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    Saved by Grace: The Holy Spirit's Work in Calling and Regeneration

    Description: In the late nineteenth century, two distinct reform movements coming out of the Dutch State Reformed Church (the Afscheiding of 1834 and the Doleantie of 1886) merged to form The Reformed Churches of the Netherlands ( De Geereformeerde Kerken in Nederland). While both groups had much in common, there remained fundamental points of disagreement, which erupted into controversies over such doctrines as immediate regeneration and presumptive regeneration.

    In Saved by Grace, Herman Bavinck discusses God’s gracious work in bringing fallen sinners to new life and salvation. He gives a careful historical analysis that shows how Reformed theologians have wrestled to understand and express the Holy Spirit’s work in calling and regeneration since the seventeenth century. Bavinck also brings exegetical precision and theological clarity to the discussion, carefully avoiding the errors of undervaluing and overvaluing the use of means in work of salvation. This book, therefore, takes up questions with which every new generation of Reformed writers must grapple.

    About the Author
    Herman Bavinck (1854–1921) succeeded Abraham Kuyper as professor of systematic theology at the Free University in Amsterdam in 1902. His Reformed Dogmatics is a standard text for modern Reformed theology.

    About the Translator
    Nelson Kloosterman has translated The Ten Commandments and Principles of Christian Ethics by Dutch theologian J. Douma as well as Preaching and the History of Salvation by C. Trimp. Dr. Kloosterman has written a number of Bible studies and serves as co-editor of the Mid-America Journal of Theology. He is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity.

    About the Editor
    J. Mark Beach brings a wealth of practical experience to his Ministerial Studies classes. Dr. Beach is interested in Reformation and Post-Reformation Reformed Theology as well as practical theology. He believes that Reformed and Presbyterian churches greatly benefit from exploring and rediscovering the rich heritage of the Reformed tradition. Dr. Beach regularly preaches in local churches, has written study materials for youths and adults, and has translated a book on baptism. He is also the managing editor of and frequent contributor to the Mid-America Journal of Theology.

    Available at Monergism Books

    Posted by John on September 17, 2008 01:27 PM

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