, Doctrine, History, and Ministry (2012)
Often caricatured, so-called ‘limited atonement’ is the doctrine that Jesus came definitely to save those particular people given to him by his Father. In this overview of the doctrine, I examine the biblical and doctrinal case for this controversial teaching, explore key moments in its historical development, and expound its implications for ministry today, especially in terms of assurance and evangelism.
‘a masterful, mini-treatise… I heartily commend this clear-headed, warmhearted treatment.’ – J.I.Packer
‘Gatiss makes his case patiently, respectfully, firmly. Those who disagree will find themselves much better informed; those who are sympathetic will rejoice to see the case freshly made.’ – D.A. Carson
‘a clear and succinct exposition… an excellent introduction.’ – Carl Trueman
‘perhaps the most thorough examination of the doctrine in decades.’ – Julian Hardyman
‘Every page a feast, to feed the mind and warm the heart.’ – Alec Motyer
an extraordinarily rich resource… indispensible.’ – Michael S. Horton
Read the full endorsements here.
Preachers, Pastors, and Ambassadors: Puritan Wisdom for Today’s Church (St Antholin Lectures 2001-2010) (2011)
Now available from Latimer Trust. This again is a compilation of the annual St Antholin Lectures on Puritan themes, which I have edited. This volume contains my introduction, The Grand Nursery of Puritanism: St Antholin’s as a Strategic Centre for Gospel Ministry. This focuses on the story of the wonderfully named “Feoffees for the Purchase of Impropriations”, who also went by the name of “The Collectors of St Antholin’s”. They were a dozen Puritan clergy, lawyers, and businessmen based at St Antholin’s in the mid-seventeenth century who had an audacious plan for reforming the church, both securing and expanding the place of gospel-preaching ministers in it. The other chapters on the Puritan theology of word, sacrament, and church discipline are by the good and godly Peter Adam, Wallace Benn, Peter Ackroyd, David Field, Chad van Dixhoorn, Tony Baker, Andrew Atherstone, and David Holloway. I also contributed the lecture for 2008 called From Life’s First Cry: John Owen on Infant Baptism and Infant Salvation.
Pilgrims, Warrirors, and Servants: Puritan Wisdom for Today’s Church (St Antholin Lectures 1991-2000) (2010)
Now available from Latimer Trust. This is a compilation of the modern St Antholin Lectures on Puritanism, which I have edited and written an introduction for. The intro is called To Satisfy the People’s Hunger for the Word: St. Antholin’s as the Prototype Puritan Lectureship. It looks at the Puritan love of preaching (exemplified in Archbishop Grindal, William Perkins, John Owen, and Thomas Horton, who was Rector of St Helen’s, Bishopsgate in 1666), and then at the place of the now demolished St Antholin’s Church in the City of London, which was a great centre for Puritan preaching and theology in the 16th and 17th centuries. The other chapters are by the great and the good, including Jim Packer, Alister McGrath, Peter Jensen, Peter Adam, and Ashley Null, on various aspects of Puritan theology and practice. It was a great privilege for me to be part of this project.
The True Profession of the Gospel: Augustus Toplady and Reclaiming our Reformed Foundations (2010)
Now available from Latimer Trust. This book of about 140 pages started life as talks for Church Society, Fellowship of Word and Spirit, and St. Helen’s, Bishopsgate before morphing into my ThM thesis with Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. It looks at the Reformed tradition in theology and how that has always been the official mainstream theology of the Church of England, and of English Evangelicals. I focus particularly on the Evangelical Revival of the eighteenth century, and spend a couple of chapters just on Toplady himself, his theology and his polemical battle against John Wesley. I think this is the most important thing I’ve ever written and I hope it will be inspiring as well as informative. The title comes from the Coronation Oath, when a new British monarch promises to maintain “the true profession of the gospel… and Protestant Reformed religion.”
‘If Toplady is remembered at all today, it is probably as the author of a number of famous hymns. Yet in his own time he represented a strand of Anglicanism which sought to stand in continuity with both the Church of England’s Reformation roots and the more precise articulation of Reformed Orthodoxy. In this study, Lee Gatiss does a fine job of recovering this aspect of Toplady for today, and thereby reminding his church that Latitudinarianism, Anglo-Catholicism, Liberalism, and theologically lightweight evangelicalism are not the only traditions which can lay claim to being Anglican.’
Carl Trueman, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia
‘In this lively, stimulating, and sometimes provocative piece Lee Gatiss introduces us to a man whose words we still sing, but whose wider theology lies neglected. His focus is not, however, limited to Toplady. In the first half he makes a powerful case that the historic Church of England was Reformed in its theology. Many evangelicals today will rejoice to hear this, but then comes the twist in the tail as the writings of figures like Whitefield and Toplady himself are used to show just what it meant to be Reformed. We find, for instance, that they were thorough-going covenant theologians, committed to the idea of an eternal intratrinitarian covenant of redemption. By the end of the study we may be left feeling that others are wrong to question the place of Reformed theology in the historic Church of England, but we may also be left rather less sure that what passes for Reformed today is the same as it was in the past. I expect that readers will find this study at once encouraging and challenging. It is a strong example of the way in which historical writing can be both responsible and transparently useful for the church today.’
