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The Irish Puritans: James Ussher and the Reformation of the Church, by Crawford Gribben. Darlington, England: Evangelical Press, 2003. Pp. 160. 7.95(UK) $14.99(US) (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] Little is known among us about the Irish Reformed theologian and churchman, James Ussher (1581-1656) than that he determined from his biblical studies that God created the world in 4004 B.C. This is unfortunate. Crawford Gribben supplies our lack in the well-written, interesting book, The Irish Puritans. Ussher was a significant Calvinist in his day. As archbishop of Armagh, primate, or leader, of the Irish [Protestant] Church, he worked at making Ireland...

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When Thou Sittest in Thine House: Meditations on Home Life, by Abraham Kuyper. Wyoming, MI: Credo Books, 2004. Pp. x + 408. $39 paper). [Reviewed by editor]. What the Standard Bearer thinks of Abraham Kuyper’s When Thou Sittest in Thine House is plain from the fact that we are publishing most of it in installments. The book is a compilation of a series of Kuyper’s meditations on the family and home life. Kuyper views the many aspects of family life in the light of Scripture and from the Reformed perspective. Because the work was originally Kuyper’s famed “meditations,” the chapters...

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G.I. Williamson, The Westminster Confession of Faith for Study Classes. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R, 2004. Pp. xii + 409. $16.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] This reprint of the book first published in 1964 is likely the best contemporary commentary on the Westminster Confession of Faith. It is intended particularly for classes that study the Presbyterian creed. The author calls the book a “study manual.” Treatment of each chapter, or section of a chapter, is followed by questions that point the reader or student to the main teachings of the chapter. These questions are briefly answered by the author at...

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Measuring the Music: Another Look at the Contemporary Christian Music Debate, by John Makujina. Willow Street, PA: Old Paths Publications, repr. 2002. 369 pages. $16.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] Measuring the Music is an important examination and convincing condemnation of “contemporary Christian music.” Reformed young people especially need to be warned. But so do their parents, if they are to warn their children. So also do the churches, if they are to keep this corruption out of the lives of their young members and, by this evil day, out of their official, or semi-official, gatherings. Justification, by Francis Turretin....

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Praying Together for True Revival, by Jonathan Edwards. Ed. T. M. Moore. Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 2004. Pp. xvii + 204. $11.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the editor.] In connection with the 300th anniversary of Edwards’ birth in 1703, a number of works by and about Jonathan Edwards are appearing. Praying Together is one of Edwards’ own works under a new title. The original title was, in shortened form, An Humble Attempt to Promote Explicit Agreement and Visible Union of God’s People in Extraordinary Prayer for the Revival of Religion and the Advancement of Christ’s Kingdom on Earth, Pursuant to...

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The reviewer is a minister of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Australia. Hyper-Calvinism and the Call of the Gospel, by David J. Engelsma. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Reformed Free Publishing Association, revised edition 1994. 216 pp. $10.95 (paper). [Reviewed by Rev. Chris Coleborn.] This book by Prof. Engelsma basically deals with the vital question, “Does the fact that the gospel of Christ Jesus is to be preached to all mankind mean that God desires and intends the salvation of all who hear that preaching, even the reprobate?” Those who hold to the well-meant offer of the gospel answer in the affirmative....

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Sermons on Job, by John Calvin. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1993. 751 pp. $49.95 (hardcover). Calvin’s Old Testament Commentaries: Daniel I (Chapters 1-6) by John Calvin. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company and Carlisle, Cumbria: The Paternoster Press, 1993. 300 pp. $24.99 (paper). Calvin’s Old Testament Commentaries, by T. H. L. Parker. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/ John Knox Press, 1993. 239 pp. $16.99 (paper). Calvin’s New Testament Commentaries, by T. H. L. Parker. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster/ John Knox Press, 1993. 257 pp. $16.99 (paper). [Reviewed by the Editor.] Several important, profitable books by and about John Calvin have recently been published. The...

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THE INSPIRATION AND AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE, by Rene Pache, Moody Press, 1987. 349 pages, paper. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko.) Since this book first appeared in the English in 1969, it has gone through twelve different printings, abundant proof of its popularity and worth. The book was translated from the French. The author taught in Lausanne University and was active for many years in the evangelical movement in France. The book deals with all aspects of the inspiration and authority of Scripture: revelation, inspiration, plenary and verbal inspiration, inerrancy and infallibility, apparent contradictions in Scripture, the canon of Scripture, transmission...

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“Good Morning Alice,” by Gise J. VanBaren. Grand Rapids: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 1994. 157 pp. $11.50 (paper). [Reviewed by Prof. Robert D. Decker.] We quote from the jacket of the book: “Alice (the author’s sister, RDD) was dying from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, RDD). During the last stages of her illness, notes from an anonymous friend arrived daily to comfort and encourage Alice. Each note reflected on a Scripture passage. These reflections helped Alice come to terms with her suffering and brought her to acknowledge the sovereignty of God in His way for her. “The author skillfully...

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An Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics: The Search for Meaning, by Walter C. Kaiser and Moises Silva. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing, 1994. 298 pp. $24.99 (hard cover). [Reviewed by Prof. Herman Hanko.] As the title suggests, this book is intended to be a textbook on hermeneutics. From many points of view, it is an excellent textbook which can be used with great profit in seminary courses on hermeneutics; but it is also sufficiently worthwhile for ministers who have all their hermeneutics under their belts, to read and study. But the book is not without its difficulties, most of which arise...

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