Published on March 13, 2015 by Fred Zaspel

The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches, 2014 | 712 pages

An astonishingly exhaustive anthology of Christian counsel on various aspects of family life from notables of the past. The 56 authors in the Table of Contents reads like a Who’s Who of church history.

Table of Contents

Endorsements for A Theology of the Family              21
Authors Featured in A Theology of the Family          25
Preface                                                                                 33

Chapter I
Family Worship
One Cause of the Decay of Religion in Our Day
Scott Brown|                                                                       44
Family Worship
Arthur w: Pink (1886-1952)                                            46
A Remedy for Decaying Religion
Oliver Heywood (1630-1702)                                          50
The Nature, Warrant, and History of Family Worship
J.W. Alexander (1804-1859)                                           53
What God Is to Families
Thomas Doolittle (c.1632-1707)                                    60
Motives for Family Worship
J.H. Merle D’Aubigne (1794-1872)                                64
The Word of God and Family Prayer
Thomas Doolittle (c.1632-1707)                                    69
Seven Reasons Families Should Pray
Thomas Doolittle (c.1632-1707)                                    73
The Father and Family Worship
J.W. Alexander (1804-1859)                                          79
Women Leading Family Worship
John Howe (1630-1705)                                                 85
Memories of Family Worship
John G. Paton (1824-1907)                                            87
Implementing Family Worship
Joel R. Beeke                                                                    91
Heathens and Christians
John G. Paton (1824-1907)                                           100

Chapter 2
Godly Manhood

True Godliness Described
Benjamin Keach (1640-1704)                                       106
The Nature of an Upright Man
Richard Steele (1629-1692)                                           112
Signs and Character of a Godly Man
Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686)                                   116
Husbands, Love Your Wives
William Gouge (1575-1653)                                           126
The Conversion of Family Members
Samuel Lee (1627-1691)                                                 137
A Godly Father’s Anger
John Gill (1697-1771)                                                      145
Threats to Godliness in Young Men
John AngellJames (1785-1859)                                    147
How True Manhood Is Restored
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)                     156

Chapter 3
Virtuous Womanhood

Christianity’s Influence on the Condition of Women
John Angell James (1785-1859)                                  164
Woman’s Mission
John Angell James (1785-1859)                                  169
A VIrtuous Woman Described
Charles Bridges (1794-1869)                                        175
Christ’s Call to Young Women
Thomas Vincent (1634-1678)                                       180
Grace for a Wife’s Submission
William Gouge (1575-1653)                                          186
For Mothers, Experienced or New
John AngellJames (1785-1859)                                   195
Christ’s Work and Single Women
WoK. Tweedie (1803-1863)                                         206
To a Recent Woman Convert
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)                                  209
A Grandmother in Glory
Jabez Burns (1805-1876)                                              210

Chapter 4

The Excellence of Marriage
Arthur w: Pink (1886-1952)                                         214
What Are the Duties of Husbands and Wives
Richard Steele (1629-1692)                                          223
Mutual Duties of Husbands and Wives
John AngellJames (1785-1859)                                   229
A Husband’s Love for His Wife
Richard Steele (1629-1692)                                          237
A Wife’s Submission
John Bunyan (1628-1688)                                            242
A Wife’s Respect for Her Husband
Richard Steele (1629-1692)                                          247
Duties That Preserve Marriage
William Gouge (1575-1653)                                          252
Thoughts on Finding a Marriage Partner
John Angell Jam.es (1785-1859)                                 259
The Marriage of the Lamb
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)                    267

Chapter 5
Bringing Up Children

Bringing Up Children for God
Edward Payson (1783-1827)                                        276
Nurture and Admonition
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)                    279
Primary Obligations of Parents
J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)                                                    285
General Duties of Parents to Children
John Bunyan (1628-1688)                                           292
Teaching Children about God
Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)                                     295
The Art of Balanced Discipline
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)                   300
Children to Be Educated for Christ
Edward W. Hooker (1794-1875)                                 305
Teaching Children Character
Philip Doddridge (1702-1751)                                     319
Principle Obstacles in Bringing Up Children for Christ
John Angell James (1785-1859)                                 325
The Calamity of Ungodly Children
Edward Lawrence (1623-1695)                                  333
Directions for Grieving over Ungodly Children
Edward Lawrence (1623-1695)                                  337
A Unique Opportunity of Witnessing to the World
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)                   341

Chapter 6

Father as Prophet, King, Priest
William Gurnall (1617-1679)                                       344
Fatherhood: Responsibility and Privilege
Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)                                       345
A Father’s Main Responsibility
John Calvin (1509-1564)                                             351
A Father’s Oversight
John Bunyan (1628-1688)                                           354
Leading a Family for Christ
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)                                         361
A Father Must Be Godly
Nicholas Byfield (1579-1622)                                      367
Fathers Must Teach God’s Word and Pray
Thom:as Doolittle (1632-1707)                                   373
Fathers and Discipline
William Gouge (1575-1653)                                        377
How Fathers Can Provoke Their Children to Wrath
Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686)                                 384
Counsel to Reforming Fathers
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)                                        387
A Father’s Prayer
George Swinnock (1627-1673)                                   397

