Pastor Rob Ventura & his Wife discuss Race, the Gospel & Homeschooling [VIDEO]

Here is what the creator of the video (Suhylah Claudio) says about it:

“There’s no overarching title for the series of videos yet, but the focus is the same for all of them:

To share the varying perspectives on race, ethnicity, culture, and nationality from various ethnic backgrounds. The purpose is to dispel myths and stereotypes and expose points of view from those whom we may not feel are “like us” and ultimately to think about what Scripture says about these things. My goal is to help unite us as one race of Christians who are aware of the perceptions and experiences of one another so that we can be more sensitive and loving as brethren in Christ.”

30 minute video:

Tom Chantry’s radio interview on “The Church’s Role in the Moral Collapse of our Society” [Iron Sharpens Iron]

From the recently posted September 22, 2015 Iron Sharpens Iron Radio show:

Pastor Tom Chantry
Pastor Tom Chantry

“The CHURCH’s Role in the

of our Society”
with guest


Pastor of Christ Reformed Baptist Church of Milwaukee, WI

2 hour audio [mp3]:

You can find the articles that spawned this discussion here:

“Regarding America’s moral collapse, I blame us… A very serious reformation is needed” [Tom Chantry | 5-part Series]
“Regarding America’s moral collapse, I blame us… A very serious reformation is needed” [Tom Chantry | 5-part Series]

ARBCA 2016 General Assembly audio now online. Feat. Miller, J. Renihan, D. Lindblad, Crosby, Hodgins, Slate, Waters

arbca gaAudio from the 2016 Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of America (ARBCA) General Assembly [which took place on April 26-28, 2016 at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Rockford, Illinois] , is now online:

Devotional John 17:1-5 | Thomas Waters [mp3]:

Redemption Accomplished | Pastor Jerry Slate [mp3]:

A Defense of Confessionalism | Arden Hodgins [mp3]:

A Tale of Two Associations Revisited | James M. Renihan [mp3]:

Devotional John 17:6-19 | Rob Cosby [mp3]:

Propitiation Accomplished | Don Lindblad [mp3]:

Associational Churchmanship: LBC 26:12-15 | James M. Renihan [mp3]:

Devotional John 17:20-26 | John Miller [mp3]:

Tom Nettles Interviews Tom Ascol on the 1689 [Founders Journal]

Founders Journal · Summer 2005 · pp. 4-9 has an interview, conducted by Tom Nettles, with Pastor Tom Ascol on the Second London Confession of 1689. It begins:

founders journal summer 2005Start by telling us how long your church has used the 1689 Confession.

Since 1989 Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida has been guided by a commitment to the 1689 (Second London) Confession of Faith. We adopted that confession as a detailed expression of our doctrinal commitments as a church and for the purpose of guiding us in the selection of officers, teachers and other leaders in the church. We use the edition that is published by the elders of Grace Baptist Church in Carlisle, PA, but also allow for the use of the Carey edition, entitled A Faith to Confess. This latter edition employs modern language and is more easily read by some.[1]

Pastor Tom Ascol
Pastor Tom Ascol

How does using a confession of faith benefit a church body?

A church can receive great benefit from properly using a (or more than one) confession of faith. By adopting a confession of faith a clear statement is made that on certain matters of faith and practice the church is pre-committed. That is, the church declares, “We are not looking for truth in these areas, we believe that we have found the truth of God’s Word on these subjects and this is what our views are.” This kind of pre-commitment is very useful in times of doctrinal uncertainty or controversy. If some members come to convictions that are contrary to the church’s confession, then those members can be addressed on the basis of what the church has previously stated to be its views. Further, those seeking to join the church have in the confession a clear declaration of what can be expected in the preaching and teaching ministry.

A good confession can help promote the unity of the church. Opinions are not all equally valid and where there exists in a church a common commitment to a list of doctrinal convictions, those views that deviate from or contradict that commitment can be readily recognized and addressed. No church can long survive if it must continually reevaluate each and every doctrine when at once it is questioned.

A good confession can also help a church grow spiritually. Such a confession represents the collective wisdom of trusted teachers. It can prove to be a great source of instruction for those who are committed to understanding and applying biblical truth. A confession serves as a reminder of what God has taught others whose lives and views we respect. It can be consulted as a guide in Bible study, or can actually provide an outline for a doctrinal study of the Word.

Dr. Tom Nettles
Dr. Tom Nettles

What are the doctrinal strengths of the Second London Confession [2LC]?

