Feb 13-27, 2017 “Medieval Church History” Module [RBS] feat. Dr. Haykin + more in Sacramento, CA


Reformed Baptist Seminary:

Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin will provide an overview of the theological and literary history of the medieval church era, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the leaders and writers of this period. Dr. K. Scott Oliphint will serve as a guest lecturer and will focus on the epistemology and theological method of Thomas Aquinas, one of the most prominent medieval scholars. The lectures will serve as a part of the curriculum for RBS’s course HT 512 Medieval Church.

Immanuel Baptist Church of Sacramento will host the module. A lecture schedule is available here. The course syllabus is forthcoming. To register for the module click the button below.


Interview with James Renihan on Divine Impassibility [AUDIO | Doctrine & Devotion Podcast]


Doctrine and Devotion podcast:

In October Joe was preaching at a conference in Wellington, NZ with Dr. Jim Renihan. Jim is the Dean and Professor of Historical Theology at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary in Escondido, California. He is a theological beast and an author whom you need to be well acquainted with. Today, Jim talks with Joe about the possibility of a new seminary launching in Texas, the doctrine of divine Impassibility, and of course, Neil Young. Plus, Jimmy interrupts the interview from the other side of the world.

Check out Dr. Renihan and his work online on Twitter: @IRBS_1689, on Facebook, and at the IRBS website. His new book, Faith and Life for Baptists: The Documents of the London Particular Baptist Assemblies, 1689-1694 is an important work for all baptists who want a better grasp on where we came from and what our forefathers were working through in during our early days.

Also, be sure to pick up the new series through RBAP, Recovering Our Confessional Heritage. This is a series of short books on issues related to the 1689 Second London Confession.

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Jan 5-7, 2017 Young Adult Winter Retreat “Living in a Fallen World” feat. Blackburn, Malone & Miller in Ringgold, LA


There will be a second annual Young Adult Winter Retreat in Ringgold, Louisiana, sponsored by Heritage Baptist Church in Shreveport, Louisiana on January 5-7.


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Interview with James White on Apologetics [AUDIO | Doctrine & Devotion Podcast]


Doctrine and Devotion podcast:

While was Joe was in New Zealand He interviewed Dr. James White. James is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries, a Christian apologetics organization based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is the author of more than twenty books, a professor, an accomplished debater, and an elder of the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church.

Before the interview starts Jimmy and Joe talk about the value of bow ties, and afterward they suggest that Dr. White is really a cyborg. During the interview Joe talks to James about apologetics, what James does and does not debate, and why he believes that the doctrine of Scripture is the most critical doctrine in maintaining orthodoxy. Plus, James pulls a “Jimmy” and plays with with phone during the interview.

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AUDIO from SoCal RB Pastors Conf. “Of God’s Decree” now online feat. S. Lindblad, Hodgins & Barcellos


SCRBPC Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors ConferenceThe purpose of the SCRBPC is for the edification of confessional Reformed Baptist pastors and other interested men who are in the ministry or training for the ministry. The SCRBPC will function within the theological framework of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (2nd LCF) and The Baptist Catechism (BC).




Stefan Linblad
Stefan T. Linblad

Key-note speaker:

Drs. Stefan T. Lindblad, B.A. in History and Classics from Seattle Pacific University, M.Div. from Westminster Seminary California and the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, and Ph.D. candidate in Systematic and Historical Theology at Calvin Theological Seminary.

Guest speakers:

Pastor Arden Hodgins, Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, La Mirada, CA
Pastor Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D., Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA


From October 24 – Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Founders Resources in Logos Bible Software + Discount thru Dec. 7th


Founders Press resources are now available in Logos Bible Software! Featuring works by Tom Nettles, Fred Malone, Tom Ascol, and many others, these collections are created to take full advantage of the software. Perform searches on biblical texts, click through links to original language resources, and read these resources alongside classic Baptist and Puritan authors. In Logos, these resources come alive like never before!

From now to December 7, 2016, Logos is offering these resources at a special discount for Founders Ministries patrons! Whether you’re looking for an easy way to search and read the Founders Journal or taking time to boost your understanding of Baptist history and theology over the holidays, these trusted works are the perfect addition to your library.

Don’t wait-this offer ends December 7th!


