Interview #7: James Renihan – Particular Baptist History + Book Giveaway


On episode seven of our podcast, we interview Dr. James Renihan on the origins of Particular Baptists.

After that, we talk about some Reformed Baptist headlines and give you a preview of next week’s episode featuring Paul Brewster.

Book Giveaway:

true love renihan

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This week you have a chance to win one of two signed copies of Renihan’s True Love: Understanding the Real Meaning of Christian Love.

Books & Sites Mentioned:

Headlines Mentioned:

Sponsor: – A wiki dedicated to the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith, commonly called the 1689, and theology in accordance with the doctrines contained therein.

Post-Interview Music:

GERMAN is the traditional tune used to sing the hymn Dr. Renihan quoted. Tune can be downloaded free.

  • Jason Delgado

    Baptist persecution in ‘merca!?!?

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  • Simon O’Mahony

    It is encouraging to hear of the rich history we have as Baptists. I wasn’t aware that the very early London Baptists did not practice full immersion.

  • Guest

    I’ve had the blessing

  • Mark Bainter

    I’ve had the pleasure of hearing Dr Renihan teach on baptist history before and as always it’s a tremendous blessing. The work he’s done in our history in general, and around our confessions in particular is just invaluable. I’ve always found the challenges Baptists faced and overcame in trying to recover a biblical model of ecclesiology and baptism fascinating. That might seem easy to us, but there were real theological issues that had to be overcome there – and their presuppositions and cultural context made it even more so, as the impact to those that became quakers can attest.

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  • Joshua38

    I find it interesting that, in the earliest days of Baptists, there were actually two different “strains” of Baptists – the Calvinists, and the non-Calvinists – who were apparently forming from two different parts of the world. So, what distinguished “Baptists” from all other Christian groups wasn’t their particular “statement of faith”, but rather their shared theological conviction that ONLY BELIEVERS should be baptized and admitted as members of the church. This explains why, even today, Baptists are recognized as the “believers’ church”.

  • Josh’s Beloved Rumley

    This is a hard question to answer, but I suppose that I’m most surprised to learn that “Baptists” and “Anabaptists” were very different groups!

  • Patrick T. McWilliams

    +5 nerd points!

    • Jason Delgado

      ah haha! yes… that is another -10 for Javy!