Interview #85 – Seminary Life at The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies – Dabney Olguin & Nathan White [Audio Podcast]



The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, CA
The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies
at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, CA

On episode 85 of our interview podcast we have The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) students Dabney Olguin and Nathan White on to tell us all about IRBS.


  • Testimony
  • On Seminary:
    • Why IRBS
    • Campus Life
    • Family Life
    • Baptists in a Presbyterian School
  • Life in Cali
  • + more


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May the Mind of Christ, My Savior by Jake Armerding

Tattoos for the Soul: Why We Need Confessions of Faith [Joe Thorn |]

You don’t see this on the front of everyday. In fact, pretty sure this is a first…

Hand of Pastor Joe Thorn
Hand of Pastor Joe Thorn
Pastor Joe Thorn
Pastor Joe Thorn

Pastor Joe Thorn on the value of confessions of faith:

…Because I love God, I love his word. And because I love God and his word, I love theology. And because I love theology, I love confessions of faith. To know God is to believe who he has revealed himself to be in Christ, to rest in his grace, and to obey him in faith. In all of this, we are dependent on the Holy Scripture, and are compelled to affirm and articulate the truths revealed therein. This is where confessions of faith play a vital role in the spiritual health of the Christian and the local church…

Even with the growing interest in Calvinism among evangelicals in recent years, too often the resurging interest in doctrine has not led to a robust understanding of Reformed theology or an embrace of Reformed confessions.

In my own context, I occasionally hear some Baptists say things like, “We need no creed but the Bible.” While I affirm their belief in the supremacy and sufficiency of the Scripture, such a sentiment ignores the purpose and use of confessions. And by the way, such a statement is itself a confession.

Proper confessions of faith, like Westminster, or the 1689 Baptist Confession, serve four purposes: clarity, unity, charity, and safety…

Read the explanation of those four purposes in “Tattoos for the Soul: Why We Need Confessions of Faith”

Tom Ascol interviewed on Mortification of Spin about Calvinism in the SBC [AUDIO] + Roger Nicole on the 5 Points

Mortification of Spin

Tom Ascol
Tom Ascol

Mortification of Spin:

Tom Ascol, Executive Director of Founders Ministries, author, and pastor, joins the Spin Crew for a riveting conversation on Calvinism in the Southern Baptist Convention. Are Calvinists and Baptists so oil-and-water after all? Tom speaks on why Baptists do what they do, and the Gang gets down to business asking some important questions: Are all southerners die-hard tailgaters or does Tom Ascol break the mold? And when will he retire to that Harley Davidson he deserves? But most important, will Tom reprimand our three hosts for leaving their Baptist roots? So much to discuss, so little time. It’s another conversation that’ll have your head spinning!

26 Min. MP3

In conjunction with the podcast they are giving away “The Five Points of Calvinism [from the 1974 Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology] by Roger Nicole as a free audio download from The Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.” The discount is applied at checkout.

Hear our interview with Tom Ascol about Founders Ministries here:


Jeremy Walker’s “reluctant & brief” follow-up to his book “The New Calvinism Considered” in light of recent Driscoll happenings

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Driscoll has been among the most vociferous and voluble of those sailing under the flag of the New Calvinism. Toward the latter half of 2014, significant concerns and charges began to accumulate around him…

What do we make of all this? There are several things of which we must take account. The New Calvinism is far bigger and often better than Mark Driscoll, although he has epitomised or been connected with some of its biggest dangers, worst excesses and greatest failings as a movement. Visitors to the website are encouraged to make donations to help ‘support the ministry’, hosting and distributing past and promised future Bible teaching and resources, with a non-profit launch assured. But Mr Driscoll, though down, was not out. In December, he launched a new website with a very familiar design (and the Mars Hill name attached), a well-laundered resumé (containing nothing of the recent and well-attested allegations), and the vast majority of his preached and written material, all under the title ‘Pastor Mark Driscoll’.

Mark Driscoll
Mark Driscoll preaching during his series on the 10 Commandments at Mars Hill

We should avoid tarring all with the same brush, even if some have been spattered with the muck. None of us — myself included — are in possession of every relevant fact. Most of us are not in possession of many relevant facts. If we are to speak to a matter, we must speak to what is clear and evident, and avoid imputing evil without definite evidence.

Another thing to avoid is the kind of vindictiveness and viciousness that gloats in the downfall of another. No Christian should gleefully revel in someone else’s disgrace, even if you think you saw it coming. There may be a righteous sense of the vindication of God’s honour, but we do better to weep over another’s sin than wallow in our own pride.

So, what principles are enforced and what lessons should be learned from this situation?

