Out Now: Vol. 1 of “Lectures in Systematic Theology” by Greg Nichols

The book that we have previously announced and sampled is now available for purchase:

Lectures in Systematic Theology:
Doctrine of God (Volume 1)

by Greg Nichols

(TBS $24.50 | AMZ $34.99 | SGCB $24.75 | WTS $29.99 | RHB $26)

Description:

Pastor Greg Nichols

“So the Lord said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.” And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.”” (Exodus 33:17-18) Moses hungered to see God’s glory. He pleaded: “Show me, I pray you, your glory.” This should be our prayer as we study the doctrine of God. Reverent hunger to see God’s glory should motivate us. We must hunger to see the glory of his existence, knowledge, nature, names, and decree. We must hunger to know God and thirst after the knowledge of God. Further, the Lord promised to give Moses the desire of his heart: “I will make all my good-ness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of Jehovah before you.” God also fulfilled this promise. When we come to God with reverent hunger, he will fill our hearts with the knowledge of himself. He will not disappoint us. He will surely show us his glory, and satisfy us with the display of his Name. …We should not approach the doctrine of God with a critical spirit, or as a philosophical quest with a hunger for speculation. If any course in systematic theology should evoke spiritual hunger, this one should. The doctrine of God should never be dull, or dry, or speculative, or philosophical. It should pulse with spiritual life and hunger. Let’s approach this subject with Moses’ disposition. (Excerpt from the book)

Table of Contents:

Acknowledgements
Preface
Abbreviations
Outline
Prologue: Introduction to Systematic Theology
Introduction: Overview of the Doctrine of God
Part 1: The Existence of God
Part 2: The Knowledge of God
Section 1. The Knowability of God
Section 2. The Incomprehensibility of God
Part 3: The Nature of God
Introduction to Part 3: Overview of God’s Nature: Simple, Supreme, and Spiritual
Division 1: God’s Supreme Being: God’s Existential Attributes
Section 1. God’s Ideal Being: Ideality
Section 2. God’s Self-Existent Being: Aseity and Independence
Section 3. God’s Infinite Being: Spatial Supremacy
Section 4. God’s Eternal Being: Temporal Supremacy
Section 5. God’s Unchangeable Being: Immutability
Division 2: God’s Supreme Spirituality: God’s Spiritual Attributes
Section 6. God’s Incorporeality: The Majestic Form of God
Section 7. God’s Animacy: The Vivacity and Omnipotence of God
Section 8. God’s Faculty
Unit 1. God’s Supreme Mind: The Omniscience of God
Unit 2. God’s Supreme Will: The Sovereignty of God
Unit 3. God’s Supreme Affection: The Emotivity of God
Section 9. God’s Morality: The Supreme Virtue of God
Introduction: God’s Moral Capacity and Character: Overview of God’s Supreme Virtue
Unit 1. The Goodness of God
Unit 2. The Holiness of God
Unit 3. The Justice of God
Unit 4. The Faithfulness of God
Conclusion: God’s Self-Esteem: God’s Consciousness of his Supreme Virtue
Section 10. God’s Personality: The Trinity
Part 4: The Names of God
Part 5: The Decree of God
Conclusion to the Doctrine of God

Details:

Series: Lectures in Systematic Theology
Paperback: 680 pages

New (Free) eBook: “The Lord’s Day” by Sam Waldron

The Lord’s Day
Its Presuppositions, Proofs, Precedents, and Practice

by Sam Waldron

Chapel Library: FREE | Kindle: $0.99

Description:

Dr. Sam Waldron

The Lord’s Day is a thoroughly up-to-date consideration of the Fourth Commandment and its ramifications for modern Christianity. Its four sections include the Presuppositions that influence our thinking; Proofs at creation, by Moses, and in the New Testament; Precedents in the Apostolic Fathers and John Calvin; and finally its Practice. While precise and careful, the author avoids extremes and makes the nuances and complexities of the theological issues clear for most Christians.

Pages: 138


[HT: Scott Brown]

Revised edition out: “The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology” by Pascal Denault + What’s New

The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology

A Comparison Between Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptist and Paedobaptist Federalism

by Pascal Denault

[ Paperback $18 | Kindle: $3.99 ]


What’s new in the revised edition?:

Pascal Denault

Pascal Denault:

Since my book first came out in January of 2013, I wanted to revise it. At first it was minor corrections and typos, but along the way came some important precision that I wanted to include in my work. I have written this blog post to explain what’s new in the revised edition of the Distinctiveness…

THE MINOR CHANGES

The minor changes (in addition to correcting typos) concern a small update of the bibliography with new works on covenant theology that became available since the first publication of the Distinctiveness. Also, thanks to the helpful remarks of Pastor Samuel Renihan, I have corrected some overstatement I had made concerning the views held by Particular Baptists as if there was only one common view regarding the Covenant of Grace and its relation with the Old and New Covenants. I did not revise the book to the point of presenting these other views held by some Particular Baptists, but I have nuanced some affirmations at least to acknowledge them. Regarding that matter, the readers will most certainly profit from the doctoral dissertation of pastor Renihan that will hopefully be published in a near future.

