BUMPED - Covenantal Worship: Reconsidering the Puritan Regulative Principle

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Worship is central to the Christian life. But how should the church order its worship to honor God and enrich his people?

R. J. Gore assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the Puritan regulative principle of worship in light of biblical teaching, the Westminster Standards and Directory, and Calvin’s view, with special attention to adiaphora. He submits this work, “the product of twenty years of research, reflection, worship, and dialogue, . . . not as the final word on the regulation of worship, but as a modest attempt to further the discussion.”


Table of Contents: 

1. Doing Your Own Things

2. Deja Vu All Over Again

3. The Puritan Via Media

4. Regulating with Calvin

5. Worship, Genevan Style

6. Thy Will Be Done

7. Your Reasonable Service

8. In Light of the Covenant



R. J. Gore, Jr. is associate professor of systematic theology, as well as vice president and dean at Erskine Theological Seminary. Before coming to Erskine, he served as pastor of a Presbyterian Church and has been a chaplain in the army reserves since 1986. Gore holds four master’s degrees, including an MA in dogmatic theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He received a PhD in historical and theological studies from Westminster Theological Seminary. He and his wife Joan have three children.



"An excellent work...will both stimulate thought and help resolve some current controversies over worship. There is a good balance of appreciation and criticism of the Puritan heritage....A formulation that needs to be considered in our circles." - William S. Barker