Ligon Duncan
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· Born:
November 29, 1960 in Greenville, South Carolina
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Church
Senior Minister of
First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

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Education:
Graduated from Furman University in 1983; MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary; studied Systematic Theology at the Free Church of Scotland College under Professor Donald Macleod; PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 1995

· Denomination:
PCA

· Theology:
Westminster Calvinist: I embrace the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms as my personal confession of biblical, Christian belief. I am thus strongly committed to Covenant Theology.
5-point Calvinism, and am a Paedobaptist

  Eschatology
The specifics of the millennial question have never been the main focus of my teaching on eschatology, but I suppose I'd be characterized as amil or postmil on most matters relating to that (I say a- or post- partly because on the one hand I look for continuity between the already and the not yet in terms of the reign of God's kingdom on earth [in a way that most amils don't], and yet on the other hand do not conceive of a "golden age" in the way that classic postmillennialism does – I see a simultaneously increasing opposition to the kingdom growing alongside an ever advancing and expanding kingdom).

  Ecclesiology
I am strongly committed to the ordinary means of grace as the way God grows his church. The "ordinary means of grace," as you know, are "the Word, sacraments, and prayer." I believe that these are the ordinances given by God with which spiritual life is nurtured in the local church. By ordinances we mean spiritual instruments of grace and growth in grace appointed by God in the Bible. So, when we say ordinary means of grace-based ministry, we mean a ministry that focuses on doing the things God says are central to the spiritual health and growth of his people.

Hence, the key things that the church can do in order to help people know God and grow in their knowledge of God are: (1) emphasize the public reading and preaching of the Word; (2) emphasize the assuring and nourishing efficacy of the sacraments; and (3) emphasize a life of prayer, especially expressed corporately in the church.

 




 

 
 

 


Biographical Sketch

Dr. J. Ligon Duncan III, a native of Greenville, South Carolina, was born and reared in the home of an eighth generation Southern Presbyterian Ruling Elder. A 1983 graduate of Furman University, he received an MDiv from Covenant Theological Seminary and studied Systematic Theology at the Free Church of Scotland College under Professor Donald Macleod.  He earned the PhD from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1995.
He served on the staff of The Covenant Presbyterian Church of St. Louis from 1984-1987, and supplied pulpits in churches of the Presbyterian Association of England, Church of Scotland, and Free Church of Scotland while in Britain from 1987-1990. In 1990 he was ordained in the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) and joined the faculty of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS), Jackson, Mississippi where he was Chairman of the Department of Systematic Theology, and the John R. Richardson Professor of Theology.  At RTS he was responsible for teaching courses such as Systematic Theology, Ethics, Apologetics, History of Philosophy and Christian Thought, Covenant Theology, Patristics, Evangelism, and Theology of the Westminster Standards. He became the Senior Minister of First Presbyterian, Jackson in 1996.

Duncan is an active churchman and has been involved in the courts of the PCA in various ways for many years.  He was appointed to the General Assembly’s Committee on Psalmody, and has served on Committees of Commissioners for Covenant Seminary, MNA, and Bills and Overtures in 2002.  He has been a member and Chairman of the Credentials Committee of the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley (1996-2002). He was the Vice-Chairman of the General Assembly’s Creation Study Committee (1998-2000), a member of the Search Committee for a Coordinator of Reformed University Ministries, and currently is the Chairman of the General Assembly’s Theological Examination Committee, and is also a member of the PCA’s Strategic Planning Committee. Duncan was elected as Moderator of the Presbytery of the Mississippi Valley in 2001.  At the annual denominational meeting, held in June of 2004, he was elected the Moderator of the General Assembly of the PCA (2004-2005) – the youngest minister to serve as moderator in the denomination’s history.
Ligon and his wife, Anne, are the parents of Sarah Kennedy and Jennings.

Special Characteristics: An ordinary means of grace-based ministry which believes that God means what he says in the Bible about the central importance of these public, outward instruments for spiritual life and growth. God explicitly instructs ministers and churches to do the following things: (1) "give attention to the public reading of Scripture, to exhortation and teaching" (I Timothy 3:13); (2) "preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort, with great patience and instruction" (2 Timothy 4:2); (3) "make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matthew 28:19); (4) "This is My body, which is for you; ...This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me. For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes" (I Corinthians 11 :24-26); (5) "I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made. ..Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands" (I Timothy 2:1, 8).

These are the main ways God's people grow. We are saved by grace through faith, faith alone in Christ alone. But the instruments, the tools of God' s grace to bring us to faith and grow us in grace are the Word, prayer and sacraments. Nothing else we do in the church's program should detract from these central instruments of grace, and indeed every thing else we do should promote and coalesce with them.

