Human Na­ture in its Fourfold State

Human Na­ture in its Fourfold State

If there is one book that stands out more than others as rep­re­sen­tati­ve of the best of the Scottish religious classics it is Human Na­ture in its Fourfold State. It met wide accept­ance not only in Scot­land, but also abroad. Already in the eighteenth cen­tury it was trans­lated into Dutch. In this work Thomas Boston (1676-1732) [...]

Living in Truth. Unmasking the lies of our postmodern culture (2)

Living in Truth. Unmasking the lies of our postmodern culture (2)

Materialism versus pilgrimage In pleading for the traditional family in this postmodern society, one of the major obstacles I encounter is the materialism and individualism that has so thoroughly permeated society. In postmodern thinking, the basic unit of society is assumed to be not the family but the individual. This individualism characterized Western society even [...]

Living in Truth. Unmasking the lies of our postmodern culture (1)

Living in Truth. Unmasking the lies of our postmodern culture (1)

Introduction Our society is one typified as postmodern: it is a society that has left modernism behind it, at least in part. Modernism had its roots in the Renaissance and attained its full flowering in the Enlightenment. The philosopher Immanuel Kant described the Enlightenment as manʼs liberation from the dependency in which he had been [...]

Systematic Theology. Grounded in Holy Scripture and understood in the light of the Church.

Systematic Theology. Grounded in Holy Scripture and understood in the light of the Church.

Douglas F. Kelly is an American theologian. He was brought up in the Presbyterian Church in the United States (the old Southern Presbyterian Church. When the Presbyterian Church in America in 1975 was formed, he joined this denomination. The invading of liberalism in the Southern Presby-terian Church, of which the acceptation of women in office [...]

Judgment according to Works in Romans

Judgment according to Works in Romans

How must we understand what Paul writes in his letter about judgment according to work? How can we relate that to his message of justification by faith and not by the works of the law? In the last century several monographs were devoted to this subject. In the former century in New Testament scholarship a [...]

“Too Much to Grasp”: Exodus 3:13–15 and the Reality of God

“Too Much to Grasp”: Exodus 3:13–15 and the Reality of God

Few phrases in Scripture have occasioned as much discussion as has the ‘I am who I am’ of Exod. 3:14. What does this phrase mean? How does it relate to the divine name, YHWH? Is it an answer to Moses? question (v. 13), or an evasion of an answer? In “Too Much to Grasp”: Exodus 3:13–15 [...]

An introduction to one of England’s greatest theologians

An introduction to one of England’s greatest theologians

John Owen (1613-1683) is rightly regarded as one of the greatest theologians Britain ever produced. A.F Mitchell said that he was a genius and learning only se­cond to Cal­vin. In him we see the not atypical combination of fervent puritan piety and reformed orthodoxy that uses scholastic termino-logy to clarify the message of the gospel. The last [...]

Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer

Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer

Benjamin Morgan Palmer (1818-1902) was on the leading theologians of the Southern Presbyterian Church. Palmer was not only a great theologian and a powerful preacher but also a wise physician of souls. In 2014 the Banner of Truth published a selection of articles Palmer wrote for The Southern Presbyterian in the years 1869-1870. The articles are [...]

The King in His Beauty

The King in His Beauty

Gerald Hamstra (1927-2018) pastored congregations in Canada, the United States and the Nether-lands. To mark the anniversary of the fact he was fifty years in the sacred ministry, a book was published that brought together meditations Gerald Hamstra wrote during decades of his ministry. Many of them were originally published either in The Messenger, the [...]

John Owen as a Guide to Theology

John Owen as a Guide to Theology

John Owen (1613-1683) is rightly regarded as one of the greatest theologians Britain ever produced. A.F Mitchell said that he was a genius and learning only se­cond to Cal­vin’s. In him we see the not atypical combination of fervent puritan piety and reformed orthodoxy that uses scholastic termino-logy to clarify the message of the gospel. [...]