Warning: Complaint and Whining Follows! After all they’ve gored 3 of my oxen!
1. I’m an alum of WTS; can’t imagine a school without an on-site facility for books, etc.
2. I’m an alum of the (formerly) Campus Bookstore of WTS (Asst Mgr from 78 to 81). Sentimental angst aside, I don’t buy the arguments for not being able to successfully run a face-to-face retail operation alongside an efficient ordering warehouse.
3. I still live within a few miles & minutes of the campus and will no longer be able to physically check out books in order to make purchase decisions. No longer will I be able to plan my trips to Philly Airport to swing by the Bookstore and pickup something. No longer able to take a day off from work to visit the Bookstore during their (previously) limited open hours (Oh, wait, maybe that’s a good thing?)
I think it’s a mistake to back off from a brick & mortar presence on campus (see, kids,I know the current on-line/retail lingo). I don’t like it as a curtailment of my personal & local options (that’s whining).
At the very least I would like the Westminster Warehouse to donate a copy of everything the sell to the Seminary Library, so we now brefted locals can still examine a book first hand.
I’ve said these kinds of things to some of the guys at the bookstore in person (they just roll their eyes at the daft old guy), in return, all I can do is shrug….
Oh and scurry off to order that Bavinck’s Dogmatics at 45%.
This post motivated me to order up all the books I’d been thinking about getting.
Just a quick shout-out to one of the sale items: David Helm’s “Big Picture Story Bible” is an outstanding children’s Bible that presents the whole of Scripture from a BT perspective to little children. My two preschoolers have loved it, and the artwork is well-thought-out and easy on the eye. Favorite feature: Jesus looks just like Adam.
First of all, I sincerely apologize on behalf of the bookstore for giving you the impression that your concerns were not taken seriously. That is certainly not the attitude that we hope, by God’s grace, to have toward our friends and customers. Indeed, such an attitude simply will not be tolerated among our staff.
Second, none of us are excited about the absence of a physical bookstore at WTS. What we are excited about is the way God has provided for us to become better at what he’s called us to do; namely, to serve Christ’s Church by providing her with edifying and inexpensive books. We simply cannot fulfill all of our orders on time or keep our prices affordable in our current location.
We need to be clear on this point: as much as God has allowed us to see our own hearts, we can say that this move is not motivated out of financial gain. We either have to change our location or change our mission. Since the latter is nonnegotiable for us, the former had to be, at least for the time being.
Let me apologize too – and correct the picture I may have painted. The rolling eyes comment goes back to when the shelving was first rearranged to be strictly alphabetic by author. It was (and is) just plain dumb way to arrange a bookstore that is open to the public as a retail operation. When invited to browse the store’s inventory via web browser, when you’re physically in the store is silly. Sorry but I just saw it that way.
Once the store relocated to the ground floor of the Carriage House, I never had any patronizing engagements with the staff. So please be assured, no one has been discourteous or disrespectful. Of course, once I stopped commenting on the non-topical arrangement, everything was ok too. And I only raised that topic the first time I encountered that arrangement.
Of course it’s now a moot point, as you are no longer a public retail operation.
So, hopefully the air is all cleared? If not, please contact me by e-mail. You have my info in your customer records.
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