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Gordon Clark was one of the clearest thinking and clearest writing theologians and philosophers of the twentieth century, yet one of the least influential. By engaging the philosophical thought of the past 2,500 years, Dr. Clark achieved what no thinker before him had done: a complete revolution in philosophy. Dr. Gary Crampton is one of the few scholars who understands the significance of what Dr. Clark has done, and he explains it clearly and concisely in this introduction to Dr. Clark's thought.
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The climax of creation was the creation of man. For five days, God had prepared the stage for his own image. Then, on day six, God breathed his own breath into the body he had made of dust, and made man, the image and glory of God. This view of man - so at odds with the evolutionary view and so fundamental to Christian theology and philosophy - is the basis of civilized society.
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Religion, Reason and Revelation is one of the greatest defenses of the Christian faith ever written. It is a model of scholarship and analysis; in it Dr. Clark refutes both the broad philosophical movements that opposed Christianity and the specific contentions of many modern authors. But he does not conclude with the logical destruction of non-Christian philosophies; Dr. Clark goes on to show how Biblical Christianity answers questions and solves problems that all other philosophies leave unanswered and unsolved. It is a classic work in Christian apologetics.
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Paul M. Elliott, a former Ruling Elder in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, carefully traces the origin of the spiritual crisis in the OPC and similar denominations to the pernicious teaching of Westminster Theological Seminary. That teaching is that God is unknowable, that Scripture is contradictory, and that salvation is by faith-plus-works. Elliott provides copious quotations from faculty members, from the Westminster Theological Journal, and from pastors in OPC congregations to document his analysis. This book is must reading for all Presbyterians.
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For centuries those who have opposed the Christian faith have argued that if God is good, he cannot be all-powerful, since there is evil in the world; and if God is all-powerful, he cannot be good, since there is evil in the world. Either God is good or he is all-powerful, but he cannot be both--or so the argument goes. For centuries, Christian theologians have attempted to refute this argument, and they have failed. Now one American Christian philosopher has succeeded. God and Evil is the masterful solution to the ancient problem of evil. This book is chapter five of Religion, Reason, and Revelation.
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It is difficult to discern which Christian doctrine is the most hated by the world - predestination, total depravity, justification by faith alone, or the wrath of God - but predestination must rank right near the top. In this book, Dr. Clark marshals hundreds of verses to demonstrate that the Bible teaches that God is indeed almighty, and that he alone determines the eternal destiny of all men. Predestination is perhaps the best book available on the subject, for Dr. Clark begins with the doctrine of creation, and few other theologians explain the connection between creation and predestination.
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This book is a series of editorials written at the time of the so-called Clark-Van Til controversy in the Orthodox Presbyterian Church in the mid-1940's. The essays are some of the best analyses of its meaning we have seen in print, written by the editor of the Standard Bearer. Far from being a sideshow, and far from being dead, the assault on the doctrines of Scripture by the faculty of Westminster Seminary determined the path that the Seminary, and to some extent, the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, would follow for the remainder of the century.
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Authoritarianism is an expression of the sinful nature of fallen man. It finds expression in families and businesses, but most cruelly in churches and governments. Today, authoritarianism pervades the professing churches, from the absolute monarchy of the Roman Catholic Church-State and the local Baptist church that has only one pastor and no elders. This sinful authoritarianism has also entered the "conservative" Presbyterian churches, In this essay, Kevin Reed traces the historical and doctrinal roots of Imperious Presbyterianism, and calls Bible-believing Presbyterians to correct the errors of their authoritarian elders.
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This book lays out the exegetical case for the regulative principles of worship and then sets forth the biblical evidence that instrumental music was only authorized for use by priests and Levites for the ceremonial temple worship. The use of instruments in public worship did not continue into the New Covenant era. This work contains extensive historical documentation proving that music instruments were not used in public worship for several centuries after the close of the canon and were not used by Presbyterians until the late 19th century. Paperback (168 pp.)
