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A Theology of the Family

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Jeff Pollard; Scott Brown

712 pages
10.3" x 7.4"
Publisher: The National Center for Family Integrated Churches

Spanish edition available here.

A Theology of the Family is an excellent anthology featuring a wealth of mostly-forgotten material from great Christian leaders of the past 500 years... In fact, the current dearth of biblical wisdom, combined with the rapid decline of the family as an institution, illustrates precisely why the material in this book is more truly relevant and more desperately needed than ever.

—Phil Johnson, Executive Director of Grace to You, Sun Valley, CA

This book presents a perspective on the family largely forgotten by the modern church. There are fifty-six authors featured in this volume; authors such as: John Bunyan, Jonathan Edwards, John Gill, William Gouge, Matthew Henry, Martin Luther, A.W. Pink, J. C. Ryle, R. C. Sproul, Charles Spurgeon and Thomas Watson. Each of them give a powerful testimony that the twenty-first century church needs to be reminded of what she used to believe about family life. These authors bring a measure of the correction and the balm necessary to heal our amnesia and return us to biblical order.

In the mid-1990s, it began to occur to me that the modern Church had actually lost the biblical doctrine of the family. Biblical fatherhood was dead. Feminists owned womanhood. Motherhood was despised. Babies were marginalized as thieves of convenience and success. In America, we have aborted millions of children since 1973. Marriages were crumbling, and the very institution was being redefined. It was almost impossible to find men in the church who understood biblical manhood or fatherhood. The twentieth century was a bad time for the family; the trends were all running in the wrong direction, and biblical ignorance was speeding the family on its way to destruction.

Meanwhile, Jeff Pollard was doing something about it. He was toiling into the night to document a correct theology of the family. He brought these doctrines together in an organized form for the ministry of Chapel Library. If you have known Jeff for any length of time, you know that the last twelve years of his life have been defined by his ministry to Mount Zion Bible Church and the unrelenting schedule to produce the Free Grace Broadcaster, a quarterly digest of Christ-centered sermons and articles from prior centuries. It is all about recovering sound doctrine and biblical practices. Jeff has produced dozens of booklets on subjects such as the gospel, sin, repentance, the Holy Spirit, the blood of Christ, justification, sanctification, secret sins, and many other critical matters.

Through Jeff’s work at Chapel Library, there is a wealth of doctrinal resources that are being shipped all over the world. He brought them together in order to correct the lapses, heal the wounds, and pass them on to the rising generation. He worked for over a decade to identify the great authors and writings of the past that could meet the problems of our day. He went back in time. He returned to eras where a Christ centered view of the family was understood much better. He has revealed the doctrine locked in the literary treasure chests of the past. I am thankful that he also did this for the doctrine of the family.

Table of Contents

Endorsements for A Theology of the Family 
Authors Featured in A Theology of the Family

Chapter 1—Family Worship
One Cause of the Decay of Religion in Our Day
Family Worship - Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952)
A Remedy for Decaying Religion - Oliver Heywood (1630-1702)
The Nature, Warrant, and History of Family Worship - J.W. Alexander (1804-1859)
What God Is to Families - Thomas Doolittle (c.1632-1707)
Motives for Family Worship - J.H. Merle D’Aubigne (1794-1872)
The Word of God and Family Prayer - Thomas Doolittle (c.1632-1707)
Seven Reasons Families Should Pray - Thomas Doolittle (c.1632-1707)
The Father and Family Worship - J.W. Alexander (1804-1859)
Women Leading Family Worship - John Howe (1630-1705)
Memories of Family Worship - John G. Paton (1824-1907)
Implementing Family Worship - Joel R. Beeke
Heathens and Christians - John G. Paton (1824-1907) 

Chapter 2—Godly Manhood
True Godliness Described - Benjamin Keach (1640-1704) 
The Nature of an Upright Man - Richard Steele (1629-1692) 
Signs and Character of a Godly Man - Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686) 
Husbands, Love Your Wives - William Gouge (1575-1653) 
The Conversion of Family Members - Samuel Lee (1627-1691) 
A Godly Father’s Anger - John Gill (1697-1771) 
Threats to Godliness in Young Men - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
How True Manhood Is Restored - Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)

