Recovering the Reformed Confession: Our Theology, Piety, and Practice  -     By: R. Scott Clark
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Much of what passes as Reformed among our churches is not. As a class of churches that profess allegiance to Reformed theology, practice, and piety, we have drifted from our moorings. Recovering the Reformed Confession: Our Theology, Piety, and Practice is written to facilitate change, specifically reformation according to God's Word as summarized in the Reformed confessions.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: P & R Publishing
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 1596381108
ISBN-13: 9781596381100
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Publisher's Description

Much of what passes as Reformed among our churches is not. As a class of churches that profess allegiance to Reformed theology, practice, and piety, we have drifted from our moorings. This book is written to facilitate change, specifically reformation according to God’s Word as summarized in the Reformed confessions.

Author Bio

R. Scott Clark (DPhil, University of Oxford) is Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Westminster Seminary California, where he has taught since 1997. He is the author of Caspar Olevian and the Substance of the Covenant: The Double Benefit of Christ (2005), editor of and contributor to Covenant, Justification, and Pastoral Ministry: Essays by the Faculty of Westminster Seminary California (2007), and coeditor of and contributor to Protestant Scholasticism: Essays in Reassessment (1999). He is Associate Pastor of Oceanside United Reformed Church and lives in Escondido, California, with his wife and children.

Endorsements

In a day when many follow charming personalities, fundamentalism, heterodoxy, individualism, and postmodernity and attempt to commandeer the Reformed tradition, Dr. Clark ably challenges such efforts. Dr. Clark brings a much needed corrective for basing Reformed identity in its understanding of the Scriptures through its historic confessions and creeds and a robust understanding of historic Reformed worship. Well-researched, thoughtfully presented, and provocative, Dr. Clark's work is a must-read for ministers, elders, and for anyone who claims to be Reformed.
-J. V. Fesko

Editorial Reviews

As a theologian and churchman from a denominational body which Dr. Clark identifies as belonging to the “sideline” of the current Reformed and Presbyterian churches in North America (although I would consider it, confessionally, at its best, to represent the historic mainstream, and numerically, to rival any other contemporary branch), I welcome this robust entry into the discussion of what it means for us to be confessional and Reformed in the twenty-first century. While I am personally encouraged by and enthusiastic about what has been called the “young, reformed awakening,” we still await a renaissance of a genuinely confessional reformed theology, piety and practice. The issues that Professor Clark raises here, will have to be addressed, answered and agreed upon (at least in some measure), if we are to move ahead. Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest. Scott Clark’s historical work, diagnosis and critique, and constructive, churchly, confessional recommendations are all worth a rigorous and respectful engagement. As one who comes from a decidedly experiential Calvinistic tradition and from a family heritage of rather definite theological convictions [which have prompted some to suggest to us the motto “often wrong, but never in doubt”], Professor Clark’s reflections upon the “Quest for Illegitimate Religious Certainty” (QIRC) and the “Quest for Illegitimate Religious Experience” (QIRC) are worth more than a little reflection. While I am personally encouraged by and enthusiastic about what has been called the “young, reformed awakening,” we still await (and long for) a renaissance of a genuinely confessional reformed theology, piety and practice. Scott Clark’s historical work, diagnosis and critique, and constructive, churchly, confessional recommendations are all worth a rigorous and respectful engagement, and point us in a number of helpful directions. As one who comes from and happily identifies with a branch of the Reformed tradition far from immune to Dr. Clark’s critique, I welcome this volume as a faithful conversation partner, seeking to administer “the wounds of a friend” for the sake of the church and the glory of God in this world.
In a day when many follow charming personalities, fundamentalism, heterodoxy, individualism, and postmodernity and attempt to commandeer the Reformed tradition, Dr. Clark ably challenges such efforts. Dr. Clark brings a much needed corrective for basing Reformed identity in its understanding of the Scriptures through its historic confessions and creeds and a robust understanding of historic Reformed worship. Well-researched, thoughtfully presented, and provocative, Dr. Clark’s work is a must-read for ministers, elders, and for anyone who claims to be Reformed.
At a time when 'all that is solid melts in the air' and distinct colors fade to grey, R. S. Clark reminds us of the loveliness, depth, and richness of Reformed Christianity. Not only a TULIP, but a confession that bears fruit in both faith and practice, the account that you will find in this book may challenge, but its point is not to be missed.
It is difficult work to be a prophet, to create a sense of dis-ease in hopes of reformation. And yet, R. Scott Clark here issues a prophetic call to evangelically-oriented Reformed churches to recapture a more robust sense of the Reformed tradition and to reshape their sense of Reformed identity. While the sermon is bracing, it may prove to be the helpful and hopeful jolt which will produce a modern-day reformation for God’s glory and his people’s good.
In addition to being a first-rate scholar, Dr. Clark is a brave man. He's not afraid to remind us of the substance and meaning of many aspects of our historic Reformed confessions which we now either take for granted, or which are at odds with a number of our current practices. In Recovering the Reformed Confession, Dr. Clark reminds us of what it means when we "confess" that we are `Reformed.' It means focusing upon those things set forth in our confessions (the highest common denominator), instead of neglecting them or even denying them. In addition to gently pointing out where our words don't match either our praxis or our deeds, Dr. Clark offers a number of practical ways we can recover our confession, and thereby recover a distinctly `Reformed' faith and practice.

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    October 24, 2008
    Ronald Johnson
    An excellent book. A must read! He discusses how the adjective "Reformed" is simply not equivalent to "Predestinarian" or a person holding to the "T.U.L.I.P", but one must hold to the B and H confession as well. It is a plea for Christians be confessional.
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