Books on the Atonement (1)

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The cross of Christ is at the very center of Gospel proclamation, and thus a thorough, biblical grasp of this central truth is necessary for every Gospel minister. Yet our day has seen (like ages before us) much confusion on this vital point of truth.

As a part of my contribution to Together for the Gospel this year, it was my joy to contribute an annotated bibliography to a wonderful little book by J.I. Packer and Mark Dever called In My Place Condemned He Stood. We offer it as an aid and encouragement to Christians who want more deeply to understand the nature and accomplishments of Jesus' death, and thus to be lost in wonder, love and praise to the gracious Father who gave and delivered up his only begotten Son on our behalf, and to the Son who loved us and gave himself for us, by the Holy Spirit, who alone enables us to say truly "Jesus is Lord."

The task of preparing the bibliography got me to thinking on the subject of what handful of books would bless and aid growing Christians and faithful pastors the most. So, I am going blog through eleven recommendations here (but this is not the exact list I gave as my "top ten" in the book!).


1. R.C. Sproul, The Truth of the Cross (Orlando: Reformation Trust, 2007).

2. John Piper, Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die (Wheaton: Crossway, 2006).

3. C.J. Mahaney, Living the Cross-Centered Life (Sisters: Multnomah, 2006).

4. Frederick S. Leahy, The Cross He Bore, The Victory of the Lamb, and Is It Nothing to You? (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1996, 2001, and 2004).

5. Philip Graham Ryken and James Montgomery Boice, The Heart of the Cross (Wheaton: Crossway, 2005).

6. B.B. Warfield, The Saviour of the World (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1991).

7. Leon Morris, The Atonement: Its Meaning and Significance (Leicester: IVP, 1983).

8. John Murray, Redemption Accomplished and Applied (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1955).

9. John R.W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (Leicester: IVP, 1986).

10. Steve Jeffrey, Mike Ovey, Andrew Sach, Pierced for our Transgressions (Wheaton: Crossway, 2007).

11. John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, 2 vols., F.L. Battles trans. (Philadelphia: Westminster, 1960), esp. 1:464-534.

Posted April 11, 2008 @ 3:23 PM by Ligon Duncan
TOPICS: Atonement

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