1st 3 books in the “Recovering our Confessional Heritage” series OUT NOW! [IRBS | RBAP]


The series is sponsored by the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies in cooperation with RBAP. The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies is a graduate theological school which aids churches in preparing men to serve in the Gospel Ministry. For more information please visit irbsseminary.org.

The purpose of the series . . . is to address issues related to the Second London Confession of Faith of 1677/89 (2LCF). . . . The series will include treatments of various subjects by multiple authors. The subjects to be covered are those the series editors (along with consultants) determine to be of particular interest in our day. The authors will be those who display ample ability to address the issue under discussion. Some of the installments will be more involved than others due to the nature of the subject addressed and perceived current needs. Many of the contributions will cover foundational aspects of the self-consistent theological system expressed in the Confession. Others will address difficult, often misunderstood, or even denied facets of the doctrinal formulations of the 2LCF. Each installment will have a “For Further Reading” bibliography at the end to encourage further study on the issue discussed.

~ from the series editors, James M. Renihan and Richard C. Barcellos

Read the purpose of the “Recovering our Confessional Heritage” series.


A Defense of Confessionalism:
Biblical Foundations & Confessional Considerations

by Arden L. Hodgins, Jr.

Arden Hodgins
Arden Hodgins

[This book] seek to show how creeds and confessions exist in every church, denomination, or association, though they are not always written down…
the biblical warrant for creeds and confessions is established…
a further definition of what a confession of faith is and how it differs from the Scriptures…
the confession is shown to be a consensus document, both in its original formation and in its continued function…
addresses very briefly the matter of words and terms and the need to understand the authorial intent of the confession…
practical applications, addressed primarily to ministers and elders…

Pages: 118


Associational Churchmanship:
Second London Confession of Faith 26.12-15

by James M. Renihan

Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

Theology does not occur in a vacuum. It develops out of real-life situations. Men study the Word of God, contemplate its teaching, and express their conclusions. Often it is the circumstances of life that force them to think more closely and clearly about their doctrinal views and that sharpen the expressions of truth. When Arius challenged the divinity of Christ, Christians faced new questions, and the result of the debate was a clearer view of the deity of our Savior. We could give many illustrations from the history of the Church of that increasing clarity and understanding in the Creeds and Confessions of Christianity.

The doctrine of associational churchmanship expressed in our Confession is another one of these circumstances. Our discussion will involve the following: first, the three ways to describe interchurch relations; second, the church in the Second London Confession of Faith (2LCF); third, an overview of chapter 26.1-11 and brief exposition of 26.12-13; fourth associationalism; and finally, a conclusion and application.

Pages: 90


The Covenant of Works:
Its Confessional and Scriptural Basis

by Richard C. Barcellos

Dr. Richard Barcellos
Dr. Richard Barcellos

Moses, writing after the historical acts of creation, utilizes the covenantal name of God, Yahweh, while discussing Adam’s Edenic vocation (Gen. 2:4ff.). Isaiah utilizes concepts that started with Adam to explain the universal guilt of man, while using the word “covenant” (Isa. 25:5-6). Hosea, looking back upon previous written revelation, makes explicit what was implicit in it. The prophet’s inspired words give us God’s infallible knowledge of one of the similarities between ancient Israel and Adam. Both had a covenant imposed on them by God and both transgressed their covenants (Hos. 6:7). Paul, while reflecting on Adam’s Edenic vocation, contrasts the disobedience of Adam and its results with the obedience of Christ and its results (Rom. 5:19). The term “works” in the phrase “covenant of works” contrasts with “grace” and “gift” in Romans 5:17. Paul asserts that Adam was a type of Christ (Rom. 5:14). Adam sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Christ did not sin (Heb. 4:15) and, upon his resurrection, entered into glory (Luke 24:46; Acts 26:19-23; 1 Pet. 1:10-12), a quality of life conferred upon him due to his obedience (Rom. 5:21). This is the life he confers upon all believers.

These scriptural realities, understood by the utilization of the hermeneutical principles of the Holy Spirit as the only infallible interpreter of Holy Scripture, analogia Scriptura, analogia fidei, and scopus Scripturae, led to the confessional formulation of the doctrine of the covenant of works.

