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What to Read on the Christian Doctrine of the Trinity

3 Jul

When any discussion or debate comes up about vital Christian doctrines it is often a great opportunity to get book and article suggestions for further study on the topic.

Dr. Mark Jones has done just such a service for us by producing an annotated bibliography for what to read next if one is wanting to read more about the Christian doctrine of the trinity.

Find Dr. Mark Jones’ annotated bibliography here.

In addition to this, I have put all of his recommendations together into an organized list on Amazon for your convenience.

Find the recommended books on what to read next about the Trinity on Amazon here.

Kindle Deals: NAC Commentaries & More

2 Dec

Almost every New American Commentary Kindle Book is on sale for $2.99: View them all here
Top rated ones include: Exodus, Numbers, Judges-Ruth, 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, Hosea, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Matthew, and 2 Corinthians.

Many other books on sale:
The Betrayal: A Novel on John Calvin by Douglas Bond: $.99

Tributes to John Calvin: A Celebration of His Quincentenary (Calvin 500) by David Hall: $1.99

Recovering the Reformed Confession: Our Theology, Piety, and Practice by Scott Clark: $.99

Martin Luther: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought by Stephen Nichols: $1.99

Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration by Matthew Barrett: $.99

The Religions Next Door: What we need to know about Hudaism,Hinduism,Buddhism and Islam and what reporters are missing by Marvin Olasky: $.99

Why Trust the Bible? (9Marks) by Greg Gilbert: $1.99

Who Is Jesus? (9Marks) by Greg Gilbert: $1.99

What Is the Gospel? (Foreword by D. A. Carson) (9Marks) by Greg Gilbert: $1.99

The Great Exchange (Foreword by Sinclair Ferguson): My Sin for His Righteousness by Jerry Bridges: $2.20

An Infinite Journey: Growing toward Christlikeness by Andrew Davis: $.99

The Ten Commandments: Ethics for the Twenty-First Century (New American Commentary Studies in Bible and Theology) by Mark Rooker: $.99

New in English: Reformed Dogmatics by Geerhardus Vos on Sale

12 May


Richard Gaffin along with many others have been working in conjunction with Logos Bible Software to bring Geerhardus Vos’s Reformed Dogmatics into English translation. So far, they have completed three out of the five projected volumes. Until now, they’ve been available on Logos in digital format. Recently, Lexham Press brought them to print and WTS Book has the three-volume hardback set on sale this week for $67.

Check them out here.

Dive Deep In The Reformed Confessions

25 Apr

A few weeks back I recommended this new 4 volume set from Reformation Heritage Books. I’ve updated the pricing below and also wanted to point you to its new availability on Kindle.

All four volumes are available as one Kindle book for $89.99.

Reformed Confessions of 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation, Volume 1-4.
Kindle Price: $89.99

Previous post with updated pricing info:

9781601783318500 years in the making this is a set you will want to take a look at.

The 4 vol. Reformed Confessions of the 16th and 17th Centuries in English Translation is on sale at WTS Books for $150 for the set or $37 a volume. It is also available on Amazon for $175.

What’s Included?

Volume 1 – 1523-1552:

1. The Sixty-Seven Articles of Huldrych Zwingli (1523)
2. Zwingli’s Short Christian Instruction (1523)
3. The Ten Theses of Bern (1528)
4. Confession of the East Friesland Preachers (1528)
5. William Farel’s Summary (1529)
6. Zwingli, Fidei ratio (1530)
7. The Tetrapolitan Confession(1530)
8. Waldensian Confession (1530)
9. Zwingli, Fidei Expositio (1531)
10. The Bern Synod (1532)
11. Waldensian Synod of Chanforan (1532)
12. The Waldensian Confession of Angrogna (1532)
13. The First Confession of Basel (1534)
14. The Bohemian Confession (1535)
15. The Lausanne Articles (1536)
16. The First Helvetic Confession (1536)
17. Calvin’s Catechism (1537)
18. Geneva Confession (1536/37)
19. Calvin’s Catechism (1538)
20. Waldensian Confession of Mérindol (1541)
21. Waldensian Confession of Provence (1543)
22.The Waldensian Confession of Mérindol (1543)
23. The Walloon Confession of Wesel(1544/45)
24. Calvin’s Catechism (1545)
25. Juan Diaz’s Sum of the Christian Religion (1546)
26. Valdés’s Catechism (1549)
27. Consensus Tigurinus (1549)
28. Anglican Catechism (1549)
29. London Confession of John à Lasco (1551)
30. Large Emden Catechism of the Strangers’ Church, London (1551)
31. Vallérandus Poullain: Confession of the Glastonbury Congregation (1551)
32. Rhaetian Confession (1552)
33. Consensus Genevensis: Calvin on Eternal Predestination (1552)

Volume 2 – 1552-1566:

