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Why Johnny Can’t Preach

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I have frequently found T. David Gordon’s writing to be stimulating and thought-provoking. He is not afriad to cut against the grain of popular opinion, and his diagnoses of the ills and missteps of the modern church are often right on target.

Preaching is the First Mark of the True Church: Why Faithful Pastors Matter So Much

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

John Calvin, in his Commentary on 1 Timothy, expresses the foundational importance of pastors to the church. They are the ones who propagate, defend and spread the truth.

Sound Doctrine for Reformed Baptists

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Pattern of Sound Doctrine: Systematic Theology at the Westminster Seminaries: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Strimple, David VanDrunen, ed. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2004). This is a book that Reformed Baptists need to read. It addresses a series of issues relevant to our own struggles and identity over the last fifty years, [...]

A High and Proper View of the Pastoral Ministry

Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

We live in a day when the distinctions between pastors and people have largely broken down. Loud voices cry out, calling for a mobilization of every member of the church, as if all had the same call and responsibilities from the Lord. While this may be the dominant view today, it is really an historical [...]

True Godliness at the Door of Old Age

Tuesday, March 10th, 2009

From Benjamin Keach’s allegory The Travels of True Godliness.This is a warning to all! Godliness being rejected both by Riches, Poverty, and Youth, resolved to see whether he might not be entertained by a certain decrepit and feeble person called Old Age, concluding within himself that it was very probable his dear friend Consideration, whom [...]

The Marvelous Providences of God in the Conversion of Sinners

Monday, March 9th, 2009

From John Flavel’s The Mystery of Providence (Works, IV:377-82) Now there be divers things in those providences, that are versant about this work, which are exceeding sweet and taking: As, namely,

Glad Tidings from Heaven

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

We don’t often hear about Welsh Puritanism, and this is to our loss. There was a strong and useful Puritan movement in Wales, developing into Independent and even Particular Baptist churches. One of the leaders of that movement was the clergymen Walter Cradock (fl. 1640s-1659).

A Summary of the Directory for Public Worship

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

A Summary of the Directory for Public Worship (It is not clear that this is intended to be an order of worship; this is rather the order of the items in the Directory)

Treasury of David: Applications

Monday, February 23rd, 2009

Applications: 1. Spurgeon’s treatment of the Psalms teaches us something about the reverence in which we should hold the Word of God. As we read the Treasury of David, we may rightly say that Spurgeon is our master-teacher of the truth of the Psalms. But he never viewed himself as a master of Scripture.

Hanserd Knollys on Plain Preaching

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

The Ministers of Christ must declare the Testimony of God not with excellency of speech, not with enticing words of Man’s Wisdom. Their speech and their preaching must be in the Demonstration of the spirit and in power, 1 Cor. 2:1,2,4,5, before the Gospel can come to their hearers’ hearts in power and in the [...]

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