New Position

Mr. Chris Coldwell, of the Confessional Presbyterian Journal, has offered me the post of editor of the section of the journal entitled “Reviews and Responses.” Basically, this is a book review editorship position. I have accepted this position. Our aim will be to line up book reviews that will contribute to the literature of the field, and offer on occasion a scholarly platform on which the reviewer and the author may debate. I am looking forward enthusiastically to fulfilling my responsibilities in this new post. I am committed to including reviews of books that are important in the theological field, books about which inquisitive laymen, pastors, and scholars would inquire. The reviews will be from a Reformed perspective, which is to say, a confessionally Reformed (yes, I know that’s a redundancy, but a necessary one in today’s world) viewpoint, and will be addressed to a Reformed audience. The majority of books reviewed, therefore, will be Reformed.



  1. November 6, 2008 at 1:47 pm

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  2. Lee said,

    November 7, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Congrats on the new job. May the Lord bless your labors as you enter into your new responsibilities.

  3. November 8, 2008 at 1:01 am

    Congratulations, Lane. Chris has made an excellent choice. Will you have any influence on this year’s yet-to-be-released edition?

  4. greenbaggins said,

    November 8, 2008 at 8:30 am

    Bob, this year’s release only has one of my reviews in it. It’s already at the printer’s. So, I have two articles in this year’s edition, and I have edited some of the other articles for Chris, but that’s all.

  5. November 8, 2008 at 9:30 am

    Bob, As noted by Lane, he has had a much appreciated hand here and there on the v4 that is due out in December, and I look forward to his keeping the Reviews section up to snuff. We are starting work already on v5 for 2009 which is very promising. Two things I’ll mention in the works are what I think will be significant article on Larger Catechism 109 (re “pictures” of Jesus and ‘mental’ images), and perhaps a watershed entry on the Westminster Assembly and the Judicial Law if I venture to say so myself. I’ve wanted an entry on the former since CPJ began and the later somewhat unlooked for started falling into place at the start of this year via some research I was doing. I’ve completed the source material section which runs 50 pages in CPJ format (already laid out), and the analytical half will be undertaken by Matthew Winzer. Mr. Winzer has a significant Review/rebuttal to Nick Needham’s work on Westminster and “Singing of Psalms” in the 2008 issue and I have a great deal of respect for his handling of matters regarding the “Intent” of Westminster. We should have some material on Calvin next year, appropriately, and I look forward to what else may materialize (the journal subsists on the willing and much appreciated endeavors of others).

  6. thomasgoodwin said,

    November 8, 2008 at 9:40 am

    With the release of the Minutes, including Chad van Dixhoorn’s work, there’s scope for a whole host of interesting articles. The problem, for some, is the limited access to the Minutes.

  7. greenbaggins said,

    November 8, 2008 at 9:58 am

    Ah, but Chris has a copy of Chad’s thesis! I saw it myself in Chris’s house.

  8. November 8, 2008 at 10:06 am

    N.B. OUP should be publishing Chad’s work in 2009, Lord willing. At least that was the last date I heard. And I could not agree more that it is a big boon to all sorts of research to have a full transcription of the Westminster Assembly’s Minutes, and a full transcription of Lightfoot’s first journal on the Assembly (the published text in the 19th century edition of L’s works contains significant and lengthy omissions). Chad shipped 13 copies of his 7 volume thesis to the US; I think I and possibly Ligon Duncan were the only individuals to purchase copies; the rest went to libraries. I don’t regret the rather significant cost one bit! It has given me a jump on any waiting for the Oxford printing.;)

  9. greenbaggins said,

    November 8, 2008 at 10:54 am

    Oh boy. That one is going to be equally pricey and indispensable! :-( But I am glad that it is going to become available soon. That is great news.

  10. November 8, 2008 at 7:12 pm


    Thank you for your outstanding work. I appreciate the look ahead and look forward to receiving the 2008 and future editions of the Journal. My time in the “denomination renewal” discussion graphically showed me that this kind of work is sorely needed these days.

    I also look forward to the formal publication of Chad’s work. I guess that I should start saving up my nickels and dimes now.

  11. November 8, 2008 at 7:30 pm

    Thanks very much for your support and kind words. On the OUP ed. of Chad’s work; best make those mercury dimes and buffalo nickels (the old ones)! Or maybe save some coins of a golden color!

  12. November 8, 2008 at 11:23 pm


    OK, I’ll bake more cupcakes and get a bigger piggy bank!