34. The Forty-Two Articles of the Church of England (1552/53)
35. Anglican Catechism (1553)
36. Emden Examination of Faith (1553)
37. The Frankfort Confession (1554)
38. The Emden Catechism (1554)
39. The Confession of Piotrków (1555)
40. Confession of the English Congregation at Geneva (1556)
41. Waldensian Confession of Turin (1556)
42. Confession of the Italian Church of Geneva (1558)
43. Guanabara Confession (1558)
44. Geneva Students’ Confession (1559)
45. Confession of Marosvásárhley/Vásárhelyi (1559)
46. The French Confession (1559)
47. Confession of Piñczow (1559)
48. Lattanzio Ragnoni’s Formulario (1559)
49. The Confession of Faith in the Geneva Bible (1560)
50. The Scottish Confession (1560)
51. The Waldensian Confession (1560)
52. The Prussian-Vilnian Discussion (1560)
53. Theodore Beza’s Confession (1560)
54. The Confession of the Spanish Congregation of London (1560/61)
55. Waldensian Confession (1561)
56. Theodore Beza’s Confession at Poissy(1561)
57. The Belgic Confession (1561)
58. The Hungarian Confessio Catholica (1562)
59. The Confession of Tarcal (1562) and Torda (1563)
60. The Thirty-nine Articles (1562/63)
61. The Heidelberg Catechism (1563)
62. The Synod of Enyedi (1564)
63. The Second Helvetic Confession (1566)
64. The Antwerp Confession (1566)
65. The Netherlands Confession (1566)
66. The Synod of Gönc (1566)
67. Synod of Torda (1566)
68. The Synods of Gyulafehérvár and of Marosvásárhely (1566)

Volume 3 – 1567-1599:

69. Documents of the Debrecen Synod (1567)
70. The Synod at Szikszo (1568)
71. Confession of the Synod of Cassov (1568)
72. Confession of Varadiensis/Nagyvßrad (1569)
73. Sandomierz Consensus (1570)
74. The Confession of the Synod of Csenger (1570)
75. The Confession of La Rochelle (1571)
76. The Bohemian Confession (1573)
77. The Synod of Cracow (1573)
78. The Bohemian Confession (1575/1609)
79. The Synod of Hercegszoloski (1576)
80. The Confession of Frederick III (1577)
81. The Nassau (Dillenburger Synod) Confession (1578)
82. The Synod of Piotrkow (1578)
83. Craig’s Catechism (1581)
84. The King’s Confession (1581)
85. The Synod of Wlodislaw (1583)
86. General Synod of Herborn (1586)
87. The Synod of Thorn (1595)
88. The Bremen Consensus (1595)
89. The Lambeth Articles (1595)
90. The Second Confession of the London-Amsterdam Church (1596)
91. The Stafforts Book (1599)

Volume 4 – 1600-1693:

92. The Points of Difference (1603)
93. Waldensian Confession (1603)
94. Confession of the Synod of Cassel (1607)
95. Hessian Catechism (1607)
96. Confession of the Heidelberg Theologians (1607)
97. The Remonstrance (1610)
98. The Counter Remonstrance (1611)
99. The Bentheim Confession (1613)
100. Confession of the Evangelical Church of Germany (1614)
101. The Confession of John Sigismund (1614)
102. The Irish Articles (1615)
103. Scottish Confession (1616)
104. Seven Articles of the Church of Leiden (1617)
105. The Canons of Dort (1618–1619)
106. The Confession of Cyril Lukaris (1629)
107. Leipzig Colloquy (1631)
108. The London Baptist Confession (1644)
109. Brief Confession of the Westminster Assembly (1645)
110. The Colloquy of Thorn (1645)
111. The Westminster Confession of Faith (1646)
112. The London Confession (1646)
113. Benjamin Cox’s Baptist Appendix (1646)
114. Westminster Larger Catechism (1647)
115. Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647)
116. The Cambridge Platform (1648)
117. The Geneva Theses (1649)
118. The Principles of Faith (1652)
119. A New Confession of Faith (1654)
120. The Midlands Confession (1655)
121. Waldensian Confession (1655)
122. The Somerset Confession (1656)
123. The Savoy Declaration (1658)
124. Waldensian Confession (1662)
125. The Formula Consensus Helvetica (1675)
126. The London Baptist Confession (1677)
127. The Baptist Catechism (1693)

Spurgeon RePreached Sermon 2,285: Paul the Ready (Romans 1:15)

21 Apr

A dramatic re-preaching of Spurgeon’s Sermon 2320 from Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit sermons volume 38.

Romans 1:15:
“15 So I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.”

The Lord is ready to pardon; may we be ready to believe, and may we come at once to Him, accept salvation through Jesus Christ, and then all through the rest of our lives say to the great Captain of our salvation what good sailors reply to their captain’s call, “Ready, aye ready! Ready for storms and ready for calms; ready for whatever Thou dost command, ready for whatever Thou dost ordain!” The Lord bless you, dear friends, and give all of you this readiness, for Christ’s sake! Amen.

A PDF of this sermon in updated language can be found here.

Music credit: Dexter Britain “The Time to Run” found here:

Listen in SoundCloud. is now

26 Mar

Dear friends, I’m very sorry to change things on you but it seemed right, before we get too far along in our new Spurgeon endeavor, to make the move to a more consistent purpose and vision for the site.

As a result, will now be

The new site will have the exact same features and the Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud pages will remain unchanged. Now, however, it will have a recognizable name that helps to highlight what is unique about it.

