Month: March 2018

Review of "Demon Possession" by John L. Nevius

Demon Possession, John L. Nevius, Fleming H. Revell Company, 1894, 8th edition Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1968. 367 pp. John L. Nevius, a Christian missionary whose writing is of a cultured and educated style, begins his book on Demon Possession by noting: “I brought with me to China [in 1854] a strong conviction that …

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Review of "Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer"

Letters of Francis A. Schaeffer, ed. Lane T. Dennis, Westchester, IL: Crossway, 1985, 264 pp. In about the year 2009 I met a man at my church who was a philosophy professor at the University of Texas. Interested in his course on “Christian Philosophy” I asked him for  a copy of his syllabus. Receiving the …

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Review of "Hell on Trial" by Robert A. Peterson

Hell on Trial: The Case for Eternal Punishment by Robert A. Peterson, Forewords by John F. MacArthur, Jr. & David F. Wells, P&R, 1995, 258 pp. I found the first few chapters of Robert A. Peterson’s Hell on Trail  to be rather uninteresting but perhaps valuable as a reference to interpretations of various Biblical passages relating …

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Who teaches American Presbyterian history? (and what books do they assign?)

I was curious to know what courses the various Reformed seminaries teach on American Presbyterian history. And so I have canvassed some of them and found the following information: Covenant Theological Seminary The closest course CTS offers is “Reformation and Modern Church History.” It is taught by Dr. Dan Doriani. He tells me that they …

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Review of "Race Over Grace" by Charles H. Roberts

Race Over Grace, The Racialist Religion of the Christian Identity Movement, by Charles H. Roberts, iUniverse, 2002, 109 pp. I’ve long had a fascination with oddities. I frequently read about cryptozoology, ooparts, and the JFK assassination conspiracy theories. More recently I’ve been following the blog of Jason Colavito, a critical skeptic of the ancient aliens literature …

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Low, High, and In Between – Confessional Subscription and the Clark – Van Til Controversy

https://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=324181454112 Low, High, and In Between – Confessional Subscription and the Clark – Van Til Controversy by Douglas J. Douma Speech given on March 24, 2017 at Reedy River Presbyterian Church, Greenville, SC Introduction The intent of my speech today is to argue for the necessity and sufficiency of the Westminster Standards as the bounds …

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Review of "The Philosophy of The Christian Curriculum" by Rousas J. Rushdoony

The Philosophy of The Christian Curriculum by Rousas J. Rushdoony, Vallecito, CA: Ross House Books, 1981, reprinted 2001, 190 pp. In a book that essentially amounts to an extended quotation of Cornelius Van Til, the message of The Philosophy of The Christian Curriculum is clear: Secular BAAAAD . . . Christian GOOOOOD. Though the book …

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Three David Steele's in American Church History.

One of my greatest interests is church history, particularly American Presbyterian church history. In my readings of such I’ve come across the name “David Steele” a number of times. But the widely diverse historical times and geographical locations mentioned in these references brought me to suppose that there was more than one individual by that …

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Review of "Can The Presbyterian Church In America be saved?" by Sean Gerety

Can The Presbyterian Church In America be saved? by Sean Gerety, Unicoi, TN: The Trinity Foundation, 2009, 158 pp. Sean Gerety’s Can The Presbyterian Church In America by saved? is an excellent study on the problem of the heresy of the Federal Vision, its root causes, and its effects on the PCA. Although I read …

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Sermon on Romans 3:21-26 – “God's Righteousness Past and Present”

Preached Mar. 18, 2018 at Dillingham Presbyterian Church [Rom 3:21-26 ESV] 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it– 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 …

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Review of "Some Pioneer Presbyterian Preachers of the Piedmont North Carolina."

Some Pioneer Presbyterian Preachers of the Piedmont North Carolina by Rev. I. S. McElroy, D. D. Undated, circa 1928. 50 pp. I purchased this relatively rare book to further my research into the historical pastors of Dillingham Presbyterian Church. It contains brief bios of ten presbyterian preachers including the founding organizer of Dilingham Presbyterian Church, …

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Review of "Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God" by J. I. Packer

Evangelism & The Sovereignty of God by J. I. Packer, InterVarsity Press, 1961 [reformatted 1991], 126 pp. In Chapter I “The Sovereignty of God,” J. I. Packer writes to Arminians that “you know” and “you believe this already” referring to the sovereignty of God. That is, Arminians do not credit themselves with their own salvation [even …

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Review of "Before Jerusalem Fell" by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr.

Before Jerusalem Fell, Dating the Book of Revelation, An Exegetical and Historical Argument for a Pre-A.D. 70 Composition, by Kenneth L. Gentry Jr., Tyler, TX: Institute for Christian Economics, 1989, 418 pp. As the author of this book Kenneth L. Gentry notes, the debate over the dating of the book of Revelation is ultimately between …

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GPTS Conference 2018

This is the second year that I’ve attended the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary (GPTS) conference. It is held at Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church, a large and rather dashing church in Greenville, SC. My current church is a financial supporter of GPTS and it is the seminary I would most likely recommend to prospective ministry students. GPTS, …

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Which preacher has the most sermons on SermonAudio?

I thought of this question, “Which preacher has the most sermons on Sermonaudio.com?” after noticing that Dr. Joe Morecraft had over 2,000 sermons posted there. So is there anyone who has more than him? I don’t believe there is a way to sort by number of sermons, so we might just look up some prominent …

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