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Isaiah’s Experience of the Numinous

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008

In 1917, theologian Rudolf Otto coined the term ‘numinous’ to express an individual’s encounter with something ‘wholly other’, something beyond himself and even beyond the created order. It is a good and fitting term to describe Isaiah’s encounter with God recorded in Isaiah 6.

How important is Christian Liberty?

Monday, November 24th, 2008

Some material from my lectures on Chapter 21, ‘Of Christian Liberty’ in the Second London Confession: It may be difficult for us to understand just how important this chapter is, both in terms of the Confession itself, and of the theology expressed in the Confession. 

It’s Here!

Friday, November 7th, 2008

While on my recent trip to Ireland, I received copies of Edification and Beauty. I am very thankful that the book is finally in print. I suspect that it will be available from online bookstores soon.

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.

This is what the Gospel Ministry is all about

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

What should a pastor devote his time to? John Owen here teaches us, in the clearest fashion, what the answer to this question is. It is really very simple–too bad that so many miss the point completely! The first great duty of the ministry, with reference unto the church, is the dispensation of the doctrine […]

The Revelation of the Inscrutable God

Friday, September 26th, 2008

John Owen on the Glory of Christ: Chapter 5 parts 1-4 THE PERSON OF CHRIST THE GREAT REPRESENTATIVE OF GOD AND HIS WILL What may be known of God, is, – his nature and existence, with the holy counsels of his will. A representation of them unto us is the foundation of all religion, and […]

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 For many advocates of contemporary worship, hymns are outdated and outmoded, a relic of years gone by.

Report: Conference on 17th Century English Baptists; mp3s now available

Friday, August 29th, 2008

Attending conferences can be a dodgy experience. Some are always good (e.g. the Westminster Seminary California Faculty Conference held annually in January); others may make you wish that you had saved the time and money and stayed home. On Monday and Tuesday, it was my great pleasure to attend a conference that was excellent in […]

Fred Malone on The Reformed Pastor: Word and Sacrament

Friday, June 27th, 2008

He must Form his Life and Ministry According to Reformed Theology In the Reformation, the question of what constitutes a true church came to the forefront. In reaction to the medieval confusion spawned by Roman Catholicism’s view of Scripture plus tradition as God’s Word, sacramentalism, sacerdotalism and absence of true discipline in the church, the […]

What is the chief end of God?

Friday, June 6th, 2008

What is the Chief End of God? by James M. Renihan (originally written in 1998) While watching television the other evening, I came across what I can only call a Christmas Spectacular presented by a well-known evangelical megachurch in San Diego. 

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