Category Archives: Resources

January Issue of Credo

Credo Magazine has just released the cover page and table of contents of their upcoming January issue entitled “In Christ Alone,” dealing with inclusivism. It looks to be quite good with articles by Gerald Bray, Ardel Caneday, Nathan Finn; interviews with David Wells, Michael Horton; shorter pieces by Trevin Wax, Michael Reeves; and reviews by Fred Zaspel, Steve Cowan. I’m thankful to have a review in this issue as well; it is on Michael Haykin’s Rediscovering the Church Fathers.



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Starr Bibliography Online

SCORE! I just found Edward Starr’s A Baptist Bibliography online at the Baptist Heritage site. I love stumbling upon resources online. Starr is a classic reference for Baptist historians, but typically it requires finding it in a library and working through the massive mint green set. I am extremely happy to find it (PDF).

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Princeton Journals Online

Princeton Theological Seminary has uploaded a collection of their journals including The Presbyterian Quarterly and Princeton Review, The Presbyterian and Reformed Review, The Princeton Theological Review and others to their website. Each issue can be downloaded according to individual articles by volume number and date. It also has a searchable database. An excellent resource.

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Alexander Strauch on Eldership

One of the best resources on the biblical model of church government is Alexander Strauch’s Biblical Eldership. We used it as a textbook for our Pastoral Leadership course at TBS. Strauch is exegetically thorough and sound, the work is theologically and historically rich, and wisdom oozes from the pages. This past year I received a copy of a little pamphlet that Strauch did that basically sums up his larger work. I’m glad to see this helpful little resource is available online for free.

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Hot Protestants – A Taxonomy of English Puritanism

Below is an article I wrote on how to define Puritanism.

Ian Hugh Clary, “‘Hot Protestants’: A Taxonomy of English Puritanism” Puritan Reformed Journal 2.1 (January 2010): 41-66. You can download it here.

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Ted Donnelly on Hell

Ted Donnelly, a well-known Reformed Presbyterian from Ireland, has an excellent sermon series on hell. There are a number of subjects that get little attention in evangelical preaching and unfortunately hell is one of them. But if hell is a real place, and it is, then any preacher that wittingly or unwittingly fails to address it is holds some measure of responsibility. It’s like a person who knows that the bridge ahead is washed out and says nothing about it. That person is culpable for the deaths of any who careen over the edge. Likewise, if preachers, teachers and evangelists never speak of hell they are culpable–not ultimately culpable, that responsibility lies with the one who goes to hell, but culpable none-the-less.

A funny story, a number of years ago a couple of TBS students (I will leave them nameless) led a college and career study. They decided to do a four-week series listening to Donnelly on hell. I guess it scared the tar out of some in attendance!

So here is Donnelly:

Why Should We Think About Hell?

What Does The Bible Teach About Hell?

What Will Hell Be Like?

What Effect Should This Have Upon Us?

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Be Challies’ Friend…Pleeeaaasseeee!

Tim Challies, the infamous evangelical blogger, has started up a “Friends of the Blog” program that I recently joined and would highly recommend that you do too! It involves a yearly subscription of $39/year, but the rewards for being a subscriber at this point value at $160. So, for instance, some of the neat things you get include: subscription to Tabletalk magazine, free book from Zondervan, free book from Reformation Heritage, lots of free music, etc.
In Tim’s words: “When you become a Friend of the Blog you receive immediate access to each of these benefits, along with all the others to be announced over the course of your one-year subscription. Already there is at least $160 in value in things you will actually use, read, listen to! And there is more to come.”
To sign up, clink the link below:

Become a Friend of a Friend

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Suggested TGC Audio

Last Saturday I attended the Canadian meeting of The Gospel Coalition. The speakers were Don Carson and Mike Bullmore. In one of Carson’s sessions he recommended the TGC website as a one-stop resource for articles, audio and video. One of his suggestions, to combat becoming a clone of one personality or another, was to listen to fifty different preachers hosted at the TGC website. Fifty seems like quite a lot! But his point is well-taken. For what it’s worth, here are my suggestions on who to listen to, though I doubt I’ll get to fifty. Though a person may not be on this list, it does not mean that I haven’t appreciated their ministry. The ones whom I have included stand out in particular as helpful to me. I have placed in bold the ones whom I turn to regularly. In an almost random order, these are the preachers and teachers who have benefited me the most:

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Understanding Dispensationalists – Poythress

A friend at church who–like so many of us–grew up believing the dispensationalism she was taught, is now beginning to question it. She had asked me about some good resources about this very popular, although very recent, teaching. Dispensationalism is a movement that started in Ireland in the early- mid-nineteenth century. It has since grown and evolved over time, so that now it is hard to talk about “dispensationalism” and may be better to speak of “dispensationalisms.”

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Communion with God Study Guide

Ryan McGraw, pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Conway, South Carolina has recently posted a 49 page study guide to John Owen’s devotional work Communion with God. You can find the PDF file at Meet the Puritans, where McGraw blogs. Communion with God has rightly become a classic amongst lovers of all things Puritan, and now this study guide should prove a useful tool as one reads through it. McGraw explains why he spent the time and energy to make such a guide available:

I have no hesitation in saying that, apart from Holy Scripture, John Owen’s Communion with God is the most important book that I have ever read. For most Christians, the Trinity is a carefully defined doctrine that they must believe; yet it has little practical significance. In Communion with God, Owen presents the doctrine of the Trinity as the most intensely practical and personal doctrine in Scripture. This book has transformed my preaching, my prayers, my personal assurance of salvation, and its ideas have pervaded virtually every other aspect of practical holiness. For these reasons, I have put together this study guide for the use of our own congregation, and hope that it may be used of God to more widely promote the use of Owen’s work by many churches.

