Circuit Riding

circuit riding

No, not that kind. The Outhouse wants to do its small part to help promote a book just out from Westminster Seminary California and riding the Reformed circuit: Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey.

A sneak peak rendered this quote from Cornelis Venema’s chapter:

The URCNA must find a way to ‘burn the wooden shoes’ of a parochial ethnic and cultural identity while preserving all that is biblical and confessionally Reformed in the rich inheritances of the past.

Speaking as one who is as committed Reformed as he is thoroughly non-Dutch and lives at Ground Zero for all things transformationalist and which seems to have more interest in joining the evangelical fiesta than in recovering gospel religion as found in the rich confessional inheritances of the past: bingo, baby, bingo.

A free hard copy has been promised upon review, so we hope to have one in the near future. (Speaking of which, and not that I’d have the first clue how one works nor need of it, but does anyone know who won that iPad for promoting the “Preaching in the Capital” conference?)

Order the volume here. Listen to a Heidelcast here.

Read more about the book here:

The volume is in three sections to reflect three areas of Bob’s interests. Here’s the table of contents:

Preface: Our Man Godfrey—R. Scott Clark

I. Historical

1. Christology and Pneumatology: John Calvin, the Theologian of the Holy Spirit—Sinclair B. Ferguson

2. Make War No More? The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of J. Gresham Machen’s Warrior Children—D. G. Hart

3. God as Absolute and Relative, Necessary, Free, and Contingent: the d Intra-Ad Extra Movement of Seventeenth-Century Reformed Language About God—Richard A. Muller

4. “Magic and Noise:” Reformed Christianity in Sister’s America—R. Scott Clark

5. Karl Barth and Modern Protestantism: The Radical Impulse—Ryan Glomsrud

II. Theological

6. Reformed and Always Reforming—Michael S. Horton

7. Calvin, Kuyper, and “Christian Culture”—David VanDrunen

8. History and Exegesis: The Interpretation of Romans 7:14–25 from Erasmus to Arminius—Joel E. Kim

9. John Updike’s Christian America—John R. Muether

III. Ecclesiastical

10. The Reformation, Luther, and the Modern Struggle for the Gospel—R. C. Sproul

11. The Reformation of the Supper—Kim Riddlebarger

12. Preaching the Doctrine of Regeneration in a Christian Congregation— Hywel R. Jones

13. Integration, Disintegration, and Reintegration: A Preliminary History of the United Reformed Churches in North America—Cornelis P. Venema

14. Epilogue: The Whole Counsel of God: Courageous Calvinism for a New Century—W. Robert Godfrey

Through his teaching at, and leadership of, Westminster Seminary in
California, Robert Godfrey has had a significant impact both on the
confessional Reformed churches at large and upon the lives and
ministries of many pastors and leaders. These essays, by an esteemed
group of friends and colleagues, are a fitting tribute to his life‘s
work and, indeed, a helpful resource on the history, theology, and
practice of the faith which he himself has done so much to promote.

— Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Historical Theology and Church History,
Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

Most great theologians and historians of the past are moving targets,
so that we speak of the ‘early’ and the ‘later’ man. John Calvin is a
notable exception. In this, as in many other ways, Dr. W. Robert
Godfrey emulates his sixteenth-century mentor. In the decades that I
have known him, Dr. Godfrey has been a consistent Calvinist, a worthy
mentor, and an engaging friend and conversationalist with a
fascinating array of diversified interests. His doctrine and life are
a seamless piece of his seminary vision for comprehensive, consistent,
Christocentric, and committed Calvinism. Editors Scott Clark and Joel
Kim, together with the prestigious Reformed authors of this unusually
insightful and provocative festschrift, have done a marvelous job in
showcasing this vision from a variety of angles….Bob is eminently
worthy of this page-turning festschrift, and it is worthy of him. If
you are interested in growing on issues that relate to the cutting
edge of the Reformed faith today, read this book. You will be
informed, edified, challenged, and inspired.

—Joel R. Beeke, President
of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

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