Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey

UPDATE 6 October 2010

Listen to the audio from yesterday’s presentation of the volume to Bob. Hywel Jones spoke as did Bob.



It’s been a special day at Westminster Seminary in California. Joel Kim and I have been working on a project for the last two years and we’re pleased to be able to announce its publication today: Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey.

Joel and I think that you will be interested in this volume not merely because of its connection to Bob Godfrey but because of the variety and quality of the essays. We hope that friends and readers of Bob’s work will enjoy reading his 1993 inaugural lecture as President of the seminary.

The volume is in three sections to reflect three areas of Bob’s interests. Here’s the table of contents:

    Preface: Our Man Godfrey—R. Scott Clark
    I. Historical 

    1. Christology and Pneumatology: John Calvin, the Theologian of the Holy Spirit—Sinclair B. Ferguson

    2. Make War No More? The Rise, Fall, and Resurrection of J. Gresham Machen’s Warrior Children—D. G. Hart

    3. God as Absolute and Relative, Necessary, Free, and Contingent: the Ad Intra-Ad Extra Movement of Seventeenth-Century Reformed Language About God—Richard A. Muller

    4. “Magic and Noise:” Reformed Christianity in Sister’s America—R. Scott Clark

    5. Karl Barth and Modern Protestantism: The Radical Impulse—Ryan Glomsrud

    II. Theological

    6. Reformed and Always Reforming—Michael S. Horton

    7. Calvin, Kuyper, and “Christian Culture”—David VanDrunen

    8. History and Exegesis: The Interpretation of Romans 7:14–25 from Erasmus to Arminius—Joel E. Kim

    9. John Updike’s Christian America—John R. Muether

    III. Ecclesiastical

    10. The Reformation, Luther, and the Modern Struggle for the Gospel—R. C. Sproul

    11. The Reformation of the Supper—Kim Riddlebarger

    12. Preaching the Doctrine of Regeneration in a Christian Congregation—Hywel R. Jones

    13. Integration, Disintegration, and Reintegration: A Preliminary History of the United Reformed Churches in North America—Cornelis P. Venema

    14. Epilogue: The Whole Counsel of God: Courageous Calvinism for a New Century—W. Robert Godfrey


The volume is 284 pages in hardcover. If I may say we tried to make this volume as attractive as it is substantive. It’s available now through the bookstore at Westminster Seminary California this week for $20.00 (+ shipping). The price rises to $25.00 on Friday 8 October 2010.

To celebrate the occasion of Bob’s sixty-fifth birthday, the latest episode of Office Hours is dedicated to Always Reformed: Essays in Honor of W. Robert Godfrey.


Through his teaching at, and leadership of, Westminster Seminary in California, Robert Godfrey has had a significant impact both on the confessional Reformed churches at large and upon the lives and ministries of many pastors and leaders. These essays, by an esteemed group of friends and colleagues, are a fitting tribute to his life‘s work and, indeed, a helpful resource on the history, theology, and practice of the faith which he himself has done so much to promote.”—Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Historical Theology and Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia

“Most great theologians and historians of the past are moving targets, so that we speak of the ‘early’ and the ‘later’ man. John Calvin is a notable exception. In this, as in many other ways, Dr. W. Robert Godfrey emulates his sixteenth-century mentor. In the decades that I have known him, Dr. Godfrey has been a consistent Calvinist, a worthy mentor, and an engaging friend and conversationalist with a fascinating array of diversified interests. His doctrine and life are a seamless piece of his seminary vision for comprehensive, consistent, Christocentric, and committed Calvinism. Editors Scott Clark and Joel Kim, together with the prestigious Reformed authors of this unusually insightful and provocative festschrift, have done a marvelous job in showcasing this vision from a variety of angles….Bob is eminently worthy of this page-turning festschrift, and it is worthy of him. If you are interested in growing on issues that relate to the cutting edge of the Reformed faith today, read this book. You will be informed, edified, challenged, and inspired.”—Joel R. Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids

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