Latest Faculty Publication! Fesko on Sanctification
WSC's latest faculty publication, just released in the UK and soon to be available in the US shortly after the new year is Dr. Fesko's, A Christian's Pocket Guide to Growing in Holiness: Understanding Sanctification (Fearn: Christian Focus, 2012). Here's the blurb from the back cover:
No true Christian wants to keep on sinning. Yet the battle seems unwinnable. For every slain opponent two more emerge from the shadows. And to make matters worse, an endless stream of pundits are on hand with conflicting combat tactics: 'Try harder. Do more.' 'It's a matter of mind over matter.' 'Imitate Christ. Ask, What would Jesus Do?' 'Take a break. Even if you yield to every known sin, you're still a winner because Christ has forgiven everything.'
In the Bible we find a more coherent and realistic approach to growing in holiness. Victory over sin does not come to the spiritual sluggard. Effort is essential. Even so, self-transformation is not possible. 'Sanctification is by faith alone in Christ alone.' The gospel is not just for day one of the Christian life; it's for the whole journey.
How do we grow in holiness? We grow through the word of God and prayer and sacraments. This book will help us find the benefits of growing in Christ for which there is no substitute.
The book is a brief little book that has an introduction, and chatpers on sanctification defined, applied, and undermined. It has a concluding chapter with suggested books for further reading on the subject.
Tolle et lege! Take up and read!