I Will Build My Church

What Theologians Are Saying

  • “I am delighted that Jonny Gibson is making available for a new generation some of the chief works of the great Irish Presbyterian Thomas Witherow. Some decades ago, one of my sons was working his way through the issue of church government and wondered why we should be Presbyterian rather than hierarchical as in Episcopacy (Anglicanism). I sent him to Witherow, and that fully satisfied the issue for him! May these reprinted volumes of rich historical and biblical theology help many more seekers in years to come. Witherow’s works are marked by eminent fairness and good sense.” —Douglas Kelly
  • “Though Presbyterian Christianity holds to many doctrines shared by other branches of the faith, three doctrines especially distinguish Presbyterianism: covenantal infant baptism, the rule of the church by its elders assembled in presbytery, and the keeping of the Lord’s Day as the Christian Sabbath. Thomas Witherow was an ardent defender of these doctrines, and his competent, Scripture-based writings, which were very popular then, will be warmly welcomed today in a modernized text by Presbyterians and others who desire to understand the reasons for their beliefs. The cherry that sits on top of these riches is a new, fascinating biography of Witherow himself, written by the able editor of this valuable volume, Jonny Gibson. Highly recommended!” —Joel R. Beeke
  • “I had not met Thomas Witherow before reading Jonny Gibson’s account, then these three pieces from his own pen. The biography has just the right mix of detail and pace for an informative introduction to the man. Though they were written a long time ago, Witherow’s pieces on church government, baptism, and the Sabbath are all highly pertinent to our own times. The opening of The Apostolic Church is stunningly contemporary: Witherow could be speaking of our own day when he warns against confusing something being secondary with it being unimportant, or when he challenges those who hold that Scripture does not teach a form of church government. The moments of striking relevance continue through all three pieces, right up to the way in which we ourselves see the sad fulfilment of his warnings about the ultimate consequences of rejecting the Sabbath day. He writes with humor too: I don’t think I have ever before laughed aloud while reading a book on baptism (I’m not sure a baptist would find it quite as funny, but engage it he should). These works are so accessible, clear, and lively that I envisage enthusiastically handing this book to friends who ask about the biblical and Presbyterian position on these three topics. I am glad to have been introduced to Thomas Witherow.” —Gary Williams
  • “Given the unity of the church across time, those concerned for its present wellbeing would do well to avail themselves of helpful resources from its past as they look toward its future. The works of Thomas Witherow reprinted in this volume provide one such resource. The biography of Witherow by Jonny Gibson provides an instructive and interesting bonus.” —Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.
  • “Thomas Witherow was a nineteenth-century Irish Presbyterian minister and professor whose contribution to Reformed theology has benefitted the church far beyond the shores of Ireland and continues to be relevant for the contemporary church. In an age when many people have been abused and hurt by bad or dysfunctional church government, Witherow’s work on ecclesiology is an important reminder of how good church government is a critical part of Christian discipleship. When properly implemented, it enables the church’s members to pursue a fruitful Christian life, to pray better for others, and to serve the church most effectively. Above all, Witherow’s work gives Christians a deep appreciation for the wisdom and glory of the church’s Head and King, Jesus Christ. As the recently retired principal of the same theological college that Witherow served with such eminence, I am delighted to commend the work of my godly predecessor.” —Stafford Carson


  • New biography by Jonny Gibson
  • Photographs of Witherow's life and context
  • Cloth-bound hardcover with smyth-sewn binding, made in Italy

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