Bibliography

1987

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Common Sense and American Presbyterianism: An Evaluation of the Impact of Scottish Realism on Nineteenth American Presbyterianism at Princeton and in the South.” MA Thesis, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, 1987.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Two African Apologists: Arnobius and Lactantius.” Short paper first given to the University of Edinburgh, New College, Department of Ecclesiastical History’s Seminar on “The Origins of North African Christianity from the beginnings to Augustine,” December 7, 1987. View online

1988

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Augustine and African Manichaeism.” Short paper first given to the University of Edinburgh, New College, Department of Ecclesiastical History’s Seminar on “The Origins of North African Christianity from the beginnings to Augustine,” January 28, 1988. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Pelagian Origins.” Short paper first given to the University of Edinburgh, New College, Department of Ecclesiastical History’s Seminar on “The Origins of North African Christianity from the beginnings to Augustine,” February 10, 1988. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Vandal Era.” Short paper first given to the University of Edinburgh, New College, Department of Ecclesiastical History’s Seminar on “The Origins of North African Christianity from the beginnings to Augustine,” March/April, 1988. View online

1989

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Irenaeus: Sabbatarian or Anti-Sabbatarian? — A Look at the Old Law in the New Covenant in the Theology of Irenaeus of Lyons.” Paper given before the Faculty of Divinity, Department of Ecclesiastical History, University of Edinburgh, New College, March 1, 1989. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1998. View online

1990

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Divine Passibility and Impassibility in the Nineteenth Century American Confessional Presbyterian Theologians,” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 8:1 (1990): 1-15.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Love one Another: A New Commandment?” RTS Ministry 9.4 (1990): 6-7,18.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Old Testament Prophets: A Bible Study Series,” Christian Observer (Aug 24-Nov 16, 1990):
“Samuel and Saul,” Christian Observer 168.34 (Aug 24, 1990): 5-6.
“A House for David,” Christian Observer 168.35 (Aug 31, 1990): 5-6.
“Nathan Rebukes David,” Christian Observer 168.36 (Sept 7, 1990): 5-6.
“Elijah and Ahab,” Christian Observer 168.37 (Sept 14, 1990): 5-6.
“Micaiah and Ahab,” Christian Observer 168.38 (Sept 21, 1990): 5-6.
“Elisha and Jehu,” Christian Observer 168.39 (Sept 28, 1990): 5-6.
“Amos and Amaziah,” Christian Observer 168.40 (Oct 5, 1990): 5-6.
“Introducing Christian Observer Bible Teacher,” Christian Observer 168.40 (Oct
5, 1990): 16. A special issue introducing Dr. J. Ligon Duncan, the magazine’s Bible teacher.
“Isaiah and Ahaz,” Christian Observer 168.41 (Oct 12, 1990): 5-6,18.
“Isaiah and Hezekiah,” Christian Observer 168.42 (Oct 19, 1990): 5-6.
“Huldah and Josiah: The Discovery of the Book of the Law,” Christian Observer 168.43 (Oct 26, 1990): 5-6.
“Jeremiah and Judah's Leaders: The Repentance Principle,” Christian Observer 168.44 (Nov 2, 1990): 5-6,17.
“Jeremiah and Jehoiakim,” Christian Observer 168.45 (Nov 9, 1990):5-6.
“Ezekiel and Israel's Shepherds: The Lord our Shepherd,” Christian Observer 168.46 (Nov 16, 1990): 5-6,19.

1991

Cunningham, William. An Introduction to Theological Studies. Edited and introduced by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: A Press, 19911, 19932, 19943.

*Duncan, J. Ligon. “Roman Catholicism and Evangelicalism: A View from Geneva.” Paper given at the Pansophic Society Meeting, Cooper Room, Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi, November 11, 1991.

*Duncan, J. Ligon. “Theology and the Church in Modern Culture.” Paper given at Belhaven College, Jackson, Mississippi, Wednesday, December 4, 1991.

1992

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Presuppositions and Theological Method: Some Reflections on Patristic Epistemology.” Paper given at the Southeastern Regional meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society, Beeson Divinity School, Birmingham, Alabama, March 7-8, 1992.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Why Theology is Important to You,” RTS Ministry 11.3 (1992): 14-16.

1993

Beveridge, William. A Short History of the Westminster Assembly. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1993.

Cunningham, William. An Introduction to Theological Studies. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: A Press, 19911, 19932, 19943.

Duncan, J. Ligon. Christology, Soteriology, and Eschatology. An introduction to the doctrines of Christ, salvation, and the last things in binder form. Orlando: RTS and RTS Media Ministries, 1993. Buy online With accompanying audiotapes available through the RTS bookstore.

Duncan, J. Ligon. Revitalizing the Ministry through Theology: A Call for Reformational Revolution. Lectures given at 1993 MNA Mid-South Retreat held at Twin Lakes Conference Center October 21-22 in Jackson, Mississippi.

Duncan, J. Ligon and David W. Hall. The Westminster Assembly: A Guide to Basic Bibliography. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1993. Sponsored by NAPARC Commemorative Committee. Online to buy at Heritage Books.

***Duncan, J. Ligon. Westminster Shorter Catechism. Audio cassette recording of the Westminster Shorter Catechism (Original and Modern). Greenville: A Press, 1993. Buy online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Unless a man is born again,” Tabletalk 17.5: (May 1993): 15-17.

1994

Carruthers, S.W. Everyday Work of the Westminster Assembly. Edited and introduced by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1994.

