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The Benefits of Having a Church Intern

August 23rd, 2010 | Comments Off on The Benefits of Having a Church Intern

The Benefits of Having a Church Intern by Pastor Dave Johnston, Bible Fellowship Church, Greentown, PA

We tried to come up with all the downsides to using a pastoral intern fresh out of seminary.  Our elders sat with our deacons to pool our collective pessimism.  “He’ll make mistakes.”  “He’ll say the wrong things.”  “He’ll cost us time and money.” “Nobody will listen to him.”  So far, we came up with all the reasons not to have me as pastor.  We finally decided to call one of our sister churches that had a long experience in the ministry of interns.  Continue Reading →

2010 New Zealand School of Theology

July 8th, 2010 | Comments Off on 2010 New Zealand School of Theology

From the 2010 New Zealand School of Theology:

This year, we considered the topic ‘A Theology of Ministry.’ 24 men gathered for a week of lectures and fellowship.

How much does your church give?

June 24th, 2010 | Comments Off on How much does your church give?

How much does your church give?
James M. Renihan

The churches of our Association are very generous in their support for Gospel work. Whether it is foreign missions, special projects, or the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, I am always blessed by the faithful contributions which come in from our congregations. But perhaps there is an area where our giving could be increased. Continue Reading →

True Love

April 19th, 2010 | Comments Off on True Love

‘The greatest of these is love.’ With these words, Paul concludes his beautiful ode to the crowning grace of the Christian life. While serving as a pastor, Prof. Renihan preached a series of sermons on love as explained in 1 Corinthians 13, and that series, in edited form, has recently been published by Evangelical Press. Endorsed by Michael Horton, Hywel Jones, Walter Chantry and Robert Strivens, it is a popular exposition of the subject.

You may find it here:

True Love

True Love

Is Public Worship Important?

April 17th, 2010 | Comments Off on Is Public Worship Important?

Individual experience often seems to be the rule of the day. Piety is often defined by our emotions rather than our duties. But this is not just a recent reality. Continue Reading →

Cotton Mather on Sermon Preparation

April 14th, 2010 | 1 Comment

Wise observations from the great early New England pastor: Continue Reading →

Ligon Duncan on the Means of Grace

March 11th, 2010 | Comments Off on Ligon Duncan on the Means of Grace

How does a church function? How do Christians grow? In a day of confusion, it is great to read a clear-thinking, God-centered article addressing this question. In 2007, Ligon Duncan, pastor of Jackson, Mississippi’s First Presbyterian Church published on this matter. Continue Reading →

A Useful Tool for Reading John Owen on Hebrews 8

February 17th, 2010 | Comments Off on A Useful Tool for Reading John Owen on Hebrews 8

Brandon Adams from Orange, CA has posted a very useful expandable outline of John Owen’s commentary on Hebrews 8:6-13. You will find it here.

Shared Gospel Ministry

February 9th, 2010 | Comments Off on Shared Gospel Ministry

In the Second London Confession, Chapter 27 paragraph 2 we read: “Saints by profession are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services, as tend to their mutual edification; as also in relieving each other in  outward things according to their several abilities, and necessities; which communion according to the rule of the Gospel, though especially to be exercised by them, in the relations wherein they stand, whether in families, or Churches; yet as God offereth opportunity is to be extended to all the household of faith, even all those who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus.” Continue Reading →

A ‘Man-Taker’

February 5th, 2010 | Comments Off on A ‘Man-Taker’

Joseph Ivimey records this fascinating anecdote about a 17th century General Baptist pastor, George Hammon. It was the normal practice of the day for ministers to do itinerant evangelistic work, even during times of great persecution. Continue Reading →