The doctrinal strengths of the 2LC are seen in the comprehensiveness of its thirty-two chapters. Matters related to the heart of salvation are addressed in detail in at least twelve of those chapters, covering everything from “God’s Covenant” (chapter 7) to the “Assurance of Grace and Salvation” (chapter 18).

In addition to these soteriological chapters, the confession also treats matters related to the life and health of a local church. Twelve chapters address the Bible’s teachings on the law, gospel, Christian liberty, worship, the Sabbath, oaths, civil government, marriage, the church, communion of the saints and the ordinances (chapters 19–30).

In addition, chapters on authority (1), the nature and sovereignty of God (2–5), sin (5) and last things (31, 32) are included. All of these subjects are important to the spiritual vitality of individual believers and churches. As a believer grows in the grace and knowledge of the Lord, these are matters that he will discover he must develop opinions and perhaps even convictions on. It is very helpful for a local church to state plainly its position on these matters. Members can expect the teaching and preaching ministries of the church to be within these confessional boundaries. The confession can also be used as an excellent tool for the systematic study of biblical doctrines. The insights of those who have gone before us and whose testimonies have proven faithful are invaluable aids in study and growth…

The rest contain answers to the following questions:

  • Do you think that the length of the articles is helpful or confusing?

  • How does it serve in the process of a person becoming a church member?

  • Do pastors/elders relate differently to the 2LC than those members that are not so called?

  • How does it serve in the educational process of the church?

  • How does it serve in the discipline of the church?

  • How is it related to biblical exposition in the church?

  • Another idea you would like to cover


Read the entire interview.

[HT: @1689_LBCF]

Some Pastoral Observations on the 1689 in Church Life [VIDEO] by Tom Ascol [RBS]

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Dr. Tom Ascol
Dr. Tom Ascol

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

How does using a Confession of Faith benefit a church body? What are some of the strengths of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689? Do pastors/elders relate differently 2LCF than church members that don’t hold office? How does the Confession serve in cases of church discipline? These are some of the questions Dr Tom Ascol addresses from the perspective of a pastor in the 35 minute lecture below.

Video includes how Pastor Tom Ascol implemented the 1689 back at his church in 1989, plus a time of Q&A.

[These lectures are part of thirty lectures offered in the course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions. If you’d like the audit the entire course or take it for credit, click here.]

Some Pastoral Observations re: 1689 Baptist Confession


Thanksgiving Roundup [Spurgeon, J. Renihan, Savastio, 1689]

Here is a roundup from last year with some additions from this year:

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1689 gift editionThe Importance of Thanksgiving Day by Dr. James Renihan

From the [1689] Second London Confession, Chapter 22:
3. Prayer with thanksgiving, being one special part of natural worship, is by God required of all men. But that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the Name of the Son, by the help of the Spirit, according to his Will; with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance; and when with others, in a known tongue.
5. The reading of the Scriptures, Preaching, and hearing the word of God, teaching and admonishing one another in Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual songs, singing with grace in our Hearts to the Lord; as also the Administration of Baptism, and the Lords Supper are all parts of Religious worship of God, to be performed in obedience to him, with understanding, faith, reverence, and godly fear; moreover solemn humiliation with fastings; and thanksgiving upon special occasions, ought to be used in an holy and religious manner.

Thanksgiving in the Church

From the Directory for Public Worship: Concerning the Observation of Days of Publick Thanksgiving.
WHEN any such day is to be kept, let notice be given of it, and of the occasion thereof, some convenient time before, that the people may the better prepare themselves thereunto.


C H SpurgeonCharles H. SpurgeonA Sermon Delivered on Sunday Morning, September 27th, 1863:

Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness. — Psalm 65:11.


POSSIBLY objections might have been raised to a day of thanksgiving for the abundant harvest if it had been ordered or suggested by Government. Certain brethren are so exceedingly tender in their consciences upon the point of connection between Church and State, that they would have thought it almost a reason for not being thankful at all if the Government had recommended them to celebrate a day of public thanksgiving. Although I have no love to the unscriptural union of Church and State, I should on this occasion have hailed an official request for a national recognition of the special goodness of God. However, none of us can feel any objection arising in our minds if it be now agreed that to-day we will praise our ever-bounteous Lord, and as an assembly record our gratitude to the God of the harvest. We are probably the largest assembly of Christian people in the world, and it is well that we should set the example to the smaller Churches. Doubtless many other believers will follow in our track, and so a public thanksgiving will become general throughout the country. I hope to see every congregation in the land raising a special offering unto the Lord, to be devoted either to his Church, to the poor, to missions, or some other holy end. Yes, I would have every Christian offer willingly unto the Lord as a token of his gratitude to the God of providence…


