Tuesday, August 31, 2010

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Monday, August 30, 2010

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Chris Hatton: Adopted Forever

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Chris Hatton, author of Spiritual Gleanings and pastor of Grace Chapel in Sanford, Florida, will address the theme: "Adopted Forever".

Tonight's interview is being conducted, in part, to promote the upcoming Bible Conference, being conducted in cooperation with Ligonier Ministries (
www.ligonier.org), Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (www.AllianceNet.org) and Embraced By Grace Adoption Agency (www.EmbracedByGrace.org) on the same theme Friday & Saturday, November 5th & 6th, at the Westin Hotel in Lake Mary, Florida.

Speakers & themes at the conference include:

"Adam, the Son of God" & "Blessed is the Man": Tom Ascol, pastor
of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida, the Executive Director of Founders Ministries and Editor of the Founders Journal ,

"Jesus, Our Elder Brother" & "The Prodigal Father": R. C. Sproul, Jr., author, conference speaker and contributor to "TableTalk" magazine

"True Religion": Rich Jensen, pastor of Hope Reformed Baptist Church, Medford, Long Island, NY

"Eating at the King's Table": Burk Parsons, co-pastor with Dr. R.C. Sproul at
Saint Andrew’s Chapel, in Sanford, Florida

For more details email Dr. Chris Hatton at

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Christopher A. Ferrara: The Church & the Libertarian: A Defense of Catholic Teaching on Man, Economy and State

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Christopher A. Ferrara, an attorney, widely published Catholic author and commentator, and Founder, President and Chief Counsel of American Catholic Lawyer’s Association , will address the theme of his controversial new book: The Church & the Libertarian: A Defense of Catholic Teaching on Man, Economy and State (see http://www.remnantnewspaper.com/Archives/2010-ferrara-church-libertarian.htm).

Tonight's interview is intended to be a prelude for a live radio debate between Christopher A. Ferrara and a Christian Libertarian, hopefully to be arranged and announced in the near future.

Professing conservatives and patriots here in America, both Roman Catholics, Protestants and those of other religious backgrounds, are dividing more frequently than ever, it seems, over political ideology and affiliation. Many are finding what they believe to be a much more constitutional, and much more of a common sense approach, to government in the Christian Libertarian movement. Others, like our guest this evening, Chris Ferrara, are very alarmed by this phenomena.

Some of the questions Mr. Ferrara addesses in his new book, primarily intended for Roman Catholic readers, are:

·Has the “free” market ever actually been free?
·Is even Capitalism spinning out of control?
·Is economic liberalism in direct opposition to binding Catholic doctrine on man, economy and state?
·Can a misguided defense of private property actually help destroy private property?
·Do some radical libertarians actually undermine true liberty?
·“Audit the Fed,” “abolish the Fed,” “return to the gold standard,” “nullification” -- real solutions or just more domestic jingoism?
·What about Ron Paul? Tom Woods? The Libertarian revolution?
·How the Supreme Court—right now—could overthrow the tyranny of liberalism and change the course of world history with a few paragraphs in a single opinion.
·Distributism: A serious alternative, or just a lot of cow milking and garden planting?

Chris Ferrara, Esq., was involved in the legal battle for the life of Theresa Schiavo and has won many legal victories for Catholic pro-life advocates at both the trial and appellate level. Mr. Ferrara is the author of four books, numerous pamphlets, and hundreds of articles which have appeared in The Remnant, The Latin Mass magazine, Catholic Family News, Oriens, Christian Order and various other publications.

On an entirely different matter, Chris Ferrara will be debating Evangelical Christian apologist Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omega Ministries (www.aomin.org) this Saturday, August 28th, 6pm, at St. Anthony's High School in South Huntington, Long Island, NY on the theme: "The Immaculate Conception & Sinlessness of Mary". For details call (888)9-JESUS-C or visit www.sharpens.org and see the display ad at the top of the page.

Monday, August 23, 2010

David F. Wells: The Rafiki Foundation: Befriending Orphans & Widows in Their Distress (James 1:27) (Encore)

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David F. Wells, Ph.D., the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, will address the theme: "The Rafiki Foundation: Befriending Orphans & Widows in Their Distress (James 1:27)."

Time permitting, we we also return to our discussion that we began last week with Dr. Wells on the theme of his book: "
The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World". You can now hear that interview originally aired on Thursday, April 22.