  • We should learn the value of a robust ecclesiology
  • We should learn the importance of maintaining biblical standards for pastoral ministry
  • We should learn the necessity of real friends
  • We should learn the significance of true repentance
  • We should learn the blessing of doctrinal standards
  • We should learn the ugliness of celebrification
  • We should learn the worth of hearing our critics
  • Finally, we should learn the danger of our own circumstances

Read “Revisiting the New Calvinism”.

On episode #35 of our interview podcast we discussed this book with the author:

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Innovative Thinking vs. Time Tested Truth [Crenshaw]

At Reformed Libertarian, Bobby Crenshaw writes,

I have started to read Samuel Renihan’s “God Without Passions: a Reader”. I could not even get past the foreword (by Carl Trueman) without being reminded of how the smallest departure from the Doctrine of God can lead to many unintended and dangerous consequences.

He mentions some particular examples from church history to illustrate this. The Socinians started with what may appear to be small departures from historic Christianity but ended up teaching a “Unitarian God with limited or no knowledge of the future…” What is shocking is not that there was some group teaching heretical doctrines but that this group started as a “biblicist movement” that “…claimed a high view of scripture.” (Trueman)council

Many naively believe that we should simply study the Bible without having a conversation of how the church has historically understood the Bible. However, is this not choosing to consciously ignore the wealth of information that the Holy Spirit has given as an inheritance to the church already? Are we willing to lightly cast aside what the Spirit has shown to our forefathers in the faith throughout history? Are we really expected to start at square one every generation?

Read the rest here: Innovative Thinking vs. Time Tested Truth | Reformed Libertarian.

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


Three Modern Baptist Confessions [4-Part Video] by Tom Nettles [RBS]

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Tom Nettles
Tom Nettles

Reformed Baptist Seminary:

In the four-part lectures series below, Dr Tom Nettles surveys and explores the historical context and theological content of the New Hampshire Confession of Faith, the Abstract of Principles, and the Baptist Faith & Message (1925, 1963, 2000).

These lectures were delivered at RBS’s Fall Seminar at First Baptist Church of the Lakes in Las Vegas, Nevada, and they form part of the curriculum for RBS’s course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions.

The New Hampshire Confession of Faith


The Abstract of Principles


In this lecture, Dr Tom Nettles explores the historical context and theological content of the Abstract of Principles, which is doctrinal standard of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The Baptist Faith & Message (1925)


In this lecture, Dr Tom Nettles looks at the historical context and theological content of the Baptist Faith and Message of 1925.

The Baptist Faith & Message (1963, 2000)


On Confessional Subscription [2-Part Audio|Video] by Dr. Bob Gonzales [RBS]

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Dr. Robert Gonzales
Dr. Robert Gonzales

Bob Gonzales:

Having argued for the legitimacy and usefulness of confessions of faith in a previous post [2 part video], I turn to the issue of confessional subscription in this post. One’s subscription to a confession refers to one’s affirmation of and commitment to that body of doctrines or articles of faith. The issue of subscription is obviously important for churches or ecclesiastical bodies that are self-consciously “confessional.” In the two-part lecture series below, I examine the key terminology associated with confessional subscription, survey the six major types of subscription, and set forth some of the biblical and theological principles for choosing and using a confession of faith. [These lectures form a part of RBS’s course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions.]

Confessional Subscription, part 1


In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales summarizes some of the vocabulary related to confessional subscription. He also surveys the first three of six types or forms of confessional subscription.


Confessional Subscription, part 2


In this lecture, Dr Bob Gonzales summarizes the remaining three of the six types of confessional subscription. He concludes by highlighting several biblical principles that help the pastor and church ascertain the best confession and form of subscription.


2014 ‘1689 Conference’ AUDIO & VIDEO now online

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1689 Conf1689 Conference Planner:

This year we gathered to commemorate the 325th anniversary of the historic 1689 Baptist Confession.


Our hearts were lifted and our commitment to Scripture renewed as we reflected upon the kind providence of our covenant God toward His people.


The LORD was pleased to bless the conference with a precious unity of hearts and a single focus on orthodox confessional truths, that we pray will fortify and equip our gospel churches to proclaim the Lordship of Christ to all the nations.


In addition, the LORD through the working of His Spirit begun a confessing, reformed Baptist pastoral fellowship that will begin to meet bi-monthly in the central Indianapolis area.  If you would like to be notified of the date and location of the meetings do so by sending your request to:


We pray that the Lord will bless and keep you all, hope to see you again next year – LORD willing!