All the year round, every hour of every day, God is richly blessing us; both when we sleep and when we wake, his mercy waits upon us. The sun may leave off shining, but our God will never cease to cheer his children with his love. Like a river his lovingkindness is always flowing, with a fullness inexhaustible as his own nature, which is its source. Like the atmosphere which always surrounds the earth, and is always ready to support the life of man, the benevolence of God surrounds all his creatures; in it, as in their element they live, and move, and have their being. Yet as the sun on summer days appears to gladden us with beams more warm and bright than at other times, and as rivers are at certain seasons swollen with the rain, and as the atmosphere itself on occasions is fraught with more fresh, more bracing, or more balmy influences than heretofore, so is it with the mercy of God: it hath its golden hours, its days of overflow, when the Lord magnifieth his grace and lifteth high his love before the sons of men.

[source: ReformedOnTheWeb]

Treasury of DavidSpurgeon on Psalm 100:

A Psalm of Praise; or rather of thanksgiving. This is the only psalm bearing this precise inscription. It is all ablaze with grateful adoration, and has for this reason been a great favourite with the people of God ever since it was written.


Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
Serve the LORD with gladness:
come before his presence with singing.


Know ye that the LORD he is God:
it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.


Enter into his gates with thanksgiving,
and into his courts with praise:
be thankful unto him, and bless his name.


For the LORD is good;
his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.

On this Psalm, Charles Sprugeon comments:

In all our public service the rendering of thanks must abound; it is like the incense of the temple, which filled the whole house with smoke. Expiatory sacrifices are ended, but those of gratitude will never be out of date. So long as we are receivers of mercy we must be givers of thanks. …Be thankful unto him. Let the praise be in your heart as well as on your tongue, and let it all be for him to whom it all belongs. And bless his name. He blessed you, bless him in return; bless his name, his character, his person. Whatever he does, be sure that you bless him for it; bless him when he takes away as well as when he gives; bless him as long as you live, under all circumstances…

[source: Abraham’s Seed]


2013-11-25 09.03.01Always And For All Things by Jim Savastio

Of all the things that you will do this week, few will be repeated in eternity. But every time you are thankful to God you are engaging in a heavenly and eternal work.

Seriously Thankful

…In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, amidst a flurry of exhortations, one them stands out above all others. In everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. This is God’s will. That may seem redundant…after all, it’s in the Bible and it’s in the form of a present active imperative–a clear command. By telling us that this is God’s will for those in union with Jesus, Paul is, as it were, underscoring, highlighting, italicizing, putting in caps this particular command. Don’t miss this! it’s God’s will for you to always be thankful. Doing God’s will is of eternal consequence. Jesus said in Matthew 7:21 that only those who do the will of God will go to heaven. Paul tells us in Romans 1 that among the many sins which merit the wrath of God is ingratitude. Unbelief and ingratitude binds the souls in hell together. But how can we be thankful at all times and for all things? Are there not issues which grieve and disappoint us? Of course. The issue is that what God has done for us in Jesus is so much better that it always tips the scales towards gratitude. No matter how well things are going in your estimation now, if you are in Christ you have reason to be thankful.


Thanksgiving Scott BrownThirteen Thanksgiving Celebration Tips by Scott Brown

What follows are THIRTEEN Thanksgiving Celebration Tips. I write this that we “may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving,” and to tell of His “wondrous works.” (Psalm 26:7), and to declare the praises of our Lord Jesus Christ across the land. In it you will find encouragement to read the scripture, sing the songs, recount the history and dedicate your family to building a culture of thankfulness.


Pilgrims & Baptists: the little known connection

If not for a Baptist church split, the Pilgrims might never have come to America.
Sort of.

More added here as they come in..

11 Reasons to Go to Church Every Sunday [Burks]

church pew header ecclesiologyJ. Brandon Burks:

  1. New creations love other new creations

  2. The Holy Spirit builds community

  3. We’re commanded to attend church

  4. We need the means of grace

  5. Perseverance of the Saints is a communal project

  6. We need to be under pastoral care

  7. We must contribute our time and money to the body of Christ

  8. If it is okay for you not to attend church, then it is okay for no one to attend

  9. The Sabbath Day is part of God’s moral law

  10. Loving Christ means loving His bride

  11. The Church has a mission that involves all of Christ’s sheep

Read the explanation of each point.

