Posted by: reformedmusings | January 25, 2008

Confessional Presbyterian Journal

OK, here comes a shameless but valuable plug. I just ordered and received the first three volumes of Confessional Presbyterian Journal, which are on sale as a set. Wow, am I impressed!

Chris Coldwell of Lakewood Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, TX, and owner of Naphtali Press, knits this jewel together annually. Its purpose is clearly stated:

In a day when it seems Presbyterians are drifting further and further away from the doctrines of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, The Confessional Presbyterian journal was founded to provide a forum for ecumenical discussion amongst conservative Presbyterians of different denominations, wishing to defend closer adherence to these old standards of biblical Christianity. The Confessional Presbyterian journal is an annual publication and our goal for each volume is to publish a range of theological, practical and historical material, supportive of the Westminster Standards, while allowing for courteous discussion where disagreements may exist.

With contributing editors like the Revs. Richard E. Bacon, Th.D., W. Gary Crampton, Ph.D., J. Ligon Duncan, Ph.D., John T. Dyck, David W. Hall, Ph.D., Sherman Isbell, Ray B. Lanning, Thomas G. Reid, Frank J. Smith, Ph.D., D.D., Alan Strange, C. N. Willborn, Ph.D. Mr. John R. Muether; and Mr. Wayne Sparkman, this periodical is both meaty and readable. At 200-300 two-column pages per annum, it will hold your attention for a while and makes a nice reference as well. Chris’ series developing a critical text of the Westminster Larger Catechism is particularly noteworthy.

Whether you are a seminary professor, teaching elder, ruling elder, or just an astute church member, you will benefit greatly, both spiritually and intellectually, from reading the thoughtful and well-reasoned articles in the Confessional Presbyterian Journal. If you are tired of spreadsheets with word counts from the Psalms or biting sarcasm passing for theology, read CPJ and see how REAL theology is done.

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