Cunningham, William. An Introduction to Theological Studies. 3rd ed., with new appendix. Edited and introduced by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: A Press, 19911, 19932, 19943.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Moses’ Law for Modern Government: The Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement.” Paper given at the Social Science History Association National Meeting, Saturday, October 15, 1994. Jackson: RTS Bookstore, 1994. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 19962. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. Review of The Origins of the Federal Theology in Sixteenth-Century Reformation Thought by David A. Weir.” Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology 12.1 (1994): 55-57. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Union of God and His People: Covenant Theology and the Church Today.” Paper given at the Reformed Fellowship of the Southeastern United States, First Presbyterian Church [ARP], Columbia, SC, February 23, 1994. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1998.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Facing the Challenges of Today II: Standing Firm: Against the Myths of Modernity.” Sermon preached at Heritage Presbyterian Church, Edmund, Oklahoma April 17, 1994.

Girardeau, John L. The Federal Theology: Its Import and Regulative Influence. An Address edited by J. Ligon Duncan III, with a biographical introduction by W. Duncan Rankin. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1994.

Henry, Matthew. Method for Prayer. Edited, revised and introduced by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1994.

Henry, Matthew. Method for Prayer. Edited, revised and introduced by J. Ligon Duncan III. Fearn, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 19941, 19982.

Macleod, Donald. “The Humiliated and Exalted Lord: A Study of Philippians 2 and Christology.” Three lectures edited, annotated, and introduced by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1994.

Macleod, Donald. Shared Life: The Trinity and the fellowship of God's people. With an introduction by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1994.

Palmer, Benjamin Morgan. The Broken Home: Lessons in Sorrow. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III, with an introduction by Glen Charles Knecht. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1994.

1995

Carruthers, S.W. The Westminster Confession: The Preparation and Printing of its Seven Leading Editions and A Critical Edition. With an introduction by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1995

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Belgic Confession: A View from Westminster,” The Presbyterian Perspective Series in Christian Observer (1995-6). J. Ligon Duncan III: Author and/or Editor. Articles 1-6 available online at Premise

“The Belgic Confession: A View from Westminster.” Christian Observer 173.6 (Mar 17, 1995): 25.

“The Belgic Confession-Article 1: God.” Christian Observer 173.7 (Apr 7, 1995): 23.

“The Belgic Confession-Article 2: By what means God is made known unto us.” Christian Observer 173.8 (Apr 21, 1995): 23.

Herrin, Michael G. “The Belgic Confession-Article 3: Of the Written Word of God.” Christian Observer 173.9 (May 5, 1995): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

“The Belgic Confession-Article 4: The Canonical Books of the Holy Scriptures.” Christian Observer 173.10 (May 19, 1995): 23.

Spears, Robert. “The Belgic Confession-Article 5: Whence do the Holy Scriptures derive their Dignity and Authority?” Christian Observer 173.11 (June 2, 1995): 29. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Pierce, Kenneth A. “The Belgic Confession-Article 6: The Difference between the Canonical and Apocryphal Books.” Christian Observer 173.12 (June 16, 1995): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Jones, Ricky D. “The Belgic Confession-Article 7: The Sufficiency of Scripture.” Christian Observer 173.13 (July 7, 1995): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Mikkelson, David P. “The Belgic Confession-Article 8: The Trinity,” Christian Observer 173.14 (July 21, 1995): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Mikkelson, David P. “The Belgic Confession-Article 9: The Proof of the foregoing Article of the Trinity of the Three Persons in One God.” Christian Observer 173.15 (Aug 4, 1995): 23-24. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Ross, Michael F. “The Belgic Confession-Article 10: Jesus Christ is True and Eternal God.” Christian Observer 173.16 (Aug 18, 1995): 23-24. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Berry, Stephen R. “The Belgic Confession-Article 11: The Holy Spirit is True and Eternal God.” Christian Observer 173.19 (Oct 6, 1995): 23. Ed. by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Mikkelson, David P. “The Belgic Confession-Article 12: Of the Creation.” Christian Observer 173.20 (Oct 20, 1995): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Shelt, Christopher A. “The Belgic Confession-Article 13: The Same God of Providence.” Christian Observer 173.21 (Nov 3, 1995): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Clark, R. Scott. “The Belgic Confession-Article 14: Of the Creation and Fall.” Christian Observer 173.22 (Nov 17, 1995): 25. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Clark, R. Scott. “The Belgic Confession-Article 15: Of Original Sin,” Christian Observer 173.23 (Dec 1, 1995): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Covenant Idea in Ante-Nicene Theology.” Ph.D. Thesis, University of Edinburgh, New College, Scotland, 1995.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Divinity of Christ,” Modern Reformation 4.6 (November/December, 1995): 27-32. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Moses’ Law for Modern Government: The Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement.” Premise II.5 (January 1995): 4. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Moses’ Law for Modem Government: The Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement.” Premise II.10 (December 1995): 4. . View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Owning the Confession: Subscription in the Scottish Tradition.” Premise II.1 (January 1995): 5.
View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Owning the Confession: Subscription in the Scottish Tradition.” Premise II.10 (December 1995): 4. Uniform Resource Locator Premise

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Owning the Confession: Subscription in the Scottish Tradition.” Chapter in The Practice of Confessional Subscription. Edited by David W. Hall. Lanham: University Press of America, 1995. Uniform Resource Locator Premise

Witsius, Herman. The Character of a True Theologian. Translated by John Donaldson. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III. With a foreword by William Cunningham and an introduction by Michael Honeycutt. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1995.