Pages: 138

“Biblical Exegesis in 4th Century Trinitarian Debates” Dr. Michael Haykin [AUDIO] + more

Reformed Theological Seminary:


The recent “Trinity debate” reveals much confusion surrounding what is undoubtedly the most important and the most glorious of Christian doctrines. It also signals the need to retrieve the doctrine of the triune God as confessed by Fathers of the church on the basis of Holy Scripture in the Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed of A.D. 381. Join Drs. Ligon Duncan, Michael Haykin, Blair Smith, and Scott Swain as they seek to mine the riches of the Nicene Faith for the renewal of today’s church.

Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin
Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin

Dr. Michael A. G. Haykin is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY. He is the author of a number of books, including The Spirit of God: The Exegesis of 1 and 2 Corinthians in the Pneumatomachian Controversy of the Fourth Century; and Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church.


Biblical Exegesis in Fourth Century Trinitarian Debates | Dr. Michael Haykin

Trinitarian Relations in the Fourth Century | Rev. D. Blair Smith

God from God, Light from Light: Retrieving the Doctrine of Eternal Generation | Dr. Scott Swain

The Doctrine of the Trinity and Complementarianism in Recent Discussions | Dr. J. Ligon Duncan

Question and Answer Session | Duncan, Haykin, Smith, and Swain

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary’s New Website, Events & Publications

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary:

Check out our new Website! No, it’s not chock full of fun activities for the kids, but we think you will like the new look. Whether you want to see our latest blog post, browse our course offerings, watch a free sample lecture or learn more about our Church Partnership Program, it’s all here and easy to access.



Events & Speaking Schedule:

Dr. Tom Nettles
Dr. Tom Nettles

Dr. Tom Nettles will be instructing for us January 2-6. Join us as one of today’s foremost Baptist historians teaches the History and Doctrine of the Baptists.

Register Today!

Dr. Sam Waldron
Dr. Sam Waldron

Dr. Sam Waldron

November 20, 2016
Cornerstone Bible Fellowship,
North Ridgeville, OH

February 5,12 & 19, 2017
Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA

March 3-5, 2017
Grace Covenant Church
Gilbert, AZ

Dr. Fred Malone
Dr. Fred Malone

Dr. Fred Malone

January 5-7, 2017
Young Adult Winter Retreat
Heritage Baptist Church,
Shreveport, LA

Dr. Richard Barcellos
Dr. Richard Barcellos

Dr. Richard Barcellos

January 30-31, 2017
ARBCA School of Church Planting
Ontario, CA


Dr. Sam Waldron

Just Released:
The Lord’s Day, Its Presuppositions, Proofs, Precedents, and Practice
Chapel Library

Modern Exposition of 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, 5th edition
Evangelical Press

The Regulative Principle of Worship: Contemporary Objections
Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2016

Dr. Fred Malone

Founders Study Guide Commentary, Romans 9-16
Founders Press

Dr. Richard Barcellos

The Christian Ministry in the Church, Its Reasons, Duration and Goal, and Practical Effects
Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2016

Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath,
Founders Press

The Doxological Trajectory of Scripture: God Getting Glory for Himself through what He does in His Son – An Exegetical and Theological Case Study
Reformed Baptist Academic Press
A Practical Exposition of An Orthodox Catechism (Vol. I, Of Man’s Misery and Of Man’s Redemption)

Reformed Baptist Academic Press

Charter Service for the new Confessional Baptists of the Southwest (CBS) [AUDIO | Larry Vincent]

Grace Covenant Church:

On Sunday, November 6, the first meeting of the newly formed regional association, Confessional Baptists of the Southwest (CBS), was held in Gilbert, Arizona. The four charter member churches include Golden Shores Community Baptist Church (Topock, AZ), Grace Covenant Church (Gilbert, AZ), Miller Valley Baptist Church (Prescott, AZ), and Tucson Reformed Baptist Church (Tucson, AZ).

Praise God for bringing these congregations together for the purpose of “holding communion” through mutual encouragement, support, and gospel endeavors.

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New Founders Study Guide Commentary on Colossians & Philemon by Curtis Vaughan

Founders Ministries:


The Founders Study Guide Commentary: Colossians and Philemon by Curtis Vaughan is now available in the Founders Store. Pick up this valuable resource for a special pre-Pub price of $6.50 now through December 16th. This is the eighth volume in the Founders Study Guide Commentary Series. You can pick up each of them in the Founders Store.

