Few things distinguish Christian and secular worldviews with greater clarity than the doctrine of providence: that everything that happens is the outcome of the sovereign overruling of God—everything! Derek W. H.Thomas examines this truth by observing how the Bible explains the complex lives of men and women, and also by weighing opposing viewpoints, including Open Theism and Molinistic views of "middle knowledge."
Basics of the Faith booklets introduce readers to basic Reformed doctrine and practice. On issues of church government and practice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suitable for all church situations.
Derek Thomas is a well-known author and is professor of systematic and practical theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He also serves as minister of teaching at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson, Mississippi, and is the editorial director of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He is married to Rosemary, and they have two adult children.
"Derek Thomas is well qualified to write on the subject of providence. He wonderfully combines in one person the lucidity of a professor of theology, the sensitivity of a gifted pastor, and the personal experience of a Christian who has learned much about God's ways in his own life. He is the ideal 'Mr Interpreter' to plot our way through life with a deep confidence in God's wise and sovereign love. The value of What Is Providence? is out of all proportion to its size. Here is a booklet to read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest. And once you have done that, buy a little stock so that you always have one to give to those who ask, 'Why did God . . . .?'" — Sinclair Ferguson