Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America

Here's a helpful resource to for studying and understanding the history of Presbyterian and Reformed churches in America: Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America (ed. D. G. Hart and Mark Noll). It's a three hundred page dictionary that includes articles on important people, events, doctrines, and denominations of Reformed and Presbyterian churches… Continue reading Dictionary of the Presbyterian & Reformed Tradition in America

A History of American Presbyterianism

If you're looking for a readable and reliable resource on the history of Presbyterianism in America, you'll want to put this one at or near the top of your list: Seeking A Better Country by D. G. Hart and John R. Muether. I recently finished reading it and was impressed at how much information the… Continue reading A History of American Presbyterianism

No One Will Remember You! (Guinness)

We probably don't think about it too much, but there is such a thing as an unbiblical and unchristian view of time and history. False religions often have erroneous views. For example, Mormonism teaches that matter is eternal. Many Eastern religions teach reincarnation. And so forth. However, Scripture teaches that God,who is not bound by… Continue reading No One Will Remember You! (Guinness)

The Brute Historical Facts of the OT?(Provan)

 Iain Provan's essay, "Hearing the HIstorical Books" in Hearing the Old Testament is an excellent, helpful, and thought-provoking read.  I really appreciate it and I highly recommend it. One of the main points Provan makes in this article is that the OT is not just a depository of historical facts.  Typically we think of history as… Continue reading The Brute Historical Facts of the OT?(Provan)

Historical Interpretation of the OT: Three Requirements (Long)

 V. Philips Long wrote a helpful article for the NIDOTTE called "Old Testament History: A Hermeneutical Perspective."  It's a very level-headed discussion about interpreting the history recorded in the OT.  One section of the article gives three requirements for the interpreter of OT history.  Here's a summary of those three requirements: Literary competence.  It may seem… Continue reading Historical Interpretation of the OT: Three Requirements (Long)