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from Better than the Beginning, ch. 5, The Revelatory Function of Creation (II)

Here are the last two sections of chapter five of Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective.   The knowledge of God we possess via creation and providence is not sufficient to secure the well-being of our souls.   Listen to the Confession of Faith again:   Although the light of nature, and the works of creation and providence do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom and power of  [ Read More ]

Last paragraph of ch. 3, The Son-Tilted Focus of Creation, from Better than the Beginning, Richard Barcellos

“There is, however, something staggering to consider here. The Son who made all things for Himself, by whom all things came into existence, and in whom all things maintain their current form of existence “became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1:14). He was “born of a woman, born under the Law” (Gal. 4:4). He became what He was not, while never ceasing to be what He always was and  [ Read More ]

Is the end better than the beginning? John Owen says, “Yes!”

The gospel is news from God that He has devised a way to repair human nature and take all creation to a glorious end. That glorious end, the city of God, new Jerusalem, the eternal state, the new heavens and new earth, is better than the beginning. In the beginning, though the potential for what comes about at the end was present, it was never attained by Adam. In the  [ Read More ]

Joel Beeke on “Better than the Beginning”

Pre-publication endorsement of “Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective” by Richard C. Barcellos, forthcoming from RBAP Creation is controversial, and truly we need to defend biblical doctrine concerning the origin of all things. Yet sometimes in the midst of controversy we can lose sight of the purpose of creation itself. Richard Barcellos uses the creation of the world like a great telescope to look up at the beauty of  [ Read More ]

Sam Waldron’s endorsement of “Better than the Beginning”

Pre-publication endorsement of “Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective” by Richard C. Barcellos, forthcoming from RBAP It is with special pleasure that I recommend both my friend, Richard Barcellos, and his volume entitled, “Better than the Beginning.” In a day of massive confusion about the significance God’s relationship with Adam and departure from the pivotal Reformed understanding of the covenant of works, it is nothing short of refreshing  [ Read More ]

David P. Murray endorsement for “Better than the Beginning” by Richard Barcellos

Several months ago, I preached a series of sermons on creation. The sermons were re-worked for publication and expanded and will appear as chapters in a new book soon to be published. Here’s the first endorsement for that book.   Although many Christians have been engaged in a life-or-death battle to defend the truth of creation against evolutionary attacks coming from inside and outside the church, there has been little  [ Read More ]

Table of Contents for a book I am working on. Should be out in early 2013 via RBAP. Watch for new RBAP website coming soon near you. Table of Contents     Preface………………………………………………………………………………………………   1.      The Ultimate Reason for Creation: Creation for the glory of God…… Exposition of Romans 11:36…………………………………………………………………… Implications of Romans 11:36………………………………………………………………….   2.      The Divine Agents of Creation: Creation by the triune God…………… Defining our Terms…………………………………………………………………………….. Three  [ Read More ]

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