Nourishment from the Word: Select Studies in Reformed Doctrine
184 pp. Paper. Indexes.
We live in an age of doctrinal confusion and spiritual anemia. The Christian airwaves are dominated by charismatics, Christian bookstores are purveyors of froth and trinkets, and Christian churches are more interested in numbers than in truth. This doctrinal declension is even affecting Reformed churches, once known for doctrinal fidelity.
Gary North once commented that the reason Presbyterian churches no longer preach doctrine is because the Baptist church across the street has a bigger gymnasium. Sadly, God's people are "destroyed for lack of knowledge" (Hos. 4:6).
This book presents in collected form eight studies published separately as the Biblical Issues Series. In these studies I touch on eight themes that are significant for the Reformed Christian's understanding of his doctrinal heritage which is strongly rooted in Biblical truth. I have organized these in two sections: The first section on "Church Issues" relates to important matters framing some distinctives of the Reformed church itself. The second section of this book contains four studies on "Doctrinal Issues" that are significant for the modern Reformed church's self-understanding.
Each of these chapters contains material quite important for bracing against the tides of confusion lapping at Christian foundations. I hope that this book will serve not only for your own private study, but for group Bible studies in your particular church or local community. Paul writes to Timothy in a way that we would do well to emulate: "In pointing out these things to the brethren, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following" (1 Tim. 4:6).
TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Infant Baptism
2. Baptismal Mode
3. Creeds and Confessions
5. Defending the Faith
6. Six Day Creation
7. God's Law
8. Revelation of Jesus Christ
"Nourishment from the Word: Select Studies in Reformed Doctrine is a welcomed collection of shorter writings by the noted Reformed theologian, Dr. Kenneth L. Gentry. He puts forth concise arguments and well-articulated distinctions of Reformed theological thought on a variety of subjects. Every student of the Holy Scriptures will greatly benefit from reading this book."
Dr. Kenneth Gary Talbot (President, Whitefield College and Theological Seminary)
"I have found this volume to be of tremendous help to my own theological study. Whenever I forget about the Scriptural details of these issues, I find myself rereading these chapters, because Dr. Gentry is so organized, concise, and to the point about what really matters."
Brian Godawa (Author, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment"
"From the dawning of a six-day creation to the world's ending, Dr. Gentry's collection of writings contains some of his most profound insights and God-honoring thinking. Masterful understanding of Scripture combined with sound logic causes one to deeply ponder his conclusions. Thorough and incisive in his research and argumentation, Dr. Gentry epitomizes the Spirit-inspired man who has dedicated himself to loving the Lord with his entire mind."
John David McPeak (Lt. Col., Ret., U.S. Army, M.S., Strategic Intelligence, Joint Military Intelligence College)
"It is impossible to love God with our minds if they are empty. This volume, with clarity, relevance, and wit, equips Christians to develop minds so that they cease being empty-headed children, and instead can in their "thinking be mature" (1 Cor. 14:20). Even where I disagree with my learned friend, the cogency of his analysis remains compelling."
Jeffery J. Ventrella, J.D. (Senior Vice-President, Strategic Training, Alliance Defense Fund, Mesa, Arizona)
"Dr. Gentry has constructed a wonderful resource on key ecclesiastical and doctrinal issues. The format is easy to read, the organization is clear and succinct, and the argumentation compelling. This will be helpful to pastors and laypersons alike."
Rev. Dan Dodds (Minister of Counseling and Care, Woodruff Road Presbyterian Church PCA, Greenville, SC)
Posted by Scott Blunk on 9th May 2014
I bought this book only for the chapters on infant Baptism but found the chapters on Creeds and confessions and tongues speaking helpful as well. Dr Gentry writes clear and concise and not over the head of an average student like myself. I hightly recomend this book if only for those chapters. I praise God for raiseing up men like Dr Gentry. Scott Blunk
Posted by Jared on 26th Jun 2012
I found this very practical and helpful because it deals with several important theological issues. And these theological issues impact our worship and practice as Christians. Keep up the good work, Dr. Gentry!