There have been various books written which are titled something like “101 Christians Everyone Should Know” or “50 Christians everyone should know”, but generally they are about how those Christians have had an effect on history; people like Martin Luther (being the obvious one) or John Calvin, these are of course great Christians to read about since we should all know our history, but I wanted to do a brief post on some authors who I think should also be known (if not already).

These authors are people who have been around in the last 100 – 200 years who I have come across in my studies. There are far better qualified people than me who hold much more knowledge than I do who could list a whole hoard of authors throughout history (one comes to mind when I once asked Colin Urquhart who he quoted from when I heard him preaching one time, he racked his brain for a second and then came out with Winnington-Ingram….huh? Is that even a name? He was the Bishop of London  from 1901 to 1939 – I looked it up ;))

So obviously my list is limited to those authors who I have come across who are likely to be well known to many.

I will probably end up doing a few posts, so here is the first selection:

A.W. Pink

Arthur Walkington Pink was an English Bible scholar who was born in 1886 in Nottingham.

He wrote a number of books which generally dealt with areas of biblical doctrine. Many of his books would aim to deal with controversial issues such as Justification, Reconciliation and Eternal punishment. He would attempt to open up biblical text to help the reader discover the true meaning of the text and the same time deal with different beliefs that seem to oppose what scripture teaches. For example, when talking about eternal punishment, he would tackle the scriptures that seemed to appeal to Universalism or Annihilation.

The issue raised by Universalists narrows itself down to the question of whether “all men” and “all things” are employed, in passages which speak of salvation, in a limited or unlimited sense. Let us, then, point to a number of passages where these general terms occur, but where it is impossible to give them an absolute force or meaning:

“And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins” (Mark 1:5). “And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ or not” (Luke 3:15). “And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, He that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold the same baptizeth, and all come to Him” (John 3:26). “And early in the morning He came again into the temple,” and “all the people came unto Him; and He sat down, and taught them” (John 8:2). “For thou shalt be His witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard” (Acts 22:15). “Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men” (2 Cor. 3:2).

In none of the above passages has “all,” “all men,” “all the people” an unlimited scope. In each of those passages these general terms have only a relative meaning. In Scripture “all” is used in two ways: meaning “all without exception” (occurring infrequently), and “all without distinction” (its general significance), that is, all classes and kinds—old and young, men and women, rich and poor, educated and illiterate, and in many instances Jews and Gentiles, men of all nations. Very frequently the “all” has reference to all believers, all in Christ.

A list of works by A.W. Pink

  • The Antichrist
  • The Atonement
  • Attributes of God
  • The Beatitudes and the Lord’s Prayer
  • The Christian Sabbath
  • Christmas
  • Comfort for Christians
  • The Doctrine of Justification
  • The Decrees of God
  • The Doctrine of Reconciliation
  • The Doctrine of Salvation
  • The Doctrine of Sanctification
  • The Doctrine of Revelation
  • The Divine Covenants
  • The Divine Inspiration of the Bible
  • Eternal Security
  • Exposition of John
  • Exposition of Hebrews
  • Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount
  • Gleanings in Genesis
  • Gleanings in Exodus
  • Gleanings in Joshua
  • Gleanings from Paul (copyright 1967 by The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Ninth printing, 1970)
  • Gleanings in the Godhead
  • A Guide to Fervent Prayer
  • The Holy Spirit
  • Interpretation of the Scriptures
  • Letters of A. W. Pink
  • The Life of Elijah
  • The Life of David
  • The Patience of God
  • Practical Christianity
  • Profiting from the Word
  • The Redeemer’s Return
  • The Seven Sayings of the Savior on the Cross
  • Studies on Saving Faith (first published in Studies in the Scriptures)
  • The Satisfaction of Christ
  • The Sovereignty of God
  • Spiritual Union and Communion
  • Spiritual Growth
  • The Total Depravity of Man

Link to archives of A.W. Pink

Charles Spurgeon

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was born in Essex, England in 1834 and was probably best known as a Baptist minister who preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in the Elephant and Castle.

He first started to pastor at the age of 20 after he was ‘poached’ from being a Sunday School teacher in Cambridge, in the hope that his preaching would revive a dying church. Through his preaching (and the annointing of the Holy Spirit) his congregation kept growing so much so, that the building had to grow with them.

As well as his preaching ministry, Spurgeon also started a monthly magazine called ‘The Sword and the Trowel’. It would be through this magazine that he would tackle controversies in doctrine which were arising in the church. This became known as ‘The Downgrade’. The controversy and struggle to defend truth eventually resulted in his resignation from the  Baptist Union. His death as also been said to have been a result from the struggles he faced regarding the Downgrade controversy which had an adverse affect on his health.