Baptist Confessionalism Providence 1689 Conference WIlliam Kiffin

AUDIO | VIDEO [Playlist]:

DAY 1:

Jim Savastio – 1689 Baptist Confession, 325 yrs. of faithfulness to the gospel [mp3]:

Video Part 1:

Please note that there are two videos in this list that were cut off short, however the MP3 audio of all the sessions are complete in length.

Video 2:


DAY 2:

Dr. Sam Waldron – 1689 Baptist Confession, outline, theology and distinctives [mp3]:



Bob Bolles – 1689 Baptist Confession and the Gospel [mp3]:



Doug Barger – Baptists, creeds/confessions and Silver Creek Baptist Church (Indiana’s first Baptist Church) [mp3]:

Video Part 1:

Video Part 2:


Steve Weaver – 1689 Baptist Confession and missions [mp3]:



Jim Savastio – How NOT to reform a church [mp3]:



Sonny Hernandez – 1689 Baptist Confession, the regulative principle of worship [mp3]:



David Williams – 1689 Baptist Confession and personal sanctification [mp3]:



Dennis Clark – Contemporary concerns for the church [mp3]:



Doug Barger – 1689 Baptist Confession, Family Worship and Cathechisms [mp3]:



Pascal Denualt – Covenant theology and the church. 1689 Federalism [mp3]:


Day 3:

Dr. Sam Waldron – 1689 Baptist Confession the Law and Gospel [mp3]:



Question and answer session – Topics include: law, future vision for confessing reformed baptists, hyper calvinism… [mp3]:



James Brown – Sermon of encouragement and exhortation [mp3]:


On the Validity & Value of a Confession of Faith [2-Part Video] by Dr. Bob Gonzales

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Should a church or association of churches adopt and affirm a written confession of faith? Or is a simple commitment to the Scripture or NT as the church’s creed sufficient? In the two-part lecture series below, I define a creed or confession of faith and present three arguments to validate its use in the church. I also attempt to address and answer common objections to the use of creeds or confessions in the church. Then, in the second lecture, I highlight a number of ways in which a good confession of faith can benefit the ministry of the church. Orthodoxy alone is not the only mark of a healthy church. But it is one of the marks, and a good confession of faith can assist the church toward that end. These lectures form a part of RBS’s course HT 501 Creeds & Confessions.

On the Validity of Confessions of Faith:

In this lecture, Dr. Bob Gonzales defines a creed or confession of faith and presents three arguments to validate its use in the church. He also seeks to address and answer common objections to the use of creeds or confessions in the church.

On the Value of Confessions of Faith:

In this lecture Dr. Gonzales suggests a number of ways in which a good confession of faith can benefit the ministry of the church.


Update Nov. 26, 2014: Uploaded on

This paper reflects the substance of a two-part lecture series I give on the legitimacy and usefulness of creeds and confessions for the Christian church.

The Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith [James Brown Jr.’s 3-part Audio Podcast]

Here is another podcast from a 1689’r that just hit our hard-working Bapti-Bot’s radar, though it has been around since 2010!

James Brown Jr.Standing Firm James Brown Jr:

This year marks the 325th anniversary of the 1689 Second London Confession of Faith. In recognition of the impact this confession has played in our history and its significance for our future, we restarted our podcasts [RSS | iTunes] to highlight this standard of confessional Reformed Baptists.


We began with three podcasts focusing upon the purpose of the 1689…


In these three podcasts we attempt to set forth the purpose for the publication of the 1689 London Confession of Faith. The spirit of this document cannot be separated from its content. It was the purpose of these English Baptists to show our unity with the catholic Church and our distinctions as Baptists within the universal visible Church.

Here are the podcast:

1689 confessionThe Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith

In this episode, we will begin examining the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. Instead of beginning with its historical background or content, we will begin by looking at the reasons it was drafted to be used as the basis of the London association of Credobaptist churches. Their intent, purpose and the nature of the document is revealed in its Preface to the Reader. If we are going to recover true confessionalism, it must include the purpose and not just the content. In other words, we must recover the spirit of the confession along with the letter of the confession.


[Purpose 1: To set forth the Reformed Baptist principles.]


The Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith – Part 2

In this episode, we will continue our examination of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith…


[Purpose 2: To set forth the Reformed Baptist unity among all orthodox Reformed churches... podcast even getting into some Covenant Theology]


The Purpose of the 1689 London Confession of Faith – Part 3

In this episode, we will continue our examination of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith…


[Purpose 3: To set forth Reformed Baptist distinctives.


Purpose 4: To set forth our liberty within the church universal.


Purpose 5: To set forth their mission of reformation.]


James Brown Jr.
James Brown Jr.

