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On the new forcers of Conscience under the Long PARLAMENT by John Milton, 1645

Monday, March 31st, 2008

On the new forcers of Conscience under the Long PARLAMENT John Milton 1645 Annotations by James Renihan, Ph.D., March 2008 (Orthography as in original–see The Poetical Works of John Milton, 2:157)

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.

Grow in Grace

Thursday, March 27th, 2008

“Grow in Grace” 2 Peter 3:18 by James M. Renihan How do Christians grow in Grace? Or perhaps more directly, how may pastors help their people grow in grace? This is a key question when we think about the work of the ministry, and training men to do it.

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 [...]

How to profit from preaching

Monday, March 24th, 2008

How to Profit from Preaching  by James M. Renihan 1. We must come to the preaching of the Word of God with a heartfelt desire to hear it. There must be urgency and expectancy. When the Psalmist says “How sweet are your words to my taste, yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth” (Ps. 119:103), [...]

Trembling Before the Cross

Friday, March 21st, 2008

Trembling Before the Cross James M. Renihan Professor John Murray once wrote that the fear of God is the soul of godliness, and surely he was right. Though often neglected, it is one of the central concepts in all of Scripture. God’s people fear Him, because they know Him as He has revealed Himself. Thomas [...]

Communion with Christ (part 3)

Thursday, March 20th, 2008

From John Owen’s Communion with God 2.146-152 We keep our communion with Christ chaste also 3. In [keeping] his institutions, or matter and manner of his worship. Christ marrying his church to himself, taking it to that relation, still expresseth the main of their chaste and choice affections to him to lie in their keeping [...]

Communion with Christ (Part 2)

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

From John Owen’s Communion with God 2.146-152 The second part of our chaste communion with Christ consists:  2. In cherishing that Spirit, that holy Comforter, which Christ sends to us, to abide with us in his room and stead. He tells us that he sends him to that purpose, John 16.7. He gives him to [...]

Communion with Christ (Part 1)

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

From John Owen’s Communion with God 2.146-152 Owen is asserting that the saints are to be chaste in their relations with Christ. He states: Now, there are three things wherein this chastity consists: -

The early Irish Baptists

Monday, March 17th, 2008

Submitted by IRBS Fellow Dr. Crawford Gribben The early Irish Baptists Waterford, a harbour town on the southern coast of Ireland, is not a regular destination for visiting tourists. Its name is rarely associated with the grand stream of Irish church history. But concealed in this obscurity is one of the most important churches in [...]

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