Cohosting this broadcast is Pastor Jim Capo of the Massapequa Church of God, Massapequa, Long Island, NY.

Dr. Wells serves on the board of the Rafiki Foundation, Inc. (see http://www.rafiki-foundation.org/), whose goal is to establish orphanages and schools in 10 African countries in order to raise and train orphans within a Christian framework. Rafiki’s hope is that the next generation of leaders for these countries will come from their orphanages. Dr. Wells travels to Africa annually to visit these orphanages. For a number of years, he was a member of the Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization, its theology working group and its planning committee for the World Congress that was held in Manila in 1989. For many years, he has worked to provide theological education and basic preaching tools for Third World pastors.

Dr. Wells received his B.D. at the University of London, his Th.M. at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, his Ph.D. at Manchester University, England and was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School.

Prior to coming to Gordon-Conwell, Dr. Wells taught at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and chaired its division of systematic theology. Since arriving at Gordon-Conwell in 1979, he has served in a variety of positions. He moved to his current position in 2008 after having served as the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology since 1991. He was also Academic Dean of the Charlotte campus (1998-2000) and Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Planning (2001-2003). From 2003 to 2005, he directed Gordon-Conwell’s self-study for 10-year re-accreditation.

Dr. Wells was appointed as Distinguished Lecturer for the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and was elected to the American Theological Society. He was also a recipient of a major grant for Senior Scholars from the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Born in Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), Dr. Wells came to faith and sensed God’s call to Christian ministry while studying architecture at the University of Cape Town. He was ordained in the Conservative Congregational Christian Conference in 1965.

Dr. Wells’ scholarly interests include church and culture. Much of his time is spent researching and writing, and he is currently turning his last five books into a film project.

Dr. David F. Wells’ Publications

• The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers and Emergents in the Postmodern World (William B. Eerdmans, 2008)

• Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World (William B. Eerdmans, 2004)
• Losing our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision (William B. Eerdmans, 1999) • Christian Faith and Practice in the Modern World: Theology from an Evangelical Point of View (Eerdmans, 1998)
• Bleeding of the Evangelical Church (Edinburgh, 1995)
• God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams (William B. Eerdmans, 1995)
• No Place for Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? (William B. Eerdmans, 1993)
• The Gospel in the Modern World, co-edited with M. Eden (InterVarsity Press, 1991)
• Dutch Reformed Theology (Baker Book House, 1989)
• The Princeton Theology (Reformed Theology in America), editor (Baker, 1989)
• Southern Reformed Theology (Baker Book House, 1989)
• Turning to God: Biblical Conversion in the Modern World (Baker, 1989)
• Turning to God: Biblical Conversion in the Modern World (William B. Eerdmans, 1989)
• Christian Faith and Practice in the Modern World: Theology from an Evangelical Point of View (William B. Eerdmans, 1988)
• God the Evangelist: How the Holy Spirit Works to Bring Men and Women to Faith, general editor and part author (William B. Eerdmans/Paternoster Press, 1987)
• Reformed Theology in America: A History of Its Modern Development, editor (William B. Eerdmans, 1985)
• The Evangelicals: What They Believe, Who They Are, Where They Are Changing, co-edited with John D. Woodbridge (Abingdon Press, 1985)
• The Person of Christ: A Biblical and Historical Analysis of the Incarnation (Crossway, 1984)
• Eerdmans Handbook to Christianity in America, general editor and part author (William B. Eerdmans, 1983)
• The Prophetic Theology of George Tyrell (Scholars Press, 1979)
• Search for Salvation (InterVarsity Press, 1978)
• Revolution in Rome (InterVarsity Press, 1972)
• Toward a Theology of the Future co-edited with Clark Pinnock (Creation House, 1971)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Steve Camp: Are Theological Debates Antithetical to Christian Love?

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Steve Camp, well known Christian recording artist, writer of a Grammy Award-winning song, theologically Reformed Christian apologist, founder of audienceONE Ministries and pastor of Cross Church in Palm City, Florida (see www.CrossChurch.net), will address the theme: "Are Theological Debates Antithetical to Christian Love?"

On Saturday, August 28th, Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omage Ministries (see
www.aomin.org) will be debating a Roman Catholic apologist named Christopher A. Ferrara of American Catholic Lawyer's Association (see www.acla-inc.org) on the theme: "The Immaculate Conception & Sinlessness of Mary" and on Monday, August 30th, Dr. White will be debating renowned Atheist David Silverman, the Vice President of American Atheists, Inc. (see www.atheists.org). See the display ads for details at the top of the page at http://www.sharpens.org/.