1996

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Belgic Confession: A View from Westminster,” The Presbyterian Perspective Series in Christian Observer (1995-6). J. Ligon Duncan III: Author and/or Editor.

Berry, Stephen R. “The Belgic Confession-Article 17: Of the Recovery of Fallen Man.” Christian Observer 174.1 (Jan 5, 1996): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Levine, Mark. “The Belgic Confession-Article 18: Of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ.” Christian Observer 174.2 (Jan 19, 1996): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Pierce, Kenneth A. “The Belgic Confession-Article 19: The Confessional View of the Two Natures of Christ.” Christian Observer 174.3 (Feb 2, 1996): 23. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Pierce, Kenneth A. “The Belgic Confession-Article 20: The Atonement.” Christian Observer 174.4 (Feb 16, 1996): 22. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Pierce, Kenneth A. “The Belgic Confession-Article 21: Of the Satisfaction of Christ.” Christian Observer 174.6 (Mar 15, 1996): 19. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Herrin, Michael G. “The Belgic Confession-Article 22: Our Justification through Faith.” Christian Observer 174.7 (Apr 5, 1996): 19. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Gilpin, Lawrence A. “The Belgic Confession-Article 23: Justification by Faith.” Christian Observer 174.8 (Apr 19, 1996): 18. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Jones, Ricky D. “The Belgic Confession-Article 24: Sanctification and Good Works,” Christian Observer 174.9 (May 3, 1996): 18. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Keating, Shawn. “The Belgic Confession-Article 25: Ceremonial Law in the Reformed Tradition.” Christian Observer 174.10 (May 17, 1996): 19. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Keating, Shawn. “The Belgic Confession-Article 33: The Sacraments.” Christian Observer 174.20 (Oct 18, 1996): 21-22. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Keating, Shawn. “The Belgic Confession-Article 34: The Sacrament of Baptism.” Christian Observer 174.21 (Nov 1, 1996): 20-21. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Voorhees, Jeffrey D. “The Belgic Confession-Article 35: Of the Lord’s Supper.” Christian Observer 174.22 (Nov 15, 1996): 22. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Gilpin, Lawrence. “The Belgic Confession-Article 36: Of Magistrates.” Christian Observer 174.23 (Dec 6, 1996): 22. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Depravity and Sanctification,” Tabletalk 20.4 (April 1996): 11-13.

Duncan, J. Ligon. Moses’ Law for Modern Government: The Intellectual and Sociological Origins of the Christian Reconstructionist Movement. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 19962. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Se Alguem Nao Nascer De Novo,” O Jornal Os Puritanos IV: 2 (March/April, 1996): 17-18.

Thomas, Derek W.H. The Essential Commentaries for a Preacher’s Library. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan III. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1996. Available to buy online at
Heritage Books

Thomas, Derek W. H. Taken up into Heaven: The Ascension of Christ. With a preface by J. Ligon Duncan III. Durham, England: Evangelical Press, 1996. Available to buy online at RTS Faculty

1997

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Biblical Patterns for Prayer,” Presbyterian Network (Autumn 1997): 13-20.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Covenant Idea in MELITO OF SARDIS: An Introduction and Survey.” Paper given at the North American Patristic Society, National meeting, Thursday, May 29, 1997. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1998.

*Duncan, J. Ligon. “General Revelation and Current Reformed Apologetics and Epistemology: A Seventeenth-Century Protestant Scholastic Review and Critique.” Paper given at the Evangelical Theological Society, National meeting, Friday, November 21, 1997.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Ten Commandments and Civil Liberty.” AFA Journal, 21.11: (Nov/Dec 1997): 20.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Ten Commandments and Civil Liberty in a Pluralistic Society.” NLA (National Lawyers Association) Review 1.2 (Summer 1997): 6.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Ten Commandments and Civil Liberty.” Madison County Journal, 16.13 (March 27, 1997): 5.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Ten Commandments and Civil Liberty in a Pluralistic Society.” Christian Perspectives: A Journal of Free Enterprise 10.2 (Fall/Winter 1997): 1,8.


1998

Brown, John. The English Puritans. With an introduction by J. Ligon Duncan III. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 1998.

Calhoun, David B. A Place for Truth: The 1995 James Henley Thornwell Lecture. Edited by Stephen Berry and J. Ligon Duncan III, with an introduction by Dr. Mark E. Ross. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1998.

Carruthers, S.W. Four Studies in the WSC (1647). With an introduction by J. Ligon Duncan. 1998. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Accounting for Sin,” Tabletalk 22.2 (February 1998): 54-55.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Animadversions on Alex Mitchell’s View of the Westminster Assembly and the Days of Creation.” The Presbyterian Witness 12.2 (Spring 1998): 31-35.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Animadversions on Alex Mitchell’s View of the Westminster Assembly and the Days of Creation.” Premise V.3 (July 1998): 8. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “A Battle for Redemption,” Tabletalk 22.2 (February 1998): 39-40.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Blood of the Covenant,” Tabletalk 22.6 (June 1998): 45-46.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Belgic Confession: A View from Westminster” Premise (1998-1999). J. Ligon Duncan III: Author and Editor. Available online at Premise

“The Belgic Confession: A View from Westminster,” Premise V.