  13. Barry Waugh said,

    November 10, 2008 at 7:37 am

    Congratulations Lane! I am sure this will help Chris since he has so much to do putting-out each of the issues of The Confessional Presbyterian.

    It is a shame, in my opinion, that the Westminster Assembly minutes could not have been provided in a lower cost publication or made available by subscription on the internet. I guess this might be provocative, but when are we going to quit thinking like the twentieth-century book industry and start thinking like the century in which we live? The contention that “scholarship” demands the permanency of books is weak, I think, when materials are provided electronically by reputable sources–look at what Princeton Seminary has done by putting all of its journals online up through 1929, what about the British LIbrary’s online project, and the PCA Historical Center’s efforts to put The Southern Presbyterian Journal online (an effort that has been limited by limited staff–one person). I really think that it is a shame that all of Chad’s work on the Westminster Assembly is going to be accessed only by those who either have the money for the pricey set of books, the money to stay in a hotel to access the books in a holding library, or live within a city where a set of the books are housed. Of course, Chad needed a publisher and Oxford is helping him and it will be good to have the Westminster materials, but what about the future and true accessibility for all that are interested.

  14. Barry Waugh said,

    November 10, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Uh-Oh! I should have said The Southern Presbyterian REVIEW, not Journal. Sorry!

  15. November 10, 2008 at 7:56 am

    Personally, I’m stuck in the 20th century, and maybe even going backwards in time as far as publishing! But as far as Chad’s work, a lot of stuff is planned for the Westminster Assembly website I suspect not the full minutes given Oxford’s investment, but plenty of other material. Assuming these are going forward. I talked Chad out of posting my draft transcriptions of the larger catechism since I wanted to published a polished and finalized text. That is complete but this economy has thrown me some curve balls as far as how to proceed. Still pondering it.

  16. Barry Waugh said,

    November 10, 2008 at 9:38 am

    Thanks, Chris–I am glad that something is going to be available electronically. I think that as the costs for quality publication escalate, digital and print-on-demand alternatives are going to become more attractive. The quality of print-on-demand is not great, but at least it is a book and it can usually be provided fairly inexpensively. Maybe print on demand, if quality can be improved, is the wave of the future for short runs.

  17. November 10, 2008 at 10:54 am

    I have used lulu and their print quality and paper is actually pretty acceptable; I would say the print quality is quite good. The bindings are the problem and are pretty unacceptable compared with real bindery. The other problem is their costs are going up and it was already a hard proposition to build in discounting for resellers; it makes for very pricey books (and not even talking about POD’s attempt at hard binding). I strongly suspect real book printing will eventually become simply an art form for special short run “collector” type books. That was one reason I founded Westminster Letter Press, to explore that kind of printing work.

  18. Bob Suden said,

    November 11, 2008 at 12:08 am

    How much was the 7 vol. thesis?
    Is it the same as what OUP will publish in ’09 for the minutes?
    Not much info at the Westminster site.

  19. thomasgoodwin said,

    November 11, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I’d wait for the OUP set unless it’s an absolute necessity. I was quoted well over a thousand dollars for the set from the Cambridge University library. I think people will be a little surprised at how piecemeal the minutes are in places; remember, they don’t give the entire picture, unfortunately. Goodwin was a major player at the Assembly, yet his own Works are more reliable in terms of understanding his position on, say, the active obedience of Christ.

  20. November 11, 2008 at 9:29 am

    It was around $450 with postage in 2005 direct from the author; and that seemed like a lot then. I agree at this point it would be best to wait for the OUP given the appreciation in price Cambridge wants. In the OUP edition I would hope some things would have been added like better indexing features, and editing for the obvious typo here and there.

    The minutes are a far from complete picture; but we at least have them and they are an essential tool for studying the Assembly. Having the complete Lightfoot journal 1 is good too. I could not have done some research the last few years without having the full texts; and having it at my hand saves travel money certainly. Not sure I could justify the OUP myself with an original copy; but I’m sure it will be nicely done.

  21. Bob Suden said,

    November 12, 2008 at 1:04 am

    Thanks Chris & TG,
    $450 doesn’t sound bad. $550 was my ball park minimum for a guess.

    When the OUP comes out (no idea on price?) buy it, Chris, and donate/sell your old copy to Needham. He needs one.

  22. Barry Waugh said,

    November 12, 2008 at 11:37 am

    You could try emailing OUP and asking them about the price. I emailed them once several years ago regarding whether they were going to do another run of a book, and I received a quick and courteous response. The trick is to get the message to the right department since OUP is a large operation. It might be worth a try. I can’t remember who I emailed and specifically what it was about, sorry about that

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