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The Doctrines of Grace: Rediscovering the Evangelical Gospel [Hardcover]

By James Montgomery Boice (Author), Philip Graham Ryken (Joint Author) & R. C. Sproul, Sr. (Foreword by)
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The late James Boice and his successor at Philadelphia's Tenth Presbyterian Church contend that we live in an age of weak theology and casual Christianity. Evangelicalism desperately needs to return to the doctrines that once reformed the church. Advocating a practical-minded, kindhearted, and biblically based Christianity, they present a compelling exposition of Calvinism's five points

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Studio: Crossway Books
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.76" Width: 5.82" Height: 0.82"
Weight:   0.93 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2002
ISBN  1581342993  
ISBN13  9781581342994  

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More About James Montgomery Boice, Philip Graham Ryken & R. C. Sproul, Sr.

James Montgomery Boice James Montgomery Boice, Th.D. (July 7, 1938 – June 15, 2000) was a Reformed theologian, Bible teacher, and pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1968 until his death. He is heard on The Bible Study Hour radio broadcast and was a well-known author and speaker in evangelical and Reformed circles. He also served as Chairman of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy for over ten years and was a founding member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.

Boice received a diploma from The Stony Brook School (1956), an A.B. from Harvard University (1960), a B.D. from Princeton Theological Seminary (1963), a Th.D from the University of Basel in Switzerland (1966), and a D.D., (honorary) from the Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church (1982). He died on June 15, 2000.

James Montgomery Boice lived in Philadelphia, in the state of Pennsylvania. James Montgomery Boice was born in 1938 and died in 2000.

James Montgomery Boice has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Expositional Commentary
  2. Expositor's Bible Commentary (Paperback)
  3. Master Reference Collection

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Solid Teaching about God's Grace  Sep 15, 2008
This is a great book to start with for Christians who are in need of some clarification and clear teaching regarding the teaching of God's grace, as described throughout all of Scripture. Also, Boice and Ryken provide a clear and consistent polemic of the Reformed faith. Easy to read and not too difficult for the average layman. I particularly enjoyed the section at the end regarding what it means to implement these teachings to your life. This is not just dry doctrine! Highly recommended and a great addition to every Christian's library!!

Scholarly Revision Of God's Grace  Oct 4, 2007
James Montgomery Boice and Philip Graham Ryken defend and define Calvinism. It would be remiss not to mention how the glory of God is stated as the ultimate goal for the creation and man; God made man to glorify Him. God then calls man and redeems him to enable him to this eternal vocation, from his temporal state of depravity.

'If men heed no more than the outward call, they become members of the visible church. If the inward call is heard in our hearts, we become members of the invisible church. The first call unites us merely to a group of professing members; but the inward call unites us to Christ Himself.'
Donald Grey Barnhouse, God's Heirs, Vol 7, pg 171

Men have moved beyond the bounds of comprehending the full implications of sin which continues to bear children borne of this godless age, unless by the divine interposition of God we turn to the light. The authors also refine what Calvinism is not, by revising liberalism, pluralism, relativism, post-modernism etc. The effects of these man-made movements in the philosophical arena have drawn clear battle lines.

Boice and Ryken set out to defend the myths and fallacies surrounding Calvinism that have been propagated by its jurassic foes, the Armenians. This is best done by looking at TULIP, the acronym for Calvinism.

In explaining Calvinism's history and theocentric worldview, they remind us of the visibly God-exalting and Bible-bearing greats of yesteryear; such churchmen as Jonathan Edwards, Abraham Kuyper and George Whitefield, and the old Princetonians, who influenced cultures in their desire to see God embellished in all facets of cultural development.

This book explains the system whereby Calvinists identify with those greats, and how to regain the vital identity of Christianity and Evangelicalism, following the Enlightenment. Culturally there is a great divide between 16th century Calvinism, Puritanism, and the current challenges of society today. Today's 'isms' are all vain attempts at making man the center of his universe, in seeking to depose God from His rightful throne. These recent movements all have their roots in semi-Pelagianism, or the 17th Century variant, Armenianism. Armenianists contend that man is self-determinative in his decision as to where he may spend eternity, which is proved by this work to be unbiblical and lacking in theological soundness, even since its inception in the 1600's.

'Effectual calling is the point at which the eternal foreknowledge and predestination of God pass over into time and start the process by which the individual is drawn from sin to faith in Jesus Christ, is justified through that faith, and is then kept in Christ until his or her final glorification.' pg 140

Strict Calvinist View: Free WIll vs Free Grace  Mar 13, 2007
This book definitely does not teach Free Will in any sense; and that Free Will and Free Grace cannot coincide. I myself hold to a "Calvinist" view of Scripture, because that is what scripture teaches; yet, scripture also teaches a Free Will.

Scripture teaches both Free Will and Free Grace. A Paradox if you will, but it is not such - this book seems to do gymnastics around the scripture that speaks of Free Will to fit a Strong Calvinistic (TULIP) view. But any person who studies the bible will know Scripture teaches both Free Will and Free Grace, and that they do coincide - and we are left with the mindset of "How can I understand that? That doesn't make sense" - and I explain that maybe, just maybe; that isn't for us to "understand" in our finite minds - and maybe we are just supposed to have Faith.

I liked this book very much - but definitely one sided and that bothers me when someone tries to do gymnastics around scripture.

Overall: Definitely holds onto the sovereignty of God; but doesn't do so good of "explaining" the "problem passages". I say it is a good read. But VERY biased.

Grace and Peace
Great Intro to Doc of Grace  Jan 3, 2007
PLEASE read this book if you have never been exposed to reformed theology or before you attack Calvinism. I have now given several of these away and plan on giving away many more!
Good!  Oct 15, 2006
This is a good introduction to Reformed theology aka "Calvinism. It may not necessarily be the best book if you are looking for "proof texts" or help in defending the doctrines of grace, as I'm sure there are books that more skillyfully defend the doctrines of grace, but this book is at least a good starting point. It may introduce the concepts in a way that is more gentle and "learnable" than some of the more "heavy duty" books.

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