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This comprehensive treatment includes the binding nature of covenants, covenant renewals under the godly kings of Israel, objections to covenanting answered, the unbiblical nature of the U.S. Constitution, the unscriptural alteration of the Westminster Confession of Faith in 1789, the necessity of the Old Testament moral law for a Christian nation and the biblical requirements for civil office. In the book, Rev. Schwertley not only sets forth the biblical case for social or national covenanting in a simple and organized manner but also critiques the modern pluralistic alternatives to the original Presbyterian teaching on this topic. Hardback (525 pp.)
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This work contains a comprehensive analysis and defense of the historic Protestant doctrine of Sola Scriptura, as well as the Reformed and Presbyterian teaching on the regulative principles of worship. It carefully contrasts the historic Reformed view with the Romanism, Episcopalianism, Evangelicalism, and the practices of corrupt, modern Reformed churches. The author thoroughly refutes all the common modern arguments against the regulative principle (e.g. the arguments of churchmen such as Doug Wilson, James Jordan, Steve Schlissel and John Frame) and exhaustively proves that the early Presbyterians and Puritans were correct in their teaching. This book also contains a lengthy appendix on the views of John Calvin as well as an exegetical and theological critique of John Frame's Worship in Spirit and in Truth. Paperback (243 pp.)
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This work is a scriptural defense of the historic Presbyterian and Reformed practice of singing from the canonical psalter exclusively in the worship of God. It not only contains all the traditional arguments in favor of this practice, but also refutes the modern arguments in favor of the use of uninspired hymns. Moreover, it carefully refutes objections to exclusive psalmody using Scripture and logic. Paperback (73 pp.)
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This book proves that the annual festival or "holy day" of Christmas is not authorized by Scripture and contains many monuments to paganism and popery. After a comprehensive exegetical section that proves that christmass is unbiblical and that refutes the most common arguments in favor of celebrating it, there is a lengthy history section proving that Presbyterians and Puritans strongly opposed Christmas until the latter half of the 19th century. This is probably the most comprehensive book against Christmas in the English language. Paperback (180 pp.)
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In Rules for Walking in Fellowship, John Owen supplies congregations with biblical guidelines for making church life in the present a foretaste of heavenly fellowship to come. He discusses both the responsibilities congregations have toward pastors as well as the duties members have toward one another. Together, Owen presents twenty-four rules for fostering gospel fellowship, supporting them with numerous proof texts, brief explanations, and words of motivation.
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At the time of the Reformation, some persons who claimed to be Reformed pretended to be Roman Catholic, attending mass and giving their Romanist neighbors no reason to think that they were Reformed. Calvin addressed this behavior, calling on these people, if they believed in Christ, to make a public confession of their faith, rather than dissembling for the purpose of keeping their status in society. He called them to separation from a false church.
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The perceptive reader will see many parallels between the spiritual climate of Calvin’s day and the religious chaos in our own society. If religious corruptions required reformation then, similar corruptions demand serious reform today. We witness the sad spectacle of Protestant churches fascinated with liturgical rites and innovations in worship. Prominent “evangelical” leaders have endorsed a peace pact with Rome. Many “reformed” denominations tolerate evangelistic methods and gimmicks built upon Pelagian presuppositions. If anything, Calvin’s tract demonstrates how far modern Protestants have declined from the doctrines and practices of the Reformation. The Necessity of Reforming the Church is more than just an historic monument to the Reformation. It is a spiritual manifesto, calling us to repentance in an era of gross religious corruption.
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The Psalms were composed for singing. In Old and New Testament times, and throughout Church history, congregations sung Psalms. Despite renewed interest in Psalmody, few books explain how the Psalms function as hymns for Christ-centred worship. Singing the Songs of Jesus fills that gap without shying away from difficulties, like the doubts and curses of the Psalms. This study shows why the Psalms are suited for Christian praise and how to use them for powerful and relevant worship.
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The Psalms are undeniably beautiful. They are also difficult, and readers often come away convinced that tremendous riches remain just beyond their grasp. In this book, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey invites us to journey with him towards a greater understanding and love for these sacred verses. The timeless elegance of the Psalms, their depth of expression, and testimony to the greatness of God have enchanted and edified God's people for centuries. Learning to Love the Psalms is intended to help today's Christians share in that delight.
