Confessional Presbyterian Journal

Posted by Bob Mattes

OK, here comes a shameless but valuable plug. I just ordered and received the first three volumes of Confessional Presbyterian Journal, which are on sale as a set. Wow, am I impressed!

Chris Coldwell of Lakewood Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Dallas, TX, and owner of Naphtali Press, knits this jewel together annually. Its purpose is clearly stated:

In a day when it seems Presbyterians are drifting further and further away from the doctrines of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms, The Confessional Presbyterian journal was founded to provide a forum for ecumenical discussion amongst conservative Presbyterians of different denominations, wishing to defend closer adherence to these old standards of biblical Christianity. The Confessional Presbyterian journal is an annual publication and our goal for each volume is to publish a range of theological, practical and historical material, supportive of the Westminster Standards, while allowing for courteous discussion where disagreements may exist.

With contributing editors like the Revs. Richard E. Bacon, Th.D., W. Gary Crampton, Ph.D., J. Ligon Duncan, Ph.D., John T. Dyck, David W. Hall, Ph.D., Sherman Isbell, Ray B. Lanning, Thomas G. Reid, Frank J. Smith, Ph.D., D.D., Alan Strange, C. N. Willborn, Ph.D. Mr. John R. Muether; and Mr. Wayne Sparkman, this periodical is both meaty and readable. At 200-300 two-column pages per annum, it will hold your attention for a while and makes a nice reference as well. Chris’ series developing a critical text of the Westminster Larger Catechism is particularly noteworthy.

Whether you are a seminary professor, teaching elder, ruling elder, or just an astute church member, you will benefit greatly, both spiritually and intellectually, from reading the thoughtful and well-reasoned articles in the Confessional Presbyterian Journal. This is how REAL theology is done.

Posted by Bob Mattes



  1. January 25, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Chris is a great editor and I continue to be impressed with his level of attention to detail. That’s a long-standing trait of his. If you can ever find any loose copies of his Naphtali Anthology from the late 1980’s, by all means, snap them up.

  2. Kyle said,

    January 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm


    This is definitely an excellent periodical. I have been subscribing since the first volume. Much to read and learn!

  3. January 25, 2008 at 10:36 pm

    Ya, I agree. I just got done reading Pastor Hyde’s article on the “descended into hell” clause in the Apostles Creed. It was a great article!

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