Archive for January, 2012

Journals, Journals, Journals!

January 17, 2012

One encouraging sign in the reformed world is the continued publication of a number of thoughtful journals.  To highlight some recent publications:

Mid-America Journal of TheologyMAJT Volume 22

Volume 22 (2011) recently arrived.  This journal is always helpful, as any publication with regular contributions from Cornelis Venema and Mark Beach is likely to be.  Two particular articles to highlight.

“In This Way All Israel Will Be Saved”: A Study of Romans 11:26 by Cornelis P. Venema.  Worth a careful read in entirety the article concludes that Paul taught “the future ingathering and conversion of the people of Israel.”

Calvin’s Treatment of the Offer of the Gospel and Divine Grace by J. Mark Beach.  This is a helpful article concluding that “Calvin is not squeamish about using offer language … in addressing the matter of the offer of the gospel to sinners, thus to elect and non-elect alike, Calvin does not refrain from talk of divine mercy, fatherly favour, paternal love, maternal kindness, goodness, and grace directed towards all people.”


The Confessional Presbyterian JournalThe Confessional Presbyterian Journal volume 7 (2011)

In its seventh year the CPJ continues to impress with the three articles of most interest to me being:

“Holy Communion in the Theology of John Knox” by Glen J. Clary

“John Knox and the Reformation by the Rev. Dr. James Begg” by Iain Wright,

“The Early Reformation in Scotland” by W. Duncan Rankin.

The reviews section is also always interesting.


Scottish Reformation Society Historical Journal
Scottish Reformation Society Historical Journal vol.2

Volume 2 of this journal is now available.

As I haven’t read the journal (it is in the post) I cant comment on the highlights but the contents look interesting and cover a wide range of aspects of Scottish Church History.

2012 – The Year Ahead…

January 5, 2012

The plans for studies in the year ahead, if the Lord wills (James 4:15):

  1. Finish the PhD … before the summer… without using up another family holiday 🙂
  2. Deliver a lecture on “James Durham and the Free Offer of the Gospel” for the Scottish Reformation Society in Stornoway in February.
  3. Present a paper on the Protestor/Resolutioner controversy at the Ecclesiastical History Society postgraduate colloquium in February.
  4. Work on said paper for publication in a journal: “Protests, Resolutions and the Piggy in the Middle: James Durham (1622-1685) and Schism in the Kirk”.
  5. Work on an article “Obadiah Sedgwick – A Study of his Soteriology and Federal Theology”.
  6. Possibly, time permitting, work on an article “Missing, Presumed Misclassified: Hugh Binning the ‘lost’ Federal Theologian”.
  7. Start another exciting (to me) project that I can’t say more about at the moment, but hopefully can shortly…