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A Really Great Conference

Monday, January 19th, 2009

On Friday and Saturday Jan. 16&17, Westminster Seminary California hosted its annual faculty conference. With 2009 being the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the theme of the conference was  . . . .  well, you can guess. Actually, it was “Calvin’s Legacy: Reforming the Church Today”.

Puritan Patristics: Protestant Catholicity

Friday, January 16th, 2009

B. The Puritan use of the Fathers. This positive exposition still needs some careful qualification. No reformed writer treated any church father as if his writings were on a par with Scripture. But neither did they succumb to a naïve Biblicism, thinking that they alone with their Bibles could arrive at a satisfactory system of […]

Puritan Patristics: Archetypal Theology

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

Let’s consider two key points. The study of the writings of their predecessors were important for two reasons—it established right and wrong doctrine and practice: 1. Archetypal theology and practice. How does one establish orthodoxy and orthopraxy? By building from scratch? No. Rather it is by recognizing the work of the Spirit in the church […]

Christ’s Ascension Gifts

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

From Spurgeon’s Sermon on Eph. 4:7-12 preached in March 1871 (Thanks to Rob Cosby for these quotations) We have thought that Christ’s gifts were valuable enough for us to treasure up and improve them. Our College has now received and sent forth, in the name of Jesus, more than two hundred ministers of the word. […]

A Very Important Project

Thursday, November 13th, 2008

The growing number of reprints available today is really wonderful. Major works of the past, so useful to saints for generations, are again accessible for us. What a blessing. Now, another new project has begun, and this one is slightly different.

Counter-attacks against Historic Christianity: Old errors die hard

Wednesday, November 12th, 2008

Do you ever scratch your head and wonder what other professing believers are thinking? I do.

Caterpillars and Butterflies

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

Caterpillars and Butterflies:A Review of New Covenant Theology By Tom Wells and Fred Zaspel(Frederick, MD: New Covenant Media, 2002) By James M. Renihan Several years ago, Richard Barcellos published the helpful monograph In Defense of the Decalogue, the first book-length discussion of theological issues related to the development of a movement that has come to […]

Edification and Beauty

Wednesday, October 15th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan On Monday, my book Edification and Beauty came forth from the press and should be available soon from online retailers.

Gadsby’s Hymns for today?

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Posted by Prof. Renihan Sadly, hymnody is sometimes a controversial matter in churches.  It shouldn’t be like this, but it is. For many advocates of contemporary worship, hymns are outdated and outmoded, a relic of years gone by.

Moving Up Down Under

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan Last Monday I returned from my third trip to New Zealand–what a blessing it was to be with those beloved men again. I have come to love and appreciate very much their friendship as well as the work they are doing. After an overnight flight from Los Angeles (my luggage decided […]

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