The last two weeks I’ve had a seminary student working with me as part of the Pastoral Training Program. I’ve enjoyed Tim’s company and we’ve had some great discussions. Yesterday we took a field trip to Reformed Book Services in Brantford. One of the books that I picked up was Glorifying God: A Yearlong Collection of Classic Devotional Writings. This is a compilation of devotions from Thomas Watson’s Body of Divinity. It’s beautiful, inside and out. I have a deep appreciation for Watson and have learned much from him as a Christian and as a preacher. So did Charles Spurgeon. This is what he said about him:
Watson was one of the most concise, racy, illustrative, and suggestive of those eminent divines who made the Puritan age the Augustan period of evangelical literature. There is a happy union of sound doctrine, heart-searching experience and practical wisdom throughout all his works…His writings are his best memorial; perhaps he needed no other, and therefore providence forbade the superfluity.
If you’re looking for an accessible introduction to the Puritans, pick up anything by Thomas Watson. All Things for Good is a great place to start.
BTW, we’re still waiting for the Acts of the last two days of Synod. I think we’ll probably be waiting until next week for them.