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Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan and full-time librarian/registrar/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and SB book review editor   The following book is reviewed by Prof. David J. Engelsma, former editor of the Standard Bearer, professor emeritus of Dogmatics and Old Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary, and member of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan.   Short of Glory: A Biblical and Theological Exploration of the Fall, by Mitchell L. Chase. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2023. Pp. xii + 213. $17.99. Softcover. ISBN: 9781433585098.   The sub-title accurately describes the content and appeal of...

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The Southern Presbyterian theologian Robert L. Dabney (1820- 1898) attempted to defend the false doctrine that today is popularly known as the “well-meant offer of the gospel,” in an essay that he titled, “God’s Indiscriminate Proposals of Mercy.” The book in which the essay appears and from which I quote is Discussions, Volume 1: Evangelical and Theological (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1967), 282-313. It is fitting that the article appears in a publication of The Banner of Truth organization. What Dabney thought about what is now called the “well-meant offer of the gospel” is significant. Dabney was a...

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Contours of the Kuyperian Tradition: A Systematic Introduction, by Craig G. Bartholomew. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2021. Pp. xiv + 362. $35.00. Softcover. ISBN: 978-1514003640. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma. Calvinism for a Secular Age: A Twenty-First Century Reading of Abraham Kuyper’s Stone Lectures, ed. Jessica R. Joustra and Robert J. Joustra. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2022. Pp. xx + 224. $27.99. Softcover. ISBN 978-1514001462. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma. Of late, there has appeared a spate of intriguing works on Re­formed, Christian worldview with special attention paid to the Dutch Reformed theologian, Abraham Kuyper. These volumes include...

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Neo-Calvinism: A Theological Introduction, by Cory C. Brock and N. Gray Sutanto. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2022. Pp. xxii + 322. $36.99. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-1683596462. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma. One effect of Neo-Calvinism will be the encouragement of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America (PRCA) to devote more attention to a critique of the theology of the second and third points of common grace adopted by the Christian Reformed Church in 1924. This aspect of the doctrine of common grace concerns the formation of Christian worldview, whereas the first point proposes the Arminian doctrine of salvation in a well-meant...

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Karl Barth: A Life in Conflict, by Christiane Tietz, translated by Vic­toria J. Barnett. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2021. Pp. xvii + 448. $36.95. Hardcover. ISBN: 9780198852469. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma. It is rare, even for one who has worked in theology for many years, and who has read voraciously in theology and in the lives of outstanding theologians, to come across a book of theology, which is at the same time a biography of a renowned theologian, that is virtually impossible to lay down. Such was the case with Karl Barth: A Life in Conflict. The...

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Reformed Mission in Southern Africa: The Way Forward. Ed. Rob van der Kooy. Pretoria, South Africa: GKSA Evangelisation Publications Fund, 2022. Pp. 312. (Free in electronic form at rvdkooy1@gmail. com.) Reviewed by David J. Engelsma. As described by the editor in his introductory comments, the book is a collection of twenty-four articles by different authors on his churches’ work of missions in southern Africa. The articles “attempt to take stock, evaluate past work done in the light of the Scriptures and reflect on the way evangelization is done and should be done in the future” (5). The denomination of Reformed...

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Mr. Charles Terpstra, member of Faith PRC in Jenison, Michigan and full-time librarian/registrar/archivist at the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary The following book is reviewed by Prof. Douglas Kuiper, professor of Church History and New Testament in the Protestant Reformed Theological Seminary and member of Trinity PRC in Hudsonville, Michigan. The Bible Convictions of John Wycliffe, by Steven J. Lawson. Sanford, FL: Ligonier Ministries, 2021. 212 pages. Hardcover, Pp xvi + 208. Hardcover. $17.00. This book is the thirteenth, and latest, in Ligonier’s “A Long Line of Godly Men Profile” series. Each man who is featured played a pivotal role in...

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Reformed Ethics, Volume 2: The Duties of the Christian Life, by Herman Bavinck. Ed. John Bolt Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academ­ic, 2021. Pp. xx + 522. $43.25. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-0801098222. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma Volume two of Herman Bavinck’s monumental exposition of Reformed, and, therefore, Christian, ethics goes a long way toward fulfilling the alluring promise of volume one. Another volume will follow. Volume one set forth the truth of ethics in general (see my review of volume one in the November 2019 issue of this journal). Volume two presents the nature and content of Reformed ethical be­havior concretely...

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The Klaas Schilder Reader: The Essential Theological Writings, ed. George Harinck, Marinus De Jong, & Richard Mouw, transl. Albert Gootjes and Albert Oosterhoff. Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2022. Pp. xvi + 608. $49.99. Hardcover. ISBN: 978-1683595939. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma   Klaas Schilder was a Dutch Reformed churchman, theologian, author, and editor of a Reformed periodical in the Reformed churches in the Netherlands in the early to middle years of the twentieth century. He died in 1952. Schilder was dubious about the doctrine of common grace developed by Abraham Kuyper. He remarks that “Kuyper and Bavinck had squeezed the...

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The Doctrine of Scripture: An Introduction, by Mark D. Thompson. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2022. Pp. 206. $17.99. Softcover. ISBN: 978-1433573958. Reviewed by David J. Engelsma   The unique nature of this excellent summary of the Protestant doctrine of Scripture is that it establishes the doctrine about Scripture from the teaching of Jesus. Admittedly, even for this approach to the doctrine of Scripture, Scripture itself is necessary, and fundamental. Scripture is self-authenticating. We know Jesus and His view of Scrip­ture from Scripture, not elsewhere. But once Scripture has revealed Jesus to us as Himself the very Word of God, we learn...

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