Garry Williams, The John Owen Centre, London
The Sermons of George Whitefield, Parts 1 & 2 (2010)
Out now with Church Society and also with Crossway in the USA. These are the first two volumes of a major new series called The Reformed Evangelical Anglican Library. The idea is to re-print classic works of theology, homiletics, and pastoralia to show that Reformed Evangelicals are by no means marginal in the Church of England but have produced its best theologians, reformers, and writers. Whitefield is the giant of the eighteenth century Evangelical Revival, and his strongly Reformed theology led to strongly evangelistic sermons which played a major part in awakening England (contrary to popular beliefs about Calvinism!). I have edited the text of the 1771 edition (c. 1000 pages), added over 10,000 words of footnotes tracing his sources and quotations and putting what he says into context, and written a c.15,000 word introduction. Contents, intro, and a sample sermon can be read here. This is my biggest project to date and I hope it will be the first of many more such works in this exciting new series.
‘Lee Gatiss has done us a service — dusting off, tidying up, and re-presenting Whitefield’s electric preaching to a new age. Gatiss’s introduction to the sermons is worth the price of the volumes alone. My prayer is that these sermons will raise up, and stir up, a generation to preach with gospel fire.’ — Josh Moody, Senior pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois
‘George Whitefield was undoubtedly one of the greatest preachers of the modern Christian era, yet today he remains strangely neglected, even among evangelical Christians. Lee Gatiss’s excellent edition of Whitefield’s sermons will alleviate some of this undeserved obscurity. Pastors, professors, and laypeople would do well to reflect on these sermons, which more than any other earthly force helped stir the massive revivals of the Great Awakening.’ — Thomas S. Kidd, Associate Professor of History, Baylor University
‘The publishers have done Anglican Evangelicals (and many others) a great service in bringing these wonderful sermons by George Whitefield back into easily accessible form. Lee Gatiss’s excellent and comprehensive Introduction gives a clear way in to grasping the salient features of Whitefield’s life and convictions, and of his relationship to classic Protestant Anglicanism. All those who want urgently to reconnect the contemporary Church of England with its evangelical heritage will be nourished and encouraged by this volume, and no doubt by subsequent volumes in this Series.’ — Christopher Ash, Director of the Cornhill Training Course, London‘George Whitefield is surely the greatest of all British preachers. These transcriptions of some of Whitefield’s sermons inevitably conceal much of his genius, but they do convey a sense of the power, simplicity and vivid impact of his message which God used to such remarkable effect in the 18th Century. This collection and Lee Gatiss’ excellent introduction will inspire today’s preachers and prompt us to follow the example of this great and godly man.’ — Vaughan Roberts, Rector of St. Ebbe’s, Oxford and President of the Proclamation Trust‘I find the written sermons of George Whitefield to have an intrinsic fervour, power, clarity, and theological pungency that leaps off the page into the conscience and affections in a gripping and edifying way. This publication is welcome; it will do us good and demosntrates once again that God’s truth transcends all generations and cultures and that God gives gifts to the church as transparently good as George Whitefield.’— Tom Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
‘George Whitefield has impacted my life and ministry more than I could ever measure. I could not be more excited about these sermons being back in print. One can only pray that the same Lord who used these sermons to shake the world so long ago will give us another Great Awakening through them.’ — Jason C. Meyer, Pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis‘In a time of much confusion about what counts as true Anglican theology, the Reformed Evangelical Anglican Library is a great gift, both to remind, to resource and, perhaps too, to rebuke today’s Anglicans. It is an especial joy to commend this edition of Whitefield’s sermons, which provides such a readable and accessible text of Whitefield. May it spur us on in our time to proclaim Jesus Christ as passionately as Whitefield did, and with a similar biblical faithfulness.’ — Michael Ovey, Principal of Oak Hill Theological College, London
A short book looking at how we can learn from the troubles in the Presbyterian Church in the USA and Princeton Theological Seminary during the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversy, with a particular focus on conservative hero J. Gresham Machen. It’s quite topical, I think, considering all the shenanigans in the Church of England at the moment… despite the immensely long subtitle.
I was delighted that John Stott and J. Alec Motyer, two Anglican Evangelicals I respect and admire immensely, were happy to give their permission for Latimer to publish together material they have written on the doctrine of baptism. I had the honour of editing the book and contributing a preface, which I share here by way of a taster for the book.
From Life’s First Cry: John Owen on Infant Baptism and Infant Salvation (2008)
A short book (an extended version of the 2008 St. Antholin’s Lecture) looking at the teaching of the great puritan John Owen on the controversial and related subjects of infant baptism and infant salvation. I tried hard to interact with Owen’s 17th century opponents as well as present day detractors (I mean, Baptists) in presenting and applying Owen’s doctrine. I believe this is the only extended treatment of Owen’s view in print anywhere.
The Tragedy of 1662: The Ejection and Persecution of the Puritans (2007)
Was 1662 a good year or a bad year? Something we should look back to as a golden moment of doctrinal and liturgical soundness or the start of a tragic tale for those who love the gospel more than the institutional Church? This study unpacks the story of the Great Ejection where nearly 2000 puritans were forced to leave the Church of England, and the Great Persecution which followed for the next 25 years.