Throughout my years as a believer, I have been told and taught that when one reads or studies the Bible that one should not come with any preconceived theology in mind but allow the Word of God and the Spirit of God to work as one reads and studies the text. This is, of course, … Continue reading Of Bible Reading and Theological Formulation
I grew up in a tradition in which I was largely unaware of the Protestant Reformation. I knew I wasn’t a Roman Catholic and I really was unsure why. But I knew to be “Catholic” was bad, and to be “Baptist” was good. Much to my shock one day as I read the Apostle’s Creed … Continue reading Why Celebrate the Reformation?
In the year 1610, Jan Uytenbogaert and forty-one other followers of Jacob Arminius crafted a remonstrance (a formal protest) consisting of five articles of opposition to the Belgic Confession and the Reformed faith. These five articles of the of the followers of Arminius, who became known as the Remonstrants, were officially reviewed and condemned by … Continue reading The Other 5 Points of Calvinism
I am regularly asked why I don't go to the largest, fastest growing church where most twenty somethings go in our town. It doesn't make sense to some why my wife and I choose to be part of a simple average sized church. By Bible-Belt expectations, I shouldn't want to go to church where the … Continue reading I Shouldn’t Be a Reformed Baptist
Back in January of 2014 I posted here that Stuart Brogden has made freely available a fairly extensive library of works pertinent to Reformed Baptists. He describes his website as the "Home of the Semper Reformanda Baptist Library, a free tool intended to encourage and equip my fellow Baptists to stand firm and dig into our … Continue reading Semper Reformanda Baptist Library
I have discovered that Monergism.com has made available the free eBook of Old Paths: Being Plain Statements On Some Of The Weightier Matters Of Christianity. You may download it here in ePub, .prc (Kindle) or .pdf formats. Here is a selection from the preface, in which Ryle explains his purpose: “If the trumpet give an … Continue reading Free eBook of Old Paths by J.C. Ryle
Grace Bible Church of Conway, Arkansas, where I am privileged to pastor, is starting a church based seminary called Grace Bible Institute of Pastoral Studies. See here. This is truly amazing. Planting the church over fifteen years ago in my living room, I never thought this would be something God had in store for us. … Continue reading A New Seminary
For any interested readers, here is a link to download or read online Augustus Hopkins Strong's Systematic Theology: A Compendium Designed for the Use of Theological Students for free. For those of you not familiar with A. H. Strong, here is a description from the Christian Classics Ethereal Library (where the same work is also … Continue reading Download A. H. Strong’s Systematic Theology For Free
The blog's regular readers will no doubt remember our support of Bob Gonzales' writing on the doctrine of the impassibility of God here. Well, now I would like to call your attention to his review of Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility. In this review Bob manages to … Continue reading Bob Gonzales Reviews "Confessing the Impassibile God"
Today my blog partner, Jeff Johnson, announced on Facebook that The Absurdity of Unbelief, his new book on apologetics, is now available on Amazon.com. Here is the description of the book on the Amazon webpage: Because all non-Christian worldviews are indefensible, it is not sufficient for skeptics to attack Christianity without also defending the foundation … Continue reading The Absurdity of Unbelief by Jeff Johnson Is Available Now!