The Tipping Point: Common, Grace, Worldliness, and the Growing Apostasy in the Church

From Crete PRC (Illinois) comes this notice of a special public lecture to be held this week Friday, October 28, 2016. 

The doctrine of common grace developed by Abraham Kuyper has had radical and far reaching effects in the Reformed and Presbyterian denominations that have embraced it. Crete PRC is hosting a lecture this week Friday, October 28, at 7:30 pm entitled “The Tipping Point: Common Grace, Worldliness, and the Growing Apostasy in the Church.” The speaker will be Prof. R. Cammenga, professor of Dogmatics and Old Testament Studies at the Protestant Reformed Seminary. The lecture will examine the early reception of the doctrine of common grace and the long term effects that it has had on the church and the Christian schools. Join us at Crete PRC or listen live at prccrete.org.

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New Books!

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C H R I S T I A N I Z I N G   T H E   W O R L D 

This book is a critique of Abraham Kuyper’s cultural theory of a common grace of God and of the grandiose mission of this grace, and of those who confess the theory and evidently intend to promote it so that it accomplishes the end Kuyper claimed. The book exposes Kuyper’s biblical basis for his theory and its practical mission.

The first and main part of the book is a much-expanded version of the public lecture given in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014 under the auspices of the evangelism society of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The second part of the book consists of questions raised by the audience at the conclusion of the lecture and of the answers by the speaker at the lecture. 

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Christianizing the World

Christianizing the World: Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide?

This book is a critique of Abraham Kuyper’s cultural theory of a common grace of God and of the grandiose mission of this grace, and of those who confess the theory and evidently intend to promote it so that it accomplishes the end Kuyper claimed. The book exposes Kuyper’s biblical basis for his theory and its practical mission.

The first and main part of the book is a much-expanded version of the public lecture given in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in 2014 under the auspices of the evangelism society of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The second part of the book consists of questions raised by the audience at the conclusion of the lecture and of the answers by the speaker at the lecture. 

  • 192 pages
  • hardcover
  • ISBN 978-1-944555-02-3
  • Retail: $19.95  |  Book Club USA: $12.97 | International $13.96

This book will be released mid May and will be automatically sent to all Book Club members.

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Question and Answer Session Video from Common Grace Lecture Now Available!

Southwest Protestant Reformed Church invites you to view a recently completed video of Questions and Answers from the 2014 lecture “Kuyper’s Common Grace ‘Christianizing of Culture’—Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide?”  In this video Prof. David Engelsma answers important questions that were presented by those who attended or viewed the lecture. 

This video can be found at www.commongraceandculture.com under the Questions & Answers section. 

DVDs are also available by requesting a copy at christianandculture@gmail.com.

 

                     

 

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Video Now Available! - Kuyper's Common Grace 'Christianizing of Culture' Lecture

Weren't able to make it to the lecture or couldn't listen in?
Here's your chance to watch the lecture!

 

You can also watch the Video and listen to the Audio at the lecture website.

Visit the Question & Answers page for the Questions that will be answered soon via video or post a question you might have after watching or listening to the lecture online.

 

This lecture was sponsored by: Southwest PR Church Evangelism Committee

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Kuyper's Common Grace 'Christianizing of Culture'—Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide?

A public lecture, "Kuyper's Common Grace 'Christianizing of Culture'—Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide?" will be given at Sunshine Christian Reformed Church on the East Beltline in Grand Rapids, MI on September 26, 2014 sponsored by Southwest Protestant Reformed Church.

The speaker will be David J. Engelsma, professor of theology in the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. 

The occasion for the lecture is the significant project of the translation into English for the first time of the noted Dutch theologian and statesman, Abraham Kuyper's, influential work, Common Grace (originally three volumes in Dutch).  The first volume of the translation has just appeared with the title, Common Grace: Noah - Adam, intro.  Richard J. Mouw, tr. Nelson D. Kloosterman and Ed M. van der Maas, ed. Jordan J. Ballot and Stephen J. Grabill (Grand Rapids: CLP Academic, 2013). 

This publishing venture is mainly the cooperative effort of conservative Reformed theologians and the Roman Catholic organization, the Acton Institute.  Involved are also Kuyper College, Calvin College, Dordt College, Fuller Theological Seminary, and Mid-America Reformed Seminary.

The purpose of the publication in English of Kuyper's work on common grace is the "Christianizing" of the increasingly depraved culture of the United States, as of the West generally. The possibility and power of such a "Christianizing" of the culture are supposed to be a common grace of God, shared not only by conservative Reformed believers and Roman Catholics, but also by decent unbelievers.

The lecture will examine the present project of "Christianizing" the culture by a common grace of God in light of Scripture, the Christian creeds, and the history of Kuyper's common grace project in his own Netherlands.

The occasion of the lecture indicates the interest it ought to have for all Reformed Christians and for members of the Roman Catholic Church. The topic itself—the relation of the Christian to the increasingly corrupt way of life in the United States, not excluding Western Michigan—ought to be of vital concern to every man, woman, and child who confess themselves disciples of Jesus Christ in a wicked world.

 

September 26, 2014 at 7:30  PM

Sunshine Community Church
3300 East Beltline NE
Grand Rapids, MI   49525

Sponsored by:

Southwest Protestant Reformed Church

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Common Grace Revisited and Trinity and Covenant - Now in ebook!

 

                 

 

Common Grace Revisited

Written as a response to Dr. Richard J. Mouw's apology for common grace, He Shines in All That's Fair: Culture and Common Grace, this book examines the theory of common grace in the light of Scripture and the Reformed confessions, challenges its claim to be part of the body of Reformed truth, and proposes an alternative to common grace.

 

Trinity and Covenant

In the light of profound insights of Augustine, following the lead of certain theologians in the Reformed tradition, and on the basis of the Holy Scripture, this book conceives the life of God in himself as fundamentally family fellowship. The fellowship of the Father and the Son in the Holy Spirit determines the nature of God’s works in the creating and redeeming humanity. The reader of this book will grow in the understanding of God’s covenant fellowship with his people.

 

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