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JIRBS 2015

March 4th, 2015 | Comments Off on JIRBS 2015

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New Journal Almost Ready

January 27th, 2014 | Comments Off on New Journal Almost Ready

Issue I:1 coming soon


November 29th, 2012 | Comments Off on Holiness

“Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God’s judgment–hating what He hates–loving what He loves–and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word. He who most entirely agrees with God, he is the most holy man.” J.C. Ryle, Holiness, page 35.

Covenant Theology and Baptism

October 10th, 2012 | Comments Off on Covenant Theology and Baptism

Last year, two of our senior students presented a paper on Covenant Theology and Baptism to an audience of about 50 students. It has been very well received and may be viewed here.

What is the Christian Ministry?

October 1st, 2012 | Comments Off on What is the Christian Ministry?

September 30, 2012 was a wonderful day as Sam Renihan, 2012 IRBS/WSC graduate, was ordained into the Christian ministry at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, La Mirada, CA. To begin the day, IRBS Trustee Pastor Don Lindblad of Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, Kirkland, WA, delivered an excellent exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16. Please listen to it carefully–it is extremely useful.

A Wonderful Gift

September 25th, 2012 | Comments Off on A Wonderful Gift

A Wonderful Gift

 In the reign of Artaxerxes king of Persia, Ezra … went up from Babylonia. He was a scribe skilled in the Law of Moses that the Lord, the God of Israel, had given, and the king granted him all that he asked, for the hand of the Lord his God was on him…. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel (Ezra 7:1, 6, 10, ESV).

Why was Ezra useful for service in Israel? The first and most important reason is that the Lord was with him.

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Carl Trueman Audio and Video

September 28th, 2011 | Comments Off on Carl Trueman Audio and Video

It was great to visit Oceanside United Reformed Church this past Friday and Saturday and hear Carl Trueman lecture.  Continue Reading →

Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society available for free download

July 26th, 2011 | Comments Off on Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society available for free download

Many years ago, when I was a very poor Ph.D. student, I spent a term working at the Angus Library, Regent’s Park College, Oxford. With very limited resources, I purchased several out-of-print journals and books, but I had to decline what would have been a true prize, a complete set of the Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society. This was the early name for what would become The Baptist Quarterly, and was published in seven volumes from 1908-1921. It is full of incredibly valuable material, including many reprinted primary sources from the Seventeenth century.

All of this material is now in the public domain and has been made available for free here. Additionally, the entire set may be downloaded in .pdf format. This is a great bounty. And beyond this wonderful resource, the early issues of The Baptist Quarterly are also being scanned and placed on the same website.

Tolle lege.

The Benefits of Having a Church Intern

August 23rd, 2010 | Comments Off on The Benefits of Having a Church Intern

The Benefits of Having a Church Intern by Pastor Dave Johnston, Bible Fellowship Church, Greentown, PA

We tried to come up with all the downsides to using a pastoral intern fresh out of seminary.  Our elders sat with our deacons to pool our collective pessimism.  “He’ll make mistakes.”  “He’ll say the wrong things.”  “He’ll cost us time and money.” “Nobody will listen to him.”  So far, we came up with all the reasons not to have me as pastor.  We finally decided to call one of our sister churches that had a long experience in the ministry of interns.  Continue Reading →