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Why we like John Owen so much

Monday, May 12th, 2008

Why we like John Owen so much, by Prof. Renihan We have said many times that John Owen is our favorite theologian.

Christ’s Covenantal Blessing

Friday, April 11th, 2008

The Christology of the Benediction – Part IV by Chuck Rennie All of the Scriptural benedictions which fall into the purview of this discussion have a Christological focus. When the minister uses the Aaronic benediction he is emphasizing that the covenantal blessings which were bestowed upon Abraham, and then upon Isaac, upon Jacob, upon the [...]

Report from the Texas IRBS extension classes

Friday, March 28th, 2008

From Prof. Renihan: Greetings. We are in our final weekend of extension classes held in Mansfield, TX. The Lord’s blessings have been evident. I have been teaching a course that is based on the first part of my first-year pastoral theology class in Escondido.

Keach on the contradictions of Calvinist Paedobaptism

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008

From Benjamin Keach, Gold Refin’d, or, Baptism in its Primitive Purity (London: 1689), 169. Is it not strange men should say, all children of believers are in covenant, and that there is no falling from a state of grace; but that the New Covenant is so well ordered in all things, and sure, that it [...]

Patrick Fairbairn on the Priority of the New Covenant

Thursday, March 6th, 2008

From Patrick Fairbairn, Prophecy, page 152 ff. It is implied that the revelations by prophecy, respecting the gospel age and its realities, were necessarily defective as to clearness and precision, and are not capable of bearing so exact an interpretation, or yielding so explicit a meaning, in respect to the affairs of Christ’s kingdom, as [...]

John Owen on the Divinely Appointed Means of Grace

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

From John Owen on The Saints’ Perseverance, Vol. 11:611 But yet I say, in an inquiry after and dijudication of truth, whatever I have been or may be straitened between different persuasions, I have [chosen], and shall rather choose, in the practice of holiness, in prayer, faith, and waiting upon God, to search the Scripture, [...]

The Appendix to the Second London Confession (1689 Confession)

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

When the Second London Confession was published in 1677 (2 editions in 1677) and again in 1688, it included an Appendix seeking to provide further reasons why the Baptists considered it important to form their own churches based on the practice of believer’s baptism. They had been stung by criticism implying that such actions were [...]

Spurgeon on Infant Baptism

Thursday, February 21st, 2008

An Excerpt from C.H. Spurgeon, CHILDREN BROUGHT TO CHRIST, AND NOT TO THE FONT DELIVERED ON SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 24TH, 1864 The font is a mockery and an imposition if it be put before Christ.

James Ussher on God’s Love

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

Excerpts from James Ussher’s Body of Divinity (London: 1658), 64-67. A modern reprint is available from Solid Ground Books. What is the Love of God? It is an Essential Property in God, whereby he loveth himself above all, and others for himself, 1 John 4. 16. Rom. 5. 8. John 3. 16. Titus 3.4. Mal. [...]

The Unity of the Bible

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

This is an excerpt from Nehemiah Coxe’s A Discourse of the Covenants, first published in 1681, and reprinted as the first part of Covenant Theology: From Adam to Christ (Palmdale: Reformed Baptist Academic Press, 2005), 33-34. The great interest of man’s present peace and eternal happiness is most closely concerned in religion. And all true [...]

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