Book Briefs: Reformed Dogmatics

This review will not be a critical take of Vos’s theology. I am convictionally a reformed baptist and there would be aspects in which I would disagree with Vos. However, every believer can benefit from this volume and have a great respect to what he has written.

Geerhardus Vos was born in 1862 and died in 1949. He served on Princeton’s faculty as the first chair of biblical theology. 

This one volume of Reformed Dogmatics by Lexham Press was translated and edited by Richard Gaffin. Lexham Press has previously published 5 volumes of Vos’s Reformed Dogmatics, but now have made it into one volume.

In this work, there are 5 different sections. 

  1. Theology Proper 
  2. Anthropology 
  3. Christology 
  4. Soteriology 
  5. Ecclesiology, The Means of Grace, Eschatology 

Lexham has done a fantastic job with this volume. It is not overwhelmingly large compared to other systematics so you will not feel weighed down if you carry it in a backpack. They have also made it at an accessible price point for $59.99 retail. The only negative with this volume is how thin the paper is. As a result, I would suggest taking notes in a journal.

Readers will benefit from this volume even if they disagree with some of Vos’s points. Reformed Dogmatics is laid out in a manner that the chapter begins with question one and then Vos answers the question that was raised. Each chapter looks like a Q&A back and forth. Unlike some volumes where the layout makes it hard to find a place and refer back to it. This volume has made it accessible to find the information you are seeking and will be a handy reference. At the end of the volume, Lexham has put an index for all of the questions brought up in this work. It contains a subject and author index as well. Lexham Press has done a fantastic job with making this volume a valuable resource that will be used for years to come.


Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is Pastor of Families and Missions at North Hills Church. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.

Family Worship Guide: Advent

Family Worship Guide: Advent by [Evan Knies]

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Have you started an Advent devotional with your family? If you haven’t, I made a Family Worship Guide for Advent for my church. I made it available on Amazon (Paperback and Kindle).


Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He serves at North Hills Church. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies.

Pentecost-Today? by Iain Murray: A Reflection and Quotes

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By Evan Knies

Pentecost – Today? was first published in 1998 and is written by Iain Murray. In 1957, Iain cofounded Banner of Truth Trust. Pentecost – Today? is quite possibly one of the most helpful Banner books that I have read. Below are some quotes that I found helpful along with a video from Paul Washer recommending this book.

Pentecost Today available at Banner of Truth

 

Quotes

pg. 18 – It is clear from the book of Acts that all Christians did not remain permanently ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ in the sense of Acts 2:4. Had that been so it would not have been possible to say of the same persons again in Acts 4:31, ‘and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit’. Here was an element of Pentecost which was clearly repeatable; there was a further giving of what they already possessed. Again, if being ‘filled with the Spirit’ was uniform in every Christian, what would be the point of the apostles instructing the disciples in Acts 6 to look for a characteristic which all possessed, ‘Seek out….seven men of good reputation, full of the Holy Spirit’? It must be true, as the Larger Catechism of the Westminster Assembly states (Question 182), that, while the Holy Spirit is given to all Christians, his working is ‘not in all persons, nor at all times, in the same measure’.

pg. 25 – The New Testament never leaves the Christian in the position of believing that all necessary grace and help is not now available.

pg. 26 – If we think only that the Holy Spirit is continuously resident in the church, as if necessarily present and inherent in the means of grace, we can easily begin to forget how urgently we stand in need of the supernatural.

pg. 52 – Where there is no alienation from sin there is no re-birth.

pg. 59 – Faith is the grace which honours God by its dependence upon Him; and because faith receives all, and attributes nothing to itself, God identifies faith with all that He is himself able to do.

pg. 65 – Prayer is communion with God and in addressing Him we are to begin with the name which assures us of His love.

pg. 74 – Dependence upon God is our greatest need; it focuses our attention upon what He can do; and it makes His glory a supreme reason for all our concerns: ‘Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory’ (Jer. 14:21); ‘Hallowed be Your name’ (Matt. 6:9).

pg. 129 – For the Christian in this world the goal is always beyond him.

pg. 171 – If Scripture loses its true place in the church nothing remains certain.

pg. 190 – Too many modern changes in public worship look like attempts to provide substitutes for the work of the Holy Spirit; and the emptiness of these substitutes is often apparent. If a sense of the greatness and majesty of God is not present in a congregation then nothing else can produce awe and wonder.

Pentecost Today available at Banner of Truth


Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies