Don Kistler is a friend of mine. That’s not why I recommend these two titles however. Nor is it because of the wretched and egregious way he was treated by Ligonier Ministries (a tale for another day) – AND, which is NOT to be taken as a broad brush against all Ligonier, what it has done and IS doing for the Kingdom – but is related only to MY personal view on a particular issue. That being said…
I DO recommend these two titles for two very specific reasons. And one of those reasons does spring from his tragic and shameful expulsion (in my estimation – certainly there are two sides to every story) from Ligonier.
No, if you write to me, I will not say more.
Now my first reason for recommending these two books to you, is because these are excellent, impactful, soul edifying and Christ exalting volumes.
John Colquhoun (1748-1827) was a powerful Scottish preacher and writer. His nearly 50 years of ministry left behind a rich legacy. Not the least of which is this fine collection of “Sermons on Important Doctrines”. He was a doctrinal preacher. He believed sound doctrine, clearly explained and applied to the soul was the best means to aid men in loving and following Christ. He embodied Peter’s dictum that “I think it right, as long as I am in this body, to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.”
You will not be disappointed by his clear, practical and powerful exposition.
Thomas Watson’s “Heaven Taken by Storm” is so near and dear to me personally. This little volume first came to me as a Soli Deo Gloria publication at a season of great despondency and trial. Its healing benefits are very real to me. And his vision of the Christian life that “Though heaven be given us freely, yet we must contend for it” – is so full of rich and important balance that it sets so many other things right at first glance. This new edition – with more modernized English ought to prove to be a truly valuable exhortation to actually pursue Heaven, and not imagine we stumble inside its glorious gates by accident.
I move to my second reason for recommending these books.
It is because these two titles (as well as several other resources available at Northampton – available HERE: Northampton Press )- are a response. However he has felt or expressed his pain privately, this is how one man – Don Kistler – has publicly responded to what he experienced as ill treatment, rejection and abandonment. He has sought to continue to build up the Body of Christ in the way he believes he is best able, through editing and reproducing the golden ministries of others from the best of our Christian heritage.
If this were the only reason, it would make it worth your purchasing these books, and introducing others to them as well.
I ordered mine today. I hope you will do the same.