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Holiness

Thursday, November 29th, 2012

“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 [...]

What is the Christian Ministry?

Monday, October 1st, 2012

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 [...]

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 [...]

Always Reformed: A Very Special Birthday Present

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

On Tuesday October 5, a special event took place during the chapel service at Westminster Seminary California. The day before had been a milestone birthday for Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, the Seminary’s president. This event was marked by the revelation of a secret that had been successfully kept from Dr. Godfrey–no small feat.

The Benefits of Having a Church Intern

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

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 [...]

2010 New Zealand School of Theology

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

From the 2010 New Zealand School of Theology: This year, we considered the topic ‘A Theology of Ministry.’ 24 men gathered for a week of lectures and fellowship.

How much does your church give?

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

How much does your church give? James M. Renihan The churches of our Association are very generous in their support for Gospel work. Whether it is foreign missions, special projects, or the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, I am always blessed by the faithful contributions which come in from our congregations. But perhaps there is [...]

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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