Reviving the Classics

Thus says the LORD:
“Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths, where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, ‘We will not walk in it’” (Jer. 6:16).

This word of the Lord given to the prophet Jeremiah shows us the inherent value of seeking time-honored, godly wisdom. The Bible is replete with such admonitions, urging us to “recall the former days” (Heb. 10:32) and commanding that we “remember the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Jude 17).

The author of Hebrews gives us the following mandate—knowing that by our obedience we will greatly encourage our own souls:

Remember those who led you, who spoke the word of God to you; and considering the result of their conduct, imitate their faith (Heb. 13:7, NASB).

In an attempt to obey this command—and provide resources by which you might do the same—I am privileged to announce the beginning of Dispensational Publishing House’s Revived Classics Series.

081316 Blog - RC Box AdAs I grow older, I realize just how quickly the events of the past fade into distant memories. This is true in every realm of life, which means that we must be on guard to maintain some information that is simply too valuable to be lost. We must place the legacy left by great dispensational Bible teachers, theologians, pastors and authors into that category.

We must do our part to enable the great dispensational voices of the past to be heard anew—that it might be said of them, like Abel, “He being dead still speaks” (Heb. 11:4).

In that light, I want to share with you some of the plans and goals for our Revived Classics Series. As stated on our website:

Through our Revived Classics line, we will seek to give new life to old, forgotten and out-of-print books that cry out to our truth-starved contemporary society—offering hidden gems of insight.

The time has arrived for us to embark on this exhilarating journey.

Here are just some of the things that we envision doing through our Revived Classics division:

  • Reprinting articles or sermons on our blog—presenting them in a way that will attract attention in this 21st century
  • Publishing out-of-print books and booklets—expanding the influence of writings that are simply too good to be relegated to the dustbin
  • Converting audios and videos into blog posts, books and booklets—taking recordings that are all but forgotten and using them to reach a far greater audience than they otherwise could
  • Utilizing the audio and video of a particular author or speaker to create exciting new projects, such as Bible study guides or even full-scale curricula
  • Designing charts, infographics, multimedia slides and other web content from an author’s writings and teachings

We are limited only by our imaginations in attempting to revive these potentially forgotten materials. In some cases, we hope that we will be able to make greater use of these works than their authors ever thought possible.

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We will not necessarily receive exclusive rights to all the works of authors whose materials we publish under our Revived Classics banner. While we may seek this where possible or practical, in some cases we will be delighted simply to have a part in helping to preserve these classic materials.

The word classic, by the way, means “serving as a standard of excellence.”

[1] That definition certainly fits each one in our inaugural class of authors. First on the list are three great preachers:

Next, we look forward to expanding the teaching ministry of three stalwart theological educators:

Finally, we are privileged to add in one of my own beloved seminary professors—a man who actually split his ministry nearly in half between the lectern and the pulpit, impacting many lives by both means:

DPH RC LogoAs we proceed, we will surely be bringing you the works of other authors, as well.

And what a joy it has been to interact with the loved ones of these men! So many are thrilled with this new initiative—knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that each one here listed would want their names to be included.

As Samuel was called to begin his ministry, Scripture records an astounding statement regarding God’s oversight of his influence:

So Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground. And all Israel from Dan to Beersheba knew that Samuel had been established as a prophet of the Lord (1 Sam. 3:19-20).

May Dispensational Publishing House be used to serve a similar role, under God, to protect and promote the heritage left by these faithful saints.

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[1] “Classic,” Merriam-Webster, <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/classic>; Internet; accessed 12 August 2016.

[2] For more on Dr. William McCarrell, read: “A Dispensational Discourse with Dr. Rich McCarrell.”

[3] For more on Drs. Bruce Dunn and Dave Breese, read: “Five Dispensationalists Who Changed My Direction.”

4 Comments

  1. […] Note: Tomorrow, Saturday, Aug. 13, we will launch our Revived Classics line with a special blog article. In it, I will introduce you to some of our plans as well as the […]

  2. […] Note: On Saturday, Aug. 13, we will launch our Revived Classics line with a special blog article. In it, I will introduce you to some of our plans as well as the […]

  3. La Donna Malles December 2, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    I am trying to find some of Dr. James Boyer’s books. He had a book on studies in 1 Corinthians. “For a World Like Ours”.

    • Randy White December 30, 2017 at 10:13 am - Reply

      I am sorry, La Donna, we haven’t been able to find a copy of the book in print.

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