While most Christians would eagerly support the latter event, many are uneasy, squeamish or even angry about the first, namely, that we should dare risk hurting the feelings of those who profess to be Christian that we believe to be in theological error by conducting such a public event where hard lines of theological difference are drawn. But should Christians be more concerned about offending individuals than they are about offending God with the tolerance of false doctrine?

Listen to Steve Camp explore this very controversial matter tonight!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Steven J. Lawson: Proclaiming the Perfections of God (Encore Presentation)

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Steven J. Lawson, the senior pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, will address the theme: "Proclaiming the Perfections of God".

Tonight's theme is also the subtitle of the new book published by Reformation Trust that Dr. Lawson contributed to with R.C. Sproul, Alistair Begg, D.A. Carson, Sinclair Ferguson, and other powerful writers and preachers, titled Holy, Holy, Holy (see

As the publishers describe Holy, Holy, Holy:
The angels in Isaiah’s vision of God’s heavenly temple (Isa. 6) used threefold repetition to praise His holiness, the superlative form of emphasis in the Hebrew language. Their cry tells us that nothing is as significant as the holiness of God.

Tragically, the holiness of God has been obscured in our time, and as a result, the church’s doctrine and ethics have been tarnished, entertainment has replaced worship in many places, the Gospel is misunderstood and neglected, and the church assimilates itself to the culture instead of seeking to transform it through the preaching of God’s Word.

Holy, Holy, Holy: Proclaiming the Perfections of God offers a corrective. Here, the holiness of God is defined, explored, and praised by a lineup of leading evangelical pastors and scholars, who show how it affects our worship, doctrine, and personal walks with Christ. Contributors include Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, Don Carson, Ligon Duncan, Sinclair Ferguson, Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, Albert Mohler, R.C. Sproul, R.C. Sproul Jr., and Derek Thomas.

Adapted from the lectures at the 2009 Ligonier Ministries National Conference, Holy, Holy, Holy unfolds the character of God and the holiness that sets Him apart. Here is high theology in understandable language, bringing deeper knowledge of God and promoting love for Him.

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

David Wood: PART 2: The Islamisation of America: Why Christians were Arrested in Dearborn, Michigan (encore)

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David Wood, Evangelical Christian apologist to the Muslims, will address the theme: "PART 2: The Islamisation of America: Why Christians were Arrested in Dearborn, Michigan".

Tonight David will be joined by Negeen Mayel and Paul Rezkalla.

On June 19th, Christian apologists David Wood and Nabeel Qureshi of the Acts 17 Apologetics Ministry, and two other Christians, Negeen Mayel and Paul Rezkalla, were arrested for proselytizing Muslims... "Where did this arrest take place?", you might ask... "Was it in Saudi Arabia?"... "Iran, perhaps?"... No... It happened right here in the good ole USA!

These Christians were on their annual visit to the Arab International Festival in Dearborn, Michigan (see
http://www.americanarab.com/component/content/article/42-rokstories/264-15th-annual-dearborn-arab-international-festival-june18-20-2010.html), and, according to David Wood & Nabeel Qureshi, were in complete compliance with the rules set by officials there. The Arrest of Nabeel Qureshi and David Wood is now available on video since their cameras and unerased videos were finally returned to them by the Dearborn police.

As Qureshi described it:"At one point, we came across a festival volunteer who seemed to take issue with us simply being at the festival. We could tell he had a problem with us, and so we asked 'What are we doing wrong?' He said 'Put the camera and microphone down, and I'll tell you.'... So I obliged, handing the microphone to David and asking him to not record the man... About 20 minutes later, to shouts and cheers of 'Allahu Akbar!' we were all being led away from the festival in handcuffs..."

You can view the story on YouTube here:

Our guest tonight, David Wood, is a former atheist who converted to Christianity based on the historical evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. David now debates both atheists and Muslims and is co-director of Acts 17 Apologetics Ministries, an organization he founded with Nabeel Qureshi, a convert from Islam to Christianity. David also contributes to
http://www.answering-islam.org/, which he considers to be the very best resource available anywhere, bar none, to discover and learn the true history and teachings of Islam. He personally operates the blog site http://www.answeringmuslims.com/.