“The Belgic Confession-Article 1: God,” Premise V.

“The Belgic Confession-Article 2: By what means God is made known unto us,”
Premise V.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Covenant Idea in IRENAEUS OF LYONS: An Introduction and Survey.” Paper given at the North American Patristic Society, National meeting, Thursday, May 28, 1998. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1998.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Exodus Applied,” Tabletalk 22.3 (March 1998): 45-46.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Glory and Presence of the Lord,” Tabletalk 22.12 (Dec. 1998): 37-38.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Grace of Law,” Tabletalk 22.5 (May 1998): 41-42.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Grace and Responsibility,” Tabletalk, 22.4 (April 1998): 43-44.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Impatience and Idolatry,” Tabletalk 22.8 (August 1998): 40-41.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Lord’s Own Possession,” Tabletalk 22.9 (September 1998): 44-45.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “My God Is Loving,” Tabletalk 22.10 (October 1998): 42-43.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Priestly Garments,” Tabletalk 22.7 (July 1998): 42-43.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Remembering the Covenant,” Tabletalk 22.1 (January 1998): 41-42.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Ten Principles for Christian Giving.” Pamphlet produced for First Presbyterian Church. Jackson, MS: FPC Publications, 1998.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Theology of Revival and Reformation.” Paper given to the Presbyterian Church in America Convocation on Revival and Reformation, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS, October 13, 1998. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 1999.

Duncan, J. Ligon. Book Review of To Glorify and Enjoy God: A Commemoration of the 350th Anniversary of the Westminster Assembly, by John L. Carson and David W. Hall, eds. (Edinburgh: Banner of Truth Trust, 1994). In Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 41.4 (December 1998): 659-660.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Worshiping as We Ought,” Tabletalk 22.11 (November 1998): 40-41.

Macleod, Donald. A Faith to Live By. Prefatory Comments by J. Ligon Duncan III. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 1998.

1999

Campbell, Iain D. The Doctrine of Sin in Reformed and Neo-Orthodox Thought. With prefatory Comments by J. Ligon Duncan III. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 1999.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “God’s Grace in the Midst of Treachery: God’s Grace, His Gracious Providence and Gracious Judgment in the Story of Joab, Abner and David (2 Samuel 3:22-30).” Short paper first submitted at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis, MO for “Old Testament History and Theology,” April 13, 1984.

*Duncan, J. Ligon. “Recent Objections to Covenant Theology: A Description, Evaluation, and Response.” Paper given at the Evangelical Theological Society, National meeting (Danvers, Massachusetts), Wednesday, November 17, 1999. 1999.

The Confession of Faith and Subordinate Standards (Free Church of Scotland). New edition. Edited by W. Duncan Rankin and J. Ligon Duncan III. Edinburgh: Knox Press, 1999.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Theology of the Gospel.” Paper given to the Presbyterian Church in America Convocation on Evangelism, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, AL, October 20, 1999.

Johnson, Terry. The Family Worship Book. With prefatory Comments by J. Ligon Duncan III. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 1999.

2000

Baxter, Richard. The Duty of Physicians. Edited by Michael Lundy. General Editor, Ligon Duncan. Jackson, MS: FPC Publications, 2000 and Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2000.

Benton, Wilson. Everything you always wanted to know about Predestination but were afraid to ask. Edited by Ligon Duncan, with a preface by Rod Mays. Jackson, MS: FPC Publications, 2000 & Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2000.

Duncan, J. Ligon. Opening the Hidden Treasure: Reed’s Commentary on the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Christian Observer 178.1 (January 2, 2000): 24-25.

Duncan, J. Ligon. Book Review of Reformed Confessions Harmonized, with an Annotated Bibliography of Reformed Doctrinal Works, by Joel R. Beeke and Sinclair B. Ferguson, eds. (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 1999). In Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 43.2 (June 2000): 335-336.

Duncan, J. Ligon, David W. Hall, Meredith Kline, Lee Irons, Hugh Ross and Gleason Archer. The Genesis Debate: Three Views of the Days of Creation. Mission Viejo, CA: Crux Press, 2000. Available to buy online at amazon.com

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Facts Overlooked on Women Pastors.” Clarion-Ledger, 3 July 2000, 8A.

Johnson, Terry. Reformed Worship. Edited by Ligon Duncan. Jackson, MS: FPC Publications, 2000 and Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2000.

Kelly, Howard. A Scientific Man and the Bible. Edited by Ligon Duncan, with an introduction by Paul Hoehner. Jackson, MS: FPC Publications, 2000 and Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2000.

Reed, Gordon K. Plain Talk on Christian Doctrine: A Pastor’s Look at the Shorter Catechism. With an introduction by J. Ligon Duncan III. Sardinia: Word Ministries, 2000 and Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2000.

