Top Online Resources on Christ in Proverbs

One of the hardest books to preach from, and perhaps the hardest to preach Christ from, is the book of Proverbs. Most preachers just leave it well alone. Here are some of the best articles I’ve found over the years that I hope will encourage more Gospel-centered ministry from this neglected book.

The True Identity of Lady Wisdom is…?

The Wisdom of the Son (Seeing Christ in the Proverbs)

Preaching Christ in the Proverbs

Does Proverbs Speak of Jesus?

The Pastoral Implications of Foolish Speech in the Book of Proverbs

Proverbs Can Hit the Gospel Notes

The Problem of Proverbs

Preaching Proverbs (1): Epilogues and Exhaustion?

Preaching Proverbs (2): Persons Present and Powerful

Preaching Proverbs (3): Full-length Single Saying Sermons

Preaching Proverbs (4): Sayings and Sermons

Preaching Proverbs (5): Random Thoughts

Reading Proverbs Wisely v Harmfully

Seeing Jesus in Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job

Preaching Wisdom

The Wisdom of Solomon and the Greater Glories of Christ

The Dramatic Structure of Proverbs

Proverbial Maturity

How Do We Preach Christ From The Genre of Wisdom?

Preaching Wisdom: Part 1 (click on links to advance through the following posts)

Where Wisdom Can Be Found: Preaching Jesus from Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job

Wisdom Christology: An Interview with Dan Ebert

Old Testament Wisdom Literature

The Beginning and End of Wisdom

UPDATE: I should have mentioned that greatest living scholar on Proverbs, Dan Phillips, is presently preaching his way through the book in the series: God’s Revolutionary Wisdom. See also his wonderful book below: God’s Wisdom in Proverbs.

Best Gospel-Centered Books on Proverbs

Here are the best Christ-centered books on the subject. These are topical more than verse-by-verse exegetical/commentary style.

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Nifty Graph on Discovering Your Calling
Find where competency, passion, and demand meet. A helpful graphic for young people especially.

The Most Important Book of The Year
Todd Pruitt says it’s Kevin DeYoung’s new book on Scripture, Taking God at His WordAlso see I Love My Black Letter Bible.

When Depression Comes Back
Addie Zierman: “And this month, I am being saved again. By the pills and the poets. By Church Ladies, who send emails and slip books into my hands in the foyer before service. I am being saved by the God who does not let me go – not this time or last time or ever…no matter how deep the darkness of my heart. He is risen, and I am being raised too. No matter how dark it gets, Easter comes again. Every single time.”

A Word for the Discouraged
Good counsel from Joe Holland.

God, The Gospel, and The Gay Challenge
This is an important response to Matthew Vine’s evil attempt to make gay marriage a mainstream Christian value. You’re going to need to know this issue inside out in the coming years, so this eBook response from SBTS Faculty is a great place to start. Justin Taylor explains the background to the response.

20 Things I Learned As A College Professor
This is funny and accurate, especially #8!

This Juggling is Surreal (Unreal?)

115 Free Books!

Logos Bible Software are offering the following free resources. Can’t vouch for all of these but definitely worth getting 17 free Sproul books in the “Crucial Questions” series.

Faithlife Study Bible
A free study Bible with layers of notes, infographics, videos, maps, etc. Originally Logos were going to sell this product for about $90, but the CEO decided it was something he wanted to offer for free. If this were available in print it would be 12 feet thick!

Logos App
Over 60 free books.

Noet App
10 free books for downloading the app, an additional 18 free books are available for creating an account or logging in to an existing account.

Free Book of the Month
One free book each month.

R. C. Sproul Crucial Questions Series
17 free books.

Top 10 Biographies of Christian Men

As I’m often asked for book recommendations on various subjects, I decided to put together an online list of my top ten books in various categories. Basically, if I was only allowed 10 books in my library on that subject, these are the ten I would choose. Other posts include:

Today I’m listing my Top 10 Biographies of Christian Men. Of course, these are personal preferences, so after my list you’ll find a poll where you can cast three votes for your favorite books and help others choose the best books on the subject. Click on “View Results” to see what books are most popular.

You can also add any book not on the list by writing the title in “Other” or in the Comments  I’ll add these to the end of the post under “Reader Suggestions.”

1. Charles Spurgeon’s Autobiography: The Early Years 

Companion volume, The Full Harvest. These two books were the first biography I read as a new Christian in my early twenties, and I’ll never forget it. Hugely influential in my call to the ministry and in my view of the ministry.

