Archive for the ‘Joel Beeke’ Category


In the past I’ve listened to Joel Beeke’s message on Coping With Criticism on Sermon Audio.  Apparently someone has also loaded it up on Youtube.


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Joel Beeke. Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat.  Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, June 24th, 2015. 141 pp.

5 out of 5

There is a lot of strange and unbiblical teachings on the devil out there.  Sometimes we see Christians can fall into two extreme: on the one hand there are those who obsessed and overly occupied with the demonic while on the other hand there are those live their lives as practical philosophical naturalists (I know, “practical philosophical naturalists” sounds rather awkward).  In light of the state of contemporary Christianity this book by Joel Beeke is refreshing.  The subtitle of the book tells us more of what the book is about: Knowing his weaknesses, strategies and defeat.  Beeke’s book is pastoral.  That is, this book is both biblical and practical.  I appreciated that he wrote a book of Satan without it being strange or sensational.


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Joel Beeke. Piety: The Heartbeat of Reformed Theology.  Piety Phillipsburg, NJ:
Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, April 17th, 2015. 40 pp.

I have benefited greatly from the works of the author Joel Beeke who has been a great example of how one can be doctrinally strong, historically rooted while also embracing sound “experiential religion” with holy sanctification.  That was what compelled me to read this booklet since I wanted to be edified by Beeke’s summary of what biblical piety is.  I think he manages to do that in forty pages and surprisingly eighty two footnotes!

At the outset Beeke indicate his awareness that tday the term “piety” often has the connotation of a self-righteous “holier-than-thou” attitude.  This however is not consistent with what the Bible teaches nor faithful to Reformed theology.  Instead as Beeke tells us in the booklet “Reformed theologians viewed piety as the heartbeat of their theology of godly living” (Kindle Location 18).   Beeke surveys the work of John Calvin, William Ames and Gisbertus Voetius as exemplars of the Reformed faith who also advocated a form of pietism.  Reformed piety must not be confused with “Pietism” that is often associated with later German origins which stresses the importance of right action but has a low regard for doctrines and theology.  Instead Beeke’s thesis is that the historical Reformed and Biblical understanding of piety is one in which sound theology is the source for Christian living.  For instance, we live as our supreme goal for the glory of God and this also mean our piety ought to be for the glory of God.

I don’t want to give the whole book away but I also want to add that Beeke end with some practical pointers and biblical instruction to develop true piety.  I think this booklet is helpful and the cost of it is reasonable.

NOTE: This book was provided to me free by P&R Publishing and Net Galley without any obligation for a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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God's Work of Providence 2014

Been meaning to post this online earlier but haven’t had the chance until now.

Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary had their annual Spring Conference on the topic of Providence and the MP3 audios to the Conference are now available online:

 Calling All Christians! Calvin’s Doctrine of Vocation Dr. James E. McGoldrick 

Just a Lot of Noise: Providence and the Problem of Evil by Benjamin Shaw

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God's Work of Providence 2014

The last two years I’ve enjoyed listening to the entire audios from the Spring Conference of  Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary on topics that non-Presbyterians would also benefit from.  In 2012 the conference was on Old Princeton from Greenville Seminary 2012 Conference and in 2013 it was on a Biblical doctrine of Man.

This year’s theme is on God’s Works of Providence in which they will be examining what providence is and such topics as its relation to evil, sin, suffering, and prayer.

Here’s the schedule:

are unable to attend the entire conference.

Tuesday : March 11

9:00 – 10:00 The Flow of the Psalms Part 1 (Dr. O. Palmer  Robertson)

10:15 – 11:15 The Flow of the Psalms Part 2 (Dr. O. Palmer Robertson)

11:15 – 12:15 Prospective Student Luncheon at GPTS

11:00 – 1:00 Registration Table Open at Grace Baptist Church

1:00 – 1:15 Conference Welcome and Announcements

1:15 – 2:30
  • Calling All Christians! Calvin’s Doctrine of Vocation
  • Dr. James McGoldrick
  • Professor of Church History at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

3:00 – 4:15
  • Just a Lot of Noise: Providence & the Problem of Evil
  • Dr. Benjamin Shaw
  • Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

4:15 – 4:45 Question and Answer

4:45 – 7:00 Dinner Break (not catered)

7:00 – 8:30
  • The Definition & Beauty of Providence*
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation.

Wednesday : March 12

9:00 – 10:15
  • Calvinism & the Origin of Sin
  • Dr. James Anderson
  • Associate Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, NC.

10:35 – 11:50
  • Providence & “Middle Knowledge”: A Question of “Now You See It, Now You Don’t”
  • Dr. Derek Thomas
  • Senior Minister at First Presbyterian Church (ARP) in Columbia, SC. Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Atlanta).

11:50 – 12:15 Question and Answer

12:15 – 1:45 Lunch Break (not catered)

1:45 – 3:00
  • Beautiful In Its Time: A Preacher’s Journey Through the Mists of Providence
  • Rev. Benjamin Miller
  • Pastor of Trinity Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Huntington, NY.

3:30 – 4:15 Question and Answer

4:45 – 6:45 Catered Dinner at GPTS

7:00 – 8:30
  • Providence or Fatalism*
  • Dr. Joseph Pipa
  • President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology..


Thursday : March 13

9:00 – 10:15
  • The Devil Made Me Do It
  • Dr. Joseph A. Pipa
  • President of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary and Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology.

10:35 – 11:50
  • The Heidelberg Catechism: Its Gripping History & Teaching on Providence
  • Dr. Joel Beeke
  • President and professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, and pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Congregation.

11:50 – 12:15 Question and Answer

I can’t wait to listen to it online already!


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Greenville Seminary

Thanks to Jeff Downs for directly letting us know about these resources!

I have enjoyed past audio downloads from Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s Spring Conference especially last year’s topic on Old Princeton.  Each year they focus on a particular subject and have their faculty along with distinguished guests lecture and preach on various facets of the subject.  This year was on the doctrine of man.  This year’s audio is already available for free download!  They are originally from here.

Supernatural Creation of Man by Dr. Richard Belcher

The Covenant of Works by Guy Prentiss Waters

Temptation and the Fall by Dr. Joel Beeke

Red in Tooth and Claw? An Exegetical Evaluation of the Doctrine by Matthew Hoist

Imago Dei – Man, the Image of God by Dr. Nelson Kloosterman

Original Sin and Depravity by Dr. Joseph A. Pipa Jr.

The Cultural Mandate and the Great Commission – an Integrationist Model by Dr. Nelson Kloosterman

Questioning the Philosophy of Science Used to Question the Bible’s Doctrine by Gabriel Fluhrer

Q&A Sessions

Godly Dominion by Dr. E. Calvin Beisner

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