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Baptist & Puritan History Tour 2009

Saturday, May 24th, 2008

We are pleased to announce the first official IRBS tour–a Baptist & Puritan history tour of England in June 2009. We will visit many fantastic locations, including Hampton Court Palace, site of the Conference between reform minded puritans and King James I in 1604; Westminster Abbey, site of the Westminster Assembly;

Resolving problems in Colossians 2:16-17

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Resolving Problems in Colossians 2:16-17 by James M. Renihan Colossians 2:16 & 17 (NKJV): So let no one judge you in food or in drink, or regarding a festival or a new moon or sabbaths, 17 which are a shadow of things to come, but the substance is of Christ. This passage is, at first […]

Are Baptists Protestants?

Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan To some, this might seem like an unusual question. They would answer, “of course.” But others would answer the same query by stating unequivocally “No”. For those of you who are not Baptists, you may not be aware of the heat generated by this question. We cannot settle the matter here […]

Do you know this mighty man of God?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan The following is the Foreword I wrote for a very useful little book, Devoted to the Service of the Temple: Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins, edited by Michael Haykin and Steve Weaver. You should buy it and read it.

A Great Story

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan The purpose of this blog is theological: we are seeking to promote confessional Christianity, especially in its historic Baptist formulation. But in God’s mercy, he gives us much ‘richly to enjoy’ (1 Timothy 6:17). My favorite pastime, apart from reading dusty old tomes and buying newer ones, is baseball; and not […]

Christ, the Anointed Prophet

Monday, May 19th, 2008

Christ, the Anointed Prophet By John Clarke This brief article is taken from John Clarke’s famous book Ill Newes from New England: or A Narrative of New England‘s Persecution. Wherein it is declared that while old England is becoming new, New England is become Old (London, 1652), 44-47.

Shall we dance?

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Submitted by IRBS Fellow Mike Renihan, Ph.D. An old acquaintance of mine called to vent about some matters and ask advice about others. The advice was sought about a particular situation at a church where his wife was the ‘minister of worship.’ Yup, that’s right, can you see where this is going? He was disturbed […]

Ecclesiastical Idol: Not so special music

Thursday, May 15th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan In my travels, I occasionally find myself present in a less-than-simple worship service.

B.B. Warfield on Faith and Life: Sound Distinctions and the Importance of Preaching

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

The following short essay was originally published in the The Presbyterian, Feb. 3, 1916, pp. 10-11. The electronic edition of this article was scanned and edited by Shane Rosenthal for Reformation Ink. It is in the public domain and may be freely copied and distributed. See

Prophetic Words from David Benedict

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

David Benedict was a Baptist minister and historian who lived in the 19th century. He was a keen observer of the life of the churches. Here is an excerpt from his book Fifty Years Among the Baptists. Looking back at developments among the Baptists as the 19th century turned into the 20th century, his words […]

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