Archives for March 18, 2020

Herman Bavinck’s “The Wonderful Works of God”

Today we received at RHB 1000 copies of Herman Bavinck’s “The Wonderful Works of God”—a great, basic one volume work of systematic theology that, as Derek Thomas writes, “remains the gold standard.” It is not an abridgement of his 4-volume work, but a fresh restatement of the same truths clothed in plain language for popular use. RHB is offering a very special price on it: If you’ve never read this book, buy it for yourself and your friends and read it now during these months in which many of us are being granted more reading time due to the Coronavirus.

Rescheduling the Puritan Conference

Dear friends,

I am sure you will not be surprised to hear that due to the current situation developing across the nation, we need to make some necessary changes to the plans for the Puritan Conference in Los Angeles.

The conference was scheduled for June 3–5 this year (with a pre-conference the evening prior), but with the agreement of our friends at Grace Community Church and Dr. John MacArthur, we have made the decision to postpone until October 6–8, 2021. We are working with the speakers to check their continued availability.

Although this is now further into the future, you can still purchase tickets at the early bird rate of $249:

We look forward to seeing you next year, Lord willing, for a wonderful conference together!

In the hands of providence (Psalm 55:22),

Joel R. Beeke

Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Martin Luther and the Black Plague

This is what Martin Luther wrote to his fellow Christians as they navigated a local bubonic plague:

“You ought to think this way: ‘I shall ask God mercifully to protect us.  Then I shall fumigate, help purify the air, administer medicine, and take it. I shall avoid places and persons where my presence is not needed in order not to become contaminated and thus perchance infect and pollute others, and so cause their death as a result of my negligence. If God should wish to take me, he will surely find me and I have done what he has expected of me and so I am not responsible for either my own death or the death of others. If my neighbor needs me, however, I shall not avoid place or person, but will go freely.’ See, this is such a God-fearing faith because it is neither brash nor foolhardy and does not tempt God.”