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Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society available for free download

July 26th, 2011 | Comments Off on Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society available for free download

Many years ago, when I was a very poor Ph.D. student, I spent a term working at the Angus Library, Regent’s Park College, Oxford. With very limited resources, I purchased several out-of-print journals and books, but I had to decline what would have been a true prize, a complete set of the Transactions of the Baptist Historical Society. This was the early name for what would become The Baptist Quarterly, and was published in seven volumes from 1908-1921. It is full of incredibly valuable material, including many reprinted primary sources from the Seventeenth century.

All of this material is now in the public domain and has been made available for free here. Additionally, the entire set may be downloaded in .pdf format. This is a great bounty. And beyond this wonderful resource, the early issues of The Baptist Quarterly are also being scanned and placed on the same website.

Tolle lege.

The Origin of Modern Baptists

March 24th, 2011 | Comments Off on The Origin of Modern Baptists

About two years ago, I was asked to contribute to an online discussion of Baptist origins, published in the Journal of Baptist Studies. My task was to present the English Separatist view of Baptist development. The question is an important one, and deserves careful thought. I sought to write based on the use of a selection of primary sources. Continue Reading →

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.