Is Calvinism “Satanic”?, the Local Church, KJV Onlyism feat. James White & John Samson [AUDIO]

Here are three recent Apologia Radio episodes of particular interest:

spurgeons calvinismIs Calvinism “Satanic”? – with John Samson – 7/26/2014

…we respond a portion of a video (Here) put up by Steven Anderson of Faithful Word Baptist Church. Anderson is well known on the internet for his anti-Calvinism rants, KJV Onlyism, and for the famous incident wherein he was tazed by border agents. In his recent video he says that Calvinism is Satanic and that Calvinists are perverts.


We are joined on this broadcast with our good friend, John Samson. John is the pastor of King’s Church ( and is the author of the book, ‘Twelve What Abouts: Answering Common Objections Concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election’. John speaks with us about the nature of man, God’s sovereignty, and a host of other issues.



church05Samson Claus and Biblical Community – 8/16/2014

…we interview and dialogue with John Samson (author of ’12 What Abouts’) on the local church. Consider this an episode that deals with practical and biblical living as Christians.


We believe this show will really bless you. We address the importance of the local church, being under the authority of Elders, and being involved in transparent and accountable community.



NWO Bible Versions Steven Anderson and James WhiteDr. James White vs. Steven Anderson – 8/30/2014

The internet is buzzing with talk about the interview/discussion between Steven Anderson (Faithful Word Baptist Church) and Dr. James White (Alpha & Omega Ministries). Dr. James White wrote the book, “The King James Only Controversy”. Steven Anderson is a King James Version Onlyist and was interviewing Dr. White for his film on the subject. The entirety of the video (over 2-hours) was recently posted on YouTube and is available for everyone to see.


Dr. White gives us an excellent discussion about the transmission of the text of the New Testament, how we know that God has been faithful in preserving His Word, and how KJV Onlyism is inconsistent and needs to be rejected.


Giving Proper Due To the People in the Pew: A Biblical Defense of Lay-Ministry & Lay-Evangelism [Robert Gonzales]

church pew header ecclesiologyTwo slightly updated posts, from Dr. Robert Gonzales, that originally appeared in The Founders Journal #79: Winter 2010The Founders Journal #83: Winter 2011:

…This was a new paradigm for me. Not only did these writers seem intent on limiting the task of making and grounding disciples in the faith to the agency of the ordained minister, but they also seemed to narrow its sphere (at least primarily) to what takes place on Sunday within the four walls of a church building…


It’s not that I have problems with the authors’ focus on the church. I agree that the task of the Great Commission ultimately belongs to the church, not to para-church organizations. Nevertheless, I struggle with their tendency to narrow the task’s sphere (corporate worship) and its agents (the ordained minister). Although there may be an etymological relation between the English terminology “making disciples” and “discipline,” the two concepts are not semantically synonymous. “Making disciples” (Greek: μαρτυρέω) is a much broader concept semantically than ecclesiastical discipline (whether formative or corrective). To state it differently, making disciples entails evangelism, which, in turn, results (with the blessing of God) in “adding” disciples to the church. How does “church discipline” add members to the church? Of course, Hart and Muether don’t actually limit evangelism to church discipline. They also include “the preaching of the Word and the administration of the sacraments” as “effectual means of salvation.” But doesn’t this still limit evangelism primarily to what takes place in the pulpit on Sunday?…


What about evangelism outside of worship? What about the layman’s role in evangelism?

Read “A Biblical Defense of Lay-Ministry”
[42 min. readout]

Rye earsThese are some passages in the NT that provide warrant for laying a measure of evangelistic responsibility at the feet of lay-people. Of course, we must make appropriate qualifications. My thesis is not that every stay-at-home mom or businessman has to engage in street preaching or door-to-door evangelism. Rather, each believer’s responsibility to evangelize is conditioned by such factors as (1) the depth of his or her knowledge of biblical (gospel) truth, (2) the level of his or her spiritual maturity, (3) the degree of his or her communicative gift, and (4) the kind of providential opportunities that present themselves, which, in turn, relate to his or her vocation or calling in life. Not everyone is called to serve Christ as an ordained pastor, church-planter, or missionary.  Nor does every believer possess the same level of doctrinal and practical maturity to communicate the gospel effectively and accurately. So the weight of responsibility on each Christian will differ. Nevertheless, the 6th commandment, the Golden Rule, and numerous other biblical data constrain me to conclude that all of Christ’s disciples are called to take not just a reactive (1 Pet 3:15) but a proactive part in the church’s mission to the world. Consequently, it doesn’t appear wide the mark to conclude that the Scriptures give warrant for us to affirm not only the church’s responsibility to preach the gospel in the context of corporate worship and to commission church planters and missionaries to take the gospel to the nations but also the individual believer’s responsibility to be salt and light by life and lip in the midst of a lost and perishing world.

