How Do We Glorify God? By Dr. John D. Hannah


One of my former professors from DTS, Dr. John Hannah has just released this booklet, “How Do We Glorify God?” Dr. Hannah was nothing short of refreshing as he taught a portion of one of my last classes at seminary. I have utmost respect and love for this lover of church history. Here’s a blurb:

The simple truth is that we were created for one purpose: God’s glory. In a time when so many are seeking a reason to live, this booklet offers a concise understanding of God’s desire to restore his nature to us, renewing our souls, so that we may reflect his glory in our words, our actions, and our very being.

Helps Christians to understand what it means to glorify God, and how that affects our everyday lives. Presented in an easy-to-understand booklet format. Part of the Basics of the Reformed Faith series, which introduces lay readers to Reformed distinctives.

About the Author: John Hannah is Research Professor of Theological Studies, Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology and holds B.S., Philadelphia College of Bible, 1967; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary, 1971; Th.D., 1974; M.A., Southern Methodist University, 1980; Ph.D., University of Texas at Dallas, 1988; postdoctoral study, Yale University, 1993. 


  1. Cindy,

    This could be answered from several different angles, so I’ll give you them. I would recommend R.C. Sproul’s book “What is Reformed Theology?” from which I draw these points.

    The Foundations of Reformed Theology go back to the basic truths contended for in the Reformation by Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, etc, etc.
    the Five Solas:

    Sola Scriptura – Scripture Alone
    Solus Christus – Christ Alone
    Sola Gratia – Grace Alone
    Sola Fide – Faith Alone
    Soli Deo Gloria – The Glory of God Alone


    1-centered on God
    2-based on God’s word alone
    3-committed to faith alone
    4-devoted to Jesus Christ
    5-Structured by 3 covenants


    The TULIP
    T- total depravity of man…humanity’s radical corruption
    U- unconditional election…God’s sovereign choice
    L- limited atonemnet…Christ’s purposeful atonement
    I- irresistable grace…the Spirit’s effective call
    P- perseverance of the saints…God’s preservation of the saints

    Famous reformers yesterday and today {though they may all have differing end-time positions}:

    John MacCarthur
    John Piper
    R.C. Sproul
    Ligon Duncan
    Mark Driscoll
    Jonathan Edwards
    John Owen, etc, etc

    Does that help? Sproul’s book is a great place to start…

  2. I am very vexed that you listed Mark Driscoll in the same listing as John Owen and Jonothan Edwards and other true reformers whose astonishing dedication to lives of holiness and self sacrifice are incomparable in this century.

  3. I’ll let God be the judge of “astonishing dedication” and “lives of holiness.” Absolutely, I love Owen and Edwards. They have shaped me immensely. But if you were to compare Driscoll and Edwards as parents, Driscoll would come out on top. Clearly Edwards was less a family man. However, God still used the man and I am grateful for his time spent in his study, which I have benefited from, even if his children/ family suffered. Read the book “Marriage to a Difficult Man: The Uncommon Union of Jonathan and Sarah Edwards.”

    In the end, 3 truths remain:
    1} God is to be the judge.
    2} People who hold to the doctrines of grace {Reformed} were put together in the above list because they are/were reformed, NOT because I was listing people of “astonishing lives of holiness and dedication.”
    3} In the end, Owen and Edwards are just as depraved as you and I. Jesus is the only One who lived a life of astonishing dedication and holiness as the perfect Lamb of God.

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