A Theology of the Family, ed. Scott T. Brown and Jeff Pollard (Wake Forest, NC: The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, 2014)
This book presents a perspective on the family largely forgotten by the modern church. This volume features fifty-six authors such as: John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, John Gill, Matthew Henry, Martin Luther, R. C. Sproul, Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Watson. Each of them give a powerful testimony that the twenty-first-century church needs to be reminded of what she used to believe about family life. These authors bring a measure of the correction and the balm necessary to heal our amnesia and return us to biblical order.
“A Theology of the Family is an excellent anthology featuring a wealth of mostly-forgotten material from great Christian leaders of the past 500 years… In fact, the current dearth of biblical wisdom, combined with the rapid decline of the family as an institution, illustrates precisely why the material in this book is more truly relevant and more desperately needed than ever.”
– Phil Johnson
“There are many books on the family, so why another one? This is not “another one”! I commend A Theology of the Family because it is a compilation of some of the best articles on the subject of the family from proven teachers of the last five hundred years.”
– Conrad Mbewe
“This volume is a spiritual buffet for Christian family life, a delicious smorgasbord of short selections largely drawn from treasured Reformed writers. It dishes up biblical truth, loading the table with meaty explanation, sweet comfort, and well-spiced exhortation for fathers, mothers, children, and young people.”
– Dr. Joel Beeke
The Sum of a Child’s Duty
“Young people, dwell upon this single, simple thought: a child’s pleasure should be to please his parents. This is love and the sum of all your duty. If you would adopt this rule, if you would write this upon your heart, if you would make this the standard of your conduct, I might lay down my pen: for it includes everything in itself.” – John Angell James
John Angell James, “From The Duties of Sons and Daughters to Their Parents,” in A Theology of the Family, ed. Scott T. Brown and Jeff Pollard (Wake Forest, NC: The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, 2014), 558.
Husbands: Love Your Wives, Because They Are Your Wives
“The cause of Christ’s love was His love, as Moses noteth, He set His love on you because He loved you (Deut. 7:7-8)…In imitation hereof, husbands should love their wives, though there were nothing in wives to move them so to do, but only that they are their wives. Yea [they should love their wives] though no future benefit could after be expected from them. True love hath respect to the object that is loved, and the good that it may do thereunto, rather than to the subject that loveth, and the good that it may receive. For love seeketh not her own (1 Cor. 13:5).”- William Gouge
William Gouge, “From Husbands, Love Your Wives,” in A Theology of the Family, ed. Scott T. Brown and Jeff Pollard (Wake Forest, NC: The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, 2014), 133-134.
The “Most Influential Means, Under God, of Conveying Piety on the Little Ones”
“The advantages and blessings of family worship are incalculable. First, family worship will prevent much sin. It awes the soul, conveys a sense of God’s majesty and authority, sets solemn truths before the mind, and brings down benefits from God on the home. Personal piety in the home is a most influential means, under God, of conveying piety on the little ones. Children are largely creatures of imitation, loving to copy what they see in others.” – A.W. Pink
A.W. Pink, “From Family Worship,” in A Theology of the Family, ed. Scott T. Brown and Jeff Pollard (Wake Forest, NC: The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, 2014), 48.