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Graduation 2009

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

The end of another school year is upon us. Papers have been written, exams completed and grades filed. We are very thankful to God for his grace, evident in abundant ways. We have witnessed manifold demonstrations of the goodness of God, and we are very thankful.

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.

An Antipaedobaptist who was ‘One of the First of the Clergy to Introduce Reformation’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Only a few men of credobaptist convictions were ejected from Church of England pulpits by the Act of Uniformity. While most of them came to serve Baptist congregations, the most important of them, John Tombes, did not.

A Different Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Many years ago, I visited the town of Barnard Castle in Northern England. Little did I know that it had once been the site of such a careful ministry. This is from The Nonconformist’s Memorial 1:380-381:

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 […]

Theology and the Theological Seminary

Monday, February 9th, 2009

Theology and the Theological Seminary James M. Renihan In Jude’s brief epistle we find two thought provoking statements: “contend for the faith once for all delivered to the saints” (verse 3); “build yourselves up in your most holy faith” (verse 20).  These two statements serve an important purpose in the letter: they turn our attention […]

John Gill on the Minister’s Ministry

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

The apostle exhorts Timothy to take heed to himself. I apprehend, that [he] regards him in his ministerial capacity, as a preacher of the word; and is desirous, that he would take heed to himself, as a minister, and to the ministry which he had received in the Lord, that he fulfill it. It becomes […]

Thought for the Day

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Noticed on an internet advertisement: “Orthodontists spend 2-3 years beyond dental school learning how to straighten teeth.” If men spend so much time and effort preparing for something which is frequently cosmetic, how much time should a man spend preparing for pastoral ministry?

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