R.C. Sproul: Defender of the Reformed Faith traces the five decades of R.C.’s public ministry, observing a thematic connection to the five solas of the Reformation. While much has already been written, with much more to come, this book takes a unique look at R.C. Sproul as doctrinal defender. In a cultural climate where doctrinal disagreements can easily descend into personal attacks and division, R.C. models the utmost care for doctrinal precision without sacrificing the love and grace needed to be kind to those with whom we disagree. Even after his passing, R.C. still has much to teach us about what it means to contend earnestly for the faith.
Nate Pickowicz (B.A., Muhlenberg College, M.A., Trinity Theological Seminary) is the pastor of Harvest Bible Church in Gilmanton Iron Works, New Hampshire. He is the author and editor of several books including 'Reviving New England,' 'Why We're Protestant,' and 'The American Puritans.' Additionally, he has written for Table Talk and Credo, and is one of the founding members of Reformanda, a ministry with the aim of promoting sound doctrine. He and his wife, Jessica, have three children.
“R.C. Sproul was unquestionably the preeminent Reformed theologian and Bible teacher of our day. This gifted pastor-scholar did more to spread the truths of the Reformation than any man in recent memory. This is why this book by Nate Pickowicz has so much to say to us. Carefully researched and well written, this concise treatment of the life of this seminal figure will be sure to inspire you to live soli Deo gloria—for the glory of God alone.” - Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Professor, The Master’s Seminary; Lead Preacher, Trinity Bible Church of Dallas.
“R.C. Sproul was a hugely popular personality and a faithful friend to many, as well as an extraordinarily gifted theologian and communicator. Nate Pickowicz has captured something of the heart of R.C.’s vision, energy, and exuberant joy in God and all things in relation to Him. I commend it most warmly.” -Liam Goligher, Senior Minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA
“One of the most remarkable aspects of Western Evangelicalism in the last half of the twentieth century has been the re-emergence of classical Calvinism as a major force in the Evangelical world. And if one were to enumerate the key factors in this restoration of the Reformed Faith to a position of intellectual and spiritual prominence, the life and ministry of R.C. Sproul demands inclusion. Nate Pickowicz’s biography of Dr. Sproul is therefore most welcome, for he captures the brilliance and passion of this lifelong advocate of Reformed life and thought. Highly recommended!” - Michael A.G. Haykin, Chair and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY
“From his theologically rich writing to his exceedingly practical teaching, the influence of R.C. Sproul is extensive in my own Christian walk and ministry. From afar, Sproul has served as a pastor to my heart, unceasingly pointing me to Christ. Yet, to know his life story—struggles, challenges, battles, victories—is to see a man that was wholly dependent upon God’s unending grace. Nate Pickowicz has written a remarkable account of Sproul’s life. He provides not only a story of one of the greatest theologians of the twentieth century but also a sinner saved by grace. Though he is now counted in the number of the cloud of witnesses surrounding us, I’m convinced that R.C. would tell us to stop wasting time looking at him and ‘lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us’ (Heb. 12:1)” - Dustin Benge, Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY