Endorsements for “Getting the Garden Right,” coming soon from Founders Press

  Nothing shapes how we interpret and apply the Bible as much as our understanding of covenant. Richard Barcellos offers us a helpful blend of biblical exegesis and theological reflection on the implications of covenant theology for God’s relationship with Adam and for the Lord’s Day. Though this book’s discussion is framed by debates among […]

Dr. Fred Malone endorses Getting the Garden Right, coming soon from Founders Press

  If exegesis is the queen of our biblically-birthed theology and practice, then biblically-formed hermeneutics is the king. There is a crisis in biblical hermeneutics today, both of ignorance and consistent application, which hinders agreement and unity among all evangelicals, but especially among reforming Baptists. What is needed is a clear voice to explain sound […]

Dr. Jeffrey Waddington of Reformed Forum endorses Getting the Garden Right

  Richard Barcellos has given us a real gem in his Getting the Garden Right. I know of no contemporary book like it. It is worth its weight in gold. Barcellos defends the confessional understanding of the covenant of works and the Sabbath rest through hermeneutics, exegesis, biblical theology, historical theology, and systematics. While the […]

Introduction to “Getting the Garden Right: Adam’s Work and God’s Rest in Light of Christ,” from Founders Press

  you can purchase the book here   Introduction     This book, in one sense, concentrates on hermeneutics and theological method. I contend that New Covenant Theology (NCT) gets the covenant of works and the Sabbath wrong because it gets the garden of Eden wrong, and it gets the garden of Eden wrong because […]

The Sabbath as ‘Transhistorical and Eschatological Paradigm’

  Geerhardus Vos: The Sabbath as ‘Transhistorical and Eschatological Paradigm’ Taken from The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology, 206-07     Probably the greatest reason why Vos gives so much attention to the fourth commandment is due to its eschatological function. Dennison comments, “…the fourth precept is an idealizing of a transhistorical and eschatological […]

Four principles of older hermeneutics: #4 The Scope of the Scriptures (Scopus Scripturae)

  #1 The Holy Spirit is the Only Infallible Interpreter of Holy Scripture.   #2 The Analogy of the Scriptures (Analogia Scripturae)   #3 The Analogy of Faith (Analogia Fidei)   #4 The Scope of the Scriptures (Scopus Scripturae)   Terms such as Christ-centered and Christocentric are used often in our day. But what do […]

Conclusion to The Covenant of Works, #3 in the series Recovering our Confessional Heritage, coming soon from IRBS/RBAP

    5. Conclusion     Moses, writing after the historical acts of creation, utilizes the covenantal name of God, Yahweh, while discussing Adam’s Edenic vocation (Gen. 2:4ff.). Isaiah utilizes concepts that started with Adam to explain the universal guilt of man, while using the word “covenant” (Isa. 25:5-6). Hosea, looking back upon previous written […]

Some thoughts on the remaining sabbatismos for the people of God (Heb. 4:9)

    Some thoughts on the remaining sabbatismos for the people of God (Heb. 4:9) taken from my forthcoming book by Founders Press, Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   That which “remains” is […]

Drs. Fesko and Goligher endorse “The Covenant of Works: Its Confessional and Scriptural Basis”

  A proper understanding of Adam’s state in the garden is fundamental to a coherent doctrine of salvation, which is why this little book on the covenant of works is so important. Richard Barcellos mines the riches of the Reformed Baptist theology and explains the covenant of works with exegetical fidelity and theological clarity. Anyone […]