Month: June 2018

Review of Letters From The Front, ed. Barry Waugh

Letters From The Front, J. Gresham Machen’s Correspondence From World War I, transcribed and edited by Barry Waugh, Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2012, 342 pp. While I appreciate Barry Waugh’s work in putting this book together (as well as I appreciate his online writings on Presbyterian history), Letters From the Front is rather boring. Basically, J. …

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Review of Corrupting the Word of God by Herman Hanko

Corrupting the Word of God, The History of the Well-Meant Offer by Herman Hanko and Mark H. Hoeksema, Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2016, 257 pp. I generally agree with the views of Herman Hanko and Mark Hoeksema presented in this book. Therefore the only criticism that I have of the book is not …

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Review of "The Infallible Word" ed. Ned Stonehouse and Paul Woolley

The Infallible Word, A Symposium by The Members of the Faculty of Westminster Theological Seminary, ed. N. B. Stonehouse and Paul Woolley, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1946, 300 pp. This is one of many books I have gratefully acquired from the library of Howard and Genevieve Long. The Longs were friends of Gordon Clark and a …

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Review of "Seeing Christ in All of Scripture" ed. Peter A. Lillback

Seeing Christ in All of Scripture, Hermeneutics at Westminster Theological Seminary ed. Peter A. Lillback, Philadelphia: Westminster Seminary Press, 2016, 86 pp. Before reaching the main content, the reader is presented with thirty-five (!) endorsements of the book by prominent Christian theologians. In these endorsements one learns that Seeing Christ in All of Scripture was …

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Review of Reasonable Faith by William Lane Craig

Reasonable Faith, Christian Truth and Apologetics by William Lane Craig, Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1984, Third Edition 2008, 415 pp. William Lane Craig has had greater success in promoting his views than nearly any other contemporary Christian apologist. Many have benefitted from Craig’s work; some even having come to the faith through it as an instrument. …

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Review of Samuel Davies, Apostle to Virginia by Dewey Roberts

Samuel Davies, Apostle to Virginia by Dewey Roberts, Sole Fide Publications, 2017, 436 pp. This is a thoroughly-researched and fascinating biography of Samuel Davies, a prominent but often overlooked 18th century American Presbyterian minister. In the preface, author Dewey Roberts lists ten “partial or brief” biographies of Davies that have been written through the years. …

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Review of Christianity at the Crossroads by Michael J. Kruger

Christianity at the Crossroads, How the Second Century Shaped the Future of the Church by Michael J. Kruger, Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity, 2018, 256 pp. Christianity at the Crossroads is a well-written and interesting book; scholarly, but also accessible on a popular level. In it Michael Kruger explains important 2nd century church developments, proceeding topic-by-topic …

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Review of Absolute Predestination by Jerome Zanchius

Absolute Predestination by Jerome Zanchius, Grand Rapids, MI: Sovereign Grace, 1971, 126 pp. Absolute Predestination is a translation in English from the original Latin text of Jerome Zanchius (1516-1590). It presents a strong Calvinistic view on God’s will, election, and reprobation. Modern “Calvinists” who teach the error of the so-called “well-meant offer of the Gospel” …

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Review of No Final Conflict by Francis A. Schaeffer

No Final Conflict, The Bible Without Error in All That it Affirms by Francis A. Schaeffer, L’Abri Pamphlets, InterVarsity Press, 1975, 48 pp. While the subtitle of this pamphlet does properly indicate that it is about biblical inerrancy, that main title more accurately reflects the specific intentions of the author, Francis Schaeffer, who contends that there …

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Review of A Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane

A Reverence for Wood by Eric Sloane, New York: Ballantine, 1965, 110 pp. Having previously read and enjoyed Eric Sloane’s Diary of an Early American Boy: Noah Blake—1805, it was an easy-to-make purchasing decision when I found his A Reverence for Wood for a dime at my local thrift store. Sloane (1905-1985) was a prolific …

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Review of Pushing the Antithesis by Greg Bahnsen

Pushing the Antithesis, The Apologetic Methodology of Greg L. Bahnsen, ed. Gary DeMar, Powder Springs, GA: American Vision, 2007, 285 pp. There is much that is good in this book, though it is marred by significant use of and dependence on the “transcendental argument.” Pushing the Antithesis begins with a foreword by its editor, Gary …

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Review of Children of Doom by John W. Drakeford

Children of Doom, A sobering look at the commune movement by John W. Drakeford, Nashville: Broadman, 1972, 143 pp. The “Children of God” run “an apocalyptically-minded youth commune” and “Training Center” near the West Texas ghost town of Thurber. It is a place where, for protection against Cowboy-types who have harassed them in the past, …

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Review of Creation Regained by Albert M. Wolters

Creation Regained, Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview by Albert M. Wolters, Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1985, 98 pages. Al Wolters writes Creation Regained from the “Reformational” tradition of the Dutch philosopher, Herman Dooyeweerd. While I’ve found Dooyeweerd’s works to be nearly unreadable, Wolters has put together a concise and well-written book. This Reformational movement is …

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Review of Prophecy and the Church by Oswald T. Allis

Prophecy and the Church, An Examination of the Claim of Dispensationalists that the Christian Church is a Mystery Parenthesis which Interrupts the Fulfillment to Israel of the Kingdom Prophecies of the Old Testament, by Oswald T. Allis, Presbyterian and Reformed, 1945, Third Printing 1972, 339 pp. In Prophecy and The Church Oswald T. Allis argues …

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Reformed Author Groups

In his excellent book Reformed Theology in America, David F. Wells distinguishes five groups that might be said in some sense to follow Reformed theology. He lists them as “The Princeton Theology,” “The Westminster School,” “The Dutch Schools,” “The Southern Tradition,” and “Neoorthodoxy.” There are many other Reformed groups however that could be distinguished. Some …

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Sermon on Romans 3:27-31 – "The Narrow Road of Faith"

Sermon on Romans 3:27-31 – “The Narrow Road of Faith” Preached on June 3, 2018 at Emmanuel PCA, Franklin NC. Sermonaudio link: tinysa.com/sermon/87187471210 [Rom 3:27-31 ESV] 27 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith. 28 For …

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