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.

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