David's ministry comes very highly recommended by frequent "Iron Sharpens Iron" guest, renowned Christian apologist and biblical scholar Dr. James R. White of Alpha & Omega Ministries. You can listen to other interviews with David Wood on "Iron Sharpens Iron" on free downloadable MP3 format
by clicking here.

David has become fondly known as "Iron Sharpens Iron's Resident Apologist to the Muslims". David is also a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at Fordham University.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Johnny Hunter: America's New Lynchers of Blacks: From White Hoods to White Lab Coats (The Racist Origins of the Abortion Industry

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Johnny Hunter, DD, National Director of Life Education And Resource Network, Inc. (see www.LearnInc.org), will address the theme: "America's New Lynchers of Blacks: From White Hoods to White Lab Coats (The Racist Origins of the Abortion Industry)".

Tonight Dr. Hunter will discuss the provocative, enlightening, shocking and disturbing new DVD titled "MAAFA 21: Black Genocide in the 21st Century" (see
www.maafa21.com), a documentary which exposes the racist roots of the abortion industry. Dr. Hunter declares that abortion has "killed more blacks than the Ku Klux Klan ever lynched."

You can see Dr. Johnny Hunter describing MAAFA 21 and denouncing the genocide of blacks through abortion here:

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

John G. Reisinger: A Tribute to My Brother Ernie: From Drunken Carpenter to Prince in the House of Israel (Encore)

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John G. Reisinger, author, conference speaker and well known advocate of New Covenant Theology among Sovereign Grace Baptists will address the theme: "A Tribute to My Brother Ernie: From Drunken Carpenter to Prince in the House of Israel" (Nov. 16, 1919 - May 31, 2004).

Ernie Reisinger was a pastor, gifted writer and patriarch of the Reformed Baptist movement. Although Ernie's name might not be very well known among Christians outside of Calvinist circles, you can be sure that many of the most renowned of Reformed thinkers today know his work well and are still blessed and edified by it today. Last Monday, May 31, marked the 6th anniversary of Ernie's departing from this earth to Heaven.

Last Monday Tom Ascol, Ernie's pastor and friend for nearly 20 years at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida,paid tribute to Ernie.
The MP3 of that broadcast is available here . You can also read an article written by Dr. Ascol back in 2004 in memory of Ernie here:

Here is an article written by John G. Reisinger the day after his brother's funeral in June of 2004:

A Tribute to My Brother Ernie
By John G. Reisinger

Yesterday I attended my older brother’s funeral. This is the second of my two brothers that have gone home to be with the Lord. At the time of refreshments following the funeral there was an opportunity for personal testimonies and nearly everyone who spoke had come to faith in Christ through my brother Ernie’s witness. On my drive back to New York I kept remembering things about both of my brothers. In some ways they were very much a like and in other ways radically different. At my brother Donald’s funeral over half of the people spoke to me and said, “Your brother Donald was the first person who ever told me the Gospel.” An elderly Amish man said, “I knew a lot about Moses and works but not much about Jesus and grace until I met your brother.” God used my brother Donald’s funeral to bring Ernie’s son Donald to a clear understanding of God’s sovereign grace.

In some ways, my two brothers were two of the greatest Christians I have ever known. Ernest was by far the most famous. I used to say, “My only claim to fame is that I am Ernie Reisinger’s brother” since I was constantly introduced that way at conferences. Under God, I owe my soul to Ernie’s witness to me. I also owe him for many other things over many years. As I said, he was in some ways one the greatest Christian I have ever known. Let me share some things that I think made him the great Christian that he was. I would remind any who feel it is wrong to pay open tribute to a believer’s faithfulness that Scripture says, “Honor to whom honor is due.” It also gives us many examples of God Himself testifying to the faithfulness of some of His saints. Hebrews chapter eleven is only one example.

First of all, Ernie was never bitten with the love of money. He viewed his business as a ministry unto God and seriously treated it as such. The business could have made ten times more money than it did and he would not have been one penny richer. It was God’s business and God’s money. He paid himself a salary and put everything else into a Gospel foundation to help further the cause of Christ. He did not live in expensive homes or drive “rich men’s cars.” He enjoyed the good things of life but never allowed anything to possess him or his affection except the Savior. “Love neither the world nor the things of the world” was not a struggle with Ernie since his heart and life were occupied with something, or Someone, far better.

Secondly, Ernie never did anything in a half hearted way or with a lukewarm attitude. Some may feel he did not always act as wisely as he could have but no one can ever question his zeal or his motive. He could have well answered any critics by saying, “I like the way I do it better than the way you don’t do it.” Let me give a few instances of what I mean.

