I recently noticed on the book table of Reformation Heritage Bookstore the book with the title Always Reforming. Here is how the book described itself on its back cover as well as at http://www.ivpbooks.com/pages/data.asp?layout=product.htm&IdISBN.exact=9781844741304 :
“Although the Reformation took place in the sixteenth
century, this was the beginning of something and not the end. The Reformed
churches affirmed the need to be semper reformanda ('always reforming'). Unfortunately, this commitment to continuing
reformation has not been faithfully and consistently maintained over the
centuries. At one end of the theological spectrum, some have invoked semper reformanda
in order to justify abandoning the core of Reformation theology and departing
from received orthodoxy. At the other end, some have forgotten about semper reformanda
in their progress towards a rigid confessionalism,
giving the impression that the final codification of truth has already taken
place, and that there is no further need for reformation. Between these two extremes, there is a vital
task to be performed by the church in every generation: - to subject its
beliefs and practices to renewed scrutiny in the light of Scripture. In doing
so, the church must re-state biblical truth in ways that faithfully communicate
the gospel, advance the mission of the church, and address the issues which
men, women and children face as they seek to follow Christ and witness to him.
This volume is an exercise in semper reformanda. Each contributor was asked to take a different theme, doctrine or subject area within the discipline of systematic theology, and to assess the current state of scholarship in that area, before indicating areas where further work, development, re-statement or clarification are required. Overall, this stimulating collection is intended to make a positive contribution to evangelical scholarship, by helping to identify problems, dangers and exciting new possibilities, and to set an agenda for future theological reflection. The contributors are Henri Blocher, Gerald Bray, Richard Gaffin, Richard Gamble, A. T. B. McGowan, Robert Reymond, Derek Thomas, Kevin Vanhoozer, Cornelis Venema and Stephen Williams”
The contributing authors of this book, including the author of its preface, are some of the leading scholars in the NAPARC churches. The writer of the preface to this book, John Frame, well captures the spirit of the book in these words: “Reformed theology has often professed to be "always reforming" (semper reformanda), but it has often been to focused too much on its past achievements (reformata) at the expense of seeking new insight (reformanda).” To rightly understand such “new insight”, Rev. Brian Schwertley offers a good critique at http://reformedonline.com/view/reformedonline/frame.htm .
Rejection of what is labeled as “rigid confessionalism” yet an attempt to preserve “the core of Reformation theology” aptly characterize the general direction of NAPARC and the multi-denominational seminaries, like Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Westminster Seminary East and West, etc (see http://www.puritans.net/news/multidenominational012108.htm). In my opinion, the effort is mis-guided, for it rejects important Biblical truths and tolerates a fair amount of corrupting leaven.