2001

Duncan, J. Ligon. “How Does Covenant Theology Help the Preacher?” Paper given to the Philadelphia Conference on Reformation Theology, pre-conference seminar sessions, (repeated in Colorado Springs, CO, Indianapolis, IN, and Philadelphia, PA), March-April, 2001. Available to buy in cassette form at PCRT

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Kingdom Citizen’s Character (1),” Madison County Journal, 20.8 (2001): 6b.

Duncan, J. Ligon. Mercy’s Gift. One of six 2001 PCRT plenary sessions of “Lord, Have Mercy” series. Cassette. PCRT Conference, 2001. Available to buy online at PCRT

Duncan, J. Ligon. “N.T. Wright and the New Perspective: An Introduction and Critique.” Paper given to the Presbyterian Church in America Fourth Convocation on Revival and Reformation, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Jackson, MS, November, 2001).

Duncan, J. Ligon. “On My Mind – ‘In Name Only’ Christianity.” Modern Reformation 10.1 (January-February, 2001): 56.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Openness of God Controversy.” Paper given to the Philadelphia Conference on Reformation Theology, (repeated in Colorado Springs, CO, Indianapolis, IN, and Philadelphia, PA), March-April, 2001. To be produced in pamphlet form by the ACE. View online & Buy in audio cassette form at PCRT

Duncan, J. Ligon. “A Reply to Concerns and Objections regarding Original Intent and the Creation Days.” Paper e-published by the Center for the Advancement of Paleo-Orthodoxy, July 9, 2001. Uniform Resource Locator capo.org

Duncan, J. Ligon. “A Statement of Our Situation and Need.” Statement given during the Wednesday Evening Special Prayer Service, September 12, 2001 and posted on the website of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals at alliancenet.org

Duncan, J. Ligon. “What is Covenant Theology?” Paper given to the Philadelphia Conference on Reformation Theology, pre-conference seminar sessions, (repeated in Colorado Springs, CO, Indianapolis, IN, and Philadelphia, PA), March-April, 2001. View online & Buy in audio cassette form at PCRT

Johnson, Terry. The Pastor’s Public Ministry. Introduced and Edited by Ligon Duncan. Jackson, MS: FPC Publications, 2001 and Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2001.

Ryken, Philip Graham. The Sovereignty of God’s Mercy. Edited and Introduced by Ligon Duncan. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2001.

2002

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Christ in the Psalms,” Modern Reformation 11.6 (November-December, 2002).

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Covenant Idea in Melito of Sardis: An Introduction and Survey,” Presbyterian 28.1:12-33.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The English Standard Version: The Bible Evangelicals Have Been Waiting For?” Christian Research Network Journal 14 (2002): 29-32.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Lord of the Rings: A Rambling Review and Reflection.” A review posted on the First Presbyterian Church website and the website of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Speaking Soberly and Sensitively about Hell,” Modern Reformation 11.3 (May-June, 2002): 21-24.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “What is Covenant Theology?” The Presbyterian Banner (September 2002): 4. View online

Kistler, Don, gen. ed. Feed My Sheep! A Passionate Call for Preaching. With an introduction by Ligon Duncan. (Soli Deo Gloria Publications, 2002). Available to buy online at christianity-books.com

 

2003

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Biggest Challenges Facing the Church in 2003." Jackson Christian Family (February 2003):22.

Duncan, J. Ligon and Mark R. Talbot. “Camping’s Folly: A Response to Harold Camping’s Erroneous Teaching on the Church.” Essay written for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals Council (ACE), 2003.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The English Standard Version: An Introduction (Part 1).” The Reformed Informer (November 17, 2003).

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The English Standard Version: An Introduction (Part 2).” The Reformed Informer (November 24, 2003).

Duncan, J. Ligon. “How Do You Praise God When Your Heart Is Breaking?” Sermon on 1 Peter 1:3-5. Columbia, SC: First Presbyterian Church, July 6, 2003. Audio version available online at firstprescolumbia

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Our Only Comfort in Life and Death.” Tabletalk 27.2 (February 2003) 52-53.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Providence of God and Teaching of Jesus.” Chapter in Reclaiming the Gospel and Reforming Churches, Edited by Thomas K. Ascol. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press 2003.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Keep Studying.” Chapter in Letters to Timothy. Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press 2003.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “How do we deal with unbiblical theology?” An excerpt from an interview. 2003. Posted on the Nine Marks Ministries website.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “How does the minister balance work and family?” An excerpt from an interview. 2003. Posted on the Nine Marks Ministries website.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “How much time should you expect to spend preparing a sermon?” 2003. Posted on the Nine Marks Ministries website.

Duncan, J. Ligon. The Westminster Confession in the 2lst Century: Essays in Remembrance of the 350th Anniversary of the Publication of the Westminster Confession of Faith (Volume 1). Edited by Ligon Duncan, Duncan Rankin, Derek Thomas, Steve Berry and John Muether. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2003. View online

Fesko, J. V. Diversity within the Reformed Tradition: Supra- and Infralapsarianism in Calvin, Dort, and Westminster. Introduced and Edited by Ligon Duncan. Jackson, MS: Reformed Theological Seminary, 2003 and Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2003.

