David Engelsma, Editor
Written by various authors
including the editor, David
£9.00 + £0.90 (P&P) = £9.90
Availability: In Stock
[Add to Basket]
"A church reformed and always
reforming, according to the word of God" means that a truly Reformed
church continues to live by the word of God from age to age, applies it
to every aspect of her life, maintains the sound doctrine of the creeds
from generation to generation, resists every threat to the Reformed
faith and develops the truth of the holy Scripture.
Always Reforming shows how the Spirit of Christ has carried on
the reforming work of Christ in the sixteenth century in one particular
branch of the church of the Reformation. A successor to
The Sixteenth-Century Reformation of the Church, this book
traces the continuing reformation in the Netherlands in the seventeenth
and nineteenth centuries and in the Protestant Reformed Churches in
North America in the twentieth century. The fivefold division of this
book recognizes the ongoing reformation of these Reformed churches as
having taken place in the five distinct and doctrinally significant
controversies, including sovereign grace (the Synod of Dordt,
1618-1619), uncommon grace and God's unconditional covenant.
Amongst the highlights of the
35 short chapters of Always Reforming are "The Poisonous Petals
of the Arminian LILAC" (ch. 2), "The Afscheiding
and Christian Education" (ch. 12), "The Covenant Doctrine of the Fathers
of the Secession" (ch. 14), "Dr. Abraham Kuyper, Politician—A Critique"
(ch. 21) and "The Split of 1953: Reflections" (ch. 35). This fine book
will be of interest to all who enjoy reading the history of the church
and who are seeking church reformation in our day.
"... a thorough, solid,
scholarly, and wide-reaching panorama of theological themes ... Have we
given as much thought as we should to the place of the covenant in
Christian theology? Arminianism, particular grace, common grace,
regeneration, the promise and command of the gospel, church government,
the place of children in the covenant, commitment to Psalm singing,
Christian education, and the well-meant gospel offer of the 'apostate'
State Church of Holland, which, along with other contentious issues, led
to the secession in 1834, are discussed at considerable length. These,
and a whole plethora of mind-stretching, biblically-challenging themes,
are brought forward for consideration. The book ends with a ringing
challenge—'Is there among us today a lack of interest in sound doctrinal
preaching? Do we clamour for less emphasis on doctrine and more emphasis
on daily living? Is there a trend among us towards worldly-mindedness,
even though we may not be aware of it? Have we become lethargic? ...'
[This book is] of great interest to the student and scholar, worthy of a
wide academic readership, and an important contribution to areas of
considerable ongoing discussion" (English Churchman).