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Silent Witnesses: Lessons on Theology, Life, and the Church from Christians of the Past (Williams)

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In this book Garry Williams writes about Christians of the past for Christians of the present.  He describes both famous and less well-known figures and movements from church history, from the fourth century through to the twentieth: Augustine of Hippo, the Council of Chalcedon, Martin Luther, William Tyndale, Nicholas Ridley, John Calvin, Anne Bradstreet, John Owen, Jonathan Edwards, and John Laing.

As their lives are sketched and their writings expounded, they serve as silent witnesses to the essentials of the Christian Faith, to the challenges of Christian living, to the work of the pastor, and to the life of the church.  At the end of the book, after their stories have been told, a final chapter makes the case for a Christian view of history itself. 

Table of Contents:

On the Essentials

1. Prizing the Bible: William Tyndale (1494-1536)

2. Who is Jesus?: The Council of Chalcedon (451)

3. The Cross and Its Caricatures: John Owen (1616-1683)

4. The Infinite Love of the Dying Christ: Jonathan Edwards (1703-58)

5. The Grace of God: Augustine of Hippo (354-430)

6. Justified before God's Throne: John Calvin (1509-64)

On the Christian Life

7. Loving God with all Your Heart: The Puritan Psychology

8. Trusting God in Trials: John Calvin (1509-64)

9. Identity and Loss on the Edge of the World: Anne Bradstreet (1612-72)

10. Working for Christ: John Laing (1879-1978)

Primarily for Pastors and Elders

11. Priorities for the Church: John Calvin

12. Preaching the God-Man: Chalcedon Revisited

13. Preaching the Word: Martin Luther (1483-1546)

14. Feasting with the Lord: Nicholas Ridley (c.1500-55)


15. Making the Case for Christian History