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Words of Life

Scripture as the Living and Active Word of God

By Timothy Ward

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"Judicious, lucid, fresh, incisive and above all Scripture-driven, this is a splendid book. I found my thinking continually refined and sharpened as I read."

—Julian Hardyman, Eden Baptist Church, Cambridge, England

"A very fine treatment of the classical Christian doctrine of Holy Scripture, which draws particularly on the theological wisdom of the Reformed tradition. A particular strength of the book is the way in which the author formulates his account of Scripture from Scripture itself, notably from its covenantal character. Words of Life is well-written and clear-headed, thoughtful and judicious."

—Paul Helm, Regent College, Vancouver

"This is both a great read and a sterling work of scholarship. It is comprehensive in scope, rich in historical awareness and acute in critique. It respects the past without idolizing it, draws discriminatingly on modern speech-theory, offers fine insights into the relation between Scripture and tradition, and gives a judicious assessment of inerrancy. Textbook and treat in a single volume!"

—Donald Macleod, Free Church of Scotland College

"Timothy Ward's exposition of the nature and place of the Bible is well-informed and thoroughly thought through. It is a product of alert contemporary awareness, deep-level theological discernment and mature personal judgment. Rarely has a book on this subject stirred me to such emphatic agreement and admiration."

—J. I. Packer, Regent College, Vancouver

"I have been on the lookout for a compelling and contemporary treatment of the nature and authority of Scripture for years. I ask of every promising new title, 'Are you the one who is to come, or shall I look for another?' Ward's book may be the one. Words of Life rightly roots its thinking about Scripture in the doctrine of God, and that means trinitarian theology. His central insight: God's word is something that God does. The Bible is not simply an object to be studied but the principal means by which the Lord engages his people and administers his covenant. Ward is a British pastor-theologian in the best sense of the term. The deft treatment of inerrancy by one from the other side of the pond is an added bonus. Highly recommended!"

—Kevin Vanhoozer, Blanchard Professor of Theology, Wheaton College

"This is a serious and well researched piece of writing, written at the pastoral and applied level. Any preacher, who has been disturbed by the challenges of 'post-modernity' and 'post-foundationalism' and wonders what they are really meant to be doing with the Bible, would benefit from reading it."

—Jim Purves, The Pneuma Review, Spring 2011

"Here is a winsome book, a lucid book, a consolidative book!"

—Kenneth J. Stewart, Presbyterion, Spring 2011

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