Kyle Borg is the pastor of Winchester Reformed Presbyterian Church in Kansas, where he has served for the past 4 years. It was in the early years of college that Kyle was introduced to Reformed theology when his twin brother began encouraging him to read the sermons of Charles Spurgeon. Eventually he moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan with his wife so he could pursue his Master’s of Divinity from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary. While there that he was introduced to the RPCNA and he his family became members in 2010. While in Michigan, Kyle got a job working for Reformation Heritage Books. Now, in addition to his pastoral duties, he serves on the Education and Publication Committee of the RPCNA who oversees the work of Crown and Covenant Publications (the publishing arm of the RP church in America). He is a contributor to the blog, Gentle Reformation, and the book review editor for the Reformed Presbyterian Witness. So with all this experience reading, reviewing and publishing books, we decided Kyle was the perfect person to give us a run down of his top five Reformation books!
1. Luther the Reformer: The Story of the Man and His Career | James M. Kittelson
There are many good books but there are few that are truly life-changing. In a spiritually desperate season of my life –for a reason still unknown to me –I picked up and read this book and it drew me to places I had never been. Beyond being well researched, documented, and written, Kittleson gives a captivating portrait of Luther and the gospel of justification by faith alone.
2. Galatians | Martin Luther
If there were any two areas where Luther excelled almost all others it was his understanding and explanations of justification by faith alone and the condition of the human heart. In his commentary on Galatians he displays pastoral wisdom and polemical wit with a simplicity befitting the gospel of Jesus Christ.
3. Institutes of the Christian Religion | John Calvin
Reformed theology has many fine expositions – Turretin, Owen, Hodge, Bavinck, and Berkhof to name a few. In my opinion, however, none can get out of the shadow of John Calvin. Undoubtedly one of the most influential individuals in church history this classic work represents one of the most enduring and satisfying treatments on the Christian faith.
4. Pilgrim’s Progress | John Bunyan
The Reformation not only reclaimed biblical doctrine but also biblical living. These two can never be separated. Bunyan’s massively influential allegory is a perfect example of this as it charts the course of Christian’s journey from the City of Destruction to Celestial City. This is one of the most exquisite examples of experiential godliness and should be read by every heaven-bound pilgrim.
5. Sermons of C.H. Spurgeon | Charles Spurgeon
It seems to me the strongest pulpits have always been the place where the tenets of Reformed theology have been practically drawn out and applied. Fair criticism may be made that Spurgeon doesn’t fit squarely into the Reformed tradition. Nevertheless, despite places of difference I think he exhibits by example why and how the doctrines of the Reformation must translate into pulpit ministry with a single eye to the glory of Jesus Christ.