Not long after Ernie went into the construction business, he went to listen to John Rice preach. He arranged to have the Sword of the Lord, a paper John Rice edited, send for three months to every home with a Carlisle mailing address. During that three month period there were Sword of the Lord’s wrapped around telephone poles, laying in the gutter and doorways, sticking out of garbage cans, etc. I do not know if anyone got converted through that effort but I do know that one whole generation of people living in Carlisle, PA will never say, “No one ever loved me enough to put the Gospel in front of me.” The whole town of Carlisle will be “without excuse” because of Ernie’s effort.

Several years later Ernie went to hear Donald Barnhouse and was greatly impressed. He arranged to have every professional person, doctors, lawyers, dentists, teachers, college professors, etc. living in Carlisle to receive a subscription to Eternity, the magazine edited by Dr. Barnhouse. Again, I have no knowledge of the results of that effort but I do know that one generation of all the professional people in Carlisle had the Gospel set before them through the efforts one building contractor.

There is one instance where a nasty situation was created quite intentionally. Shortly after I went to Bible school I stopped to see Ernie and he gave a “great book” by a man named Andy Telford. It was on the subject of predestination as it relates to personal salvation. I had just recently come to understand the doctrine of sovereign grace in election. I opened the book and the author gave his understanding of predestination on page one. He said, “The doctrine of predestination means that believers are ‘predestined’ to get safely to heaven. It has nothing to with getting saved. It means “pre” and ‘destination.’ The train company predestines or guarantees that a certain train will take you to Chicago. If you will use your free will and get on the train, the train company guarantees that, because of “pre” – “destination” you will arrive safely in Chicago.” I am sure it was not even close to the wisest way to say it, but I blurted out, “The man does not know what he is talking about.” A very nasty discussion followed. What I did not know at the time was that Ernie had gone to hear Mr. Telford and true to form, he had bought 500 copies of his book. All of you who know Ernie will know that he changed his mind about predestination.

Thirdly, Ernie knew how to see the big picture and always keep it in view. He had that rare ability to be a 100% idealist and 100% realist at he same time. It was this gift that enabled him to accomplish many things that the pure idealist would never touch with a ten foot pole and the 100% realist would say it was neither practical nor possible. Ernie was chided for going into the Southern Baptist. He was called a compromiser because he bent over backwards to take people where they were and slowly teach them “a better way.” Few, if any, Reformed Baptists could have started or developed the Founders Ministries in the Southern Baptist. I personally think the Founders was one of Ernie’s greatest accomplishments even though that ministry, along with Ernie’s disagreement with the view of Eldership practiced by men like Al Martin, created one of the splits within Reformed Baptists that exists to this day. I should add that I personally feel the split was more than justified.

During the last fifty years Ernie and I differed on more than one subject. It would be dishonest with history and a dishonor to both my brother and myself to gloss over the obvious. On nearly all of our differences over the years we ultimately reached agreement, the one exception being the morality of the Sabbath commandment and Law and Grace in general. Of all our theological differences over the years, this is the only one that he refused to discuss with me even though he wrote quite extensively on the subject. He sincerely believed and stated , “There is nothing to discuss, the creeds have said it all.” I would feel that Ernie did not really understand what I believed. I was often asked, “How do you feel about your brother Ernie’s strong disagreement with you over law and grace?” I would reply, “If I believed what Ernie thinks I believe, I would be more upset than he is. Given what he thinks I believe, he would be a hypocrite if he were not upset. He is more than justified in opposing me as long as thinks as he does about my convictions.” It would be both unfair and untrue for anyone to say, “Ernie worshipped the creeds.” He did not. He was committed to the theology of the Westminster Confession of Faith only because he sincerely believed it was the true expression of what Scripture taught. This is why I could honestly respect his convictions and sincerely respect and love him as a Godly Christian. I can understand exactly why at one point he could most conscientiously regard me as being on the border line of heresy. I think in later life he modified that to mean I was “grievously wrong.” However, his attitude was based 100% on what he believed the Scriptures taught and what he understood me to be teaching.

