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Calvin on the Authority of Scripture

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

Scripture’s Authority: Institutes I:7:1 1.Scripture has its authority from God, not from the church Before proceeding farther, it seems proper to make some observations on the authority of Scripture, in order that our minds may not only be prepared to receive it with reverence, but be divested of all doubt.

Some Objections Considered (Part 3)

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Questions about the Historical Record It is argued that the Independents did not have any structures equivalent to the Baptist associations, and that they were opposed to such structures.  In the opinion of this author, such a notion is a misreading of the sources and the historical circumstances in which the Independents wrote. 

Some Objections Considered (Part 2)

Friday, April 25th, 2008

Some Objections Considered (Part 2) A Question of the Baptist use of the Savoy Platform In developing this argument based on the Baptists’ use of the Savoy Platform, it is easy to overlook two important factors that militate against this position. In the first place, careful notice must be given to the Savoy Divines’ own […]

Some Objections Considered (Part 1)

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

Some Objections Considered (Part 1) When the previous material first appeared in pamphlet form, I received a response from a concerned pastor, objecting to my reading of the historical data. 

Confessional Associationalism in Practice

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008

The Practice of Associationalism as Implemented by our Forefathers There is still another important facet of our question which needs to be answered, and it is this: What did these associations do? 

The Confession on Associations

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008

The Confession on Associations There may be some who read the words of our last post, and have no difficulty accepting what has been written, but who argue that this type of oneness is demonstrated through conferences, pastors fellowships and personal friendships.  Nothing else is necessary, and anything more is an intrusion upon the rights […]

God’s Blessing

Monday, April 7th, 2008

Posted by Prof. Renihan At Escondido Reformed Baptist Church, we have 7 student-interns. These men participate in different ways in the teaching and preaching work of our assembly, and we greatly appreciate their labors. Recently, the men have been teaching us about worship–why we do the things that we do in our worship services. We […]

Two important books on Baptist history

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Robert Oliver, History of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1771-1892: From John Gill to Charles Spurgeon (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2006). Dr. Oliver is a Fellow of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. Kenneth Dix, Strict and Particular: English Strict and Particular Baptists in the Nineteenth Century (Didcot: The Baptist Historical Society for the […]

April Fools’ Day

Tuesday, April 1st, 2008

Rather than posting a joke today, we decided to do something serious. This is John Owen’s attempt to produce a Socinian Catechism. His use of irony and sarcasm is brilliant. It may be found in his Works, 12:588-90.