Resources On Reformed Piety

Theology, piety, and practice— regular Heidelblog readers and Heidelcast listeners will be familiar with that formula. In classic and confessional Reformed Christianity these three things have always been understood to be intimately, organically related to each other. Our piety flows from our theology and our practice flows from our theology and our piety and they, in turn, shape our theology. The medieval theologians expressed this connection with a slogan: “the law of prayer is the law of believing” (lex orandi, lex credendi). The modern American evangelical traditions, however, as products of the Pietist movement, have tended to separate the three. Doctrine is regarded as pure theory and often immaterial to true Christianity. Practice is more determined by pragmatic considerations than by doctrine. Piety is the chief thing. So, in the Modern and Late Modern periods, Reformed piety has often been colored by Pietism and pragmatism. Our approach to personal piety, family piety, and corporate piety has been neglected or is misunderstood. Part of recovering the Reformed confession, however, is to recover Reformed piety.


  1. Beeke, Joel R. Piety : The Heartbeat of Reformed Theology. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Westminster Seminary Press, 2015.
  2. Beeke, Joel R. Puritan Reformed Spirituality. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2004.
  3. Bennett, Arthur. The Valley of Vision : A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2002.
  4. Bonar, Andrew. Heavenly Springs (Banner of Truth)
  5. Bozeman, Theodore Dwight, and Omohundro Institute of Early American History & Culture. The Precisianist Strain: Disciplinary Religion & Antinomian Backlash in Puritanism to 1638. Chapel Hill: Published for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, Virginia, by the University of North Carolina Press, 2004.
  6. Calvin, John. “Several Godly Prayers.” In Tracts Relating to the Reformation. Trans. Henry Beveridge. vol. 2 (Edinburgh: Calvin Translation Society, 1849).
  7. Calvin, Jean. The Mystery of Godliness: And Other Selected Sermons. His Sermons. Grand Rapids, Mich: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1950.
  8. Calvin, Jean, and Joel R Beeke. The Soul of Life: The Piety of John Calvin. Profiles in Reformed Spirituality. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Reformation Heritage Books, 2009.
  9. Calvin, Jean. The Golden Book of the True Christian Life. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1952.
  10. Calvin, Jean. Heart Aflame: Daily Readings from Calvin on the Psalms. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 1999.
  11. Calvin, Jean, and Ford Lewis Battles. The Piety of John Calvin : An Anthology Illustrative of the Spirituality of the Reformer. Grand Rapids: Baker Book House, 1978.
  12. Calvin, Jean. Thine Is My Heart: Devotional Readings from the Writings of John Calvin. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1958.
  13. Clark, R. Scott. “‘Magic and Noise:’ Reformed Christianity in Sister’s America.” in ed. R. Scott Clark and Joel E. Kim, Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey. Escondido: Westminster Seminary California, 2010, 74–91. (Apple Books version).
  14. Clark, R. Scott. “The Evangelical Fall From The Means Of Grace.” in John H. Armstrong, ed., The Compromised Church: The Present Evangelical Crisis (Crossway Books: Wheaton, Ill., 1998). Used by permission of Crossway Books, a division of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois 60187.
  15. Clark, R. Scott. Recovering the Reformed Confession: Our Theology, Piety, and Practice. Phillipsburg, N.J.: P & R Pub, 2008.
  16. Clark, R. Scott. “Reformed Piety and Practice.” Tabletalk (April, 2017).
  17. Church of Scotland (1595), Prayers on the Psalms (Banner of Truth)
  18. DeYoung, Kevin. The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2012.
  19. Eire, Carlos M. N. War against the Idols : The Reformation of Worship from Erasmus to Calvin. Cambridge Cambridgeshire: Cambridge University Press, 1986.
  20. Eisele, Matthew W. “Moeder Kerk: Wilhelmus À Brakel and the Unity of the Church.” MA Thesis. Westminster Seminary California, 2015.
  21. Erskine, Ebenezer. The Beauties of Ebenezer Erskine (Christian Focus).
  22. Ferguson, Sinclair B. Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2016.
  23. Ferguson, Sinclair B. A Heart for God. Christian Character Library. Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1985.
  24. Ferguson, Sinclair B. John Owen on the Christian Life. Edinburgh: Banner of Thruth Trust, 1987.
  25. Ferguson, Sinclair B. The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen. A Long Line of Godly Men Profile. Orlando, FL: Reformation Trust, a division of Ligonier Ministries, 2014.
  26. Ferguson, Sinclair B. The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance : Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2016.
  27. Garretson, James M. “a Scribe Well-Trained”: Archibald Alexander and the Life of Piety. Profiles in Reformed Spirituality. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Reformation Heritage Books, 2011.
  28. Gerrish, B. A. Grace and Gratitude: The Eucharistic Theology of John Calvin. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1993.
  29. Haykin, Michael A. G, and Paul M Smalley. Puritan Piety: Writings in Honor of Joel R. Beeke. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2018.
  30. Hoffecker, W. Andrew. Piety and the Princeton Theologians: Archibald Alexander, Charles Hodge, and Benjamin Warfield. Phillipsburg, N.J.: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1981.
  31. Herle, Charles (1598–1659), A Devotional on Our Savior’s Passion and Death (Puritan Publications, 2021).
  32. Horton, Michael Scott. Calvin on the Christian Life : Glorifying and Enjoying God Forever. Theologians on the Christian Life. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014.
  33. Jones, Hywel R. Psalm 119 for Life : Living Today in the Light of the Word. Darlington, England: EP Books, 2009.
  34. Jones, Serene. Calvin and the Rhetoric of Piety. 1st ed. Columbia Series in Reformed Theology. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 1995.
  35. Jung, Joanne J. Godly Conversation: Rediscovering the Puritan Practice of Conference. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Reformation Heritage Books, 2011.
  36. Kapic, Kelly M, and Randall C Gleason. The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 2004.
  37. Kuyper, Abraham. The Practice of Godliness. Grand Rapids, Mich: Wm. Eerdmans Pub, 1948.
  38. Neele, Adriaan Cornelis. The Art of Living to God: A Study of Method and Piety in the Theoretico-Practica Theologia of Petrus Van Mastricht (1630-1706). Perspectives on Christianity. Series 8, V. 1. Pretoria: Dept. of Church History, University of Pretoria, 2005.
  39. Old, Hughes Oliphant, and Jon D Payne. Holy Communion: In the Piety of the Reformed Church. Powder Springs, GA: Tolle Lege Press, 2013.
  40. Packer, J. I. A Quest for Godliness : The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life. 1St U.S.ed. Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 1990.
  41. Parsons, Burk. John Calvin: A Heart for Devotion, Doctrine & Doxology. Lake Mary, FL: Reformation Trust, 2008.
  42. Perkins, William. The Works of William Perkins. Ed.  J. Stephen Yuille, Joel R Beeke, and Derek Thomas. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. See esp. vols. 8-10.
  43. Reuver, A. de. Sweet Communion: Trajectories of Spirituality from the Middle Ages through the Further Reformation. Texts and Studies in Reformation and Post-Reformation Thought. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2007.
  44. Rutherford, Samuel. The Loveliness of Christ (Banner of Truth)
  45. Schmidt, Leigh Eric. Holy Fairs : Scottish Communions and American Revivals in the Early Modern Period. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1989.
  46. Selvaggio, Anthony T, and Joel R Beeke. Sing a New Song : Recovering Psalm Singing for the Twenty-First Century. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Reformation Heritage Books, 2010.
  47. Sibbes, Richard. Josiah’s Reformation: Cultivating and Maintaining A Tender Heart (Banner of Truth)
  48. Teellinck, Willem, and Joel R Beeke. The Path of True Godliness. Classics of Reformed Spirituality. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Academic, 2003.
  49. Watson, Thomas. The Great Gain of Godliness : Practical Notes on Malachi 3:16-18. Puritan Paperbacks. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 2006.
  50. Westminster Assembly (1643-1652), Sinclair B Ferguson, Mark Dever, and Great Britain. Parliament (1645). Westminster Directory of Public Worship. Fearn, Ross-shire: Christian Heritage, 2008.

