First, “Calvin’s Soteriology: The Structure of the Application of Redemption in Book Three of the Institutes,” by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., brings some helpful clarification on what is exactly being claimed and not claimed in the debates over whether and in what senses the unio mystica is prior to the duplex gratia.
There are several related articles and reviews in this edition (e.g., see the further contributions by Gaffin and Fesko), thus the debate is obviously one of the main themes of this issue. In my opinion, the debate (or, at least the published bits of the debate in OS) has not yet distinguished the historical question from the dogmatic question. It is one thing to make a claim about what Calvin said; it is another to claim that Reformed theology ought to hold a particular dogma, or reassess its value, etc. I think we are far from the latter, yet perhaps making headway on the former.
Second, “John Calvin: Servant of the Word,” by Glen J. Clary, is a fascinating lecture on the Genevan pastor’s view of preaching. Clary draws out particularly important insights into the kerygmatic presence of Christ in preaching within Calvin’s thought. This article is a great addition to what has been called the last frontier of Calvin scholarship–his preaching.
Other articles of interest include the following:
T. David Gordon’s and Charles G. Dennison’s articles on evangelism present a rather unpopular perspective, yet one which deserves more thoughtful consideration by American Presbyterians.
Carl Trueman’s critical, yet appreciative review of David Well’s writings raises some important questions relating to OPC identity, especially for those who (like me?) pride themselves (perhaps too much?) for having a so-called pilgrim identity. Wells could have done better with his response, however, since he does not actually respond to much.
I truly appreciate Pastor Reynolds insightful contributions and his undoubtedly mammoth efforts in editing this professional publication amidst normal pastoral responsibilities. One may raise the question, however, whether seven editorials, a book review, and three review articles all by one author is slightly unbalanced.