Chapter 3—Virtuous Womanhood
Christianity’s Influence on the Condition of Women - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
Woman’s Mission - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
A Virtuous Woman Described - Charles Bridges (1794-1869) 
Christ’s Call to Young Women - Thomas Vincent (1634-1678) 
Grace for a Wife’s Submission - William Gouge (1575-1653) 
For Mothers, Experienced or New - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
Christ’s Work and Single Women - W.K. Tweedie (1803-1863) 
To a Recent Woman Convert - Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) 
A Grandmother in Glory - Jabez Burns (1805-1876) 

Chapter 4—Marriage
The Excellence of Marriage - Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) 
What Are the Duties of Husbands and Wives - Richard Steele (1629-1692) 
Mutual Duties of Husbands and Wives - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
A Husband’s Love for His Wife - Richard Steele (1629-1692) 
A Wife’s Submission - John Bunyan (1628-1688) 
A Wife’s Respect for Her Husband - Richard Steele (1629-1692) 
Duties That Preserve Marriage - William Gouge (1575-1653) 
Thoughts on Finding a Marriage Partner - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
The Marriage of the Lamb - Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 

Chapter 5—Bringing Up Children
Bringing Up Children for God - Edward Payson (1783-1827) 
Nurture and Admonition - David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) 
Primary Obligations of Parents - J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) 
General Duties of Parents to Children - John Bunyan (1628-1688) 
Teaching Children about God - Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) 
The Art of Balanced Discipline - David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) 
Children to Be Educated for Christ - Edward W. Hooker (1794-1875) 
Teaching Children Character - Philip Doddridge (1702-1751) 
Principle Obstacles in Bringing Up Children for Christ - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
The Calamity of Ungodly Children - Edward Lawrence (1623-1695) 
Directions for Grieving over Ungodly Children - Edward Lawrence (1623-1695) 
A Unique Opportunity of Witnessing to the World - David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) 

Chapter 6—Fatherhood
Father as Prophet, King, Priest - William Gurnall (1617-1679) 
Fatherhood: Responsibility and Privilege - Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) 
A Father’s Main Responsibility - John Calvin (1509-1564) 
A Father’s Oversight - John Bunyan (1628-1688) 
Leading a Family for Christ - Richard Baxter (1615-1691) 
A Father Must Be Godly - Nicholas Byfield (1579–1622) 
Fathers Must Teach God’s Word and Pray - Thomas Doolittle (1632-1707) 
Fathers and Discipline - Gouge (1575-1653) 
How Fathers Can Provoke Their Children to Wrath - Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686) 
Counsel to Reforming Fathers - Richard Baxter (1615-1691) 
A Father’s Prayer - George Swinnock (1627–1673) 

Chapter 7—Motherhood
The Dignity of Motherhood - Jabez Burns (1805-1876) 
A Mother’s Main Responsibility - Thomas Boston (1676-1732) 
Keepers of the Springs - Peter Marshall (1902-1949) 
Biblically Training Children, I - James Cameron (1809-1873) 
Biblically Training Children, II - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
The Mother’s Legacy to Her Unborn Child - Elizabeth Joscelin (c. 1595-1622) 
Loving, Wise Chastening - Richard Adams (c. 1626-1698) 
A Mother’s Encouragement - James Cameron (1809-1873) 
A Gospel Call to Mothers - James Cameron (1809-1873) 
Church and Motherhood - Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 

Chapter 8—Childbearing
God’s Image and God’s Blessing - John Calvin (1509-1564) 
Be Fruitful and Multiply - Martin Luther (1483-1546) 
The Heritage of the Lord - Thomas Manton (1620-1677) 
Loving and Caring for Babies - J. R. Miller (1840-1912) 
Saved in Childbearing - Stephen Charnock (1628-1680) 
Four Necessary Graces - Richard Adams (c. 1626-1698) 
Sarah Gave Birth by Faith - Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) 
The Best Support in Childbearing - Richard Adams (c. 1626-1698) 
When God Withholds Babies - Thomas Jacomb (1622-1687)
A Child Is Born - Thomas Boston (1676-1732)