If you are an email or WordPress subscriber would you mind taking a moment to head over to and re-signup?

RSS subscribers can find the RSS feed here:

Charles Spurgeon: A New Website From The Old Guys

24 Mar

In an effort expand our work to help spread the gospel-centered content of many of the servants of God that I have featured on the Old Guys I’ve created a new site fully dedicated to the work of Charles Spurgeon:


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This website will be similar in structure to The Old Guys with daily blog posts and Facebook & Twitter updates.

In addition, I’m attempting to launch a major new initiative to publish weekly sermon audio from Charles Spurgeon. Weekly dramatic re-preachings of the sermons of Spurgeon will be posted and available via the website, Soundcloud, and iTunes (awaiting approval).

Check it out! And help spread the word!

Help Republish 500 Old Guy Books!

8 Jul

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If you haven’t seen it, Deep Roots Library is a kindred website of The Old Guys. Their goal is to bring many of the great works from men of ages past to the web in easy to read and beautiful format.

Right now, they are in the midst of a drive via the website Kickstarter to raise $10,000 by July 21st and they are asking for any help you might be able to give.

Here is their goal:

Our goal is to re-publish 500 old Christian books. Available to read online, to download, or as physical books. Help us make it!

They then go on to address these questions:

500 Books? That seems like a lot.

It is a lot, but we can do it, and the goal is to be done by February. Here are a few things that make us think we can make it:

The books are already written!
Every text is run through our highly customized system that runs over 6,500 different fixes. Spellings & punctuation are modernized, Scripture references are standardized, and many typos are automatically corrected. By the time a human looks at the text, well over 50% of the mistakes have already been corrected.
We have developed a blazing fast, easy to navigate website that gets out of the way and lets the content shine. It’s also mobile responsive, so it looks as good on a smartphone or tablet as it does on a desktop.

What will the money be used for?

Lots of stuff – it’s 500 books after all! Here are just a few of the costs we’re going to be dealing with, some of which are for every book.

Cover designs
Specific OCR software for pre-1800s texts (whose idea was the “long S”, anyway. Seriously.)
Integrating book printing/shipping into the website.

Also, if you help support them there are many perks available at different giving levels. Here is a small sampling:

A gift of $100 or more gets you:
– (1) Digital copy of the entire Kickstarter project. That’s right, all 500 books (20¢ apiece)!
– (2) Deep Roots Library T-shirt,
– (3) everything from Reward #1.

A gift of $149 or more gets you:
– (1) to provide free access to a book of your choice for believers worldwide,
– (2) to write a short dedication/foreword to the book,
– (3) a limited edition hardcover copy of the book
– (4) everything from the $1 and $100 levels!

A gift of $200 or more gets you:
– (1) A Book Sponsorship from Reward #6, in a special gift wrapped package with letter-pressed card explaining that the book is published in their honoR
– (2) delivery in the early December, in plenty of time before Christmas,
– (3) a digital copy of the entire project, for you (the backer) AND for the receiver of the gift! Plus everything from Reward #1.

It looks like a pretty exciting and rewarding project!

Find all the details and considering supporting them at the link below. Remember, if you are thinking about helping out make sure to act fast:

500 Old Christian Books REPUBLISHED!

An Update to Our Followers

29 Jun

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For those of you who follow The Old Guys via Google Reader and RSS I wanted to give you the heads up that Google Reader will be discontinuing it’s service on Monday, July 1.

If you are wanting to find an alternative way to maintain your RSS feeds I can recommend a service called “Feedly.” It’s highly customizable and after using it for a few weeks I’ve come to like it. They also provide the syncing framework for other apps as well if you’d like to go with something else.

Also, you can always subscribe to The Old Guys via email by entering your address in the top right corner on this page.



Herman Bavinck – Christ’s Public Defender

11 Oct

The enormous, divine work of the application of salvation, of leading [the church] into all truth, has been mandated to the Holy Spirit. Already in the days of the old covenant, he was the author of all religious-ethical knowledge and life (Ps. 51:13; 143:10; Isa. 63:10). But Israel was not yet of age and therefore under the guardianship of the law (Gal. 4:1f.). As yet the Holy Spirit had not been given because Jesus was not yet glorified (John 7:39). For that reason the prophets eagerly looked forward to the days of the new covenant, in which everyone would know the Lord and be guided by the Holy Spirit (Jer. 31:34; Ezek. 36:25f.; Joel 2:28f). In keeping with this promise, the Spirit was poured out on the day of Pentecost. Jesus describes all of the Spirit’s activity as witnessing to and glorifying him (John 15:26; 16:14). The Holy Spirit is the true and all-powerful witness to Christ. The whole world is hostile to Christ; no one stands by him. But in the face of that world, the Holy Spirit acts as paraclete, as Christ’s public defender. He does this, in the first place, in Scripture; Scripture is the witness, the defender’s public address on behalf of Christ, which he voices and maintains throughout all the ages.

~Herman Bavinck~

Reformed Dogmatics Vol. 1: Prolegomena (Grand Rapids, Michigan; Baker Academic; 2003) p. 588.

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