Chapter 7

The Dignity of Motherhood
Jabez Burns (1805-1876)                                           402
A Mother’s Main Responsibility
Thomas Boston (1676-1732)                                      406
Keepers of the Springs
Peter Marshall (1902-1949)                                       408
Biblically Training Children, I
James Cameron (1809-1873)                                     414
Biblically Training Children, II
John Angell James (1785-1859)                                421
The Mother’s Legacy to Her Unborn Child
ElizabethJoscelin (c. 1595-1622)                              425
Loving, Wise Chastening
Richard Adams (c. 1626-1698)                                  438
A Mother’s Encouragement
James Cameron (1809-1873)                                     441
A Gospel Call to Mothers
James Cameron (1809-1873)                                     446
Church and Motherhood
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)                  449

Chapter 8

God’s Image and God’s Blessing
John Calvin (1509-1564)                                            452
Be Fruitful and Multiply
Martin Luther (1483-1546)                                        458
The Heritage of the Lord
Thomas Manton (1620-1677)                                    463
Loving and Caring for Babies
J. R. Miller (1840-1912)                                             468
Saved in Childbearing
Stephen Charnock (1628-1680)                                475
Four Necessary Graces
Richard Adams (c. 1626-1698)                                  480
Sarah Gave Birth by Faith
Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)                                      485
The Best Support in Childbearing
Richard Adams (c. 1626-1698)                                  489
When God Withholds Babies
Thomas Jacomb (1622-1687)                                    493
A Child Is Born
Thomas Boston (1676-1732)                                     495

Chapter 9

Thou Shalt Not Kill
Ezekiel Hopkins (1634-1690)                                    502
The Silent Holocaust
Peter Barnes                                                                  505
The Bible and Sanctity of Life
R. C. Sproul                                                                   513
Mankind and the Death Factor
George Grant                                                                519
Answers to Abortion Arguments
Joel Beeke                                                                     523
When Does Life Begin?
R. C. Sproul                                                                   528
Proclamations of God’s Word and Abortion
Joel Beeke                                                                      534
Molech Is Alive and Well
Franklin E. (Ed) Payne                                               539
Great Forgiveness for Great Sin
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)                  543

Chapter 10
Duties of Sons & Daughters

A Prayer for Readers. Especially Sons and Daughters
J. G. Pike (1784-1854)                                                 548
Honor Your Father and Mother
Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686)                                 553
The Duties of Sons and Daughters to Their Parents
John Angell James (1785-1859)                                557
Some General Responsibilities of Children to Parents
John Bunyan (1628-1688)                                          565
Children, Authority, and Society
David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)                   569
Sins of Children and Youth
J. G. Pike (1784-1854)                                                  578
Children, Seek the Good Shepherd
Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843)                     586
Why Sons and Daughters Need Faith in Christ
Charles Walker (1791-1870)                                        591
Children Walking in Truth
J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)                                                   594
To the Children of Godly Parents
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)                   598

Chapter 11
Modest Apparel

Thinking Like a Christian about Modest Apparel
Robert G. Spinney                                                        602
Christian Modesty Defined
Jeff Pollard                                                                   607
A Crying Sin of Our Age
Arthur W Pink (1886-1952)                                      611
Symptoms of Bodily Pride
John Bunyan (1628-1688)                                        616
Avoiding Immodest Fashions
Vincent Alsop (1630-1703)                                       620
Accessories to Adultery
Robert G. Spinney                                                      629
Your Clothing Reveals Your Heart
Richard Baxter (1615-1691)                                      632
Too Much, Too little, Too Tight
Robert G. Spinney                                                      637
Our Royal Apparel
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)                643
A Return to Modest Apparel
Jeff Pollard                                                                  647

Chapter 12
Thoughts for Young People

Thoughts for Young People
Archibald Alexander (1772-1851)                           652
General Counsels for Young People
J.e. Ryle (1816-1900)                                                661
Youth Warned Against Sin
John Angell James (1785-1859)                             669
Persuasions to Sober-mindedness
Matthew Henry (1662-1714)                                   675
Brothers and Sisters
John Angell James (1785-1859)                              685
Standing Fast or Falling Away?
Thomas Vmcent (1634-1678)                                   690
No Excuses: Believe the Gospel
Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)                694

A treasure trove of biblical family counsel, a marvelous aid toward healthy families, and a rich resource for pastors.

Fred G. Zaspel


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A Theology Of The Family: Four Centuries Of Biblical Wisdom For Family Life

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