Tuesday, February 3, 2009

"Original Sin" - Ordained Servant February 2009


For those looking for more in-depth theological articles and book reviews , then check out this month's edition of Ordained Servant. OS is a publication of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church that:
exists to help encourage, inform, and equip church officers for faithful, effective, and God glorifying ministry in the visible church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Its primary audience is ministers, elders, and deacons of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, as well as interested officers from other Presbyterian and Reformed churches. Through high quality editorials, articles, and book reviews we endeavor to stimulate clear thinking and the consistent practice of historic Presbyterianism.
This month's edition focuses on the topic of original sin. This is the first that OS has dealt with original sin, and according to the editor, "this comprehensive and foundational doctrine is in need of being revived among us. . . . sometimes what we assume, but rarely preach and teach on, opens the church to imbibing error."
  1. Now We Live In Q's World by Gregory E. Reynolds
  2. Original Sin: The Doctrine and Its Implications by John V. Fesko
  3. Original Sin: A Cultural History by David VanDrunen (Book Review)
  4. We Become What We Worship by Shane Lems (Book Review)
The editor, Greg Reynolds, begins by looking at what the "Preacher" of Ecclessiastes, or "Q," (for Qoheleth) has to say about life in a fallen world, which has resulted because of original sin.

John Fesko expounds the biblical and confessional understanding of the doctrine of original sin in order to remedy what he calls "the Pollyana view of man," and its implications for the church's pastoral ministry.

David VanDrunen review's a new title that explores the cultural history "of one of the Christian doctrines that is most overtly offensive to the natural man."

Lastly, Shane Lems provides a helpful review of Gregory Beale's new book on the biblical doctrine of idolatry. You can also find several helpful reflections on Beale's book by Shane Lems at his blog The Reformed Reader by simply going to the site and doing a search on the book's title.

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