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When did Evangelicalism begin?

Friday, January 30th, 2009

In 1988, Scottish Baptist historian David Bebbington published an important work, Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History from the 1730s to the 1980s. It is recognized as a central text in its field. In that book, Bebbington dates the beginning of Evangelicalism to the 1730s, the era of the commencement of the revival in Britain.

Thought for the Day

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Noticed on an internet advertisement: “Orthodontists spend 2-3 years beyond dental school learning how to straighten teeth.” If men spend so much time and effort preparing for something which is frequently cosmetic, how much time should a man spend preparing for pastoral ministry?

Derek Thomas on Preaching

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Here is a thought-provoking comment about preaching by Derek Thomas. It is valuable for us all to contemplate.

One Year Completed

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Today marks the end of the first year of this IRBS blog. It is certainly an interesting experience to enter this medium and begin to understand its workings. We have had well over 225,000 page views in the past 12 months–far more than could ever have been expected. Please pray that the Lord will bless [...]

The Strength of the Dollar and our Baptist History Tour

Monday, January 26th, 2009

[/caption] It has been amazing to watch the US Dollar strengthen against the British pound. This had made our Baptist and Puritan History Tour all the more affordable.

How Would You Preach an Imprecatory Psalm?

Wednesday, January 21st, 2009

How would you preach an imprecatory Psalm? I suspect for many of us, we never preach them, since they seem so difficult in content and spirit. And yet they are part of Holy Scripture and deserve to be brought to God’s people. In our congregation, Escondido Reformed Baptist Church, we are well into a series [...]

MP3s for WSC Conference Available for Download

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

MP3 recordings from this past weekend’s Westminster Seminary California Faculty Conference are now available from the Westminster Seminary California Bookstore. Here’s the link.

Calvin and the Reform of Worship

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Here is the outline of Dr. Clark’s message delivered on Saturday Jan. 17 at the Westminster Seminary Faculty Conference.

A Really Great Conference

Monday, January 19th, 2009

On Friday and Saturday Jan. 16&17, Westminster Seminary California hosted its annual faculty conference. With 2009 being the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, the theme of the conference was  . . . .  well, you can guess. Actually, it was “Calvin’s Legacy: Reforming the Church Today”.

Puritan Patristics: Protestant Catholicity

Friday, January 16th, 2009

B. The Puritan use of the Fathers. This positive exposition still needs some careful qualification. No reformed writer treated any church father as if his writings were on a par with Scripture. But neither did they succumb to a naïve Biblicism, thinking that they alone with their Bibles could arrive at a satisfactory system of [...]

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