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 →
January 26th, 2011 | Comments Off on A New Book from Crawford Gribben
IRBS Fellow Dr. Crawford Gribben has an important new book available. Continue Reading →
October 7th, 2010 | Comments Off on Always Reformed: A Very Special Birthday Present
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 →
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 →
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.
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 →
April 26th, 2010 | Comments Off on Puritanism in Context: June 14-19 2010
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 →
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:
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 →
April 14th, 2010 | 1 Comment
Wise observations from the great early New England pastor: Continue Reading →