Have you always enjoyed writing? “Yes, I have. I know that for many writing is painful and burdensome. However, I have found it liberating and enriching. I read a lot of books, both old and new. The more I read the more I tend to think deeply about the most important theological truths and concepts in Scripture and church history. So writing is a way for me to share with others those biblical, theological, and historical concepts that have changed my life. In this sense, publishing is truly a ministry for me. It allows me to bless others with those God-given truths that have blessed me so profoundly.”
In his The Grace of Godliness: An Introduction to Doctrine and Piety in the Canons of Dort, Matthew Barrett (Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University and Executive Editor of Credo Magazine) has filled a much needed gap in historical theological studies, providing an investigation of the concerns of the Synod of Dort for the worship and piety that is (or at least ought to be) fostered by the doctrines they endorse and defend. We were happy to talk with him about his work.
Over at Books At A Glance, Fred Zaspel has interviewed Ardel Caneday and Matthew Barrett who are the editors of a new Zondervan book called, Four Views on the Historical Adam (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology).
Matthew Barrett (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Assistant Professor of Christian Studies at California Baptist University, as well as the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine.
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. In this interview Kevin Boiling, host of “Knowing the Truth” radio program, interviews Matthew Barrett on his new book.
As a part of the Counterpoints series, Four Views on the Historical Adam clearly outlines four primary views on Adam held by evangelicals, featuring top-notch proponents of each view presenting their positions in their own words and critiquing the positions with which they disagree.
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.