Read “A Biblical Defense of Lay-Evangelism” [41 min readout]

Practical thoughts on visiting the sick & needy [Jeremy Walker]

Jeremy Walker
Jeremy Walker

Jeremy Walker:

Some time ago I read a letter from a pastor who had spent time in hospital. He was surprised at how ill-equipped the saints who came to visit him seemed to be in ministering to his soul as he lay in the hospital bed. More recently, I was asked by a brother in a church which is currently without a pastor how he might more effectively serve some who are sick and struggling by visiting them to encourage and assist them. My advice was very simple, but it might help others, and I offer it here in that hope.


First, practically, turn up at an hour convenient to the person you are visiting, or previously arranged…


Second, make your visit simple but substantial…


Third, remember that the person(s) may not remember much about your visit, but they will hopefully remember that you did visit, and they will, we trust, have profited from hearing the Word of God read and explained, and a brief time of prayer.


Finally, remember that there may be some particular challenges you can meet or helps you can offer, especially engaging the deacons of the church…

Read [3 min. readout]

Superheroes In the Pew [Jim Savastio]

Jim Savastio
Jim Savastio

If you were to ask the average Christian to speak of their spiritual heroes it would be common for them to bring forth the names of great pastors, preachers, and missionaries who have served faithfully and well in the Kingdom in the past or present. They buy the books, listen to the sermons, follow the tweets, and read the biographies of these esteemed men and women.


I want to tell you bit about some of my heroes. Many of them have never preached and certainly have not written popular books or blogs. They have never spoken at conferences. With the exception of a few dozen fellow churchmen, they are unknown in the wider Christian world.


My heroes consists by and large of the men and women of my church…

Read the rest of “Superheroes In the Pew” by Jim Savastio

Is the state of the culture a report card for the church? Thabiti Anyabwile answers

Local ChurchI think I first heard Kevin DeYoung and John Piper ask and answer that question. They both concluded “no.” I think I agree with them. There is no direct relationship between the effectiveness of the church and the broader unbelieving culture.


Yet, it seems most Christians tend to assume a relationship. If the church was doing _____ then the culture wouldn’t ______. Because the church is weak in _____ the society is experiencing ______.


Many Christians too readily draw these kinds of conclusions. I think it’s well-intended. What Christian doesn’t want to see the church have a lasting positive impact on their society?


But I’m concerned that this thinking, especially among preachers and pastors, might be contributing to some unhealthiness in the church. I don’t know if I’m right about this, so you all chime in with your perspective…

Read the rest which includes his five suggestions to avoiding this problem [6 min. readout]

How Much Does Your Church Give? [James Renihan]

” I am always blessed by the faithful contributions which come in from our congregations. But perhaps there is an area where our giving could be increased…”

Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

After giving a personal story James Renihan concludes:

Pastors, do you encourage your men to consider the gospel ministry? Do you spend personal time with them and encourage them to pray about this? Do your elders likewise seek to press this matter upon your young men? Do they urge these men to consider the possibility of Christ’s call? And what about your people? Do they esteem ministers? Will they rejoice when one of their own gives himself to serve the Lord in the ministry? I am convinced that our churches must place a higher priority on cultivating their men for service in the church.

Read [6 min. readout]

Where do you worship when there is no Reformed Baptist church nearby?


We had a question come in that we’d like to farm out to the community.

“I need a Reformed congregation closer to home. The closest strong reformed Baptist church is two hours away from our home. What suggestions do you have if there is not a reformed church nearby?”

Are you in an area without a 1689 subscribing congregation? Where do you worship and why?

Let us know in the comments, Facebook, Google Plus, Tumblr, or Twitter!

Thanks in advance!

Interview #39 – Richard Barcellos – The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More than a Memory

PodcastPromo Richard Barcellos 39 Lords Supper Means of Grace

On episode 39 of our podcast, we interview Pastor Richard Barcellos on his new book “The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace: More Than a Memory”.

We ask questions such as:

  • What is a means of grace?
  • Is Christ present in the supper?
  • What is the connection between the Lord’s Supper and the Lord’s Day?
  • How does self-examination play a role during the Supper?
  • What about grape-juice or white-wine?
  • What is the 1689’s view?
  • What about frequency?
  • + more…

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The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace

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Links Mentioned:

Post-Interview Music:

Behold the Lamb (The Communion Hymn) by Keith and Kristyn Getty & Stuart Townend