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The Book of Psalms is a hymnal: God’s hymnal. It was given by God to be sung by His people for His worship. Each Psalm is a song of the Holy Spirit. A Psalter sets each composition to meter so that it may be sung.
 
The Puritan Psalter puts all of the psalms, hymns, and songs of the Spirit (Eph 5:18, Col 3:15) to familiar tunes, while carefully preserving the order and integrity of each proposition of the original composition given by the Holy Spirit.
 
Our hope is that the Puritan Psalter will encourage God's people to sing together from His hymnal with understanding, that they may offer an acceptable sacrifice of praise (Heb 13:15).
 
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Walter Chantry is an author who has consistently put his finger on the particular weaknesses and failures of the contemporary church. In his books we hear echoes of the prophetic insights and warnings which run through Scripture. Call the Sabbath a Delight is no exception. Its title indicates the burden of its message. This book is a very important book for all Christians to read.
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What Is the Christian Life? combines the second editions of Sanctification and Today's Evangelism: Counterfeit or Genuine? into one edition on the subject of the Christian Life. Also included are two essays by Dr. Clark - "Sanctification" and "the Christian and the Law." In the Evangelical world today, because of the rampant anti-intellectualism and relativism, the propositional truths of sanctification and the Gospel are under attack, even by many in "Reformed" churches. Although originally published in the late twentieth century, Clark's books on these doctrines and the many errors surrounding them are still apropos today.
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In this book, Richard D. Phillips cuts through the cultural confusion, highlights God's mandate for men, and encourages readers to join him on a journey of repentance and renewal. Phillips begins in the Garden of Eden, drawing foundational teaching for men from the earliest chapters of God's Word. This is teaching that reaches into all of life. Christian men today need to examine their hearts and embrace their God—given mandate. Only then will they be able to recognize their high calling, and by God's grace, serve faithfully in whatever context God has placed them.
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It’s hard to overestimate the importance of the family, and that of fathers in particular. We’ve heard it said, “As the family goes, so goes the nation.” But it can also be said that “as the father goes, so goes the family.” Consequently, Voddie Baucham has set out to teach men how to faithfully shepherd their families.
Derived from Baucham’s monthly meetings with men in his church, Family Shepherds calls men to accountability for their God-given responsibilities in their homes. Baucham’s clear style and practical approach will spur men to protect their marriage, raise kingdom-minded children, value the synergy between church and home, and navigate difficult family dynamics.
Family Shepherds is a book for any husband or father looking to lead well, and it will serve as an excellent resource for churches looking to equip the men in their congregations.
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Doug Bond wants to strengthen and equip young men to take every thought captive as they strive to love and adore Christ in our culture. He encourages them to serve like a man, to lead like a man, and to understand our culture in order to demolish false teachings. Stand Fast is an excellent tool for growing the faith and love of fathers and sons and for promoting Christian leadership and maturity in young men.
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With clarity and piercing insight, "Fathers and Sons" alerts young men to the dangers that face them, teaches them how to put away sin and worship God, prepares them to be leaders and fathers, and helps them be in culture but not of culture.

In this second of two volumes, author Douglas Bond emphasizes biblical living in a post-Christian culture, masculinity in a feminine culture, being salt and light in a dark world, and being a man of faith in life and in death.
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The ethical principles and practices outlined by the author of this volume constitute indespensible advice for Christian boys who desire to become godly men for the glory of God. Chapter titles include "Piety as the Spring of Action and Regulator of the Soul," "Treatment of Brothers and Sisters and Others in the Family," "Behavior at Table," "Choice of Society and Formation of Friendships," "Government of the Tongue," etc. This book should be in every home, and in the library of every young man.
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The ethical principles and practices outlined by the author of this volume constitute indespensible advice for Christian girls who desire to become godly women for the glory of God. Chapter titles include "Piety as the Spring of Action and Regulator of the Soul," "Treatment of Brothers and Sisters and Others in the Family," "Behavior at Table," "Choice of Society and Formation of Friendships," "Government of the Tongue," etc. This book should be in every home, and in the library of every young lady.
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