InThe Sacrifice of Praise, Herman Bavinck pastorally guides the reader through the importance of the public profession of faith. Bavinck’s careful treatment includes explorations of the unifying power of a common (ecumenical) confession of faith, the blessing of the diversity of believers, and reasonable instruction for those facing persecution for publicly identifying with Christ. Theological, practical, straightforward, and devotional,The Sacrifice of Praisegives readers a fresh appreciation for the importance of confessing one’s faith.
This is an updated English translation of the original Dutch edition and includes a new introduction and scriptural citations.
“The biblical wisdom and deep spirituality of this little book should not be overlooked. What a blessing to have Bavinck’s brilliance passed down to us in a new English edition. The translation is elegant, and the historical introduction immensely valuable. Most of all, Bavinck’s insights—on everything from sacraments to shame—are edifying in the truest sense of the word. There are lessons here that will help parents, children, educators, pastors, students, new Christians, and seasoned saints.Sacrifice of Praiseis a gem.” —Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, North Carolina Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte
“I’m not sure why we (including myself) tend to think that dead theologians have little to say in regard to our current concerns, or that their writing will be dense, difficult to understand, or simply uninteresting. This new translation of Bavinck’sSacrifice of Praiseis proof to the contrary. Every parent who wonders if their baptized child is genuinely embracing faith should read it. Every parent who doesn’t like to do battle in the pew to keep their young child from taking the elements of Communion should read it. But this book’s challenge to make confession of faith a continual part of the Christian life is not just about our children; it’s for all of us. I found Bavinck’s thoroughly readable and warm writing enlightening, challenging, and often moving. This book implanted in me a greater longing for the culmination of human history when all will bow and confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.” —Nancy Guthrie, author and Bible teacher