Who Speaks for Reformed Baptists (Part 2)

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The 1689 Confession itself best defines a Reformed Baptist Church.

 

Our Confession is the best safeguard for the local congregation and for Reformed Baptists as a whole.

 

In a sea with so many diverse and changeable voices, the Confession tells the world what we, as Particular Baptists (what called themselves) or Reformed Baptists (the more modern term), believe.  It gives us a point of unity and heritage with our like-minded reformed brethren.  It stands as the definitive Statement of Faith for our churches.  Our Confession speaks for us and has stood the test of time.  We should learn from it, study the heritage behind it, and discover in even greater ways from our Particular Baptist forefathers the truths contained in that age old document.  It does a great job defining “the things most surely believed among us.”

by Steve Marquedant for Reformed Baptist Fellowship (full text here)

Part 1 here.

Stuck: A Documentary About International Adoptions

STUCK TRAILER from Both Ends Burning Campaign.

You have heard of the horror stories of adoptions taking years to complete, but have you seen it with your own eyes?

 

You will when you see STUCK, a film about international adoption.

 

The purpose of this film is to help people understand the issues and create a movement that will pressure U.S. officials to force a more supportive attitude toward international adoption. Orphan Outreach is encouraging everyone to see it and to join in and help change the system.

 

The film follows four children on their journey from orphanages in their native countries to their homes with families in the United States. The filmmaker tracks the four children and the three couples seeking to be their parents. It tracks the excitement and also the disappointment of the journey.

 

The movie, produced by Both Ends Burning, uncovers the personal, real-life stories of children and parents going through the journey of international adoption. Each of the stories is filled with hope, elation, and sometimes heartbreak.

via Mission Network News

Is Baptism a Secondary Doctrine? Nathan Finn Responds

“Mohler himself uses baptism as one of his examples as a secondary doctrine. How should Baptists, and particularly Southern Baptists, think of the doctrine of baptism (and ecclesiology in general)? Is baptism a second-order doctrine?…But as Southern Baptists, it is important to recognize that a particular understanding of baptism–the full immersion of professed believers–is a core distinctive of our churches and our denomination. While every Southern Baptist I know would agree that baptism doesn’t contribute to our salvation, almost every Southern Baptist I know would argue that confessor’s baptism by immersion is the explicit teaching of the New Testament and that other Christians who sprinkle babies and call it baptism are in error, even if they don’t know it.”

Read the entire article.

Feed My Sheep Conference Audio (feat: Michael Haykin)

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March 18, 2012 was the Feed My Sheep Conference. It is a one-day conference organized for pastors and church leaders in the greater, metro-Atlanta area, hosted at Mount Vernon Baptist Church.

Conference audio (mp3):

Conference co-sponsered with the Atlanta Association of Southern Baptist Churches and The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

Gay Christianity, The Pope, Candida Moss Issues Discussed By James White

On James White’s podcast, The Dividing Line, from March 21, 2013 he deals with a wide range of cultural and theological issues.

Listen.

Audio timeline:

01:15-09:45 Matthew Vines Launches ‘Reformation Project’ to Make Churches  LGBT-friendly/affirming (listen to James White’s five hour response to Matthew Vines’ YouTube video, with over half-a-million views, “The Gay Debate: The Bible & Homosexuality”)

15:45-21:00 Joe Biden meeting the new Pope &  Candida Moss’ new book “The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom”

21:35-26:45 Textual Criticism

27:30-47:50 Response to Michael Patton’s secondary issues post

47:50-60:00 Severel calls on textual criticism and regeneration

[source: Alpha & Omega Ministries]

Sam Waldron on Family-Integrated Churches – Reformed Forum Audio & Blogs

The March 8, 2013 episode of Christ the Center features an interview with Sam Waldron regarding Family-Integrated Churches

On this episode, we welcome  to speak about the family-integrated church movement, which seeks to recover a biblical understanding of the family, especially in its relationship to the local church. You can read more about the movement from The National Center for Family-Integrated Churches. Dr. Waldron explains several features of the movement, critically examining several strengths and shortcomings in light of Scripture. He has written on the subject before.

Here is a collection of all his post on the same subject:

  1. Sam WaldronFamily-Integrated Church 1: The “Family-Integrated Church Movement” Is Publishing!
  2. Family-Integrated Church 2: Appreciation for Scott Brown, Voddie Baucham, and the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches
  3. Family-Integrated Church 3: My Bona Fides
  4. Family-Integrated Church 4: The Family-Integrated Critique of the Modern Family and Church
  5. Family-Integrated Church 5: Is the church family-based?
  6. Family-Integrated Church 6: What does saying the church is a “Family of Families” mean?
  7. Family-Integrated Church 7: Are We Guilty of a Messianic View of the Christian Family?
  8. Family-Integrated Church 8: Are We Guilty of a Messianic View of the Christian Family? (Continued)
  9. Family-Integrated Church 9: Is the Old Testament Adequate to Provide the Church’s Philosophy of Ministry? (Part 1)
  10. Family-Integrated Church 10: Is the Old Testament Adequate to Provide the Church’s Philosophy of Ministry? (Part 2)
  11. Family-Integrated Church 11: Commendation for “A Weed in the Church” (Part 1)
  12. Family-Integrated Church 12: Commendation for “A Weed in the Church” (Part 2)
  13. Family-Integrated Church 13: Why the family-integrated view dies the death of a 1000 (or at least a few) qualifications!
  14. Family-Integrated Church 14: Why the family-integrated church is not demanded by the regulative principle! (Part 1)
  15. Family-Integrated Church 15: Why the family-integrated church is not demanded by the regulative principle! (Part 2)
  16. Family-Integrated Church 16: Of Nurseries
  17. Family-Integrated Church 17: Samuel, Jesus, and Paul (Part 1)
  18. Family-Integrated Church 18: Samuel, Jesus, and Paul (Part 2)
  19. Family-Integrated Church 19: A Plea for Principled Unity
  20. MCTS Podcast 22: Dr. Waldron on the Family-Integrated Church

