The Davenant House invites you to the Fall 2019 Davenant Discussions Series, a time of excellent fellowship, good food, and rich discussion as we press into what it means to apply Biblical wisdom in our contemporary world.

The details for the next Davenant Discussions event are below. We encourage you to register by clicking the link at the bottom of the page as soon as possible as space is limited! This is a donations only event (suggested donation $10-15), so please plan to give what you are able on the day of the event to help us cover food and speaker costs and enable us to do more events like this ongoing! If you have any questions, please contact Davenant House Director Michael Hughes ([email protected]).

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Davenant House | Landrum, SC

Why Believe the Bible? Defending Scripture in the
Theoretical-Practical Theology of Petrus van Mastricht

Petrus van Mastricht (1630-1706) taught theology and trained gospel ministers at the University of Utrecht. His Theologia theoretico-practica (2nd ed., 1698), a comprehensive manual of exegesis, dogmatics, elenctics, and practice, is a mature and wholesome example of late 17th-century Reformed Orthodoxy. Jonathan Edwards said of it, “Take Mastricht for divinity in general, doctrine, practice and controversy, or as an universal system of divinity; and it is much better than Turretin or any other book in the world, excepting the Bible, in my opinion.”

The work is currently being translated from Latin into English (Theoretical-Practical Theology, Reformation Heritage Books) under the auspices of the Dutch Reformed Translation Society. Our speaker, Michael Spangler, works on this project with editor Joel Beeke and translator Todd Rester. Volumes 1 and 2, Prolegomena and Faith in the Triune God, have already been published; volume 3, The Works of God and the Fall of Man, should be released late next year, with four further volumes to follow over the next decade, the Lord willing.

In this Davenant Discussion we will hear a bit about van Mastricht and the translation project, consider in depth his thorough defense of the truth and divine authority of Scripture, and apply to ourselves his practical counsel for Christian apologetics today.


10:00 Welcome

10:15 – Introduction

10:30 –Theoretical-Practical Theology and the Bible: Mastricht’s life, his Theoretical-Practical Theology, and its chapter on Scripure.

11:45 – Lunch

1:00 – In the Arena with the Bible’s Enemies: Mastricht’s methodical defense of Scripture’s truth and divine authority.

2:15 – Break

2:30 – Defending the Bible in Your Own Life: Mastricht’s wise counsel for Christian apologetics today.

3:45 – Conclusion

Register soon in order to help us plan food and snacks!

Our Speaker

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Michael Spangler is a minister at Providence Church (OPC) in Greensboro, NC. In addition to preaching and pastoring he serves as assistant editor and translator of Petrus van Mastricht’s Theoretical-Practical Theology (Reformation Heritage Books). He is a graduate of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary, and has a beautiful wife and two energetic boys.

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