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A Great Book for a Great Man

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Always ReformedThe Rev. Dr. W. Robert Godfrey is president and professor of church history at Westminster Seminary California (Escondido, California), where Mike Horton teaches apologetics and systematic theology. This week, the faculty and friends of the seminary honored Dr. Godfrey with a collection of essays presented to him on his sixty-fifth birthday. That book, Always Reformed, is now available exclusively through the Westminster California bookstore.

We commend the book to you for a variety of reasons: First, you will find in it accessible and learned essays from theologians, historians, and churchmen who have written for Modern Reformation and who have appeared as guests on the White Horse Inn. Like Dr. Godfrey, the contributors to this volume have provided the theological foundation for much of our work as an organization.

Second, the book provides an overview of this "Reformed moment": because of his leadership in the Dutch Reformed churches and because of his teaching at both Westminster in Philadelphia and Westminster in Escondido, Dr. Godfrey has been on the inside of much of the Reformed resurgence. The results aren't always what he would have hoped for, I'm sure, but in God's providence, Dr. Godfrey has been a leader in a movement that continues to bear significant fruit through multiple denominations, such that even Time magazine can call it a significant cultural force!

Third, this book gives you a sense of the kind of man Dr. Godfrey is. Seminary presidents have to be so many things to so many people that upon achieving the position, they often lose the qualities that commended them for the position in the first place. Such is not the case for Dr. Godfrey. These essays--even though they don't explicitly take up Dr. Godfrey's work as a historian, seminary president, or churchman--give us a glimpse into the kinds of passions and heartfelt convictions that have made Dr. Godfrey a force beyond the quiet suburb of Escondido, California.

One of the great evenings of my life was spent dining with Dr. Godfrey and another young pastor, a seminary classmate who like me was about to launch into public ministry. For hours we enjoyed good food, good drink, and good conversation with "Bob" (as he insisted we call him, but which I cannot still). We said goodnight knowing that we had been enriched, filled not just with food and drink but with the kind of encouragement that has made Dr. Godfrey a valued member of the Reformed community.

He is a historian, a pastor, a seminary president, a professor, a member of the Ligonier board, a council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. We're proud that for nearly twenty years, we've been honored to feature his voice in the pages of Modern Reformation and on the White Horse Inn broadcast. Order the book today. And while you wait for it to arrive, check out these articles from the Modern Reformation archive.

"Creed without Chaos: Exploring Theology in the Writings of Dorothy L. Sayers" by Laura K. Simmons (Book Review) - Jan./Feb. 2006 Vol: 15 Num: 1

A Reformed Dream (Sidebar) - Sept./Oct. 2005 Vol: 14 Num: 5

Calvin on the Eucharist - May/June 1997 Vol: 6 Num: 3

Christ In the Heidelberg Catechism - March/April 1993 Vol: 2 Num: 2

Finding True Peace with God - March/April 2002 Vol: 11 Num: 2

Music Acceptable to God: An Argument for Greater Use of the Psalms - Nov./Dec. 1999 Vol: 8 Num: 6

Neither Individualism Nor Statism: Kuyper on Christian Concern for Laborers - May/June 1999 Vol: 8 Num: 3

Point of Contact: "The Peculiar Life of Sundays" by Stephen Miller (Book Review) - July/August 2009 Vol: 18 Num: 4

Reflections on John Updike (1932-2009) - July/August 2009 Vol: 18 Num: 4

The Myth of Influence - Sept./Oct. 1998 Vol: 7 Num: 5

TV Church - Nov./Dec. 1993 Vol: 2 Num: 6

What Does It Mean to Praise?: A Look at Psalm 150 - Jan./Feb. 1996 Vol: 5 Num: 1

What is the Future of Evangelicalism?: On Evangelicalism - Nov./Dec. 2008 Vol: 17 Num: 6

Who Was Arminius? - May/June 1992 Vol: 1 Num: 3

Why Baptism? - May/June 1997 Vol: 6 Num: 3
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