I have only been through a few chapters so far (I am reading Kelly instead of Calvin in 2009) but it is great stuff. I have not read anything which quotes the Church Fathers and Orthodox Church so much. Kelly seems to unfold truth rather than state/proof text in the way other ST’s I have used do.
I will be very interested to see how it compares with Richard Gamble’s Whole Counsel of God (July 2009 is the current release date but it seems to move regularly). I love the fact that I am alive and interested in ST when two new Reformed ST’s are being released.
Agree with Martin … if you have Berkhof then keep him. But Kelly’s ST is being published in your lifetime which I think makes it important. I think Kelly will be more indepth than Berkhof and as I previously said it is written in a slightly different style to Berkhof/Reymond/Grudem etc.
I think there might be three volumnes in total.
Regarding Richard Gamble I once sent an e-mail about “The Whole Counsel of God” to PRTS and they said that the publisher was requiring further editing particularly in regard to some of Richard Gamble’s critiques of the positions of some other P&R authors. They indicated that Richard may have liked to take the publication to another publisher but that in the end he wanted to fulfill the contractual agreement.
I no longer have this e-mail correspondence so I am working from memory.
However, I believe Richard Gamble’s ST will brilliant also.
In the pulpit I try to observe the following from the Directory of Public Worship:
“In confutation of false doctrines, he (the preacher) is neither to raise an old heresy from the grave, nor to mention a blasphemous opinion unnecessarily: but, if the people be in danger of an error, he is to confute it soundly, and endeavour to satisfy their judgements and consciences against all objections.”
Dr. Kelly is sometimes my favorite professor (he has a tendency to stray from outlines). But, he places a good deal of emphasis on personal piety for the minister during all of his lectures. His writing is very different than his lectures. It almost seems like he is trying to weed out the men who aren’t really serious about gospel ministry. I feel like he’s probably forgotten more than I’ve ever known. But, I’m going to wait a little while to buy his Systematic Theology when it goes down in price some…me being a poor seminary student.
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens; Justification, by John Fesko; The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan; Recovering the Reformed Confessions, by Scott Clark; Brief Outline of Theology, by Friedrich Schleiermacher; Principles of Sacred Theology, by Abraham Kuyper
Books I am now reading
Exodus commentaries; Matthew commentaries; Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology; Baker's new history of the church
Books for future reading
Turretin's Institutes; Joseph Caryl on Job, German encyclopedias of theology