About This Blog

Gentle Reformation is a cooperative effort by friends in the R&P faith (Reformed and Presbyterian) to speak the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ in its many applications through the media of the internet.  Our blog is intentionally styled:

  • to be persuasive rather than polemical (seeking to avoid the condescending pride that is, sadly, too often seen in R&P circles among those who, of all people, should be able knowledgeably to  say “by the grace of God I am what I am”);
  • to speak in a tone that is pastoral rather than pejorative (though Biblical faithfulness demands that we cry “Wolf!” on occasion (see Matthew 7:15; Acts 20:29-31), we will be sure to do it only when warranted and not so often that we start sounding like that proverbial boy);
  • and to consider the people in the pews rather than professors and pastors as our primary audience (though many of us, being such ourselves, love pastors and professors and invite them to read along!).


  1. Verne Rosenberger January 10, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    I am so grateful for Barry York’s introducing this blog to the R P ministers. You have a great group of bloggers. I am so zealous to complete my Commentary on the Psalms that I am jealous of spending time reading blogs. However, I must respond to thank C. J. Williams for his splendid commentaries on several Psalms. He is a man after my own heart! I especially loved his comments on Psalm 88 (Life and Death in the Psalms, really Worship and Death in the Psalms). May God bless you dear brothers in your witness and fellowship ministering the blessed Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ! Verne Rosenberger, Ret. RPCNA Minister, Beaver Falls, PA

  2. Verne Rosenberger January 10, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    I did not read the two lines below “Post Comment” but I checked them both. Verne Rosenberger

    • Deryl Robson May 21, 2013 at 8:19 am #

      Hi, Verne, So glad you’re working on Psalms commentary. Look forward to it. We miss you in New England!

  3. Brad Johnston January 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    So glad to see the GENTLENESS in Gentle Reformation. Especially online the rhetoric can get heated. You line up of authors are sharp thinkers who are skilled at speaking in love. I’ll be alerting others to this blog every chance I get! And Pastor Barry, thanks for investing a whole summer in this former intern in 2003!

    • Deryl Robson May 21, 2013 at 8:23 am #

      I agree with you, Brad. I have just been through a challenging discussion with someone who posts on another Reformed blog where debate is key and I saw minimal gentleness. Going through the recent situation has made me aware of how gentle, wise counsel and discipline have to be hand in our openly sinful society.I can even more appreciate the difficulty and challenges of being a Pastor. Thank you all for praying for wisdom and spirits of gentleness and love and for sharing your gifts!

  4. Tim J. R. Trumper, August 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    I’ve just come across your site and its blog intentions for the first time. Very laudable, refreshing, and timely. May the Lord spread the Gentle Reformation!

  5. Barry York August 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm #

    Welcome, Dr. Trumper. Thank you for your encouraging words!

  6. gerhardebersoehn March 18, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    I have found through thousands of exchanges, that discussions about the Sabbath as a rule are “intentionally styled:”

    subtly “persuasive” rather than honestly “polemical”, and carefully selective with holy sounding but ever so condescending language.

    I have found that discussions are never fair exchange of thoughts based on the Scriptures and Gospel, but like the above ‘presentation’, are one-sided “intentionally styled” showpieces of pejorative pastoral jargon about ‘love’ and ‘freedom’, the prime consideration being the opinion of the audience in the pews who slothfully and blindfolded follow their respectable professors and pastors — with Biblical faithfulness warranted to fly out the window.

  7. terry dowds January 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm #

    Barry , excellent letter may our Lord bless it to the heart of this author. Blessings Pastor Terry Dowds

  8. Kristy Mapp January 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Feel free to erase this comment after you see it.. I follow you from my WordPress account and I can read your latest posts, but when I try to go there it gives me the ‘error – page not found’ dialogue. I think it’s cause you switched to your new website or something (which looks awesome by the way!!) I would like to link to your Duck Dynasty post but can’t get to the original. Thanks!!

  9. Betty McJunkin November 25, 2014 at 2:35 pm #

    I enjoy this blog but not sure how to sign up for it!

    • Barry York November 25, 2014 at 10:43 pm #


      Glad you enjoy the blog. You can follow us either with the RSS feed or by liking us on Facebook.

  10. Lamar Austin July 7, 2015 at 11:52 pm #

    Sign me up

  11. Linda Jane October 20, 2015 at 2:06 pm #

    Hello. God bless you. I am a Translator and have a huge team of Translators. If you have any material you want to get translated into Yiddish, my first and native language, also into Hebrew, Spanish, German, French, Chinese, Georgian, Greek, Hindi and other 50 major languages, please let me know about it. I will wait for your answer please. Thank you.

    In Christ,
    Linda Jane.

  12. Doug Wallace January 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm #

    Nice site, thanks.

  13. Ray March 9, 2016 at 12:47 pm #

    Wonderful site with great content. Love everything about it. Keep it up, friends.

    • Barry York March 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm #

      Thank you!


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