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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 […]

A Ministry of Benediction

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

A Ministry of Benediction – Part III by Chuck Rennie It is true and it must be affirmed that it is God, through his Word and Spirit, who blesses his people. However, this does not assume that he does so in a corner or apart from those who have been appointed as heralds of his […]

The Nature of Benediction

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

A Theology of Benediction – Part II by Chuck Rennie Is it proper for our churches to conclude the service with a pronouncement of benediction? Isn’t this practically the same as concluding with a prayer? I intend to argue that it is more like a sermon than a prayer–a pronouncement from the King rather than […]

What is a Benediction?

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

A Definition of Benediction – Part I by Chuck Rennie Usually when we think about the Reformed tradition, the solas, or the Confessions, or maybe something else comes to our mind. What does not usually come to our mind are the liturgical benedictions which, in past times, were utilized in the majority of Reformation churches.

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.

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