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Hold On to Your Seats! Exciting October Book Release from P&R and R. Scott Clark

5 August, 2008

This is sure to be good. If there is one class I regret not being able to take during my Westminster Seminary California journey it is ‘Reformed Confessions’ taught by Dr. R.S. Clark. Hopefully my wife and I will have the time to take it as a post-grad next year. (I’ll have to find out how that works). To many at the seminary Dr. Clark has been not only our prof but an encouraging brother and helpful counselor as well as Rev. Danny Hyde’s beloved co-Minister at Oceanside URC where my brother-in-law is gladly worshipping. So I’m very excited to announce that Dr. Clark has another very helpful book titled Recovering the Reformed Confession scheduled for October publication from P&R.

Check out some of the advance comments on Recovering the Reformed Confession:

At a time when “all that is solid melts in the air” and distinct
colors fade to gray, R. Scott Clark reminds us of the loveliness,
depth, and richness of Reformed Christianity. Not only a TULIP, but a
confession that bears fruit in both faith and practice, the account
that you will find in this book may challenge, but its point is not to
be missed.

Michael S. Horton, Ph.D.
J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics
Westminster Seminary California

In a day when many follow charming personalities, fundamentalism,
heterodoxy, individualism, and postmodernity and attempt to commandeer
the Reformed tradition, Dr. Clark ably challenges such efforts. Clark
brings a much needed corrective for basing Reformed identity in its
understanding of the Scriptures through its historic confessions and
creeds and a robust understanding historic Reformed worship. Well-
researched, thoughtfully presented, and provocative, this work is a
must-read for ministers, elders, and for anyone who claims to be
Reformed.

J. V. Fesko, Ph.D.
Pastor, Geneva Orthodox Presbyterian Church
Woodstock, Georgia,
Adjunct Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

In addition to being a first-rate scholar, Dr. Clark is a brave man.
He’s not afraid to remind us of the substance and meaning of many
aspects of our historic Reformed confessions which we now either take
for granted, or which are at odds with a number of our current
practices. In Recovering the Reformed Confession, Clark reminds us of
what it means when we “confess” that we are “Reformed.” It means
focusing upon those things set forth in our confessions (the highest
common denominator), instead of neglecting them or even denying them.
In addition to gently pointing out where our words don’t match either
our praxis or our deeds, Clark offers a number of practical ways we
can recover our confession, and thereby recover a distinctly “Reformed
faith and practice.”

Kim Riddelbarger, Ph.D.
Pastor, Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim
Adjunct Professor of Systematic Theology, Westminster Seminary
California
Co-host, White Horse Inn

While I am personally encouraged by and enthusiastic about what has
been called the “young, reformed awakening,” we still await (and long
for) a renaissance of a genuinely confessional reformed theology,
piety and practice. Scott Clark’s historical work, diagnosis and
critique, and constructive, churchly, confessional recommendations are
all worth a rigorous and respectful engagement, and point us in a
number of helpful directions. As one who comes from and happily
identifies with a branch of the Reformed tradition far from immune to
Dr. Clark’s critique, I welcome this volume as a faithful conversation
partner, seeking to administer “the wounds of a friend” for the sake
of the church and the glory of God in this world.

Ligon Duncan, Ph.D.
Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi, USA
President, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals
Adjunct Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

Two thumbs up for the guy that picked the cover!

Phil Sipe (Chaos)

M.div. Westminster Seminary California 2008 and CreedorChaos’s lesser half.

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5 Comments
  1. Joshua permalink
    5 August, 2008 9:22 pm

    Phil,

    I took that class and got a chance to read the manuscript. It really is outstanding stuff, a must-read for those who want to know what being Reformed is all about. Predestination really is only the beginning and one dimension of its theology.

    I second the two-thumbs up!

    Creed:or:Chaos’s lesser half of the lesser half ;)–Joshua

  2. Benjamin P. Glaser permalink
    6 August, 2008 8:36 am

    Will like to read if Dr. Clark goes in depth on Sabbatarianism and/or the RPW as understood by the writers of the Confessions, not as it is understood and used today.

  3. 6 August, 2008 12:28 pm

    yeah joshua, i heard good things about that class from many students. it was one of those ‘must take’ classes. especially from chris coleman. he loves anything clark teaches. also bud beeke a while ago. i just couldn’t fit it in with my program. hopefully next year some how.

    BPG: if you want in depth on S and RPW as originally intended i’m sure you’ll get it from WSC’s professor of church history and of historical theology, namely Clark.

    Hey, I should see if I can get you guys and whoever else signed copies…
    That would be cool.
    ~phil

  4. 6 August, 2008 12:33 pm

    BPG: I checked out your blog. Looks good. Also, if you have any questions about the Sabbath, RPW and related then check out the Heidelblog.wordpress.com and see if you can contact Dr. RSC there.
    p

  5. Benjamin P. Glaser permalink
    7 August, 2008 5:42 pm

    Thanks Guys…

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