Give Praise to God: Sola Scriptura et Soli Deo Gloria – A Festschrift for James Montgomery Boice. Edited by J. Ligon Duncan, Derek W. H. Thomas, and Philip Ryken. Philipsburg, NJ: P&R, 2003. Available to buy online at amazon.com

Thomas, Geoffrey. Preaching: The Man, The Message, and The Method. Edited by Ligon Duncan, with an introduction by Derek W. H. Thomas. Jackson, MS: FPC Publications, 2003 and Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2003. Excerpts available at graceonlinelibrary

2004

*Campbell, Iain D. The Lord’s Prayers. Introduced and Edited by Ligon Duncan. Jackson, MS: FPC Publications, 2004 and Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2004.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Attractions of the New Perspective(s) on Paul.” Transcript of a paper given in Jackson, Mississippi and Glasgow, Scotland. Posted on the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals website, 2004. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. “A Method of Prayer by Matthew Henry (1662-1714)” in The Devoted Life: An Invitation to the Puritan Classics, by Randall Gleason and Kelly M. Kapic. Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2004.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “More Concerns about N.T. Wright and the New Perspective(s): Divine monergism at work in regeneration and justification has a vital role in sanctification.” Essay originally posted on the PCA News website, 2003, and republished by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, 2004.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Old Testament Prophets: A Bible Study Series.” The Madison County Journal (March 18 – December30, 2004).
“Samuel and Saul.” The Madison County Journal (March 18, 2004): A3.
“A House for David (1).” The Madison County Journal (March 25, 2004): A3.
“A House for David (2).” The Madison County Journal (April 1, 2004): A3.
“Nathan Rebukes David (1).” The Madison County Journal (April 8, 2004): A3.
“Nathan Rebukes David (2).” The Madison County Journal (April 15, 2004): A3.
“Elijah and Ahab (1).” The Madison County Journal (April 29, 2004): A3.
“Elijah and Ahab (2).” The Madison County Journal (May 6, 2004): A3.
“Micaiah and Ahab (1): a bad alliance.” The Madison County Journal (May 13, 2004):
A3.
“Micaiah and Ahab (2): a lucky shot.” The Madison County Journal (May 20, 2004): A3.
“Elisha and Jehu (1).” The Madison County Journal (May 27, 2004): A3.
“Elisha and Jehu (2).” The Madison County Journal (June 3, 2004): A3.
“Amos and Amaziah (1)” The Madison County Journal (June 10, 2004): A3.
“Amos and Amaziah (2)” The Madison County Journal (June 17, 2004): A3.
“The Lord’s Word to David” The Madison County Journal (June 24, 2004): A3.
“Isaiah and Ahaz (1)” The Madison County Journal (July 1, 2004): A3
“Isaiah and Ahaz (2)” The Madison County Journal (August 19, 2004): A3.
“Huldah and Josiah (1)” The Madison County Journal (August 26, 2004): A3.
“Jeremiah and Jehoiakim (1)” The Madison County Journal (September 2, 2004): A3
“Jeremiah and Jehoiakim (2)” The Madison County Journal (September 9, 2004): A3
“Ezekiel and Israel’s Shepherds (1)” The Madison County Journal (September 16, 2004): A3
“Ezekiel and Israel’s Shepherds (2)” The Madison County Journal (September 23, 2004): A3
“Jeremiah and Judah’s Leaders (1)” The Madison County Journal (September 30, 2004): A3
“Exodus Saved to Worship” The Madison County Journal (October 7, 2004): A3.
“Exodus Saved to Worship (2)” The Madison County Journal (October 14, 2004): A3.
“Growth Through Suffering” The Madison County Journal (October 21, 2004): A3.
“The Midwives Who Feared God” The Madison County Journal (October 28, 2004): A3.
“The Deliverer Delivered” The Madison County Journal (November 4, 2004): A3.
“A Failed Deliverance” The Madison County Journal (November 11, 2004): A3.
“The Burning Bush” The Madison County Journal (December 2, 2004): A3.
“I Am Who I Am” The Madison County Journal (December 9, 2004): A3.
“Signs and Wonders for Moses” The Madison County Journal (December 16, 2004): A3.
“A Spokesman for Moses” The Madison County Journal (December 23, 2004): A3.
“Hardening Pharaoh’s Heart” The Madison County Journal (December 30, 2004): A3.

*Duncan, J. Ligon and David Sinclair. Study to Show Yourself Approved: A Manual for Preparation for Licensure and Ordination. Greenville: Reformed Academic Press, 2002.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Faith Works.” Tabletalk 28.4 (April 2004) 54-55.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Still the Radical Truth” Reformed Quarterly (Winter 2004): 4-5.

Duncan, J. Ligon and Terry Johnson. “A Call to Family Worship.” The Journal for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Volume IX Issue 1 (Spring 2004) 6-15. This article was originally published as, and has been slightly edited from “A Call to Family Worship” in Give Praise to God, Philipsburg: NJ: P&R 2003.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Some Thoughts on Salvation.” The Reformed Informer (February 16, 2004). “Some thoughts on Worship.” The Reformed Informer (March 29, 2004).
Duncan, J. Ligon. “The Biblical Doctrine of Justification. Transcript of a talk from Sovereign Grace Conference, April 15, 2004.

