Heidelcast: Sin, Salvation, & Service: The Threefold Truth Of Romans (19)

In this episode Dr Clark looks at Romans 5:12–21 on Paul’s federal (i.e., covenant) theology and answers a question asking for recommendations of some good commentaries on Romans for laymen and a question whether the regulative principle of worship is a Westminster (Confession) thing and not a Dutch Reformed thing. The opening audio features Pat Abendroth of The Pactum podcast.

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  1. I have been using Charles Hodge’s Romans commentary and Calvin’s commentary for reading through Romans in family worship. Besides some Latin phrases, Hodge’s commentary is very readable. He provides some logical structure to Romans as you go through it, which I find helpful in understanding.

    It’s available on Google books for free and an example of the structure is:
    1) Gives a brief explanation of the chapter and then a brief explanation of the section he’s logically grouped together — https://www.google.com/books/edition/Commentary_on_the_Epistle_to_the_Romans/Y_fu2XupxusC?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=PA105&printsec=frontcover
    2) Goes verse-by-verse through the section — https://www.google.com/books/edition/Commentary_on_the_Epistle_to_the_Romans/Y_fu2XupxusC?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=PA106&printsec=frontcover
    3) Provides some brief comments on the doctrine in the passage — https://www.google.com/books/edition/Commentary_on_the_Epistle_to_the_Romans/Y_fu2XupxusC?hl=en&gbpv=1&pg=PA116&printsec=frontcover
    4) Provides some brief “remarks” (frequently function similarly as exhortations or applications) —

    So if you find the verse-by-verse portion tedious, for each section you can simply read the intro, doctrine, and remarks.

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