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Henry Dunster, First President of Harvard College

October 8th, 2009 | Comments Off on Henry Dunster, First President of Harvard College

Among the fascinating people of colonial American Baptist history, Henry Dunster must rank right at the top. A graduate of Cambridge University and an orthodox puritan divine, Dunster was chosen, at the age of 28, to serve as the first president of Harvard College. His scholarship, preaching ability and leadership skills made him the perfect candidate for the position, and he served in it well. But by 1653, Henry Dunster had come to the conclusion, based on careful study of Scripture, that infant baptism was not authorized by the Bible, and he refused to present his infant son for baptism. Continue Reading →

Changin’ Times (Part 3)

September 17th, 2009 | Comments Off on Changin’ Times (Part 3)

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Confessionalism Adrift Amid the Siren Cries for Relevancy – Part 3

The Solution
I have spent the greater amount of time in this address seeking to persuade you of my claim that even amongst those who claim to be reformed; we are drifting from our confessional roots and convictions; from our confessional standards as they are historically understood.  Continue Reading →

Changin’ Times (Part 2)

September 16th, 2009 | Comments Off on Changin’ Times (Part 2)

The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Confessionalism Adrift Amid the Siren Cries for Relevancy – Part 2

What is behind this?
What is the big motivation to be relevant?  One of the great idols for pastors and churches is numbers.  Continue Reading →

Changin’ Times (Part 1)

September 15th, 2009 | Comments Off on Changin’ Times (Part 1)

On September 1, we were delighted to sit under the ministry of Pastor Jeff Oliver who spoke at the 2009-10 Academic Year opening service of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies. We hope soon to have a video recording of this address available. In the meantime, here is Rev. Oliver’s lecture revised for posting on our website. Prepare to be challenged and encouraged. Continue Reading →

Office Hours

September 9th, 2009 | Comments Off on Office Hours

Office Hours is a great new podcast offered by Westminster Seminary California.

Why should you come to Westminster Seminary California? Listen here and you will get some interesting information. A student from Alabama explains why WSC is the best choice! He makes an excellent case.

And here is a link to the regular devotions presented at the Seminary.

2009-10 School Year Kickoff

August 27th, 2009 | Comments Off on 2009-10 School Year Kickoff

You are all invited to a special event on Tuesday September 1 at 7:00 PM in classroom 4. In order to kick off a new year of studies, the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies has arranged for a special meeting to be held on campus that evening. WSC/IRBS graduate Rev. Jeff Oliver (M.Div 2006) will be with us, and he will be addressing the topic “The Times They Are A-Changin’ – Confessionalism Adrift Amid the Siren Cries for Relevancy.” You and your spouse (or any other guests you might like to bring) are invited. This will be a wonderful time of fellowship and encouragement. Please mark your calendars and make sure to be present with us. This is an important night! I hope to see you there.

Report from New Zealand: School of Theology 2009

August 26th, 2009 | Comments Off on Report from New Zealand: School of Theology 2009

The School of Theology organized by the Grace Reformed Baptist Church was again held in Palmerston North on the North Island of New Zealand  from 3-7 August 2009. Continue Reading →

William Kiffin, Conspirator against the King?

August 19th, 2009 | Comments Off on William Kiffin, Conspirator against the King?

Life for Dissenters during the reign of Charles II could be very difficult, especially for those of prominence. William Kiffin was marked in two ways: he was a wealthy and successful merchant in London, and he was the well-known pastor of a Baptist congregation in the city. Together, these marked him for sometimes very unwanted attention. His enemies hatched a variety of scheme to bring him down. One is reported in Vol. 1 of John Stoughton’s Ecclesiastical History of England. Continue Reading →

William Kiffin, Merchant

August 14th, 2009 | Comments Off on William Kiffin, Merchant

I recently found an interesting letter linking William Kiffin to the import of Irish wool in 1673. The wool belonged to the Marquess of Ormond. The letter, from Col. Richard Laurence to Capt. George Mathew, describes the business of transporting and importing the wool. It provides an interesting insight into the esteem in which Kiffin was held. He was known to the Marquess, and deemed to be a man of trust. We usually think of him as a minister–here he is as a merchant. Similarly, here is a glimpse into the world of trade in the final decades of the 17th century. Continue Reading →

The Quiet Sin

August 12th, 2009 | Comments Off on The Quiet Sin

In 1859, a book titled Sketches and Lessons From Daily Life was published under the pen name ‘Felix Friendly.’ It is an interesting little work, devotional in nature, and thought provoking in execution. Continue Reading →