Alpha & Omega Ministries Apologetics Blog
Reformed Hermeneutics/Homiletics (Update)
07/22/2010 - Jeff DownsI just finished uploading a conference that Dr Joseph Pipa and Dr. Richard Gaffin, Jr. participated in back in 1998. The theme of the conference was Reformed Hermeneutics and Homiletics. Those interested in preaching and the various issues in homiletics such as the redemptive-historical approach, this audio will be of interest to you.
Richard Gaffin has been a professor at WTS since1965 and is the author of numerous articles and books including Resurrection and Redemption: A Study in Paul's Soteriology and By Faith, and Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation.
You can also listen to some of his courses from WTS such as The Canon or The Theology of Hebrews by signing up here.
Of course, you should not forget Dr. White's own contribution to homiletics in his Pulpit Crimes: The Criminal Mishandling of God's Word.
Update: You can read Richard Gaffin's essay The Glory of God in Paul's Epistles in the latest edition of Theology in Community The Glory of God.
The Practicality of Doctrine
07/08/2010 - Jeff DownsDoctrine is practical. In scripture we have a pattern of the indicative and then the imperative (see this book for a defense of this pattern). Paul begins his letters stating his doctrinal concerns, then the "therefore..." this is how you should live!
Those who read through systematic theologies know that for the most part, doctrines are stated, but not applied. This is not the case with at least one systematic theology I'm familiar with and use regularly.
While no true lover of books will be satisfied with online material, (come on, you can't pick it up, you can't smell the combination of ink and paper); online books are certainly helpful in various ways (size, searchability, etc.).
If I were to recommend one systamatic theology (and that perhaps would not be easy), I would recommend Wilhelmus ŗ Brakel's 4 Volumes A Christian's Reasonable Service (here is an alternative place to purchase).
You can currently dowloand (in PDF format) all four volumes by clicking here.
The publisher's description reads:
Wilhelmus ŗ Brakel (1635-1711) demonstrates one of the strengthsof the Dutch Nadere Reformatie (Second or Further Reformation), namely, the balance between objective truth and the subjective experience of that truth. The Christianís Reasonable Service is a systematic exposition of Christian doctrine, covering all of the intricacies and debated points of Reformation and post-Reformation dogmatics. This is done is scholastic fashion, with great precision and theological acumen. That being said, it was primarily written for the authorís congregation and is a tremendous work of piety and pastoral concern. Brakel labors to bring practical application to each doctrine he treats, showing the value and use of the truths of Godís Word. It is not enough to assent to right doctrine; one must also engage these truths with hearts of faith and repentance. Let this work be an encouragement to all who read it, and an example to todayís ministers in directing doctrine to its proper end.
The translator of A Christian's Reasonable Service Rev. Bartel Elshout has a blog, so everything you ever wanted to know about ŗ Brakel, I would recommend you go here.