The fourth installment of The Confessional Presbyterian journal is finally completed and will begin going out to subscribers beginning this coming week. I apologize for the long delay. As previously noted, work is underway for on the 2009 issue. To obtain the 2008 and back issues see the online store.
With the 2008 issue at the printer, journal staff are already at work on the fifth outing of The Confessional Presbyterian for 2009, and so far the issue looks to be very promising. Two things worth noting at this time which are in the works are what we trust will be a significant article on Larger Catechism 109 by Dr. David VanDrunen of Westminster Seminary in California, and perhaps a watershed entry on the Westminster Assembly and the Judicial Law. Regarding the former, it is very common for there to be exception taken to the Larger Catechism’s prohibitions of artistic renderings and/or mental images of Christ, and we have been interested in obtaining a significant entry on this topic for the journal since its founding. As to the latter, your editor has completed the source material section which runs a lengthy 50 pages in journal format, and the analytical half will be undertaken by the Rev. Matthew Winzer of Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia. Mr. Winzer has a significant Review/rebuttal to Nick Needham’s work on Westminster and “Singing of Psalms” in the 2008 issue and has shown himself to be a deft handler of matters involved in ascertaining the “Intent” of Westminster.
Other items of interest that should appear include material on John Calvin (appropriately, given 2009 is the quincentenary of his birth), and an article regarding common exceptions taken to the Westminster Standards’ Sabbatarianism. Other interesting items are planned; and we look forward to what else may materialize via submission this year. The Confessional Presbyterian subsists for material on the willing and much appreciated endeavors of others. To submit an article for consideration for 2009, please contact the editor; if you have a review of material that you think would be of interest, please contact the journal’s review editor, Mr. Lane Keister. Before attempting to contact us or submitting any material, please do read the Submissions page.
The Confessional Presbyterian began and remains an ambitious publication endeavor. It began in 2005 with a ‘modest’ issue of 184 pages, and has grown in size each year and the 2008 issue will be 312 pages. The contents for 2005-2008 would fill four 500 page standard size books. It is a large and expensive journal to produce and we rely on our subscribers’ ongoing interest and support to continue. If you have yet to subscribe, or to renew your subscription, you may do so online at the Subscription Store. There are currently several special pricing offers on back issues.
We are pleased to announce that the Rev. Lane Keister has joined the staff of The Confessional Presbyterian as the editor of the Reviews & Responses section of the journal. Mr. Keister is a PCA pastor laboring out of bounds serving RCA and CRC churches in rural North Dakota, and his sermons, book reviews, critiques of the Federal Vision, and other items of interest, appear on his blog, Green Baggins. His “Should Women Teach or Have Authority Over Men in the Church? An Exegesis of 1 Timothy 2:8–15,” will appear in the 2008 issue due out in December. The considerable talent and broad literary interests Lane brings to this work, we trust will ensure that the journal will meet its goal of providing fine scholarly reviews of material of concern to the Presbyterian and Reformed reader.
The 2008 issue of The Confessional Presbyterian is at the printer and Lord willing, should be ready to mail to subscribers in early December. The following is the opening editorial.
The space required to detail the wonderful and varied contents of this the fourth and largest installment yet of The Confessional Presbyterian journal, has not left much room for editorial comment! We commend all of it, and particularly note with thanks permission to reprint Guy Richard’s Samuel Rutherford’s Supralapsarianism Revealed, which appeared some years ago in the Scottish Journal of Theology, and note as well that the T. & J. Swords series in Antiquary, is concluded in this issue. Unhappily, the John Brown of Wamphray on Psalmody must wait to complete in a future volume under a new translator; meantime, Dr. Richard was also most kind in providing an extract from Samuel Rutherford’s Examen Arminianismi on the subject of the civil magistrate as an In Translatiōne entry for this issue. Dr. Frank J. Smith’s work reviewing material on Reformed worship will continue as the Lord wills in the Reviews section, where he has covered a number of works this year. Speaking of which, amongst the several fine reviews we single out and commend the important research and argumentation in Matthew Winzer’s somewhat lengthy critic of Nick Needham’s work on the Westminster Assembly and Psalmody (253–266). It is true the position of exclusive psalmody is a minority view in the Reformed churches today, and perhaps this question about what the assembly meant is simply an arcane matter to many. Be that as it may, we believe Mr. Winzer rather soundly shows that Mr. Needham missed the mark in his analysis of what the Westminster divines meant by “singing of psalms.” And finally, in closing, the editor hopes to continue the critical text work on the Larger Catechism in subsequent issues (D.V.); space and time did not afford covering a set of questions for this volume of The Confessional Presbyterian. ■