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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”.

The Simplicity of Early Baptist Worship

Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

The earliest English Baptist churches held a high view of the Regulative Principle of Worship. Before anything could be introduced into worship and thus imposed on God’s people, it was necessary to demonstrate that the Lord himself had authorized that act. Since Scripture only mentions a few ‘elements’ of worship, their corporate services were very [...]

The Glory of the Incarnation

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Excerpts from Owen, Vol. 1 “He, therefore, is the Word, the Christ, and the cause of old of our being; for he was in God, and the cause of our well-being. But now he has appeared unto men, the same eternal Word, who alone is both God and man, and unto us the cause of [...]

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.

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