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CEP Samples

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

We will be posting some sample videos from our Continuing education classes. Here’s the first one, addressing the question What Was Life Like in the Puritan Era?http://irbscep.edu20.org/site/custom2

January 2013 IRBS Course

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

From January 8-16, 2013, we will (DV) offer our CH 604 Baptist History course. This year, Pastor Ronald S. Baines of Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Topsham, ME will be the guest lecturer. Pastor Baines is a Trustee of IRBS and a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Maine. He is working on Baptist History in Northern [...]

‘Without Body, Parts, or Passions’: A Very Important Discussion

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Our Confession of Faith begins its chapter ‘Of God and of the Holy Trinity’ with this wonderful statement: 1. The Lord our God is but  one only living, and true God; whose subsistence is in and of himself,  infinite in being, and perfection, whose Essence cannot be comprehended by any but himself;  a most pure [...]

We Labor Diligently for the Conversion of Souls

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

In reading from my great teacher John Owen, I came across this wonderful section from his sermon titled “The Duty of a Pastor.” It may be found in his Works, vol. 9:460-462. I shall mention one duty more that is required of pastors and teachers in the church; and that is, — that, we labor [...]

Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society available for free download

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

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 [...]

The Origin of Modern Baptists

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

About two years ago, I was asked to contribute to an online discussion of Baptist origins, published in the Journal of Baptist Studies. My task was to present the English Separatist view of Baptist development. The question is an important one, and deserves careful thought. I sought to write based on the use of a selection of [...]

Puritanism in Context: June 14-19 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

God willing, the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, in cooperation with the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, will be offering Prof. Renihan’s course Puritanism in Context in Owensboro, KY, June 14-19.

Is Public Worship Important?

Saturday, April 17th, 2010

Individual experience often seems to be the rule of the day. Piety is often defined by our emotions rather than our duties. But this is not just a recent reality.

Cotton Mather on Sermon Preparation

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Wise observations from the great early New England pastor:

January Symbolics Course

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Pastor Doug Vandermeulen, from Community Baptist Church, Fargo, ND, reviews the recent Baptist Symbolics class: In January 2010, I completed Dr. Jim Renihan’s course Baptist Symbolics, at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, and it is very difficult not to speak too highly of it.

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