The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, Volume 10

It’s that time of year again—the time when the latest issue of The Confessional Presbyterian Journal is published. We discuss the new issue and celebrate the journal’s continued focus on historic confessional presbyterianism. This issue includes many interesting articles:

  • “J. Gresham Machen and LeRoy Gresham: Cousins, Confidants, and Churchmen” by Barry Waugh
  • “By Their Fruits Ye Shall Know Them—A Timely Admonition from an Ancient Narrative: A Sermon on Genesis 9:18–29” by Joseph E. Rolison
  • “The Gospel Work of the Diaconate: A Ministry ‘Proportioned in Number'” by C. N. Willborn
  • “Puritan Instruction for Profitable Hearing of Sermons” by Andy Perry
  • “McLeod Campbell, Edwards and Atonement” by Jeffrey A. Stivason
  • “An Extraordinary Case of the Use of the Extraordinary Clause” by Barry Waugh
  • “Stephen Charnock’s Christological Knowledge of God” by Jae-Eun Park
  • De Jure Divino Presbyterianism” by Benjamin Shaw
  • “The Practice of Lent and the Reformed Tradition” by Roland S. Barnes
  • “The Liturgical Nature of Ecclesial Ministry” by Glen J. Clary
  • “Anti-Sabbatarian Scold: Thomas Rogers’ Letter to Nicholas Bownd, April 29, 1598” by Chris Coldwell

This volume also continues the Sic et Non. Views in Review series focused on supposed Westminster Seminary California Distinctives. Mark A. Garcia writes about law and gospel with a response by Michael S. Horton and Jeffrey C. Waddington writes about the Reformed Two Kingdoms Doctrine which is responded to by David VanDrunen.

We are grateful to the publishers for offering special discounts→ on the current issue and back issues of the Confessional Presbyterian Journal good through the end of February 2015. Reproductions of the portrait of J. Gresham Machen on the cover are available from the artist Mike Mahon.

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Highlights from 2014

We close our year with a look at some of our best clips from 2014. Listen to the full episodes of the clips we’ve chosen to include by using the following links:

  • Episode 318 — Michael Kruger, The Question of Canon
  • Episode 322 — James Anderson on worldviews
  • Episode 326 — Matt Perman on gospel-driven productivity
  • Episode 329 — Randall Pederson on the Puritan family resemblance
  • Episode 331 — Lane Tipton on the Tree of Life and the goal of eschatology
  • Episode 335 —Shai Linne on hip-hop, the gospel, and cultural contextualization
  • Episode 345 — Marcus Peter Johnson on union with Christ and the incarnation
  • Episode 351 — Charles Hill on the New Testament, the early church and Bart Ehrman’s book How Jesus Became God
  • Episode 357 — Glen Clary on Zwingli, church tradition, and Reformed worship

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Zwingli, Sola Scriptura, and the Reformation of Christian Worship

This Reformation Day, Pastor Glen Clary speaks about Ulrich Zwingli, leader in the reform of Christian worship at the time of the Reformation. Pastor Clary highlights “the affair of the sausages” in which Zwingli took a bold stand for the unique authority of Scripture. (more…)

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The Ancient Church Observance of the Lord’s Supper

Today we speak with Glen Clary about his DMin dissertation titled, “Celebrating Holy Communion According to the Customs of the Ancient Church: A Reformed Communion Liturgy Based on the Eucharistic Liturgy of the Didache.” The Didache is a very early document that teaches about several important topics, including the early church’s observance of the Lord’s Supper. Listen to learn more about the Didache itself, how it relates to the reformation, and what instruction it can offer to churches today.

Rev. Clary is the Associate Pastor of Providence OPC, Austin (Pflugerville), Texas. Glen holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern Christian University, Bethany, Oklahoma, and a Master of Divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Erskine Theological Seminary, studying Reformed worship under Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old at the Institute for Reformed Worship.

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The Preaching of the Scriptures

The Christ the Center panel, ably augmented by Glen Clary, pastor of Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church of West Collingswood, NJ, had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with Dr. Hughes Oliphant Old, the John H. Leith Professor of Reformed Theology and Worship at Erskine Theological Seminary and dean of its Institute for Reformed Worship, about his latest book, volume seven in the profoundly learned and helpful series The Reading and the Preaching of the Scriptures in the Worship of the Christian Church. While the conversation included discussion of various types of preaching and the oral (versus written) form of preaching, the focus of the conversation was on the importance of lectio continua or the consecutive exposition of Scripture, book by book, chapter by chapter, verse by verse. Christ the Center is pleased to offer this episode as a reminder to us all of the centrality of preaching, especially preaching as worship.

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Christ the Center was pleased to speak with David B. McWilliams about his commentary on Galatians. Pastor McWilliams has been the Senior Pastor at Covenant for most of the last 20 years. David’s passions are Christ centered preaching, applying theology to the life of the church, and shepherding people. Join us for a great discussion on Paul’s letter to the Galatians.


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Hebrews 13:10-15 – Praying Continually (Glen Clary)

10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15 Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.

Glen Clary is pastor of Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church in West Collingswood, NJ.


Calvin as a Servant of the Word of God

In honor of John Calvin’s 500th anniversary, the General Assembly of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church held a pre-Assembly conference on the subject of John Calvin. The Rev. Dr. Richard B. Gaffin of Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, spoke on Calvin’s soteriology. The Rev. Glen J. Clary, pastor of Immanuel Orthodox Presbyterian Church, West Collingswood, New Jersey spoke on Calvin as a servant of the Word of God.

Christ the Center had the privilege of welcoming Glen to the panel to discuss his lecture topic. Join us for an interesting discussion of Calvin’s theology of preaching touching on its authority, the presence of Christ, and worship.

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