Duncan, J. Ligon and Mark R. Talbot. “Should We Leave Our Churches? A Biblical
Response to Harold Camping. Philipsburg, NJ: P&R Press, 2004.

Duncan, J. Ligon. The Westminster Confession in the 2lst Century: Essays in Remembrance of the 350th Anniversary of the Publication of the Westminster Confession of Faith (Volume 2). Edited by Ligon Duncan, Duncan Rankin, Derek Thomas, Steve Berry, John Muether and Stephen Tindall. Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus Publications, 2004. View online

Duncan, J. Ligon. Worship Style Jackson Christian Focus (March 2004): 22.

First Presbyterian Church First Epistle Articles (2004).

2005

Duncan, J. Ligon. Worship in Spirit and Truth, Tabletalk (January 2005): 55-55.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Review: The Auburn Avenue Theology, Pros and Cons: Debating the Federal Vision. The John Knox Theological Seminary on the Federal Vision.” The Confessional Presbyterian Volume 1 (2005), 161-163, 183.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Justification by Faith and the New Perspective(s) on Paul: Do we need a new perspective on justification?” Paper delivered to the PCA General Assembly, Chattanooga, June 15, 2005.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “From Worship Wars to Biblical Consensus: Doxological Commitments and Commonalities for the PCA. Paper delivered to the PCA General Assembly, Chattanooga, June 14, 2005.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Marks of a Healthy Church” Paper delivered to the PCA General Assembly, Chattanooga, June 15, 2005.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Do We Need a New Perspective on Justification?” Reformation21 (August, 2005).

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Origen: Minister of the New Covenant-Not of Letter But of Spirit.” Chapter in Interpreting and Teaching the Word of Hope. Edited by Robert L. Penny, Taylors, SC: Presbyterian Press, 2005.

Duncan, J. Ligon. Worshipping God Together: Congregational Worship at First Presbyterian Church. Jackson: FPC Publishing, 2005.

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Review: Above All Earthly Powers.” Reformation21 (January, 2006).

Duncan, J. Ligon. “Old Testament Prophets: A Bible Study Series.” The Madison County Journal
“The People Believed, Worshipped, and are Afflicted” Madison County Journal (January 6, 2005): A3.
“The Foremen Grumble Against Moses” Madison County Journal (January 13, 2005): A3.
“Revelation of the Divine Name” Madison County Journal January 20, 2005): A3.
“The Lord’s Plan” Madison County Journal (January 27, 2005): A3.
“The First Plague – the Nile turned to blood” Madison County Journal (February 3, 2005): A3.
“The Second Plague – Frogs” Madison County Journal (February 10, 2005): A3.
“The Third and Fourth Plagues: Gnats and Flies” Madison County Journal (February 17, 2005): A3.
“The Fifth Plague: Death of Livestock” Madison County Journal (February 24, 2005): A3.
“The Sixth and Seventh Plagues: Boils and Hail” Madison County Journal (March 3, 2005): A3.
“The Eighth Plague: the Locusts” Madison County Journal (March 10, 2005): A3.
“The Ninth Plague: Darkness” Madison County Journal (March 17, 2005): A3.
“The Tenth Plague Announced” Madison County Journal (May 5, 2005): A3.
“The Lord’s Passover” Madison County Journal (May 12, 2005): A3.
“The Feast of Unleavened Bread” Madison County Journal (May 26, 2005): A3.
“Plunder and Passover (1)” Madison County Journal (June 2, 2005): A3.
“Because of What the Lord Did for Me” Madison County Journal (June 9, 2005): A3.
“Plunder and Passover (2)” Madison County Journal (June 16, 2005): A3.
“The Bones of Joseph” Madison County Journal (June 23, 2005): A3.
“The Lord Overthrows the Egyptians” Madison County Journal (July 7, 2005): A3.
“The Test at Marah (1)” Madison County Journal (July 14, 2005): A3.
“The Test at Marah (2)” Madison County Journal (July 21, 2005): A3.
“Manna and Quail (1)” Madison County Journal (July 28, 2005): A3.
“Manna and Quail (2)” Madison County Journal (August 4, 2005): A3.
“The Sabbath Observed (2)” Madison County Journal (August 11, 2005): A3.
“The Wise Counsel of Jethro” Madison County Journal (September 1, 2005): A3.
“On Eagles’ Wings (1)” Madison County Journal (September 8, 2005): A3.
“On Eagles’ Wings (2)” Madison County Journal (September 15, 2005): A3.
“Preparation for a Divine Encounter” Madison County Journal (September 22, 2005): A3.
“Life with God: Meeting God” Madison County Journal (September 29, 2005): A3.
“Grace before Law” Madison County Journal (October 6, 2005): A3.

2006

Duncan, J. Ligon and Susan Hunt. Women’s Ministry in the Local Church. Wheaton: Crossway, 2006.

Author Related Links

Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals [http://www.alliancenet.org/]
First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi [http://www.fpcjackson.org/]
The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood [http://www.cbmw.org/]
Reformation 21 [ http://reformation21.org/1/]
Together for the Gospel (Blog) [http://blog.togetherforthegospel.org/]

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