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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

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 →

Sobering Words about Baptism

January 28th, 2010 | Comments Off on Sobering Words about Baptism

From Benjamin Keach’s Tropologia or Preaching from the Types and Metaphors of the Bible page 632:

We would caution all that would approach to this sacred evangelical ordinance, unless they be dead to sin, that is, such as truly and really hate wickedness, and the empty vanities of the world; and unless they have a prospect of, and long to have an interest in that never-fading inheritance, promised by our dear Lord Jesus to his children; not to profane this blessed institution; because, if they want [i.e. lack] the due qualification of serious and converted souls, viz., faith, repentance, and good lives, they are hereby entitled, not real members of Christ, but hypocrites, and incur as great a hazard, as such do who eat and drink unworthily of the Lord’s supper.

The Headship of Christ in the Church

January 8th, 2010 | Comments Off on The Headship of Christ in the Church

From John Cotton’s The Keys of the Kingdom 65-67

All legislative power (power of making of Laws) in the Church is in [Christ], and not from him derived to any other, Jam. 4. 12. La. 33. 22. The power derived to others, is onely to publish and execute his Laws and Ordinances, and to see them observed, Mat. 28. 20. His Laws are perfect, Psal. 19. 9. and do make the man of God perfect to every good work, 2 Tim. 3. 17. and need no addition. Continue Reading →

A Year with Baptist Classics

December 17th, 2009 | 1 Comment

A Year with Baptist Classics
compiled by Dr. James Renihan and Michael Gaydosh

Can you name the Baptist pastor who served one church for over 50 years, and left us a marvelous testimony of his faith? Did you know that a famous Baptist wrote a book similar to The Pilgrim’s Progress, and that it was also a best seller? Who was the young Baptist pastor who dedicated himself to missions only to be prevented from going?  What foreign missionary became a Baptist, while on his way to the mission field, through careful study of Scripture?

You will find the answers to these questions by spending 2010 in the company of 11 classic Baptist books (July and August are combined). Continue Reading →