Building Old School Churches

In the early 19th century, a controversy arose in American Presbyterianism over evangelistic method and doctrines such as the imputation of Adam’s sin. One group identified as the Old School Presbyterians and organized around teachings such as the regulative principle of worship, Presbyterian polity, Calvinism, the spirituality of the church and warm, winsome preaching that applies God’s truths to men’s hearts. Andy Webb joins Jim Cassidy, Jeff Waddington and Camden Bucey for a discussion on building old school churches. (more…)

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Van Til and Barth

The group continues their discussion of Cornelius Van Til by examining Van Til’s critique of the theology of Karl Barth. Van Til’s two books The New Modernism and Christianity and Barthianism were extremely influential in developing an understanding of Barth among English-speaking theologians. The discussion brings the critique to the foreground particularly in the light of Barthianism’s dominance in the current evangelical landscape.


Other Formats

Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics. T&T Clark Ltd, 2005.

Brunner, Emil. Natural theology : comprising “Nature and grace” by Professor Dr. Emil Brunner and the reply “No!” by Dr. Karl Barth. Eugene OR: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2002.

Colyer, E. “How to Read T. F. Torrance.” THEOLOGICAL STUDIES 63 (2002): 400–401.

Gaffin, Richard B., Jr. God’s Word in Servant-Form. Reformed Academic Press.

Grenz, Stanley. Beyond foundationalism : shaping theology in a postmodern context. 1st ed. Louisville Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2001.

Gunton, Colin. Becoming and being : the doctrine of God in Charles Hartshorne and Karl Barth. Oxford [Eng.] ;;New York: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Hunsinger, George. How to read Karl Barth : the shape of his theology. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Machen, J. Gresham. Christianity and Liberalism. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1923.

McCormack, Bruce. Karl Barth’s critically realistic dialectical theology its genesis and development, 1909–1936. Oxford: Clarendon, 1997.

Muether, John. Cornelius Van Til : Reformed apologist and churchman. Phillipsburg N.J.: P&R Pub., 2007.

Muller, Richard A. “The Barth Legacy: New Athanasius or Origen Redivivus.” The Thomist 54 (1990): 673–704.

Oliphint, K. Revelation and reason : new essays in reformed apologetics. 1st ed. Phillipsburg N.J.: P&R Pub., 2007.

Oliphint, K. Scott. Reasons (for Faith): Philosophy in the Service of Theology. P & R Publishing, 2006.

Van Til, Cornelius. Christianity and Barthianism. P & R Publishing, 2004.

Van Til, Cornelius. Defense of the Faith. P & R Publishing, 1967.

Van Til, Cornelius. The new modernism an appraisal of the theology of Barth and Brunner, Philadelphia Pa.: Presbyterian and Reformed Pub. Co., 1946.

Webster, John. The Cambridge Companion to Karl Barth. Cambridge University Press, 2000.

White, William. Van Til, defender of the faith : an authorized biography. Nashville: T. Nelson Publishers, 1979.

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Cornelius Van Til

Cornelius Van Til (1895–1987) developed a unique approach to apologetics which stemmed from a solid foundation in reformed theology and a background in Idealist philosophy. His method has been called presuppositionalism, transcendental and covenantal. Many recent theologians have been influenced by Van Til’s thought, especially current faculty members of Westminster Theological Seminary where he so faithfully taught. Jeff Waddington, Jim Cassidy and Camden Bucey discuss Cornelius Van Til and his tremendous contribution to reformed apologetics. (more…)

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Redemptive-Historical Preaching

This episode is an introduction to redemptive-historical preaching. The proponents of this kind of preaching argued that Old Testament narratives are not given primarily – to us by God to be moral examples, but as revelations of the coming Messiah. The narratives, the stories, of the Old Testament served as types and shadows pointing forward in history to the time when Israel’s Messiah would be revealed in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

In support of this view, the advocates of redemptive-historical preaching drew heavily upon the text of Luke 24:27 (where Jesus is teaching the disciples on the road to Emmaus), “And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.” (English Standard Version). Along with this verse, also invoked was v. 44 of the same chapter where Jesus says, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you, that everything written about me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.”

In this way, then, the bible is seen not as a collection of abstract moral principles, but rather as an anthology of the events of God’s great works in history. The bible is dynamic, so the redemptive-historical advocate claim, and it progressively unfolds revealing more and more of Christ to us as it progresses through salvation history. This, then, is to be the way in which the narratives are to be preached – preached with a view towards showing how the text points towards Christ.

Visit http://www.calvary-amwell.org/sermons.htm for more history on redemptive-historical preaching.


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Biblical Theology and the Westminster Standards

This episode addresses biblical theology in the Westminster Standards. As the panel explores the issue, several topics arise such as the relationship between biblical and systematic theology and the practice of preaching through the catechisms. (more…)

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Building a Theological Library, Part 2

Part two of a panel discussion on the importance of books and building a theological library.

  1. General mindset
    1. Books are more important than your television. Read Amusing Ourselves to Death (no, there’s not a video version on youtube).
    2. When you hear of a great book that you would like to read, put it on a wishlist. The next time you have a handful of books on your list and can spare the money, buy them.
  2. Building a general library
    1. You don’t want to waste your money
    2. Bigger isn’t necessarily better
  3. Why build a library?
    1. This might be the only theological library you have access to.
    2. As a pastor, your congregation will probably be asking you to borrow books.
    3. You’ll have something to pass on to your children.
  4. Types of books to get
    1. Average churchgoer
    2. Elder/deacon/well-informed church member
    3. Pastor
      1. Commentaries – check out Longman and Carson’s commentary surveys
      2. Build with the classics, not the trendy, e.g. Get James Bannerman’s The Church of Christ before you get Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Church (if you must get it all)
    4. Scholar (you should call in and tell us)
  5. Where to buy
    1. Abebooks
    2. used.addall.com
    3. Amazon.com (use our links, help pay our web hosting fees)
    4. wtsbooks.com
    5. Credo Books
    6. eBay / half.com


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