2. Life of Martyn Lloyd Jones by Iain H. Murray.

Condensed and partly re-written version of Murray’s earlier two-volume set, Vol. 1: The First Forty Years and Vol. 2: The Fight of Faith. Personally I’d choose the two volumes, but you’ll need a lot of time. As so many battles Lloyd-Jones started fighting are still being fought today,  especially over the nature and authority of Scripture, there’s so much to learn from his life.

3. Andrew A. Bonar: Life and Letters by Marjory Bonar

First book I read in pastoral ministry and it left an indelible impression. I’ve got pages and pages of quotes that I still refer to and use. A passionate lover of Christ and of souls.

4. Robert Murray McCheyne by Andrew Bonar

One of the shorter biographies, but it will leave a lasting impact. It will make you more holy; or at least long for it.

5. Asahel Nettleton: Life and Labors by Bennet Tyler

Stirring book about the second Great Awakening; it will make you long for similar outpourings of the Spirit in our own day.

6. David Livingstone: The Truth Behind The Legend by Rob Mackenzie.

A balanced and realistic look at Livingstone’s life. It emphasizes the Christian motivation and mission behind his explorations, but it doesn’t sugar coat his shortcomings either, especially in connection with his wife that he left at home for years at a time.

7. J. I. Packer by Alister McGrath

Hugely influential in English-speaking evangelicalism for the past 60-70 years. No one has introduced more people to the doctrine and piety of the Puritans.

8. Jonathan Edwards: A Life by George Marsden.

One of the most highly acclaimed biographies of recent times and rightly so. Beautifully written with many incisive observations. Also consider Jonathan Edwards by Iain H. Murray

9. Here I Stand: A Life Of Martin Luther by Roland Bainton

Takes you not just into Luther’s life, but his mind and heart. And while you are at it, read Calvin by Bruce Gordon.

10. Defending The Faith: J. Gresham Machen by Daryl Hart.

A pivotal figure and time in modern church history.  See also J Greshem Machen by Ned Stonehouse

Now you decide, what are your favorites? You can cast three votes and add a book if it’s not in the list.

Honorable Mentions

Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor by D. A. Carson.

George Whitefield: Volume 1 and Volume 2 by Arnold Dallimore.

Herman Bavinck by Ron Gleason.

The Life and Diary of David Brainerd by Jonathan Edwards.

Augustine of Hippo by Peter Brown.

C.S. Lewis by Alister McGrath

John Stott: The Making of a Leader by Timothy Dudley-Smith. Companion Volume John Stott: A Global Ministry.

Amazing Grace: Biography of William Wilberforce by Eric Metaxes. See also this excellent  biography of Wilberforce.

Shadow of the Almighty: Life and Testament of Jim Elliot

Reader Suggestions

The Cross and the Switchblade by David Wilkerson.

Constrained By His Love: A New Biography of Robert Murray McCheyne by L. J. Van Valen

John Paton: Missionary to the New Hebrides

To The Golden Shore: Life of Adoniram Judson

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China On Course To Become World’s “Most Christian Nation” Within 15 Years
Almost enough to make me post-mill.

US is An Oligarchy Not a Democracy
OK, this is a bit rich coming from the home of constitutional monarchy, but this is a sobering and solemn reminder of the present state of American government.

Rugged Individuals: Revival of American Calvinism
According to this post, maybe the answer to America’s government problems is the rugged individualism of New Calvinism.

Why Homosexuality is Not Like Other Sins
Superb article by Jonathan Parnell.

Explaining Hard Things to Our Children
Christina Fox: “One day, my 7-year-old overheard talk about same-sex marriage on the news. On another occasion, I had to explain abortion and euthanasia. Then there was the time I had to break the news about a dear friend waging a battle against cancer. For many of these talks, I was unprepared. They came before I thought my children were ready.”

11 Alternatives To The Traditional 4-Year College (HT: Trevin Wax). 
“We’ve highlighted 10 very legitimate options to consider after high school. Some of them can lead to lifetime careers, and some of them are seen more as transition periods to decide life’s next steps — whether that’s ultimately to go on to college or to take another path. Either way, they should be considered right along with 4-year colleges for every high schooler out there struggling to try to figure out what to do next.”

Amazing Grace by Amazing Bagpipes
I dare anyone to watch this and deny there will be bagpipes in heaven. Amazing Grace starts at 2.37. Hope my Macbook Air is water resistant.