CLARIFYING SOME PAEDO/CREDO DISTINCTIONS

I greatly benefited from fruitful exchanges with Presbyterian pastors and brothers that helpfully critique the arguments I have presented. This brought me to a more refined understanding of the visible/invisible distinction of the church which led me to rewrite some areas of the book. Without endorsing the full paradigm of the normal paedobaptist mixed visible church, I came to a more robust ecclesiology and I think a more biblical and Baptist understanding of this important distinction. Also, I have modified some comments regarding paedobaptism that were perceived as being a little too harsh or unnecessarily provocative. I still wanted to offer a critique of the Presbyterian view, but in the irenic spirit of our forefathers. The readers will find, near the end of this revised edition, a new comparative chart that summarizes the differences between the Presbyterian view and the Particular Baptist view on the covenants.

REVISITING THE MOSAIC COVENANT

Finally, I was sharpened by a lot of discussions among the Reformed Baptist community that forced me to articulate a more precise and consistent covenant theology on some specific points. In the process I have rejected the idea that the Mosaic Covenant offered eternal life as an absolute republication of the Covenant of Works. I came to the understanding that the Mosaic Covenant was strictly limited to life in Canaan and was only typologically tied to the heavenly realities brought by the New Covenant. I had previously endorsed Samuel Petto’s view that understands the Mosaic Covenant both as an earthly covenant of works for Israel in Canaan and an absolute covenant of works for Christ to obtain eternal life. I still believe the former (Israel), but I now believe that the latter (Christ) is only typologically true. In other words, Christ didn’t accomplish the Old Covenant but the New Covenant which was set forth as a covenant of works between him and the Father (the Covenant of Redemption), the terms of which were prefigured but not properly stipulated in the Old Covenant.

The main issue, in my opinion, was that I used to blend the type with the antitype or the shadow with the reality in the same covenant by attributing eternal life as a promise proper to the Mosaic Covenant. I believe that this mixed approach to covenant theology is the essence of paedobaptism with its internal/external distinction that blends earthly kingdom with heavenly kingdom, Old Covenant with New Covenant, etc. 1689 Federalism, on the other hand, relies on the fundamental distinctions between Old and New, type and antitype, shadow and reality and, therefore, distinguishes between the Mosaic typological republication and Christ’s established New Covenant: typologically related, but essentially distinct.

This revised edition of The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology now reflects this view and I believe that this was Coxe and Owen’s view. Many brothers were involved in important discussions that led me to this clarification. I especially want to thank brother Brandon Adams who was very instrumental in that regard and I want to commend him for all his laboring for the cause of the Gospel by his defense of 1689 Federalism. The readers will find lots of helpful resources by visiting his website: www.1689federalism.com


More on this book…

New Books: 3-Book Series on the Church by Joe Thorn

Doctrine & Devotion:

The Heart of the Church, The Character of the Church, and The Life of the Church were written to help Christians and churches continue in or rediscover the priority of the gospel, the nature of the church, and the life of faith lived together.

These are three small and easy to read books that are useful for training in church membership classes, discipleship groups, and elder boards—and even for devotional reading. They are at once theological, practical, and experiential. Readers will not simply be informed, but led to believe in, rejoice in, and be transformed by the truth of God for his gathered people.

The books are published by Moody Publishers with the For The Church imprint and they will be available March 7th. But you can pre-order now through Moody Publishers and Amazon.

New Book: “To Follow the Lambe Wheresoever He Goeth: The Ecclesial Polity of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1640–1660” by Ian Birch

To Follow the Lambe Wheresoever He Goeth
The Ecclesial Polity of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1640-1660

by Ian Birch

Paperback $24 | Kindle $9.99

About:

This book explores the doctrine of the church among English Calvinistic Baptists between 1640 and 1660. It examines the emergence of Calvinistic Baptists against the background of the demise of the Episcopal Church of England, the establishment by Act of Parliament of the Westminster Assembly of Divines, and the attempted foundation of a Presbyterian Church of England. Ecclesiology was one of the most important doctrines under consideration in this phase of English history, and this book is a contribution to understanding alternative forms of ecclesiology outside of the mainstream National Church settlement.

