Reformed Forum, the Church, and the Great Commission

Reformed Forum exists to present every person mature in Christ (Col. 1:28). We do that specifically by supporting the Church in her God-ordained task of accomplishing the Great Commission. In this episode, we discuss our mission and vision and share exciting news about the future of our ministry including Camden Bucey’s transition to become our full-time Executive Director.

Reformed Forum is an organization committed to providing Reformed Christian theological resources to pastors, scholars, and anyone who desires to grow in their understanding of Scripture and the theology that faithfully summarizes its teachings. We are committed to the principles of the Reformation and a redemptive-historical approach to Scripture. We believe these faithfully represent the teachings of the Bible, which is our only standard for faith and practice.

During the Modernist-Fundamentalist Controversy of the early twentieth century, E. J. Young wrote to J. Gresham Machen, the founder of Westminster Theological Seminary and key figure in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, which had yet to be formed:

Within the church there should be an organization, entirely independent of the formal church, which would act as leaven. This organization should be composed of ministers, elders and laymen of the new church alone, who not only believe the Westminster Confession but who are on fire with it. The purpose of this organization should be to propagate and to defend the Reformed faith, to point out the errors of modernism, sacerdotalism, premillennialism, Arminianism, Trichotomy, and so much of the anti-Scriptural evangelism of today. Furthermore, this group would seek to propagate Reformed literature, such as your book, Christianity and Liberalism, Boettner’s book and works of that type. It would seek to propagate this literature not only among the clergy but also among the laity. In other words, it would be a missionary agency whose primary field is the church. Further, it would eventually seek to promote truly Reformed Bible Conferences and Evangelistic Campaigns, would seek to start Reformed Bible classes and prayer meetings and would seek to encourage Reformed radio broadcasts, etc.

E. J. Young, letter to J. Gresham Machen, October 2, 1935.

Seventy-three years passed before Reformed Forum was founded and much has changed regarding technology, but providentially we have become such an organization. There is a need today just as there was then, because the theological challenges persist. We are committed to be faithful to Scripture to the end that Christ would be glorified in the fulfillment of the Great Commission.

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Adam Rodriguez

10 months ago

This is exciting news! Reformed Forum has been of tremendous blessing to me. It’ll be great to see it grow. God bless you and your work!

Camden Bucey

10 months ago

Thanks, we’re excited about all things ahead. We’re close to getting an office space from which we can start to explore online reading groups and distance courses.

Carl Gobelman

10 months ago

What a tremendous opportunity for Reformed Forum. It is truly marvelous to see how the Lord works through our “feeble” and “ordinary” efforts. I am happy to be a part of a church that has not only benefited from your ministry and the ministry of Reformed Forum, but also supports Reformed Forum in its own way.

May God continue to bless the work you all are doing here!

Camden Bucey

10 months ago

Thanks Carl. I’m looking forward to seeing what the Lord does at Hope over the next several years. The real privilege for me is that I don’t have to move but get to witness and be part of it.

Benjamin Glaser

10 months ago

Super excited to see where the Lord leads y’all.

Congrats Camden and I’ve personally been blessed by y’alls labors since the Castle Church days.

Keep up the good work!

Tim Hopper

10 months ago

Stephen Sponsler

6 months ago

Thank you for this Forum. I read Gresham’s book about a year ago, before finding it. I was raised, ‘unknowingly’ in a very liberal church that will even boast about it.There has never been any Doctrine preached that I can ever recall going back to a young age. A lot just seemed to be ‘assumed’. Those who were not like ‘this’ were ‘stuck’ in ‘old, stale religion’. It’s very hard, as my dad was the minister of this church – I still go to the church (as a result) and it’s just gotten worse over time — to be witness to what is NOT going on and being said every Sunday. There are no bibles in the pews and the hymnal is this ‘New Century Hymnal” where God the Father is removed. He is removed even from the Lord’s Prayer, instead ‘we’ sing, ‘Creator Who is in heaven’..and instead of Praise Father Son and Holy Ghost, it’s “Creator Christ and Holy Ghost’. there is a direct relationship between liberalism and today’s Gnosticism (at least in the church I’m at). The Gospel is not gospel without resistance and conflict.


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