Ernie’s body will lie silently in the grave until the resurrection but we will still hear him speak. Though he is dead his voice will be heard for a long time. We will see his foot prints in a lot of places and in a lot lives for many years to come. Ernie’s death coincided with Ronald Reagan’s death. As I listened to the many changes that had taken place in the world of politics because of Reagan’s vision and influence, I thought of Ernie. I heard Reagan list a few of the things that he and his philosophy had changed and then he said, “Not bad, not bad at all.” I thought of a ninth grade drop out well on the way to being an alcoholic being rescued by sovereign grace and then having the unbelievable effect on so many lives and the well being of the Church of God at large and I thought, “Not bad! Not bad at all!”

Before he was converted Ernie had never read a single book. He did not even read the funny papers. His conversion filled him with a thirst for knowledge and truth that made him wiser than his peers. Despite his lack of education his greatest influence was with professional people. Again we can rightly say, “Not bad, not bad at all.” God took a nobody and really made him a somebody. He took a drunken carpenter and made him a Prince in the House of Israel. He will be both remembered and missed.

You can find out more about our guest John G. Reisinger, his sermons and his books, here:

You can order Geoff Thomas's biography of Ernie Reisinger here:

Monday, August 9, 2010

The Pastor's Roundtable (Encore Presentation of June 4 edition)

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"The Pastors' Roundtable" is the Friday edition of the "Iron Sharpens Iron" program. This is our feature enabling you, the listener, to call in on any subject regarding the Christian Faith (typically, Monday through Thursday you are only permitted to ask questions regarding the specific topic our guests are focussing on each particular day, but not so during "The Pastors' Roundtable"). If your question involves a personal, sensitive matter over which you need pastoral advice, please remain anonymous, and keep all other parties involved anonymous.

This Week's Pastoral Panel:Pastor David Anglin, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Amityville, Long Island, NY (see www.StPaulsAmityville.com)

Pastor Michael Leach, All Saints Redeemer Church, Decatur, GA (see www.allsaintsredeemerchurch.org)

Pastor Meint Ploegman, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Bohemia, Long Island, NY (see www.OPCBohemia.org)

Monday, August 2, 2010

Richard Barcellos: The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology: Geerhardus Vos & John Owen (Encore)

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Richard Barcellos, Administrative Assistant to the Dean & Resident Associate Professor of New Testament Studies at at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, will address the theme of his new book: "The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology: Geerhardus Vos & John Owen (Their Methods of and Contribution to the Articulation of Redemptive History)".

Geerhardus Johannes Vos (1862-1949) was the first Professor of Biblical Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary, and has been called by many the "Father of Reformed Biblical Theology". At Princeton Vos taught alongside
B. B. Warfield and authored his most famous works, including: Pauline Eschatology and Biblical Theology: Old and New Testaments . He remained at Princeton for nearly 40 years, and his students included such eminent men as J. Gresham Machen, John Murray, Ned B. Stonehouse, and Cornelius Van Til. Throughout his career Vos fought against liberalism at every step, especially on such issues as the kingdom of God and Jesus' Messianic self-consciousness.

According to the publishers of The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology, the thesis our guest Richard Barcellos, proposes in his book is that:

Geerhardus Vos’ biblical-theological method should be viewed as a post-Enlightenment continuation of the pre-critical federal theology of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy. Vos wrote in the context of the liberalism of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. His biblical-theological methodology was largely a resuscitation of the federal theology of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy adapted to the times in which it was written.

"For those who love Reformed biblical theology and Reformed systematic theology, this is a satisfying, happy book, providing for us a family tree of continuity from the prince of the Puritans, John Owen, to the father of Reformed biblical theology, Geerhardus Vos. Now, who will add to the branches, and go back to the sixteenth century roots, adding to the fulsomeness and beauty of the Reformed family tree from Calvin and Bullinger to our own day?" -- Joel R. Beeke, Ph.D., President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, MI

Richard Barcellos received a B.S. from California State University, Fresno, an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary. In 1990 he planted a church in Southern California and pastored there until July of 2006, when he relocated to Owensboro, KY, to become part of MCTS. He is the managing editor of Reformed Baptist Theological Review, author of In Defense of the Decalogue, and co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto. He has also contributed articles to RBTR, Founders Journal, and Table Talk. Professor Barcellos is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and one of the pastors of
Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky.

You can also listen to two recent interviews with Richard Barcellos on the theme of his book that were aired on Covenant Radio by clicking here:

You can listen to an interview on "Iron Sharpens Iron" with Danny E. Olinger, editor of the invaluable 375-page volume
A Geerhardus Vos Anthology , by clicking here: MP3 Available Here
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