There is much to be learnt today from his preaching as well as his warnings regarding false doctrines in the church. Many of his writings, including excerpts from the Sword and the Trowel can be found at The Spurgeon Archive

Below is a document I put together from the articles regarding The Downgrade Controversy which are available from the Spurgeon archives.

Read an excerpt from Spurgeons first article on the Downgrade”

NO lover of the gospel can conceal from himself the fact that the days are evil. We are willing to make a large discount from our apprehensions on the score of natural timidity, the caution of age, and the weakness produced by pain; but yet our solemn conviction is that things are much worse in many churches than they seem to be, and are rapidly tending downward. Read those newspapers which represent the Broad School of Dissent, and ask yourself, How much farther could they go? What doctrine remains to be abandoned? What other truth to be the object of contempt? A new religion has been initiated, which is no more Christianity than chalk is cheese; and this religion, being destitute of moral honesty, palms itself off as the old faith with slight improvements, and on this plea usurps pulpits which were erected for gospel preaching. The Atonement is scouted, the inspiration of Scripture is derided, the Holy Spirit is degraded into an influence, the punishment of sin is turned into fiction, and the resurrection into a myth, and yet these enemies of our faith expect us to call them brethren, and maintain a confederacy with them!
At the back of doctrinal falsehood comes a natural decline of spiritual life, evidenced by a taste for questionable amusements, and a weariness of devotional meetings. At a certain meeting of ministers and church-officers, one after another doubted the value of prayer-meetings; all confessed that they had a very small attendance, and several acknowledged without the slightest compunction that they had quite given them up. What means this? Are churches in a right condition when they have only one meeting for prayer in a week, and that a mere skeleton? Churches which have prayer-meetings several times on the Lord’s-day, and very frequently during the week, yet feel their need of more prayer; but what can be said of those who very seldom practice united supplication? Are there few conversions? Do the congregations dwindle? Who wonders that this is the case when the spirit of prayer has departed?

A List of works by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

  • 2200 Quotations from the Writings of Charles H. Spurgeon
  • Able To The Uttermost
  • According To Promise
  • All of Grace
  • An All Round Ministry
  • Around the Wicket Gate
  • Barbed Arrows
  • C. H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography
  • Chequebook of the Bank of Faith
  • Christ’s Incarnation
  • Come Ye Children
  • Commenting and Commentaries
  • The Dawn of Revival, (Prayer Speedily Answered)
  • Down Grade Controversy, The
  • Eccentric Preachers
  • Feathers For Arrows
  • Flashes Of Thought
  • Gleanings Among The Sheaves
  • God Promises You
  • Good Start, A
  • Greatest Fight In The World, The
  • Home Worship And The Use of the Bible in the Home
  • Interpreter, The or Scripture for Family Worship
  • John Ploughman’s Pictures
  • John Ploughman’s Talks
  • Lectures to My Students
  • Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, The
  • Miracles and Parables of Our Lord
  • Morning & Evening
  • New Park Street Pulpit, The
  • Only A Prayer Meeting
  • Our Own Hymn Book
  • Pictures From Pilgrim’s Progress
  • The Power of Prayer in a Believer’s Life
  • The Preachers Power and the Conditions of Obtaining it
  • Saint And His Saviour, The
  • Sermons In Candles
  • Sermons On Unusual Occasions
  • Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Brooks – Selections from Thomas Brooks
  • Soul Winner, The
  • Speeches At Home And Abroad
  • Spurgeon’s Commentary on Great Chapters of the Bible
  • Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
  • Spurgeon’s Sermon Notes
  • Sword and The Trowel, The
  • Till He Come
  • The Salt Cellar
  • Treasury of David, The
  • We Endeavour
  • The Wordless Book
  • Word and Spirit
  • Words Of Advice
  • Words Of Cheer
  • Words Of Counsel

R.A. Torrey

Reuben Archer Torrey was an American Evangelist, Pastor and Author who was born in 1856.

As an evangelist, he was in the same league as D. L. Moody and Billy Graham. As an apologist, his work compares to the best of Josh McDowell or C. S. Lewis. As a preacher, he held massive crowds captive with his sensible appeals to Scripture. As an author, his writings are regarded as classics in diverse fields including theology, apologetics, Bible exposition, and practical Christian living.

