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Cotton Mather on Sermon Preparation

April 14th, 2010 | 1 Comment

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

January Symbolics Course

April 9th, 2010 | Comments Off on January Symbolics Course

Pastor Doug Vandermeulen, from Community Baptist Church, Fargo, ND, reviews the recent Baptist Symbolics class:

In January 2010, I completed Dr. Jim Renihan’s course Baptist Symbolics, at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, and it is very difficult not to speak too highly of it. 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.

Daniel Dyke, A.M., Particular Baptist Minister

February 12th, 2010 | Comments Off on Daniel Dyke, A.M., Particular Baptist Minister

From a 19th Century periodical The Church published in the north of England, we take this brief biography of a little known father of our faith. Continue Reading →

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 →

Nehemiah Coxe on the Importance of the Gospel Ministry and the Means of Grace

February 1st, 2010 | Comments Off on Nehemiah Coxe on the Importance of the Gospel Ministry and the Means of Grace

In 1681, Nehemiah Coxe preached a sermon at the ordination of officers in a London church. That sermon was published and later portions of it were used by Benjamin Keach, in his book Tropologia, to reinforce the importance of the gospel ministry. 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 →