2013 Deep South Founders Conference: God’s Covenant [Audio]

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The sixth annual Deep South Founders Conference gathered under the banner of “God’s Covenant,” January 17-19, 2013 on the Reformed Theological Seminary Jackson, Mississippi campus. Our special guest, Dr. Sam Waldron brought three messages regarding covenant theology. Three other speakers, Dale Crawford, Chas Rowland, and Dewey Wise, filled the pulpit as we explored the biblical truth expressed in chapter seven of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith…

Conference Audio:

  • Whatever happened to the Covenant of Works? [mp3] – Dr. Sam Waldron
  • Should you believe in the Covenant of Grace? [mp3] – Dr. Sam Waldron
  • Are the Old and New Covenants really one and the same? [mp3] – Dr. Sam Waldron
  • The Requirement of Faith [mp3] – Dr. Chas Rowland
  • The Eternal Covenant Transaction Between The Father and The Son [mp3] – Pastor Dale Crawford
  • The Holy Spirit’s Influence On The Creature’s Will [mp3] – Dewey Wise

Pre-Conference Debate

On Thursday evening, January 17, 2013 (6:30 pm) Dr. Samuel E. Waldron and Dr. Elliott E. Johnson debated the topic of Covenant Theology vs Dispensationalism in the chapel of the Reformed Theological seminary, Jackson MS. Dr. Johnson serves as Senior Professor of Bible Exposition at Dallas Theological Seminary.

  • Covenant Theology vs Dispensationalism [mp3]

New AFCBS Blog Contributors

The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies blog, “Historia ecclesiastica” has new contributors:

Dustin Benge serves as the senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jackson, Kentucky. He is also a PhD candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a junior fellow at The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies for which he serves as a research assistant and managing editor of The Andrew Fuller Review. Dustin and his wife, Molli, live in Jackson.

Dustin Bruce lives in Louisville, KY where he is pursuing a ThM in Church History at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a graduate of Auburn University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dustin and his wife, Whitney, originally hail from Alabama.

Ian Hugh Clary is finishing doctoral studies under Adriaan Neele at Universiteit van die Vrystaat (Blomfontein), where he is writing a dissertation on the evangelical historiography of Arnold Dallimore. He has co-authored two local church histories with Michael Haykin and contributed articles to numerous scholarly journals. Ian serves as a pastor of BridgeWay Covenant Church in Toronto where he lives with his wife and two children.

Nathan A. Finn is associate professor of historical theology and Baptist Studies at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also an elder at First Baptist Church of Durham, NC and a senior fellow of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies.

Michael A.G. Haykin is the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He also serves as Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Haykin and his wife Alison have two grown children, Victoria and Nigel.

Jeff Robinson (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Senior Pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church. Jeff is the author of the forthcoming book, The Great Commission Vision of John Calvin.

Steve Weaver serves as a research assistant to the director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies and a junior fellow of the Center. He also serves as senior pastor of Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort, KY. Steve and his wife Gretta have six children between the ages of 2 and 13.

Be sure to bookmark this site and check back daily as new content will be added often. You can keep up with the latest on there website by subscribing to there RSS feed or by following them on Twitter (@AFCBS).
[source: Historia ecclesiastica]

No Co Ever #2 – Feat: James White, Mike Abendroth, and more

Mike Abendroth, Dr. James White, Dr. Carl Trueman and Phil Johnson round-table on current church issues. This episode deals with how we know God’s will and what it has to do with the sufficiency of Scripture:

No Co Ever: Episode 02 from No Compromise Radio on Vimeo.

“No Compromise: Ever” (aka “No Co Ever”) is vodcast from No Compromise Radio, a ministry of Bethlehem Bible Church in West Boylston, Massachusetts.

New Covenant Theology and the 1644/1646 London Baptist Confession

There are some who choose to confess the 1646 London Baptist confession rather than the 1677 London Baptist confession. Their reasons for this choice vary, but among them are those who wish to adhere to what is known as “New Covenant Theology.” In making this move, it is claimed, they are identifying with Baptists who did not hold such a “rigid” stance on the law as it is expressed in the 1677 London Baptist confession. However, when examined in its historical context, there is no difference between the views of the early and later baptists concerning the law.

After the publication of the first confession in 1644, certain criticisms and inquiries were made to the Baptists concerning their positions on certain issues. In reply, they revised the confession and republished it in 1646. Benjamin Coxe, father of Nehemiah Coxe, also published an appendix to the confession in 1646 in order to give added clarity to some of the issues in question.

Go to the Particular Voices blog to see this short writing from Benjamin Coxe.