Chapter 9—Abortion
Thou Shalt Not Kill - Ezekiel Hopkins (1634-1690) 
The Silent Holocaust - Peter Barnes 
The Bible and Sanctity of Life - R. C. Sproul 
Mankind and the Death Factor - George Grant 
Answers to Abortion Arguments - Joel Beeke 
When Does Life Begin? - R. C. Sproul 
Proclamations of God’s Word and Abortion - Joel Beeke 
Molech Is Alive and Well - Franklin E. (Ed) Payne 
Great Forgiveness for Great Sin - Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 

Chapter 10—Duties of Sons & Daughters
A Prayer for Readers, Especially Sons and Daughters - J. G. Pike (1784-1854) 
Honor Your Father and Mother - Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686) 
The Duties of Sons and Daughters to Their Parents - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
Some General Responsibilities of Children to Parents - John Bunyan (1628-1688) 
Children, Authority, and Society - David Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) 
Sins of Children and Youth - J. G. Pike (1784-1854) 
Children, Seek the Good Shepherd - Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843) 
Why Sons and Daughters Need Faith in Christ - Charles Walker (1791-1870) 
Children Walking in Truth - J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) 
To the Children of Godly Parents - Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 

Chapter 11—Modest Apparel
Thinking Like a Christian about Modest Apparel - Robert G. Spinney 
Christian Modesty Defined - Jeff Pollard 
A Crying Sin of Our Age - Arthur W. Pink (1886-1952) 
Symptoms of Bodily Pride - John Bunyan (1628-1688)
Avoiding Immodest Fashions - Vincent Alsop (1630-1703) 
Accessories to Adultery - Robert G. Spinney 
Your Clothing Reveals Your Heart - Richard Baxter (1615-1691)
Too Much, Too Little, Too Tight - Robert G. Spinney 
Our Royal Apparel - Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 
A Return to Modest Apparel - Jeff Pollard

Chapter 12—Thoughts for Young People
Thoughts for Young People - Archibald Alexander (1772-1851)
General Counsels for Young People - J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) 
Youth Warned Against Sin - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
Persuasions to Sober-Mindedness - Matthew Henry (1662-1714) 
Brothers and Sisters - John Angell James (1785-1859) 
Standing Fast or Falling Away? - Thomas Vincent (1634-1678) 
No Excuses: Believe the Gospel - Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) 

Appendix A - Themes and History of the Free Grace Broadcaster 
Appendix B - History 
Appendix C - About Chapel Library 


This volume is a spiritual buffet for Christian family life, a delicious smorgasbord of short selections largely drawn from treasured Reformed writers. It dishes up biblical truth, loading the table with meaty explanation, sweet comfort, and well-spiced exhortation for fathers, mothers, children, and young people. 
—Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and author of A Puritan Theology

There are many books on the family, so why another one? This is not “another one”! I commend A Theology of the Family because it is a compilation of some of the best articles on the subject of the family from proven teachers of the last five hundred years. 
—Conrad Mbewe, pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church, in Lusaka Zambia, and author of Foundations for the Flock: Truths About the Church for All the Saints 

We are all placed in great debt to those whose vision and labors have produced this amazing collage of godly wisdom concerning this all important issue. With God’s blessing upon its pages, may the usefulness of this book in our day exceed our highest expectations and our most bold prayers. May the same be true for future generations, should our Lord delay his return. 
—Albert N. Martin, served as a pastor of Trinity Baptist Church of Montville, New Jersey for forty-six years and is author of Preaching in the Holy SpiritGrieving, Hope, and Solace: When a Loved One Dies in Christ; and You Lift Me Up: Overcoming Ministry Challenges

...There is probably no greater threat to our culture than the demise of godly family life. There is no certainly greater resource for a godly family life (outside the Bible) than the vast and blessed legacy contained in the Reformed tradition of teaching on this subject. The present volume gives easy access to that vast resource for godly family life.... May God be pleased through this volume to raise up godly families and through them to strengthen and stabilize godly churches. 
—Sam Waldron, Dean and professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, and author of A Man as Priest

The godly Christian family faces unrelenting pressures from a fallen world (and sadly, sometimes from misguided churches) which threatens to dismantle it or at least redefine it on its own terms... This book is a spiritual treasure chest filled with pure gold from proven writers both old and new. It touches on a variety of subjects beneficial for every family member. I heartily recommend it. 
—Pastor Rob Ventura, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, RI, Co-Author of A Portrait of Paul and Spiritual Warfare