Choosing & Using a Confession of Faith

If we grant the legitimacy and usefulness of a confession of faith, we're faced with two practical questions: first, what particular confession of faith should a local church or collective body of churches adopt? And, second, what type or level of confessional subscription should such a church or body of churches require of its officers … Continue reading Choosing & Using a Confession of Faith

Confessional Subscription: Its Terms and Types

We normally associate the term “subscription” with signing up to receive certain periodicals, journals, and/or magazines to which we’ve “subscribed.” In religious or ecclesiastical parlance, however, the terms “subscription” or “subscribe” when tied to a doctrinal creed or confession refers to one’s affirmation of, agreement with, and commitment to a fixed body of doctrines or … Continue reading Confessional Subscription: Its Terms and Types

The Validity & Value of Confessions

The tensions were high. In June of 1922, the Northern Baptist Convention convened under the theme, “Agreed to Differ, but Resolved to Love.” One might dispute whether the resolution was successfully carried out. But no one will debate that they “agreed to differ.” The tensions were high. Perhaps one of the sharpest differences came to a … Continue reading The Validity & Value of Confessions

The Baptist Confession on Lawful Oaths and Vows

In the seventeenth century, certain sects of Christendom, such as the Anabaptists and, later, the Quakers, denied the legitimacy of taking oaths or making vows. The teaching of this chapter was designed to clarify the meaning and confirm the lawfulness of oaths and vows when properly used. The Baptist Confession (2LCF) retains the substance of … Continue reading The Baptist Confession on Lawful Oaths and Vows

Captive to the Word of God

Stuart Brogden has given us an excellent resource on what it means to be a Reformed Baptist in his book Captive to the Word of God: A Particular Baptist Perspective on Reformed and Covenant Theology. This book has the perfect title. Though Baptists are not the only one’s who affirm Sola Scriptura, in my opinion, … Continue reading Captive to the Word of God

A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith – 5th edition

If you haven't yet purchased the recently published 5th edition of A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith by Sam Waldron, or if you would like another copy to give as a gift to someone else, then now is the time to take advantage of the great discount price offered at Grace … Continue reading A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith – 5th edition

Confessional Subscription: Strict vs. Substantial

We normally associate the term “subscription” with an arrangement to receive a certain number of periodicals, journals, and/or magazines to which we’ve “subscribed.” In religious or ecclesiastical parlance, however, the terminology “subscription” or “subscribe” when predicated of a creed, confession, or doctrinal statement refers to one’s agreement with or affirmation of a fixed body of doctrines or articles of faith that are officially representative … Continue reading Confessional Subscription: Strict vs. Substantial

A Brief Survey of Covenant Theology by Richard Barcellos

Many of the blog's readers will no doubt be familiar with Richard Barcellos, especially if you have watched the excellent introductory videos at the 1689 Federalism website (which I have recommended in the past). For those who are not familiar with him, you may read a little more about him on our Reformed Baptist Resources … Continue reading A Brief Survey of Covenant Theology by Richard Barcellos

A Couple of Helpful Videos From the 1689 Federalism Website

Discover the covenantal heritage of the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith. In a previous post, I recommended the 1689 Federalism website as a good place to start if you want to get  a good introduction to Reformed Baptist theology. The site focuses on the Biblical basis for and the distinctiveness of Reformed Baptist Federalism, also known … Continue reading A Couple of Helpful Videos From the 1689 Federalism Website

Bob Gonzales on the Impassibility of God

Some of the blog's longtime readers will remember that several years ago I had posted an article recommending a series of articles by Bob Gonzales, the Academic Dean and a professor of the Reformed Baptist Seminary, concerning the doctrine of the impassibility of God. Such readers may also have noticed that some time ago I removed … Continue reading Bob Gonzales on the Impassibility of God