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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 [...]

The Glory and Beauty of Christian Theology

Thursday, October 9th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan There is a certain kind of over-confidence that resides in the minds of many today; an overconfidence expressed in their attempts to adjust or even re-write Christian doctrine. Many ‘study’ a doctrine, develop a thesis about that doctrine, arrive at novel conclusions, and then promote their deduction as the right and [...]

William Perkins’ A Golden Chaine

Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan Many will know William Perkins’ (1558-1602) name–some will know of his fame. He was one of the great English Puritans, preaching in Cambridge and teaching a whole generation of young scholars how to preach God’s Word. One of his most famous contributions to Puritan Theology is his work A Golden Chaine.

Benjamin Keach on Justification (Part 1)

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

Benjamin Keach on Justification (Part 1) We say obedience supposeth a man justified; but these men say, that obedience concurs with faith to justify, or is part of our righteousness to justification: we affirm, as a worthy divine observes, that faith alone perfectly justifies, by trusting in the righteousness of Christ;

The Heart of the Reformed Faith

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

The Heart of the Reformed Faith by Pastor Stephen Rees The heart of the Reformed faith-the heart of biblical Christianity-is God-centeredness: the conviction that God himself is supremely important.

Packer on Baxter

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Packer on Baxter The Redemption and Restoration of Man in the Thought of Richard Baxter, J.I. Packer (Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2003), reviewed by James M. Renihan J.I. Packer’s published writings cover a wide spectrum from popular to academic, and are always thought-provoking and useful.

The Precisianist Strain: An Important Book on Puritanism

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

The Precisianist Strain: An Important Book on Puritanism Theodore Dwight Bozeman, The Precisianist Strain: Disciplinary Religion & Antinomian Backlash in Puritanism to 1638 (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, 2004). Reviewed by Prof. Renihan Theodore Dwight Bozeman is a scholar of primary importance in [...]

Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition of the Baptist Catechism

Friday, June 20th, 2008

A couple of years ago, Mike Gaydosh and I worked together to reprint Benjamin Beddome’s A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism. It is a very useful doctrinal and practical tool. This is the introduction I wrote for that book. Introduction by James M. Renihan, Ph.D. At the 1693 London General Assembly of Particular Baptist [...]

A Brief Annotated Bibliography on Baptist History

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

An Annotated Bibliography of Important Reading and Study Materials Concerning Particular Baptists submitted by James M. Renihan Beddome, Benjamin. A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism. Birmingham: Solid Ground Christian Books, 2006. A very useful doctrinal and practical exposition of the Baptist version of the Westminster Shorter Catechism. Highly recommended.

John Owen on the importance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

Here is an interesting excerpt from Owen’s Works, 7:218-21. He is writing primarily against the Quakers (who rejected the use of ‘carnal ordinances’), but his words have great relevance for our own circumstances today. Few understand the importance of the sacraments. Point 2 below is especially useful. Perhaps this brief selection will help restore them [...]

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