LiveStreaming Nov. 15-17: Reformed Baptist Network Founding Conference [FREE]

Reformed Baptist Network:

Join us beginning Tuesday, November 15th at 8:30 AM for the Livestream of the Historic Founding Conference of the Reformed Baptist Network



Conference Schedule:

Tuesday November 15
8:30 AM | Devotional – “Discipling the Nations Together” – Pastor Jon Hueni, Grace Fellowship Church, Bremen, Indiana
9:00 AM | Prayer
9:15 AM | Key Note Address, “RBNet: Reasons, Focus, Vision” – Gordon Taylor RBNet Interim Coordinator
10:00 AM | Break
10:30 AM | Seating of Charter Member Churches/Recognition of Attendees
11:00 AM | Business Session 1 – Constituting of Reformed Baptist Network by Charter Member Churches
11:45 AM | Business Session 2 – Election of Committees/Adoption of Budget
12:30 PM | Lunch
1:30 PM | Business Meeting Session 3 (only if needed)
4:30 PM | Far East – Pastor Mark Hatfield, Beijing Baptist Church; Pastor Andy Dunkerton – Far East
5:30 PM | Dinner
7:00 PM | “The Importance of Fellowship and Cooperation Between Churches” – Pastor Mark Dever, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., 9 Marks Ministries

Wednesday November 16
8:30 AM | Devotional – Pastor Gary Hendrix, Grace Reformed Baptist Church
9:00 AM | Prayer
9:15 AM | Russia – Steve Graham; Honduras – Jeff Smith
10:00 AM | Break
10:30 AM | Europe – France, Pastor David Vaughn Église Réformée Baptiste d’Aix-en-Provence; Michael Emadi – Ireland
11:30 AM | Israel – Baruch Maoz; Church Reports & Prayer
12:30 PM | Lunch
1:15 PM | “Planting Truly Indigenous Churches in the 21st Century” – Pastor David Vaughn
4:30 PM | Latin America – David Adams, Director, POIEMA ministries, Pastor James Adams, Cornerstone Church; Chile;
Argentina – Pastor Jorge Molina
5:30 PM | Dinner
7:00 PM | “The Glory of God in Fulfilling the Great Commission” – Pastor Richard Phillips, Second Presbyterian Church, Greenville SC.

Thursday November 17
8:30 AM | Devotional – Pastor Robert Briggs, Immanuel Baptist Church
9:00 AM | Prayer
9:15 AM | World of Islam; Indonesia
10:00 AM | Break
10:30 AM | Nigeria – Pastor Nicholas Kennicott, Redeemer Baptist Church, Rincon GA; East India – Pastor Curt Arend, Grace Bible Church, San Diego CA
11:30 AM | Barbados – Pastor Jon Ryttersgaard, Covenant Baptist Church, Toronto; Atlanta – Bob Selph
12:30 PM | Lunch
1:30 PM | RBNet Committees Meet and Organize
4:30 PM | Argentina – Sam Masters, President Seminario Biblico William Carey; John Kortie – Native American Ministry
5:30 PM | Dinner
7:00 PM | “The Great Commission” – Pastor David Vaughn, Church Planter, Église Réformée Baptiste d’Aix-en-Provence, France

3 Lectures on Divine Incomprehensibility & the Trinity [Dr. Dolezal | AUDIO]

Pascal Denault writes:


Last October, the Reformed Baptist association of Québec hosted a course on the Doctrine of God with Dr. James E. Dolezal. This was a 30-hour course that was proven to be highly beneficial to all the participants. By clicking this link [zip file], you can download three selected lectures:

  1. Divine Incomprehensibility (part 1)
  2. Divine Incomprehensibility (part 2)
  3. Divine Trinity (Contemporary Issues)

For more teaching on the doctrine of God from Dr. Dolezal, we highly recommend the lectures given at the 2015 Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference.

Next year our association is planning a course on Christian apologetic and other religions with Dr. James R. White. Stay tuned for more details…

Covenant of Works & Grace [2-Part AUDIO] now online from the 2016 Fellowship of Ohio Reformed Baptists feat. M. Waters & Tinkham

Nov. 5, 2016 in Newark, OH.