It argues that the development of Calvinistic Baptist ecclesiology was a natural development of one stream of Puritan theology, the tradition associated with Robert Brown, and the English separatist movement. This tradition was refined and made experimental in the work of Henry Jacob, who founded a congregation in London in 1616 from which Calvinistic Baptists emerged. Central to Jacob’s ideology was the belief that a rightly ordered church acknowledged Christ as King over his people. The christological priority of early Calvinistic Baptist ecclesiology will constitute the primary contribution of this study to the investigation of dissenting theology in the period.

Details:

  • Pages: 248
  • Publication Date: Jan. 2017
  • Publisher: Pickwick Publications, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock Publishers
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled

Author:

Ian Birch is Principal of the Scottish Baptist College where he lectures in Theology and Baptist Studies. He contributed to The Plainly Revealed Word of God? Baptist Hermeneutics in Theory and Practice (2011) and Mirrors and Microscopes (2015). He was winner of the Payne Memorial Essay Prize for “‘The Counsel and Help of One Another’: Origins and Concerns of Early Particular Baptist Churches in Association” in 2012.

[HT: Baptist History & Thought]

Founders Journal Issue 106 (Fall 2016) “Decrees” Out Now FREE! [PDF | WEB]

Read online or download [51-page PDF] issue 106 (Fall 2016) of the Founders Journal on God’s “Decrees.”

Contents:

Introduction: Decrees | Tom Nettles

The Nature of God’s Eternal Decree An exposition of Paragraphs 1 and 2 of Chapter 7 “The Decree of God” From the 1689 London Baptist Confession | Tom Hicks

Predestined to Eternal Life Glory Hidden in the Mystery | Jared Longshore

Reprobation and the Second London Confession “the Second London Confession affirms reprobation, a doctrine which has been and continues to be the subject of much controversy” | Richard Blaylock

Like a Stone? The Perfect Confluence of God’s Providence And Human Freedom | Aaron Matherly

The High Mystery of Predestination An exposition of Paragraph 3 of Chapter 7 “The Decree of God” From the 1689 London Baptist Confession | Fred Malone

Book Review The Gospel Heritage of Georgia Baptists: 1772–1830 by Brandon F. Smith and Kurt M. Smith | Reviewed by Tom Nettles

Get more issues of the Founders Journal.

Hardback Facsimile Edition of 1677 Second London Confession of Faith [Limited | RBAP]

Reformed Baptist Academic Press:

RBAP is offering the hardback facsimile edition of the 1677 Second London Confession of Faith for $15.00 plus s/h, suggested retail $20.00. This edition includes a preface by Dr. Mike Renihan, “To the Judicious and Impartial Reader,” table of contents, the text of the Confession, and “An Appendix.” This version has the original wording and original Scripture references, both of which have been slightly altered in subsequent versions. It is highly recommended to purists and serious students.

RBAP currently has 30 copies so you should act quickly if you want a copy. Email rb@rbap.net with name, address, title, and quantity. You will need to be able to pay via check or Paypal. Once the email order is received on our end, your order will be placed and an invoice will be emailed.

New “Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, 2016, Vol. 3” [RBAP]

Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2016 (Vol. 3)

[RBAP: $12 (arrives Dec. 15) | Amz $18/£14.47]

Description:

The Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (JIRBS) is published to explain and support the theology of Holy Scripture as it is summarized in the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith. The journal will be published annually.

Details:

Paperback: 246 pages
Published: 2016

Articles:

THE CHRISTIAN MINISTRY IN THE CHURCH: Its Reasons, Duration and Goal, and Practical Effects (Ephesians 4:11-16), with Special Emphasis on verse 12 by Richard C. Barcellos

BRING THEM TO THE WORD, NOT THE WATER: Pastoral Instructions for Fathers in the First and Second Century Church by Ryan Davidson

THE COVENANTAL THEOLOGY OF JOHN SPILSBERY by Matthew C. Bingham

THE STRANGE CASE OF THOMAS COLLIER by James M. Renihan

THE CONSEQUENCES OF POSITIVE LAW: The Particular Baptists’ Use of Inferential Reasoning in Theology by Samuel Renihan

UNITY AND DISTINCTION—One God in Three Persons: Unity of Essence, Distinction of Persons, Implications for Life, A Review Article by Stefan T. Lindblad

THE REGULATIVE PRINCIPLE OF WORSHIP: Contemporary Objections by Samuel E. Waldron

Book Reviews:

Faith, Freedom and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology, Paul D. Molnar reviewed by James E. Dolezal