Podcasts and Talks

  1. Office Hours: Kelly Kapic On John Owen, Theology, And Piety
  2. Office Hours: The 21st Century Reformed Pastor And Piety
  3. With The Reformed Collective On Reformed Piety
  4. With The Reformed Pubcast On The Means Of Grace
  5. Audio: The Gospel And The Means Of Grace
  6. Office Hours: Sanctification And The Means Of Grace
  7. Office Hours: Mike Horton On Sanctification And The Means Of Grace (2)
  8. S. M. Baugh On The Pilgrim’s Prayer (pt 1)
  9. Office Hours: The Pilgrim’s Prayer (2)
  10. Office Hours: With Mike Horton on Calvin and the Christian Life
  11. Office Hours: Prayer and sanctification
  12. Heidelcast Series: Our Father


  1. Prayer, Privacy, And Piety
  2. One Great Difference Between A Covenantal Piety And The American Conversionist Alternative
  3. Did Calvin’s Theology, Piety, and Practice Need To Be Rounded Out With Müntzer’s?
  4. Anti-Scholasticism, Revival(ism), Pietism, Or The Reformed Theology, Piety, And Practice?
  5. The Resurrection, Piety, And Pietism
  6. What The Spirit Is Doing Or What We Are Saying? Distinguishing Reformed And Pentecostal Piety
  7. Sacraments Versus Selective Piety
  8. Kicked To The Curb: Reformed Theology, Piety
  9. The Piety of John Knox
  10. Another Downside Of Pietism: Christ’s Bodily Resurrection Is Marginalized
  11. What The Heidelberg Liturgy Teaches Us About Grace, Faith, And Sanctification
  12. Heidelberg 65: Faith, Union With Christ, And The Means Of Grace (1)
  13. Heidelberg 65: Faith, Union With Christ, And The Means Of Grace (2)
  14. Heidelberg 65: Faith, Union With Christ, And The Means Of Grace (3)
  15. What Is Prayer?
  16. Calvin: Psalm 88 Is A Form Of Prayer For The Afflicted
  17. Of Conventions, Prayers, And Church
  18. Resources On Prayer
  19. Would You Give Up the Means of Grace for 500 Million Dollars?
  20. A Case for the Ordinary Means of Grace and the Marrow Controversy
  21. Prayer As a Means of Grace
  22. Heidelberg 116: Why Is Prayer So Important?
  23. Heidelberg 117: Who Defines True Prayer?
  24. Searching For An Aid To Piety?
  25. Resources On The Lord’s Supper
  26. Resources On Preaching

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