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 […]

sample of conclusion from “Getting the Garden Right: Adam’s Work and God’s Rest in Light of Christ”

  Here is part of the conclusion to Getting the Garden Right: Adam’s Work and God’s Rest in Light of Christ, coming soon from Founders Press. I will not recapitulate the arguments of the book in this conclusion. There are, however, some issues worth recalling in order to highlight their importance. Understanding the garden of […]

J. V. Fesko, “On the Antiquity of Biblical Theology”

taken from lecture notes by Richard Barcellos   EXCURSUS 1: J. V. Fesko, “On the Antiquity of Biblical Theology”[1]   In J. V. Fesko’s contribution to a book in honor of Richard B. Gaffin, he addresses an important issue – the antiquity of biblical theology. He readily acknowledges that there are some who think biblical […]

Christ is our Sabbath?

  The Sabbath is not a person but ultimately points to a condition of existence for man, the eternal state. Our Lord takes us to that condition, that state of existence, but is himself not that state of existence though he has entered it via his resurrection. Just as the sacrificial system points, not absolutely […]

Incarnation and Sufferings of the Son and Divine Impassibility

  The Doctrine of the Incarnation and Sufferings of the Son of God and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility taken from Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility, 210-23, Copyright © 2015 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.   Prior to entering a formal discussion dealing with the incarnation, the […]

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 […]

Genesis 3:15—Arguments for the Messianic View

  Why should this verse be understood as containing a promise of the future and what are the rudiments of the promise? Let me list the reasons for taking this as a promise of the future first, then we will examine each in order under the appropriate headings below. When we do so, the rudiments […]