Audio from this meeting, that we previously informed you about,  (a first of its kind, Reformed Baptists in Ohio) is now online in two parts:

The Covenant of Works by Pastor Mike Waters

The Covenant of Grace by Pastor Josh Tinkham

Listen here!

The Appendix to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith [1677/1689]


Dr. James Renihan

Dr. James Renihan @ Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies writes:

When the Second London Confession was published in 1677 (2 editions in 1677) and again in 1688, it included an Appendix seeking to provide further reasons why the Baptists considered it important to form their own churches based on the practice of believer’s baptism. They had been stung by criticism implying that such actions were divisive; that they should have been content to remain in the paedobaptist churches. The Appendix was an irenic attempt to express their convictions about baptism in greater detail than the text of the Confession itself would allow. We publish this appendix here; the only changes we have made are to modernize most of the spelling to conform to contemporary (American!) English standards.

The Baptists address 4 points: (1) ‘Sponsor Baptism’; (2) Baptism on the basis of Covenantal relation to parents; (3) The ‘holiness’ of children in 1 Cor. 7:12ff.; and (4) ‘Household baptisms’. Several other matters are briefly mentioned at the end. Their comments are of great interest. One will notice, for example, that they do not reject the possibility that the children of believers may be considered, in some sense, as covenant children.

We hope that ready access to this Appendix will further understanding of our great Confession of Faith.



Whosoever reads, and impartially considers what we have in our forgoing confession declared, may readily perceive, That we do not only concenter with all other true Christians on the Word of God (revealed in the Scriptures of truth) as the foundation and rule of our faith and worship. But that we have also industriously endeavored to manifest, That in the fundamental Articles of Christianity we mind the same things, and have therefore expressed our belief in the same words, that have on the like occasion been spoken by other societies of Christians before us.

This we have done, That those who are desirous to know the principles of Religion which we hold and practice, may take an estimate from our selves (who jointly concur in this work) and may not be misguided, either by undue reports; or by the ignorance or errors of particular persons, who going under the same name with our selves, may give an occasion of scandalizing the truth we profess.

And although we do differ from our brethren who are Paedobaptists; in the subject and administration of Baptism, and such other circumstances as have a necessary dependence on our observance of that Ordinance, and do frequent our own assemblies for our mutual edification, and discharge of those duties, and services which we owe unto God, and in his fear to each other: yet we would not be from hence misconstrued, as if the discharge of our own consciences herein, did any ways disoblige or alienate our affections, or conversation from any others that fear the Lord; but that we may and do as we have opportunity participate of the labors of those, whom God hath indued with abilities above our selves, and qualified, and called to the Ministry of the Word, earnestly desiring to approve our selves to be such, as follow after peace with holiness, and therefore we always keep that blessed Irenicum, or healing Word of the Apostle before our eyes; if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you; nevertheless whereto we have already attained; let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing, Phil 3. v. 15, 16.

Let it not therefore be judged of us (because much hath been written on this subject, and yet we continue this our practice different from others) that it is out of obstinacy, but rather as the truth is, that we do herein according to the best of our understandings worship God, out of a pure mind yielding obedience to his precept, in that method which we take to be most agreeable to the Scriptures of truth, and primitive practice.

It would not become us to give any such intimation, as should carry a semblance that what we do in the service of God is with a doubting conscience, or with any such temper of mind that we do thus for the present, with a reservation that we will do otherwise hereafter upon more mature deliberation; nor have we any cause so to do, being fully persuaded, that what we do is agreeable to the will of God. Yet we do heartily propose this, that if any of the Servants of our Lord Jesus shall, in the Spirit of meekness, attempt to convince us of any mistake either in judgment or practice, we shall diligently ponder his arguments; and account him our chiefest friend that shall be an instrument to convert us from any error that is in our ways, for we cannot wittingly do any thing against the truth, but all things for the truth.

And therefore we have endeavored seriously to consider, what hath been already offered for our satisfaction in this point; and are loth to say any more lest we should be esteemed desirous of renewed contests thereabout: yet forasmuch as it may justly be expected that we show some reason, why we cannot acquiesce in what hath been urged against us; we shall with as much brevity as may consist with plainness, endeavor to satisfy the expectation of those that shall peruse what we now publish in this matter also.

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