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Friday, February 28, 2014

Matthew Mead - The Almost Christian Discovered

"Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian."  Those words were spoken by Agrippa, after hearing Paul's testimony of his conversion and after Paul's witnessing to him the gospel (Acts xxvi.28).  Paul responded, "I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost and altogether such as I am, except these bonds" (Acts xxvi.31).

The Almost Christian Discovered consists of seven sermons that were originally preached by Puritan minister Matthew Mead (c.1630-1699) at St. Sepulchre's, London, in 1661.  The first American publishing was in 1815.  Mead's work is not particularly comforting, nor is his aim that of providing undue comfort.  It is, however, a strong dose of needed spiritual medicine which implores the Christian professor to examine himself.  Mead's intended audience are those professors who do not exhibit a saving faith and who, though enlightened, are in no better condition spiritually than the confessed unbeliever Agrippa.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Loraine Boettner - The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination

This Reformed classic by Loraine Boettner (1901-1990) provides both the Scriptural basis and the historical background for Calvinism.  It serves as a solid primer for those who are unfamiliar with Calvinistic belief.  Boettner also includes a short biography on Calvin, and he summarizes the progression of Calvinism in Europe and in America.  This is a highly recommended read for all, both Reformed and non-Reformed.  This ebook translation was carefully made from the 1932 edition of Boettner's work, for which the copyright was not renewed; it is fully annotated and contains an active table of contents for your e-reader device.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Horatius Bonar - The Rent Veil

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) was a Scottish theologian, poet, and writer of hymns.  In The Rent Veil, Dr. Bonar provides us with a wonderful treatment of the Atonement.  This edition contains the original footnotes.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Horatius Bonar - God's Way of Peace

In God's Way of Peace, Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) examines the various excuses of the anxious, almost-Christian in failing to come to Christ.  These excuses incorporate bad theology, love of sin, and an improper view of faith and repentance as prerequisite self-work.  Bonar discusses at length law and grace, as well as the often misunderstood and misapplied doctrine of Divine Election.  This work is a highly recommended read!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Our E-book Ministry

I'm of the opinion that the Church should have access to scripturally sound, edifying Christian literature and that one need not be kept from having a modest Christian library because of cost. The ministry of TCC e-book blog involves the provision of quality Christian literature in accurate and accessible formats for FREE. Many ebooks released today, quite honestly, are hack-jobs prepared for passively earned profit (i.e., royalties from online sales). If any of you use e-readers, you've probably had the experience of purchasing a book only to find that it's riddled with errors so glaring that a chimpanzee could have corrected some of them with a one-pass editing. None of the books on TCC e-book blog were released without extensive checking of the source documents, and painstaking formatting and editing. This often involved referencing and old, out-of-print edition to ensure that certain passages were correct, that the language forms were appropriate, and to verify errors in the optical character recognition from the source text. What we should have, then, are a collection of books that exceed the quality and accuracy of many of the same titles sold by different publishers online.

That doesn't mean that these books can't be without error. If you're prone to read them, please alert me to any concern for error, no matter how small. If the concern reveals an actual error, it will be corrected, and the e-books will be updated. As a reward for your help, I'll even give you an updated version of the book, also for free! :)

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J.C. Ryle - Holiness

After an 18 month hiatus, The Calvinist Cafe's e-book blog is back in business! We're celebrating our re-launch with a book that has been long overdue on the blog.  J.C. Ryle's Holiness is an undisputed classic of Christian literature.  If you haven't read it, well now is the time; if you have, then this convenient e-book edition affords you the portability and opportunity to read it again.  This is the seemingly harder-to-find unabridged, fully annotated and illustrated version.  The archaic English has been maintained, although Ryle is always readable.  No attempts have been made to modernize the text.  This work has been carefully edited and formatted; however, if you should locate any errors in the e-book translation, please make them known so that they may be corrected.