Mar. 14-15, 2017 “Protestant Reformation: Past – Present – Future” feat. Nichols, Borgman, & Gonzales in Grand Rapids, MI

Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church and the Reformed Baptist Seminary will be hosting a conference to commemorate the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. If you are a pastor of a local church, ministerial aspirant, RBS student, or RBS graduate, we would like to invite you to attend. Dr. Robert Gonzales, Dr. Brian Borgman, and Pastor Greg Nichols will be speaking on how the great truths recovered during the Reformation are relevant for the present and the future. Don’t miss it!

To register, click on the link below and then click on “Registration Form.” Special note: To check if housing and transportation is available (to and from the airport, and to and from the conference) call Rosey Nolan (GIRBC secretary) at 616-742-1137 or email her at

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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 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]


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.


Paperback: 246 pages
Published: 2016


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 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

Jan. 18, 2017 “Can Christians Lose Their Salvation” James White vs Trent Horn Debate in Atlanta, GA

Alpha & Omega Ministries:

The material principle of the Reformation was sola fide, justification by faith alone in Christ alone to the glory of God alone. But the Reformed tradition likewise affirmed that since salvation was an act of God focused upon the elect, performed by the Son in obedience to the Father, as a divine act it cannot be reversed. That is, salvation cannot be lost, for to say otherwise is to say Christ can fail to do the will of the Father.

The Roman Catholic Church has historically affirmed the ability of the justified to lose the grace of justification through the commission of mortal sins. Few topics focus the attention more upon the grounds of salvation than the question, can it be lost in those who once are truly saved? This will be the focus of our debate.

Join us for a thorough debate with Dr. James White and Trent Horn as we openly discuss the issues surrounding this highly debated issue.

Ticket Price:  $7.00 (by 12/18/16), $10.00 (after 12/18/16)
Registration Deadline: Online registration will close on 1/13/17
Parking: Online registration will close on 1/13/17$10.00 per vehicle

Details | Register

Dr. Tom Nettles interviewed on the Perseverance of the Saints [Theology on the Go Podcast]

From the Alliance of Confessing Evangelical‘s Place for Truth’s podcast “Theology on the Go”, “Perseverance of the Saints Podcast”:

Dr. Tom Nettles

This week on Theology on the Go, our host, Dr. Jonathan Master is joined by Dr. Thomas J. Nettles, retired Professor of Historical Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Dr. Nettles is regarded by some as one of the foremost Baptist historians in America today…

This week on Theology on the Go we are continuing a series on the Doctrines of Grace. This week Dr. Nettles has joined us to talk about the “P” in Perseverance of the Saints.

Now, grab that cup of coffee and meet us at the table!

AUDIO [17-min. MP3]:

“The Decree of God” chapter from Greg Nichols’ forthcoming “Lectures in Systematic Theology: Doctrine of God” [15-page PDF]

Here is a sample chapter from the forthcoming book we’ve announced and previewed:


II. Qualifications of God’s Decree

The 1689 London Confession affirms the biblical concept of God’s decree:

1689 Confession

LCF 3:1: God has decreed in himself, from all eternity, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably, all things, whatsoever comes to pass:

It then adds qualifying remarks that highlight three striking corollaries or qualifications of God’s decree:

LCF 3:1: . . . yet so as thereby God is neither the author of sin, nor has any fellowship with any therein; nor is violence offered to the will of the creature, nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.

They observe that God’s decree is consistent with divine purity, moral free agency, and with instrumental liberty and contingency. We now consider these qualifications.

A. God’s Decree does not Contradict God’s Impeccability.

LCF affirms this qualification: “yet so as thereby God is neither the author of sin nor has any fellowship therein.” God’s decree of sin does not make him its author. Nor does it erase human responsibility and culpability for sin.25 Sinners purpose and perpetrate evil: “you meant evil against me.” God purposes to use human evil for good: “but God meant it for good.”26 Sinners are exclusively to blame for sin. The holy God has neither fellowship with sin nor culpability for it. Rather, he hates and forbids it. Sin is transgression of his law, his revealed will. In Topic 14 I addressed the incomprehensible mystery associated with God’s sovereignty over sin.27

B. God’s Decree does not Contradict Moral Free Agency.

Pastor Greg Nichols

The 1689 Confession also affirms this qualification: “nor is violence offered to the will of the creature.” Man is not a puppet: “howbeit he means not so.”28 God’s decree does not cancel man’s purposes, even his wicked ones. Rather, it uses them in ways man knows not. God does not force the Assyrian against his will to be the rod of his anger. The Assyrian has no intention whatsoever of serving God. The Assyrian freely pursues his own purposes and plans. Yet God before the foundation of the world determined and fixed these free choices of the Assyrian for his own holy and just ends. Such is the wisdom and power of the incomprehensible God with whom we have to do.

C. God’s Decree does not Contradict Instrumental Liberty or Contingency.

The 1689 Confession also affirms this qualification: “nor yet is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established.” God’s decree is not fatalistic. The God who ordains the ends, also ordains the means. Thus Paul says: “except these abide in the ship you cannot be saved.” (Acts 27:31). God decreed their deliverance but they still must remain in the ship. Further, God even decreed what appear to us as random events.29 God controls chance, what people call “luck.” Again, who can begin to fathom the depths of the wisdom and power of God? Thus, LCF concludes: “in which appears his wisdom in disposing all things, and power and faithfulness in accomplishing his decree.”

15-page Chapter Preview [PDF]:

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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.


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.

Tom Ascol interviews Dr. Tom Nettles on beginnings of the SBC, New Calvinism + more [VIDEO]

Founders Ministries:

In this interview, Dr. Tom Ascol asks Dr. Tom Nettles about the beginnings of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Nettles, as a well-respected baptist historian, considers three things present at the founding of the Southern Baptist Convention worth recovering.

VIdeo [44 min.]:

For more, check out:

By His Grace and for His Glory:

A Historical Theological, and Practical Study of the Doctrines of Grace in Baptist Life

by Thomas J. Nettles

Gospel Heritage of Georgia Baptists

Who Were They and What Did They Believe?

by Kurt Smith and Brandon Smith with Introduction by Tom Nettles

Paul Brewster on SBC History: GA Baptist Assocation & Sandy Creek

Jan 28, 2017 Florida Pastor’s Fraternal feat. Dr. Tom Nettles

Reformed Baptist Network:

Dr. Tom Nettles

Greetings in Christ,

Providence Baptist Church will be hosting our 3rd Annual Florida Pastor’s Fraternal scheduled for January 28th,2017. Our speaker is Dr. Tom Nettles.

Our Brother will be speaking on the topics of:

1. “Defining my Ministry in Terms of Baptist Identity”
2. “The Devotional Element of Sermon Preparation.”

We will begin at 9:00 am and conclude with a lunch. As in past years, we will again have a book give away for all pastors who pre-register. (No cost, just RSVP.)

That weekend, Dr. Nettles will also be preaching our Winter Bible Conference on the theme: A Biblical search for Christian Assurance – [Thematic passage: Romans 8:12-17] – Details to be posted on our web site as we get closer.

Christ’s Servants,
Pastor Marty Hoffman & Steve Watson
Providence Baptist Church
Lecanto, FL

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.

Audio [mp3]:

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.

Audio [mp3]: