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The Origin of Modern Baptists

March 24th, 2011 | Comments Off

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 →

A New Book from Crawford Gribben

January 26th, 2011 | Comments Off

IRBS Fellow Dr. Crawford Gribben has an important new book available. Continue Reading →

Always Reformed: A Very Special Birthday Present

October 7th, 2010 | Comments Off

On Tuesday October 5, a special event took place during the chapel service at Westminster Seminary California. The day before had been a milestone birthday for Dr. W. Robert Godfrey, the Seminary’s president. This event was marked by the revelation of a secret that had been successfully kept from Dr. Godfrey–no small feat. Continue Reading →

The Benefits of Having a Church Intern

August 23rd, 2010 | Comments Off

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

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

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 →

Puritanism in Context: June 14-19 2010

April 26th, 2010 | Comments Off

Puritanism in Context

Puritanism in Context

God willing, the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, in cooperation with the Midwest Center for Theological Studies, will be offering Prof. Renihan’s course Puritanism in Context in Owensboro, KY, June 14-19. Continue Reading →

True Love

April 19th, 2010 | Comments Off

‘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

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 →