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Bev N | Forum Activity | Posted: Mon, Jul 2 2012 7:31 PM

Did anyone have problems getting Boice's Commentaries to show in Library after buying for $99.00? JULYBOICE

I closed my iPad2 down completely OFF (twice), then the 2nd time all his books appeared. Did I not allow enough time before checking Library after buying?


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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 3 2012 8:01 AM

Bev – after seeing your post, I went ahead and bought the set. It was almost instantaneous. Sometimes there's just a slight delay. I think that might have been what you experienced. 

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Bev N | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 3 2012 8:42 AM

I see this AM that my Wi-Fi was a little slow with only 2 curved bars while trying to access a different site so that may have contributed to it yesterday.

Glad you saw the super deal...great price..too good to pass up.☺

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JT (alabama24) | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Jul 3 2012 10:26 AM

Bev N:
Glad you saw the super deal...great price..too good to pass up.☺

Yes. Thanks again. Smile

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Robert I | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 6 2012 11:44 AM

Can you tell me a little more about this author?  I see that R.C. Sproul endorses him, so that has merit with me.  Do you know if he is evangelical, dispensationalist, 5-point Calvinist, noncessationist, and/or anything else?  I don't mind diversity but some things I have more than my fill of in my current library.  Geeked

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Jonathan Sine | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 6 2012 12:06 PM

Boice was a Presbyterian minister and excellent expositor! If you're a preacher, this would be a valuable resource. 

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Levi Durfey | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 6 2012 12:09 PM

James Boice was the pastor of Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia from 1968-2000 — he stands in the Reformed tradition. He is evangelical. 

His commentaries are based off from his sermons — while they are not technical, they are quite detailed and well-researched. He had degrees from Harvard, Princeton, and the University of Basel. Fifteen years after earning his first doctorate, he picked up another at The Theological Seminary of the Reformed Episcopal Church.

Here’s a taste of Boice on Ephesians 1:4-6 — 

Election and Human Depravity

This doctrine is difficult for many persons, of course. But before we deal with their objections we would do well to consider the various views that people hold about election. There are three of them.

The first position is a denial of election outright. No one is saved because of some supreme hidden purpose of God, these objectors say. We can speak of grace, for God chose to reveal himself to fallen men and women and to provide a way of salvation through the death of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. That he did so proves him to be gracious. But having spoken of the grace of God in this sense, we must stop there and turn the entire situation over to human beings. God graciously offers salvation, but people must choose this salvation of their own free will. Election simply does not enter into it.

The strength of this view is that it conforms to what we all naturally like to think about our abilities. The difficulty is that, whether we like it or not, the Bible does teach this doctrine. John R. W. Stott calls election “a divine revelation, not a human speculation.”1 D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones refers to this teaching as “a statement, not an argument.”2 In his study of election J. C. Ryle begins by listing eleven texts (including Ephesians 1:4) that teach election in the simplest and most undeniable language and urges his readers to consider them well.3

It is hard to imagine anyone doing this and then continuing to deny that election is the Bible’s teaching.

According to the second view, election is taught in Scripture but it is election based on foreknowledge. This is a mediating position, held by those who acknowledge that election is taught but who do not want to admit to a doctrine which they consider unjust and arbitrary. They would argue that God elects some to salvation and its blessings but that he does so on the basis of a choice, a response of faith, or some other good that he foresees in them.

This is patently impossible. One problem is that an election like that is not really election. In such a reconstruction God does not preordain an individual to anything; the individual actually ordains himself.

Another, greater problem is, if what the Bible tells us about the hopeless condition of man in sin is true, what good could God possibly see in anyone to cause him to elect that one to salvation? Goodness is from God. Faith is from God. If God is eliminated as a first cause of goodness or faith or a God-directed human choice (whatever it may be), how could there ever be any faith for God to foresee?

Calvin put it like this: “How should [God] foresee that which could not be? For we know that all Adam’s offspring is corrupted and that we do not have the skill to think one good thought of doing well, and much less therefore are we able to commence to do good. Although God should wait a hundred thousand years for us, if we could remain so long in the world, yet it is certain that we should never come to him nor do anything else but increase the mischief continually to our own condemnation. In short, the longer men live in the world, the deeper they lunge themselves into their own damnation. And therefore God could not foresee what was not in us before he himself put it into us.”4

When people have trouble with election—and many do—their real problem is not with the doctrine of election, although they think it is, but with the doctrine of depravity that makes election necessary.

The question to settle is: How far did the human race fall when it fell? Did man fall upward? That is the view of secular evolutionists, that we are all getting better and better. Did man fall part way but not the whole way, so that he is damaged by sin but not ruined? That is the view of Pelagians or Arminians. It affirms that we are affected by sin but insists that we nevertheless possess the ability to turn from it and believe in Christ when the gospel is offered—by our own power. Or did man fall the whole way so that he is no longer capable of making even the smallest movement back toward God unless God first reaches down and performs the miracle of the new birth in him? That is the view of Scripture.

The Bible says that we are “dead in … transgressions and sins” (Eph. 2:1).

It says, “There is no one … who seeks God” (Rom. 3:11).

Jesus declared, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him” (John 6:44).

It is written in Genesis: “The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time” (Gen. 6:5).

What good could God possibly foresee in hearts that are dead in transgressions and sins and inclined only to evil all the time? What good could God anticipate in people who cannot come to him and do not even seek him unless he first draws them to himself? If that is the situation, as the Bible says it is, then the only way any man or woman can be saved is by the sovereign election of God by which he first chooses some for salvation and then leads them to faith.

The third position is election pure and simple. It teaches that we are too hopelessly lost in sin ever to partake of God’s great spiritual blessings on our own. Instead, God in his mercy chose us and then made his choice effectual. First he made our salvation possible by sending the Lord Jesus Christ to die for our sin. Then he made us capable of responding to him by sending the Holy Spirit to open our eyes to the truth and glory of the gospel. Thus, all the blessings we enjoy must be traced back to this sovereign electing purpose of God toward us in Jesus Christ. And Paul does exactly that in these opening verses of Ephesians.


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Rev Chris | Forum Activity | Replied: Fri, Jul 6 2012 8:52 PM

I really like the other sale in this newswire - 1/2 off Hermenia and Continental!  It's still a hefty sum to lay down at $599, but it's one that has been on my wish list for a while so I went for it.  Too bad they just put ship dates on a lot of my orders - many of them had to be cancelled with this one - oh well!

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Dan Pogue | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 7 2012 9:58 AM

Hmmmm...I get all the mailings (or so I thought) never recieved the Boice Comm...that is a super good deal! Does anyone know if I can get that same deal?



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Dan Pogue | Forum Activity | Replied: Sat, Jul 7 2012 10:04 AM

Never Mind. figured it out!

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