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Christosis: Pauline Soteriology in Light of Deification

In this episode, we review Christosis: Pauline Soteriology in Light of Deification in Irenaeus and Cyril of Alexandria by Ben C. Blackwell and published by Mohr Siebeck. Dr. Blackwell is Assistant Professor of Christianity at Houston Baptist University. He also studied at Durham University and was a research assistant for N.T. Wright. This monograph is a revised version of Blackwell’s thesis submitted at Durham. In it, he examines whether theosis and deification, as understood by representatives of the early church, are appropriate means of describing Pauline soteriology.

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B.B. Warfield’s Scientifically Constructive Theological Scholarship

Listen as Jeff Waddington reviews B. B. Warfield’s Scientifically Constructive Theological Scholarship by David P. Smith and published by Pickwick. Smith seeks to correct the perception that Warfield relies upon a faulty epistemology. Instead, he strives to demonstrate that Warfield overcomes many of the issues embedded in Western approaches to epistemology. Reformed apologists will certainly want to explore this title.

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The Confessional Presbyterian Journal, 2012

In this episode, Camden Bucey and Jim Cassidy discuss the 2012 issue of the Confessional Presbyterian Journal. The issue contains two highlights. The first is the articles section which consists of some of the lectures given at the 2012 Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary conference celebrating the 200th anniversary of the founding of Princeton Seminary. The second is a give-and-take dialogue concerning several Westminster Seminary California theological distinctives relative to the Law/Gospel relation, Two Kingdom Theology, and whether or not the Covenant of Works was republished in the Mosaic Administration.

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The Westminster Theological Journal, Fall 2012

In this episode Camden Bucey and Jim Cassidy discuss the Fall 2012 issue of the Westminster Theological Journal. Of special interest is the article by Jim Scott on Machen and Edwin Rian’s book, The Presbyterian Conflict. Nathan Shannon’s piece on Van Til’s understanding of evidences in the apologetic task and Vern Poythress’ review of Kevin Vanhoozer’s book Remythologizing Theology are also highlighted.

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Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism

R. C. Sproul, Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism published by Reformation Trust, 130 pages, hardcover.

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In recent years, some evangelical Protestant leaders have signed statements pledging themselves to joint social action with Roman Catholics. Others have refused to participate, declaring that, in their view, the statements went too far, touching on the gospel, which remains a point of disagreement between Protestants and Roman Catholics. Many evangelical Christians have found themselves confused by the different directions taken by their leaders.

In Are We Together? A Protestant Analyzes Roman Catholicism, Dr. R.C. Sproul takes his stand for the cardinal doctrines of Protestantism in opposition to the errors of the Roman Catholic Church. Sproul, a passionate defender of the gospel of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone, cites the historic statements of the Protestant Reformers and the Roman Catholic authorities, then references modern doctrinal statements to show that the Roman Catholic Church has not altered its official positions. In light of this continuing gap, he writes, efforts by some in the evangelical camp to find common ground with Rome on matters at the heart of the gospel are nothing short of untrue to biblical teaching. In Sproul’s estimation, the Reformation remains relevant.

Are We Together? is a clarion call to evangelicals to stand firm for the gospel, the precious good news of salvation as it is set forth in Scripture alone.

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Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life

In this episode, we review Sam Allberry’s Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life published by P&R Publishing.

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For many people the resurrection is a nice thing to believe in; a handy subject to return to at Easter time or when discussing apologetics. Otherwise we treat it as an event that happened long ago and far away—a “happy ending” to the gospel, after the darkness of the cross.

But Sam Allberry shows us that the resurrection is far more than a mere event. It isn’t just for Easter, it has overwhelmingly positive implications for our lives every day.

The resurrection gives us real assurance of forgiveness and salvation, power to live new and transformed lives, and hope for life after death. Our lives are now different; we have been lifted. Read and be transformed by the real significance of the resurrection.

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Lay Down This World

Jazz pianist Pamela York speaks about her new album, Lay Down This World: Hymns and Spirituals. Pamela discusses the tracks on the album, the relationship of traditional structure to creativity, and worship. The album is available for download through iTunes and Amazon. Compact discs can be ordered through CD Baby. You can listen to a previous discussion we had with Pamela or find out more information about her, including upcoming concerts, at pamelayork.com.

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Presbyterian and Reformed Churches: A Global History

In this episode, we review James E. McGoldrick’s Presbyterian and Reformed Churches: A Global History published by Reformation Heritage Books.

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In 1905, Westminster Press published History of the Presbyterian Churches of the World by church historian Richard Clark Reed (1851–1925). Reed’s book, intended as a textbook for college and seminary students, covered the history of churches that subscribed to Presbyterian polity from the New Testament era to the beginning of the twentieth century. Based on Reed’s original work as well as an unpublished manuscript by Presbyterian historian Thomas Hugh Spence Jr. (1899–1986), Presbyterian and Reformed Churches: A Global History picks up the story of Presbyterian and Reformed churches where the earlier works left off. In this volume, James McGoldrick revises and updates Reed’s and Spence’s original, historically relevant works, continuing the survey to the twenty-first century.

Each chapter traces the history of Presbyterian and Reformed churches in individual nations and regions around the globe. The author covers the major events, leaders, and institutions influencing Presbyterian and Reformed church history in a readable style that is ideally suited for classroom study as well as for independent reading. A list of suggested additional readings concludes each chapter.

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