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Great is the Mystery of Godliness

Monday, September 29th, 2008

From Ambrose, (De Fide, ad Gratianum) as cited by John Owen in the Preface to Christologia I inquire of you when and how the Son was begotten? Impossible it is to me to know the mystery of this generation. My mind faileth, my voice is silent — and not only mine, but of the angels; [...]

The Revelation of the Inscrutable God

Friday, September 26th, 2008

John Owen on the Glory of Christ: Chapter 5 parts 1-4 THE PERSON OF CHRIST THE GREAT REPRESENTATIVE OF GOD AND HIS WILL What may be known of God, is, – his nature and existence, with the holy counsels of his will. A representation of them unto us is the foundation of all religion, and [...]

Baptist Ministerial Education

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

Baptist Ministerial Education Submitted by Prof. Renihan In 1662, circumstances were bleak in the English churches. Charles II had been restored to his father’s throne two years before, and was enacting legislation intended to force men who could not submit to its conscience-breaking demands out of every possible position of influence.

The Old Faith

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

From Miles Coverdale’s translation of Bullinger The Old Faith 81-83. Published in England around 1547. (The first 11 chapters are essentially a Biblical Theology, demonstrating the centrality of Christ and the Gospel in the Scriptures). CHAPTER XII. A CONCLUSION, THAT THIS FAITH IS THE RIGHT TRUE OLD FAITH, WHICH ALWAY SHALL STAND SURE. This holy [...]

3 Puritans on Preaching: The Early Church, the Middle Age, and Their Age

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

God hath seemed to have reserved it for a great blessing to the last age of the world that, for aught appears to us from any books, it hath been more fertile of such preaching than any since that of the apostles.

Would you like to live here?

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan from CH 610 Puritanism in Context lecture notes What was life like during the 16th and 17th centuries? Depends on who you are: Male or Female; City, Town, Village, Country; Peasant, Yeoman, Gentleman, Gentry, Nobility. Remember that Puritans tended to come from the merchant class.

Busy, Busy, Busy (2 Prayer Requests and an Explanation)

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan Dear Friends, The Lord is at work doing wonderful things, and for this I am very thankful. The new semester has started with several very fine new students, my class on Puritanism is progressing well, and all the rest of the Fall activities are up and running. This means that I [...]

The Character of an Old English Puritan

Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan Many years ago, my brother, IRBS Fellow Dr. Mike Renihan, posted John Geree’s The Character of an Old English Puritan, or Non-Conformist on his website. Since I have had puritanism so much on my mind lately, it seemed good to repost Geree’s marvelous work here. It is required reading in our [...]

Hearing the Lord: The Essence of Ministerial Training

Monday, September 8th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan What factor is central to preparation for the Gospel ministry? Some might argue that it is the acquisition of knowledge; others might focus on the development of gift. Each of these is certainly of importance in the life of a man who seeks to serve God and his people in a [...]

Puritanism in Context

Friday, September 5th, 2008

Submitted by Prof. Renihan Some may know that I will be teaching a course entitled Puritanism in Context for Westminster Seminary California beginning next Monday evening. I am honored to have this responsibility and excited to work through a subject that is near and dear to my heart.

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