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Pondering Jehovah’s Witnesses

My buddy and fellow church-goer Matt Fenn is a former Jehovah’s Witness. He’s now a one-stop resource for all things Watchtower. Not too long ago he was interviewed at about his testimony and his thoughts on his former religion. If you know someone who is a Jehovah’s Witness, or are just interested in the subject, this is a good interview to listen to.

For more, you can check out Matt’s blog at Pondering Christ where he has some very useful posts on a broad range of theological issues that I’d recommend checking out.

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Lectures on Calvinism

I have been going through a series on the doctrines of grace, yesterday I dealt with “unconditional election.” Some helpful lecture series on Calvinism are:

Art Azurdia: The Doctrines of Grace

A short series dealing with the five points of Calvinism and Q&A, highly recommended.

Curt Daniel: The History and Theology of Calvinism

This is extremely in-depth. For the serious student.

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James Ussher – ODNB – Alexander Gordon – 1921-22

USSHER, JAMES (1581-1656), arch-
bishop of Armagh, second but elder surviv-
ing son of Arland (Arnoldus) Ussher (d.
12 Aug. 1598), clerk of the Irish court ol
chancery, by his wife Margaret (d. Novem-
ber 1626), daughter of James Stanyhurst
[see under STANYHURST, RICHARD], was born
in Nicholas Street, parish of St. Nicholas
Within, Dublin, on 4 Jan. 1580-1.  Continue reading 

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Puritan Reformed Journal – January 2010

The new issue of the Puritan Reformed Journal is now available – and it’s absolutely massive! There is a wide variety of topics covered and it looks excellent.

Check it out {HT: Meet the Puritans}:

Biblical Studies

The Jews’ View of the Old Testament—David Murray

An Everlasting House: An Exegesis of 2 Samuel 7—Maarten Kuivenhoven

Applying Christ’s Supremacy: Learning from Hebrews—Gerald M. Bilkes

Systematic and Historical Theology

“Hot Protestants”: A Taxonomy of English Puritanism—Ian Hugh Clary

John Bunyan and His Relevance for Today—Pieter Devries

Samuel Petto (c. 1624 –1711): A Portrait of a Puritan Pastor Theologian—Michael G.Brown

James Durham (1622–1658) and the Free Offer of the Gospel—Donald John MaClean

The Ceremonial or Moral Law: Jonathan Edwards’s Old Perspective on an Old Error—Craig Biehl

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Tentative Thesis Bibliography

For some reason I can’t get the footnotes to appear in my post on my thesis proposal. For an idea of the works that I’m using, here is my bibliography. A huge thanks is due to Crawford Gribben for most of the Ussher resources! This bibliography has already grown and will continue to do so – especially in terms of primary sources from the Patristic and Post-Reformation periods.

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J. -P. Migne

Two extremely important resources for patristic studies are J. -P. Migne’s Patrologia Graeca and Patrologia Latinae. I must say that I am quite happy to find them online. {HT: PRDL}.

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Post-Reformation Digital Library

The H. Henry Meeter Center for Calvin Studies (I have their mug) at Calvin College and Seminary host the Post-Reformation Digital Library. It is a collection of documents from every thinker in the Reformed and Lutheran tradition from the Magisterial Reformation to probably the mid-eighteenth century. This included works by the Reformed orthodox as well as heretical groups such as the Socinians and Unitarians. There is also a good selection of secondary source material and links to sites dealing with patristic and medieval literature. This is a great one-stop-place for everything related to the study of this tradition and era. Most of what they’ve amassed comes from Google Books, so not a lot of it is newly scanned material. But it is great to have it all in one place. Here’s the material by Archbishop James Ussher (1581-1656):

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Here is a useful resource for Christian origins and patristics. Paracalypsis has a lot of primary sources online in various languages. From various manuscripts of the biblical texts to works by Fathers like Ignatius, Irenaeus and Augustine.

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August: First Things Recruitment Month

One of my favourite things to do is go to the Eaton Centre with Vicky on a Saturday morning. While she’s shopping, I go up to the Indigo book store, buy the latest copy of First Things a cup of coffee from Starbucks and sit and read, looking out the window at the old city hall.

First Things is an ecumenical journal, but not in the wishy-washy, pomo, why can’t we all get along kind’ve way. Rather, it’s a journal that accepts contributions from all denominational stripes – although politically most writers are conservative. Founded by the late Richard John Neuhaus, the journal very much is shaped by his overall political perspective.

August is what First Things is calling “recruitment month.” So they are putting up all of their articles housed in their archives online at no cost. The month is half over! Why are you reading my blog? Get over to First Things and start reading!!!

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Libraries of Seventeenth Century Primates

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Dr. Andrew Cambers of the University of Exeter has a 26 page report on the libraries of post-Reformation Primates in the British Isles. Of interest to myself is the section on James Ussher’s personal library of some 10,000 volumes which formed the bedrock of Trinity College Dublin’s library. Also included are Cranmer, Parker, Wolsey, Loftus, etc. It is hosted by the Centre for Renaissance and Early Modern Studies at the University of York.

Check out: “Archbishops and their Books: Ecclesiastical Libraries in Post-Reformation Britain.”


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