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 […]

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 […]

the Christological view of Heb. 4:9-10 and hymnody

  Just as God entered his rest on the seventh day at creation, thus becoming the Sabbath day by positive example (and a pledge of glory to come), so Christ entered his rest on the first day, the day he rose from the dead, the day his new-creative/redemptive work was accomplished, thus becoming the Sabbath […]

To take exception to the Confession’s doctrine of the Christian Sabbath is no minor thing.

  To take exception to the Confession’s doctrine of the Christian Sabbath is no minor thing. It ends up tinkering with the theological symmetry of the whole. Denying the formulation of 22.7 necessarily affects other doctrinal formulations within the Confession. Philip S. Ross, while discussing taking exception to the Sabbath by adherents to the WCF, […]