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“…All things written about Me…”

Jesus says of Himself in Luke 24:44, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that All things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” Luke 24:27 says, “And beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.” Throughout the book of acts we see the apostles doing the very same thing. For example, Paul was “trying to persuade them concerning Jesus, from both the Law of Moses and from the Prophets…”

The Christian church has now been blessed with a new work by Dennis Johnson to help us do the same Walking with Jesus Through His Word: Discovering Christ in All the Scriptures. You can read a sample here. It is on sale right now for $12.

Also, the long awaited work by O. Palmer Robertson The Flow of the Psalms: Discovering Their Structure and Theology is now available here for only $14. Here is a sample. Part two of a lecture on the Psalms by O. Palmer Robertson is available here.

Systematic Theology (Vos)

If you are looking for an easy to read systematic theology, Vos is not what you want. But, if you are looking for a good solid systematic that will stretch you, for now, look no further than the new Reformed Dogmatics by Geerhardus Vos, translated by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. The three volumes that are available are on sale this week for $67. Purchase them clicking here

Also,
Click here to read a sample from Vol. 1: Theology Proper.
Click here to read a sample from Vol. 2: Anthroplogy.
Click here to read a sample from Vol. 3: Christology.

Two more volumes are due out in the near future. Some may complain about this being in 5 volumes (I can understand); but one nice thing is that unlike the large systematics, when you read 30-40 pages of these volumes, you can see that you’ve accomplished something. 🙂

The Church of Christ-James Bannerman

Brand new hardback, re-typeset, Smyth-sewn biding of James Bannerman’s The Church of Christ is now available for $40 until May 7. Check out 18 pages of the book by clicking here.

Publisher description:
The New Testament places the church at the centre of its practical vision of the Christian life and at the heart of the Great Commission. A church-less Christianity is no real Christianity at all.

As we head into a world very similar to Paul’s own context, in which pluralism dominates and Christianity is regarded with intellectual and moral suspicion, it is vital that Christians have a clear understanding of what the church actually is.

James Bannerman’s The Church of Christ is one of the key historic texts of the doctrine of the church. Few will agree with everything the author has to say, but as Carl Trueman states in his foreword, ‘the great thing about the book is that it will stimulate the reader to reflect on the nature of the church in a profoundly biblical and historically sensitive way’.

After dealing with basic principles and distinctions, such as the contrast between the visible and invisible church, and between the local and universal church, Bannerman takes up the important and far-reaching question of the relation between church and state. But the body of the work is really a treatise on church power—the nature, limits and exercise of Christ’s power in the church in its connexional and local aspects. In what does the ordained ministry consist? Should the church micro-manage the lives of her members? To what extent should the church campaign for wider political or social causes? Is the church to be an agent for the transformation of society as a whole? What tools does the church have for making disciples and, if necessary, disciplining them? Answers to these questions can only come from a correct understanding of the nature of the church’s power.

Although Presbyterian in conviction, the author has undertaken a ‘comparative’ study of the various classic positions on each issue under consideration as these are expressed in the confessional symbols and standard authors. It is this method which makes the book so useful for all serious-minded readers. The appendix also contains valuable bibliographical material.

This is classic Scottish theology at its best, and those who take the time to digest it will be richly rewarded.

About the Law (GPTS Conference)

This week Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary is holding their annual conference (March 10-12, 2015). The theme of this year’s conference is The Law of God in a Lawless Age. Here is the scheduled:

Tuesday, March 10
1:15 – 2:30 – New Covenant Theology & The Law of God: Views, Critiques, Proposals
Dr. Richard Barcellos – Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, CA

3:00 – 4:15 – No Gospel Without The Law
Dr. Tony Curto – Associate professor of Practical Theology in Missions and Apologetics at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

7:00 – 8:30pm – What The Law Could Not Do (Rom. 8:3) *
Dr. Ian Hamilton Pastor of Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England

Wednesday
9:00 – 10:15 – Paul & The Law in Galatians 3
Dr. Sidney Dyer – Professor of Greek and New Testament at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

10:35 – 11:50 – Antinomianism: The Golden White Devil
Dr. Mark Jones – Pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church of Vancouver, B.C.

1:45 – 3:00 – The Principle of Equity & Counseling
Dr. George Scipione – Director of the Biblical Counseling Institute and adjunct professor of Pastoral Theology at Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh, PA, adjunct professor of Applied Theology at GPTS.

7:00 – 8:30pm – Third Use of the Law *
Dr. Joseph A. Pipa – President and professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Thursday
9:00 – 10:15 – Critique of Klinian Republication
Dr. Joseph A. Pipa – President and professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

10:35 – 11:50 – Robert Rollock & The Covenant of Works
Mr. Breno Macedo – Assistant pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Teresina, Brazil, graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

*Tuesday and Wednesday evening lectures are open to the public and will be webcast live (click here) courtesy of Sermonaudio.com.
Further information on the conference click here.

NOTE: Notice the respect the seminary gives to the Reformed Baptist. 🙂

Big Questions – “Who am I? Why am I here? Where do I find meaning?”

“Who am I? Why am I here? Where do I find meaning?

Life is full of big questions. The study of philosophy seeks answers to such questions. In his latest book, prolific author Vern Poythress investigates the foundations and limitations of Western philosophy, sketching a distinctly Christian approach to answering basic questions about the nature of humanity, the existence of God, the search for meaning, and the basis for morality.

For Christians eager to engage with the timeless philosophical issues that have perplexed men and women for millennia, this is the place to begin.”

Westminster Bookstore has Poythress’ book Redeeming Philosophy: A God-Centered Approach to the Big Questions on sale for 30% off. Click here to order

Read “Perspectives on God”, a sample of this book, by clicking here.