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John Frame's Selected Shorter Writings, Vol. 1

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Short, pointed essays summarize some of John Frame’s central (and a few peripheral) ideas on theological method, apologetics, and ethics, beginning with Frame’s shortest and clearest presentation of his signature concept of triperspectivalism—the need to read Scripture from various perspectives, especially threefold perspectives that reflect the nature of the Trinity.


Table of Contents:

Part 1: Theology and Theological Method

1. A Primer on Perspectivalism

2. What the Bible Is About: One Thing and Three Things

3. The Gospel and the Scriptures

4. The Main Thing

5. What the Bible Does Not Say: Contrast in Preaching, with Thoughts about Communication, Marketing, and Prosperity Theology

6. Contrast, Exegesis, and Preaching, with Reflections on Marketing, Prosperity, Human Responsibility, and Historical Disjunctions

7. Contexts

8. The Picture Theory of Theology

9. Narrative and the Picture Theory of Theology

10. Focus

Part 2: Theological Topics

11. Introduction to the Reformed Faith

12. Reformed and Evangelicals Together

13. Is Justification by Faith Alone the Article on Which the Church Stands or Falls?

14. The Regulative Principle: Levels of Specificity

15. Dualities within Divine Covenants

16. N.T. Wright and the Authority of Scripture

17. Propositional Revelation

18. Meditation on Romans 11:33-36

Part 3: Apologetics

19. Intellectual Repentance

20. Intellectual Discipleship

21. Review of Greg Bahnsen, Presuppositional Apologetics: Stated and Defended

Part 4: Ethics and Worship

22. Simple Obedience

23. Sonship

24. Cultural Transformation and the Local Church

25. Family, Church, and State: A Triperspectival Approach

26. Might and Right

27. Why I Vote Conservative

28. The Bible and Joe the Plumber

29. Is America a Christian Country?

30. Is Plagiarism a Sin?

31. Prosperity

32. Response to Doug Moo’s Review of Doctrine of the Christian Life

33. Response to Russell Moore’s Review of Doctrine of the Christian Life

Part 5: Personal

34. A Testimony

35. Bible-Thumper

36. Remarks at Justin’s Wedding

37. 1 Corinthians 1:9: Remarks at Beverly Heights

38. Twenty-five Random Things That Nobody Knows about Me

Appendix: 100 Books That Have Most Influenced John Frame’s Thought 



John M. Frame (AB, Princeton University; BD, Westminster Theological Seminary; MA and MPhil, Yale University; DD, Belhaven College) holds the J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and is the author of many books, including the four-volume Theology of Lordship series.



"Before the book was published, most of these rare theological, philosophical, and practical gems had been hidden away in Frame's electronic files or posted on websites and blogs not widely known to the public. Do yourself a favor and mine the rich truths in these winsome and provocative essays (written in Frame's inimitable style of robust charity) on a wide array of important topics." - Steven L. Childers, President and CEO, Global Church Advancement

“A veritable cornucopia of Frame’s theology…Frame is not afraid to slay sacred cows…if he believes they don’t pass biblical muster. Whether you have never read Frame before or have read all that he’s written to date, this book will inform, intrigue, encourage, edify, rouse, and convict you.” – P. Andrew Sandlin, President, Center for Cultural Leadership