Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Book on John Owen Published by GPTS Professor

A new book on the theology of the Puritan scholar John Owen, by newly appointed Greenville Seminary Professor of Systematic Theology Dr. Ryan M. McGraw, has been published in Germany.

A Heavenly Directory: Trinitarian Piety, Public Worship and a Reassessment of John Owen's Theology is the author's doctoral thesis as published by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht's academic publication division V&R Unipress.

"There is a growing body of historical literature on the importance of John Owen," the publisher reports. "Ryan M. McGraw seeks to reassess Owen’s theology in light of the way in which he connected his trinitarian piety to his views of public worship. McGraw argues that Owen´s teaching on communion with God as triune was the foundation of his views of public worship and that he regarded public worship as the highest expression of communion with the triune God."

Dr. McGraw says, "This represents the fruits of much prayer and the Spirit's blessing beyond measure and expectation. Though the book is expensive, I pray that ministers in particular would make good use of free inter-library loan services to use it to profit from Owen's practical trinitarian theology."

The book sells for 89.99€ ($122,35) and can be ordered here.It is available as a PDF e-book for 74.99€ ($101.96).

Dr. McGraw is an alumnus of GPTS, has been serving as adjunct professor of systematic theology, and will be joining the resident faculty full-time in 2015. He is also a research associate of the Jonathan Edwards Centre in South Africa. He is currently pastor of First Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Sunnyvale, Calif. Previously, he served as pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Conway, S.C.