Covenants Made Simple: Understanding God’s Unfolding Promises to His People, Jonty Rhodes reviewed by Pascal Denault

Guaranteed Pure: The Moody Bible Institute, Business, and the Making of Modern Evangelicalism, Timothy E. W. Gloege reviewed by James M. Renihan

Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme, Stephen Westerholm reviewed by Tom Hicks

The Gospel Ministry, Thomas Foxcraft reviewed by Robert E. Cosby, III

The Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins, William VanDoodewaard reviewed by Terry Clarke

Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock: A Theology of Religions, Daniel Strange reviewed by John A. Divito

New Book: “A Noble Company, Vol. 8: Biographical Essays of Notable Particular-Regular Baptists in America” [Particular Baptist Press]

A Noble Company

Biographical Essays on Notable
Particular-Regular Baptists in America
Volume 8

Edited by Terry Wolever

Particular Baptist Press:

Our latest release… is now available!!! Get your copy today – $34 plus shipping.

Details:

Volume 8 contains essays on twenty more men and women from the early to mid-nineteenth century, a period known for its great missionary outreach. Hardcover. Bound in Navy cloth vellum with gold stamping. 702 pages. Illustrated with some rare portraits and other pictures. Three extensive indexes – Persons, Subjects and Churches.

The essays contained in this volume are [links give short description]:

1. David Benedict (1779-1874) by Matthew L. Underwood

2. Lott Carey (c.1780-1828) by Albert W. Wardin, Jr.

3. John Peck (1780-1849) by Terry Wolever

4. Alfred Bennett (1780-1851) by Jeffrey P. Straub

5. John Kerr (1782-1843) by Johnny Truelove

6. Daniel Hascall (1782-1852) by William Brackney & Terry Wolever

7. Luther Rice (1783-1836) by John Mark Terry

8. Silas Mercer Noel (1783-1839) by Steve Weaver

9. Alexander M. Beebee (1783-1856) by Terry Wolever

10. Thomas Roberts (1783-1865) by Micah Caswell

11. Isaac McCoy (1784-1846) by Gary W. Long

12. Charles Bartolette (1784-1852) by Terry Wolever

13. William Palmer (1785-1853) by Jeffrey A. Waldrop

14. Spencer H. Cone (1785-1855) by Matthew C. Hoskinson

15. Thomas Conant (1785-1870) by Jeffrey A. Waldrop

16. Jonathan Going (1786-1844) by Bill J. Leonard

17. Christiana P. McCoy (1787-1850) by Gary W. Long

18. Adoniram Judson, Jr. (1788-1850) by Jerry Cain

19. Samuel Eastman (1788-1858) by C. Douglas Weaver

20. Ann H. Judson (1789-1826) by Sharon James

There are seven appendixes:

A. Covenant, Articles of Faith, and Rules of Discipline of the First Baptist Church, Pawtucket, Rhode Island, 1805. David Benedict, pastor

B. Principles (or Articles of Faith) adopted at the constitution of the Maria Creek Baptist Church, Indiana Territory, May 20, 1809

C. Letter from Luther Rice to Mr. Wilson, dated Washington, D.C., April 29, 1823

D. Charter of the First Particular Baptist Church (later First Baptist Church) of Paterson, New Jersey, July 31, 1824

E. The Constitution of the Central New Jersey Baptist Association, formed at Hightstown, New Jersey, October 25, 1828

F. A Burman Liturgy, composed by Adoniram Judson, 1829, translated into English

G. Letter from Spencer H. Cone to John W. Sarles, dated New York, November 2, 1847

Lastly, this volume includes a listing of the individual essays and contributing writers in A Noble Company, Volumes 1-7

Learn more about Particular Baptist Press in our interview with them.

New Book: “A Timeline of the Key Events in the Life of David Benedict” by Terry Wolever [Particular Baptist Press]

A Timeline of the Key Events in the Life of David Benedict (1779-1874), the Baptist Historian.
Together with his Circular Letter “On Religious Revivals,” presented before the Warren Baptist Association on September 10, 1829.

By Terry Wolever

This booklet presents a detailed chronology by years of the important events that occurred in Benedict’s long and useful life, which are not generally known, including ministry matters, denominational and historical publications, family concerns, and other leading events. An Appendix provides his never before reprinted sermon on revivals, in which he shares his thoughts concerning them, stating at the outset that “so important is it, that we should have right views and feelings respecting them, that, on the one hand we should not overleap the boundaries of duty and propriety, nor on the other, stand aside with cold and suspicious indifference from the real work of God.” Glossy cover paperback, 34 pages. $6.00 plus shipping.