Embracing Doctrine and Life
Simon Oomius in the Context of
Further Reformation Orthodoxy
The Practice of Godliness
Dr. Simon Oomius (1630-1706) was the youngest of 21 children born to Elizabeth Jans, “a woman of Proverbs 31.” Oomius was a prolific writer even while he pastored two churches and served as a military chaplain. Studying under Profs. Gisbertus Voetius and Johannes Hoornbeeck, he took up the latter’s recommendation to write a robust Practical Theology for pastors, students and for God’s people to become not only “more learned, but better” – a basic principle of the Further Reformation (1600-1750). Preparing the way for W. Brakel, he delves deeply into subjects of everyday Christian living that are as relevant for today’s world (perhaps even more) as they were for his.
Oomius “points toward the magnitude of the Reformed Orthodox–Nadere Reformatie theological project. Schuringa’s work not only provides an introduction to the work of a highly neglected theologian of the seventeenth-century, it also offers a significant window into the thought-world of Protestant ortho-doxy and its role in the Further Reformation of the confessionally Reformed Church.”
- From the Foreword by Richard A. Muller
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The Rev. Dr. Greg Schuringa has served as a pastor since 2002. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, San Diego. He also studied at the Johannes Calvijn Lyceum in Kampen, Dordt University, Westminster Seminary California, Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Utrecht, in addition to earning his M.Div. and Ph.D. at Calvin Theological Seminary. Greg and his wife, Sarah, are blessed with four living children: Olivia, Hannah, Sophia and Adrianna.