Grace and Glory is Back

This book has been out of print for awhile. These sermons are fantastic, and are models of good redemptive-historical, yet practical, preaching.

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6 Comments

  1. October 31, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    Is it easier to read his sermons than his other books?

  2. Robert K. said,

    October 31, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    My experience with Vos:

    Biblical Theology is accessible to the general reader, though obviously it’s not geared towards the general reader, but you don’t need to know languages to read it and get something from it. My experience was: I read it like one plows a field, but I discovered as time went on that I got MORE from that difficult complete reading than I realized at the time.

    The Pauline Eschatology is pretty much inaccessible to the general reader in that the untranslated Greek is up front and center and it’s difficult to decipher the discussion without knowing it.

    Knowing Vos’ main subject is eschatology is mandatory. Until you see that you read him and say: “OK, what is this guy getting at?”

    Knowing what biblical theology is (vis-a-vis systematic theology) is mandatory.

    Reading some good intro article on Vos is helpful. Like this one:

    http://www.kerux.com/documents/KeruxV10N2A2.asp

    The fairly recently published anthology of Vos quotes and passages is worth acquiring.

    Vos’s article titled the Doctrine of the Covenant in Reformed Theology is basic reading for understanding Covenant Theology.

  3. greenbaggins said,

    November 1, 2007 at 9:02 am

    The sermons are much easier, I’ve found.

  4. November 1, 2007 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for your help.

  5. Matt Morgan said,

    November 1, 2007 at 11:28 pm

    Vos is one of those enigmas of the Old Princeton tradition. People then to think of Hodge, then Warfield, then Machen — Vos lived in relative obscurity as a professor and teacher.

    However, Murray did once quip that Vos (as his teacher) was the greatest exegetical mind he had ever come across. Most people attribute Van Til’s presuppositional apologetics as arising out of the theological methods of Kuyper and Bavinck, but I think Vos (again, as his teacher) had a much greater impact on Van Til’s transcendental method than people realize…especially when you read Vos’ critique of the modern theology of the day.

    And then more recently, men like Dick Gaffin, Meredith Kline, Richard Lints, T. David Gordon, and others have clearly been influenced by Vos’ biblical theological approach to theology.

    I think, if anything, the fact that it’s taken a generation or two to distill his content says less about Vos’ and more about our lack of understanding about the Scriptures. No wonder Murray called him an ‘exegetical genius’….and we are just not use to that kind of genius explaining the Scriptures to us.

  6. Robert K. said,

    November 2, 2007 at 2:30 pm

    To me one of Vos’ primary virtues is his truly on-the-mark Reformed orthodoxy that is the foundation of all his work. This is valuable to find in a century with so much off-the-mark doctrine calling itself Reformed. Berkhof is valuable and taken for granted regarding it in the same way, but we expect a text book writer to be on-the-mark. Vos was doing original work which makes his ability to stay orthodox impressive.

    You try to find the line or river of orthodoxy that runs down through the centuries, and there is no guarantee that river won’t dry up in your own times, so a Vos and Berkhof, and I would include Kline for Covenant Theology, are a valuable representative trio for finding that orthodoxy in our time.

    It’s not surprising that those three are the most mocked (or in the case of Vos tactically ignored) by liberal theologians posing as Reformed…


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