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A Different Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Many years ago, I visited the town of Barnard Castle in Northern England. Little did I know that it had once been the site of such a careful ministry. This is from The Nonconformist’s Memorial 1:380-381:

Gems from Calamy & Palmer: Obscure but Faithful

Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

One of the great pieces of literature about the Puritan era is The Nonconformist’s Memorial originally penned by Edmund Calamy, and later revised and updated by Samuel Palmer. Many years ago, I obtained a single volume of the set, and find it fascinating and edifying.

The Resurrection of the Ministry of the Church

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

While many teach that Christianity must bring health and wealth, those who read Scripture understand that the opposite is true: our faith carries us through darkness.

A Firm Foundation

Monday, April 13th, 2009

William Greenhill, Westminster divine and Independent pastor wrote these words:

Who was W.H. Whitsitt?

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

Recently, a friend pointed me to Michael Haykin’s review of James Slatton’s new biography of William Heth Whitsitt, the 3rd president of Southern Seminary.

Opposites Attract

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Antipodes (n.), A word to describe two opposite points on earth. Do you remember when you were a child and you thought that if you dug a deep enough hole in your back yard you would come out in China?

Sound Doctrine for Reformed Baptists

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

The Pattern of Sound Doctrine: Systematic Theology at the Westminster Seminaries: Essays in Honor of Robert B. Strimple, David VanDrunen, ed. (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 2004). This is a book that Reformed Baptists need to read. It addresses a series of issues relevant to our own struggles and identity over the last fifty years, [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Divorce

Monday, April 6th, 2009

The careful reader will notice that 2LCF chapter 25 differs from WCF 24 (remembering that after chapter 20 the numbers differ between the two confessions) in that it does not contain the paragraphs on divorce. The Baptists follow the Savoy Declaration in making this change.

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Praying in A Known Tongue

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Here is a question I have been asked several times–sometimes with real concern. In 2LCF 22:3, which describes acceptable prayer in a variety of ways, the doctrine concludes with the phrase ‘if vocal, in a known tongue.’ Several times, I have received communications asking if this statement somehow opened the door to a private prayer [...]

Frequently Asked Symbolics Questions: Elect Infants

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

In many modern editions of 2LCF, chapter 10:3 begins simply ‘infants dying in infancy . . . .’ Other texts read ‘elect infants dying in infancy . . . . ‘ Which text is correct according to the original printings? This question is simple to answer.

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