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Yullin Church Funds New Lecture Series

testThe Jonathan Edwards Center at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School is pleased to announce a new lecture series on Edwards’ international reception, entitled “The Global Edwards.” With the generous support of the Yullin Church of South Korea, especially its pastor, Nam-Joon Kim, this new series will bring to campus the leading Edwards scholars working from outside the United States.

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Pastor Nam-Joon Kim

While Jonathan Edwards has long been recognized as the United States’ preeminent theologian, and one of the leading influences in the U.S. church, his international renown and global reception is less recognized. That is quickly changing, however, as represented in the new global Jonathan Edwards centers initiated from Yale and in several publications tied to Trinity’s Edwards Center, such as David W. Kling and Douglas A. Sweeney, eds.,Jonathan Edwards at Home and Abroad: Historical Memories, Cultural Movements, Global Horizons (Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 2003), and Oliver D. Crisp and Douglas A. Sweeney, eds., After Jonathan Edwards: The Courses of the New England Theology (New York: Oxford University Press, 2012).

In an effort to galvanize this international scholarship, we are therefore pleased to announce “The Global Edwards” series. It will feature international scholars engaged in the increasingly global conversation on Edwards’ life and influence.

All these lectures will be free and open to the public and posted on our Edwards Center website.

Sweeney’s Booknotes: Edwards on Prayer

bookBrian G. Najapfour, Jonathan Edwards: His Doctrine of & Devotion to Prayer (Caledonia, MI: Biblical Spirituality Press, 2013).

This booklet featuring Edwards’ best-known statements on Christian prayer will surely be cherished by many Reformed evangelicals. It is published by the author’s own ministry in Michigan. A Philippino native, Najapfour came to the United States in 2006 for graduate work at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. He is currently the pastor of United Reformed Church in Caledonia, MI, an avid blogger (biblicalspirituality.wordpress.com) and spiritual writer.

This work has five brief chapters on Edwards’ view and practice of prayer; an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources on Edwards and prayer; an appendix of excerpts from Edwards’ correspondence on prayer (which also includes a snippet on prayer from Edwards’ eulogy for the short-lived missionary, David Brainerd); another appendix on the prayerful friendship of Edwards’ daughter Esther Edwards Burr and Sarah Prince; and a concluding prayer by Trevin Wax (another avid blogger and spiritual writer) adapted from many of Edwards’ famous “Resolutions.”

Those who want a comprehensive treatment of Edwards’ approach to prayer should consult Peter Beck, The Voice of Faith: Jonathan Edwards’s Theology of Prayer (Joshua Press, 2010). But Christians looking for a brief, inspiring booklet on the subject can do no better than this work by Pastor Najapfour.