Month: January 2018

Review of "For Me to Live is Christ, The Life of Edward J. Young"

For Me to Live is Christ, The Life of Edward J. Young by Davis A. Young, Willow Grove, PA: The Committee for the Historian of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, 2017, 349 pp., $10 Edward J. Young (1907-1968), for those unfamiliar with him, was a longtime professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary. That he …

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Review of The Emperor Has No Clothes

The Emperor Has No Clothes: Dr. Richard B. Gaffin Jr.s’ Doctrine of Justification by Stephen M. Cunha, The Trinity Foundation, 2008, 148 pp. **I started reading this book just before finding out about the Trinity Foundation’s latest essay contest featuring the book. Well, I’m far older than the 17-23 year old age rules on the contest. …

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Some pamphlets written by Johannes G. Vos

Johannes G. Vos (1903-1983), one of three sons of theologian Geerhardus Vos, was the founder of the journal Blue Banner Faith and Life and was for many years (1954-1973) a professor at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA. I recently acquired eight short pamphlets, seven of which were written by Johannes G. Vos. Here are some notes …

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Review of "Theological Roots of Pentecostalism"

Theological Roots of Pentecostalism, Donald W. Dayton, Baker Academic, 1987, pp. 198. Pentecostalism is a strange world to the Reformed Christian. Yet because of its considerable influence in the world (the good, the bad, and the televangelist ugly), it is important to study and understand the movement. Perhaps there is no better place to start …

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Review of "Henry J. Kuiper, Shaping the Christian Reformed Church, 1907-1962."

Henry J. Kuiper, Shaping the Christian Reformed Church, 1907-1962, James A. DeJong, Eerdmans, 2007, 270 pp. One should first note that the subtitled years, 1907-1962, are just those years Henry J. Kuiper was involved in “shaping the Christian Reformed Church.” His full years are 1885 to 1962. I read this book among others in a …

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Dancing at Phi Alpha Kappa in 1936

“When a Grand Rapids Press article reported on a fraternity house homecoming dance at the University of Michigan, it named six of the church’s young people as participants. The consistory immediately dispatched two elders to Ann Arbor to investigate this public blot on the congregration’s [Neland Avenue Christian Reformed Church] reputation. Their report the next …

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Review of "Summoning Up Remembrances" by Henry Stob

Summoning Up Remembrances, Henry Stob, Eerdmans Publishing, 1995, 354 pp. This book is a partial auto-biography of Henry Stob (1908-1996), a philosophy professor at Calvin College and later Calvin Seminary. I say “partial” because the book inexplicably ends in 1952 with just a passing note saying, “I remained in the seminary for the next thirty …

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Review of "The Westminster Assembly" by Robert Letham

The Westminster Assembly, Reading Its Theology In Historical Context by Robert Letham, P&R, 2009, 399 pp. As the subtitle of the book indicates, The Westminster Assembly is not so much about the history of the period (i.e. the 1640s in England) but is focused on the historical development of the theology present at the Westminster …

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Sermon on Romans 2:12-16 – "The Only Escape From Judgment"

Sermon on Romans 2:12-16 – The Only Escape From Judgment SermonAudio link: tinysa.com/sermon/118181511167 Jan. 7, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church Sermon Text: [Rom 2:12-16 ESV] 12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 …

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A Review of "Letters of A. W. Pink, During the Period 1924-1951"

Letters of A. W. Pink, During the Period 1924-1951, Banner of Truth Trust, 1978, 135 pp. For those who don’t know anything about A. W. Pink (1886-1952), I might note briefly that he was a Christian minister who largely left preaching to take up a writing ministry –  a newsletter he founded called Studies in the …

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From Hodge to hodge-podge, A Review of "Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture"

Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture, by James H. Moorhead, Eerdmans Publishing, Grand Rapids, MI. 2012. 548 pp. While I must disagree with and vehemently oppose the theological perspective of James Moorhead as evidenced in Princeton Seminary in American Religion and Culture, I believe he has here written an excellent book. For those, like …

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Sermon on Romans 2:5-11 – "God's Righteous Judgment"

God’s Righteous Judgment [A Sermon I preached at Dillingham Presbyterian Church, Barnardsville, NC on Dec. 31, 2017] SermonAudio link: tinysa.com/sermon/118181510146 [Rom 2:5-11 ESV] 5 But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 He will render to …

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