His books vary from an indepth look at The Person and Work of the Holy Spirit to various biblical doctrines and the value of ‘Proper Bible Study’:

Read excerpt from The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study

There is a great and constantly growing interest in the study of the English Bible in these days. But very much of the so-called study of the English Bible is unintelligent and not fitted to produce the most satisfactory results. The author of this book already has a book entitled “How to Study the Bible for Greatest Profit,” but that book is intended for those who have much time to put into thorough Bible study. The present book is intended, first of all, to impress men with the Importance and Value of Bible Study; secondly, to show busy men and women how to get the most out of their Bible Study; thirdly, to set forth the fundamental principles of correct Biblical Interpretation. The book really consists of four sermons delivered to the members of my own church and congregation in Los Angeles.

There were not a few children in the congregation, but they were all interested, long as the sermons were, and seemed to grasp the main points of the sermons. So I am confident the book will be helpful even to those who have but little education. Some in the congregation who are themselves in educational work, both secular and religious, have expressed their appreciation of the help received from the sermons. If one desires to go into the subject more thoroughly it is suggested that he secure the author’s book already mentioned, “How to Study the Bible for Greatest Profit.” This book will probably be followed soon by one upon the most fruitful methods of thorough Bible Study.

R. A. TORREY. Torrey, R. A. (1921). The importance and value of proper Bible study how properly to study and interpret the Bible (3–6). New York: George H. Doran Company.

A list of works by R.A. Torrey

  • How I Bring Men to Christ, (E-text) (1893)
  • Baptism with the Holy Spirit, (E-text) (1895)
  • How to Study the Bible with Greatest Profit, (E-text) (1896)
  • How to Pray, (E-text)
  • What the Bible Teaches, (1898)
  • Divine Origin of the Bible, (1899)
  • How to Promote and Conduct a Successful Revival, (1901)
  • How to Work for Christ, (1901)
  • Revival Addresses, (E-text) (1903)
  • Studies in the Life and Teachings of our Lord, (1909)
  • The Fundamentals: a Testimony to the Truth Editor, (four volumes)
  • The Person & Work of the Holy Spirit
  • The Baptism with the Holy Spirit
  • The Importance and Value of Proper Bible Study, (E-text)
  • How to Succeed in the Christian Life, (E-text)
  • Talks to Men About the Bible and the Christ of the Bible, (1904)
  • Difficulties in the Bible, (1907)[2]
  • The Gospel for Today
  • Real Salvation and Whole-Hearted Service
  • The Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian Faith, (E-text)
  • Torrey’s Topical Textbook

Link to archives of RA Torrey


And now for my personal favourite:

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr David Martyn Lloyd-Jones was a Welsh preacher born in 1899 who spent most of his years living in England where for almost 30yrs, he was the minister of Westminster Chapel in London.

He initially trained as a physician, but then gave up his career because he was called to preach.

He is the author of many expository books as well as books committed to ‘Great doctrines of the Bible’.

