Salvation by Grace: The Case for Effectual Calling and Regeneration presents a magisterial case that God’s grace is monergistic—that God acts alone, apart from human cooperation, to effectually call and sovereignly regenerate sinners. Thus effectual calling and regeneration logically precede conversion in the ordo salutis (order of salvation), thereby ensuring that all of the glory in salvation belongs to God, not to man.
Matthew Barrett opens a window on the synod’s deliberations with the Remonstrants and examines the main emphases of the canons, with special attention on their relationship to biblical piety and spirituality. For example, the doctrine of predestination is shown from Scripture to establish not just God’s electing grace but assurance of salvation—comforting believers that the God who saved them will preserve them to the very end. As Dr. Barrett examines the Canons of Dort it becomes clear why they are so important. Indeed, the piety and godliness that saturates these seventeenth-century canons shows they are as relevant for the church today as they were then.
“Knowing The Truth” with Pastor Kevin Boling is a live, call-in radio program providing Doctrinal Dialog, Cultural Commentary and Insightful Interviews with some of today’s foremost Christian authors and leaders. Recently Boling had on his show Matthew Barrett, executive editor of Credo Magazine, and he discussed Barrett’s new book with Thomas J. Nettles, Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy. You can listen to Boling interview Barrett here.
Over at The Gospel Coalition, Matt Smethurst has posted an interview entitled “The Consequences of Calvinism” with Matthew Barrett and Thomas Nettles on their new book, Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy.