“A Puritan Theology” – A Somewhat Critical Review

(This review was originally published here in June, 2014) There are many parts of A Puritan Theology that are helpful - I’ve mentioned some here on this blog.  As a whole, this book is a good resource that serves as an extended intro to the theology of the Puritans.  However, as I’ve been reading sections …

Thoughts on “Reformed Systematic Theology” by Beeke/Smalley

  I've always enjoyed reading various Systematic Theologies (STs). Whether in the Reformed tradition (e.g. Berkhof or Bavinck) or in the evangelical tradition (e.g. Grudem or Bird), I like to see how various theologians summarize the Bible's various doctrines. I recently took time to read various parts of Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley's new Reformed Systematic …

A Soft Critique of “A Puritan Theology”

There are many parts of A Puritan Theology that are simply outstanding (which I’ve mentioned before here on the blog).  As a whole, this book is a great resource that serves as an extended intro to the theology of the Puritans.  However, as I’ve been reading sections of it, I do have some concerns.  Before …

The Precious Promises of God

Chapter 26 of A Puritan Theology is a wonderful resource on believing, applying, and praying God’s covenant promises.  The chapter is broken down into two main sections: the right understanding of God’s promises and the right use of these promises.  In other words, we should know God’s gospel promises and we should rightly apply them …

Richard Baxter: A Strange Theological Mix

Richard Baxter (d. 1691) was a pastor and prolific writer who, broadly speaking, was a Puritan.  However, unlike many other Puritans, he rejected some key aspects of Reformed theology.  Here’s how Beeke and Pederson summarize: “Baxter’s writings are a strange theological mix.  He was one of a few Puritans whose doctrines of God’s decrees, atonement, …

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