A List of works By Martyn Lloyd-Jones

  • Why Does God Allow War?: A General Justification of the Ways of God (Hodder & Stoughton, 1939)
  • The Plight of Man and The Power of God (Abingdon, 1942)
  • Truth Unchanged, Unchanging (Revell, 1951)
  • From Fear to Faith: Studies in the Book of Habakkuk (IVP, 1953)
  • Authority (IVP, 1958)
  • Studies in the Sermon on the Mount (Eerdmans, 1958)
  • Faith on Trial: Studies in Psalm 73 (IVP, 1963)
  • Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cures (Eerdmans, 1964)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapters 3:20-4:25 – Atonement and Justification (Banner of Truth, 1970)
  • Preaching & Preachers (Hodder & Stoughton, 1971)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 5 – Assurance (Banner of Truth, 1971)
  • God’s Way of Reconciliation: An Exposition of Ephesians 2 (Baker, 1972)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 6 – The New Man (Banner of Truth, 1972)
  • Life in the Spirit in Marriage, Home and Work: An Exposition of Ephesians 5:18-6:9 (Baker, 1973)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 1 – The Gospel of God (Banner of Truth, 1973)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 7:1-8:4 – The Law: Its Functions and Limits (Banner of Truth, 1974)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 8:5-17 – The Sons of God (Banner of Truth, 1974)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 8:17-39 – The Final Perseverance of the Saints (Banner of Truth, 1975)
  • The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13 (Baker, 1976)
  • The Christian Soldier: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-20 (Baker, 1977)
  • God’s Ultimate Purpose: An Exposition of Ephesians 1 (Baker, 1978)
  • The Unsearchable Riches of Christ: An Exposition of Ephesians 3 (Baker, 1979)
  • Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16 (Baker, 1980)
  • Darkness and Light: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17-5:17 (Baker, 1982)
  • Evangelistic Sermons at Aberavon (Banner of Truth, 1983)
  • Expository Sermons on 2 Peter (Banner of Truth, 1983)
  • Joy Unspeakable: Power and Renewal in the Holy Spirit (Kingsway, 1984)
  • The Cross: God’s Way of Salvation (Crossway, 1986)
  • The Puritans: Their Origins and Successors (Banner of Truth, 1987)
  • Revival (Crossway, 1987)
  • Knowing the Times: Addresses Delivered on Various Occasions, 1942-77 (Banner of Truth, 1989)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 2:1-3:20 – The Righteous Judgment of God (Banner of Truth, 1989)
  • What Is an Evangelical? (Banner of Truth, 1992)
  • Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John, vol. 1 – Fellowship with God (Crossway, 1993)
  • Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John, vol. 2 – Walking with God (Crossway, 1993)
  • D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones Letters:1919-1981 (Banner of Truth, 1994)
  • Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John, vol. 3 – Children of God (Crossway, 1994)
  • Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John, vol. 4 – The Love of God (Crossway, 1994)
  • Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John, vol. 5 – Life of God (Crossway, 1994)
  • Out of the Depths: Restoring Fellowship with God (Crossway, 1995)
  • Great Doctrines of the Bible, vol. 1: God the Father, God the Son (Crossway, 1996)
  • Old Testament Evangelistic Sermons (Banner of Truth, 1996)
  • Great Doctrines of the Bible, vol. 2: God the Holy Spirit (Crossway, 1997)
  • Romans: An Exposition Of Chapter 10 – Saving Faith (Banner of Truth, 1997)
  • True Happiness: An Exposition of Psalm One (Bryntirion, 1997)
  • Great Doctrines of the Bible, vol. 3: The Church and the Last Things (Crossway, 1998)
  • Authentic Christianity: Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 1: Acts 1-3 (Banner of Truth, 1999)
  • God’s Way Not Ours: Sermons on Isaiah 1:1-18 (Banner of Truth, 1999)
  • Let Everybody Praise the Lord: An Exposition of Psalm 107 (Bryntirion, 1999)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 11 – To God’s Glory (Banner of Truth, 1999)
  • The Assurance of Our Salvation: Exploring the Depth of Jesus Prayer for His Own (Studies in John 17) (Crossway, 2000)
  • Studies in the Book of Acts, vol. 1: Authentic Christianity (Crossway, 2000)
  • Heirs of Salvation: Studies in Biblical Assurance (Bryntirion, 2000)
  • Romans: An Exposition of Chapter 12 – Christian Conduct (Banner of Truth, 2000)
  • Authentic Christianity: Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 2: Acts 4-5 (Banner of Truth, 2001)
  • Studies in the Book of Acts, vol. 2: Courageous Christianity (Crossway, 2001)
  • True Happiness: Psalms 1 and 107 (Crossway, 2001)
  • Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John (The Original Five Volumes in One) (Crossway, 2002)
  • Authentic Christianity: Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 3: Acts 5:17-6:8 (Banner of Truth, 2003)
  • Great Doctrines of the Bible, vols. 1-3 (Crossway, 2003)
  • Romans: An Exposition Of Chapter 13 – Life in Two Kingdoms (Banner of Truth, 2003)
  • Romans: An Exposition Of Chapter 14:1-17 – Liberty And Conscience (Banner of Truth, 2003)
  • Studies in the Book of Acts, vol. 3: Victorious Christianity (Crossway, 2003)
  • Authentic Christianity: Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 4: Acts 7:1-29 (Banner of Truth, 2004)
  • Studies in the Book of Acts, vol. 4: Glorious Christianity (Crossway, 2004)
  • The All-Sufficient God: Sermons on Isaiah 40 (Banner of Truth, 2005)
  • Seeking the Face of God: Nine Reflections on the Psalms (Crossway, 2005)
  • Authentic Christianity: Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 5: Acts 7:30-60 (Banner of Truth, 2006)
  • Authentic Christianity: Sermons on the Acts of the Apostles, vol. 6: Acts 8:1-35 (Banner of Truth, 2006)
  • Raising Children God’s Way (Banner of Truth, 2007)
  • The Christian in an Age of Terror: Sermons for a Time of War (Kregel, 2008)
  • The Gospel in Genesis: From Fig Leaves to Faith (Crossway, 2009)
  • Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled (Crossway, 2009)
  • Living Water: Studies in John 4 (Crossway, 2009)
  • The Kingdom of God (Crossway, 2010)
  • Out of the Depths: Psalm 51 (Christian Focus, 2011)