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

A Wedding Poem

My brother is getting married to Susan on September 22 (Bilbo Baggins’s birthday, by the way!). I have been furiously scrambling to get a song written for the occasion, which my wife will sing. It is going very well, and I hope to have the song complete next week. I thought I would post the poem that I wrote for the song. This poem is based loosely (very loosely!) on Psalm 45.

Thou art glorious, Princess, in thy holy space
With thy robes all woven with gold and with lace;
And the oil of gladness anointing thy face
As thou goest in towards thy king.

In thy majesty, Prince, we can see all thy grace
With thy noble mien and thy footsteps apace
And of cowardly thoughts in thy mind not a trace
Can be found. Of the twain we shall sing.

Now the Bridegroom has gone to prepare thee a place
That the bloom of thy flower shall fill a fine Vase.
Until then, He’ll give thee more grace upon grace,
That one Day, the Bride He shall bring.