James Brown Jr. is a pastor at Reformed Church of the Holy Trinity, a 1689 London Baptist church plant in Mooresville, Indiana. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has served Independent and Southern Baptist Churches in Indiana and Georgia since 1998.

James is a Gulf War veteran having served in the United States Marine Corps. He and his wife, Sonya, have 8 children and 1 grandchild.

He is also one of the speakers at the upcoming “Baptists, Confessionalism & the Providence of God” Conference“.

Interview #60 – Carl Trueman – The Creedal Imperative [Joint-Podcast w/ CredoCov]



Carl Trueman
Carl Trueman

“The most obvious and the best way of making sure that the faith is transmitted in a stable form, across the face of the globe and from generation to generation, is to have a clearly stated public confession that can be tested by Scripture and can be passed from generation to generation.”

On episode 60 of our interview podcast we join up with The CredoCovenant Podcast (we told ya about them before) for an interview with Carl Trueman (not a Baptist, we know… but he did tell us, “Well, I use to be a Baptist!” :D )  on his book The Creedal Imperative.


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CredoCovenant podcasting through The Creedal Imperative [6-part series]

Mortification of Spin [Podcast]
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Michael J. Kruger books on the canon

Featured Music:

“Lyrical Theology, Pt. 1: Theology” by Shai Linne


“The Apostles Creed” by Redeemer INdy


Does this podcast now mean that we can say…
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… or as Reformed Forum’s Camden Bucey puts it:


If you enjoyed this podcast you may also enjoy Interview #22: Dr. Renihan – Confessionalism + More

Note: Since we put out this episode early (in conjunction with CredoCovenant) we won’t be putting out any new audio Tuesday.

Interview #55 – Richard Barcellos – The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology [Audio Podcast]

Dr. Richard Barcellos
Dr. Richard Barcellos


The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology Geerhardus Vos and John Owen, Their Methods of and Contributions to the Articulation of Redemptive History [Paperback] by Richard C Barcellos
The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology: Geerhardus Vos and John Owen, Their Methods of and Contributions to the Articulation of Redemptive History
by Richard C Barcellos
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 “The thesis of this study is that Geerhardus Vos’ biblical-theological
method should be viewed as a post-Enlightenment continuation of the
pre-critical federal theology of seventeenth-century Reformed orthodoxy.”

 Richard Barcellos

On episode 55 of our interview podcast we are replaying an interview from ReformedCast. Why? Because ReformedCast is, “discontinuing operations effective June 15, 2014. All MP3s will be removed at that time.”

We didn’t want these resources to disappear off the Internet so we asked the ReformedCast host, Scott Oakland, if we could republish the interviews he conducted over the past several years that fit our site/podcast scope. He graciously agreed! So, here is the first, fitting, replay (we’ll add onto these every now and then throughout the year.)


family treeFrom his January 31, 2011 post on this interview:

We will be joined by Dr. Richard Barcellos, and we’ll discuss his book “The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology. Dr. Barcellos received a B.S. from California State University, Fresno, an M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary, and a Th.M. and Ph.D. from Whitefield Theological Seminary. In 1990 he planted a church in Southern California and pastored there until July of 2006, when he relocated to Owensboro, KY, and is now a member of the Board of Directors at  Midwest Center for Theological Studies. He is the managing editor of Reformed Baptist Theological Review (RBTR), author of In Defense of the Decalogue, and co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto. He has also contributed articles to RBTRFounders Journal, and Table Talk. Professor Barcellos is a member of the Evangelical Theological Society and one of the pastors of Heritage Baptist Church of Owensboro, Kentucky.

Note: Since this is an old episode some of the information above and in the podcast is old as well. He is now pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, CA. and RBTR has ceased (but  we now have JIRBS.)

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A Firm Foundation: Systematic Theology by J. Stephen Yuille [30-part Audio]


This series of 30 lectures on Systematic theology, using the 1689 2nd London Baptist Confession as a framework, was taught during the Fall 2012 Sunday school period at Grace Community Church, Glen Rose, TX.  The title of the series is “A Firm Foundation”:

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 1 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 2 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 3 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 4 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 5 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 6 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 7 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 8 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 9 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 10 (The Life of John Calvin) [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 11 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 12 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 13 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 14 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 15 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 16 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 17 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 18 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 19 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 20 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 21 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 22 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 23 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 24 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 25 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 26 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 27 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 28 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 29 [mp3]

A Firm Foundation: Lesson 30 [mp3]

Grace Community Church, Glen Rose, TX

Speaker: Dr. Stephen Yuille

Series: A Firm Foundation: Systematic Theology

Category: Adult Sunday School

Oct. 27-31, 2014 “Creeds & Confessions” feat. Haykin, Nettles, Denault, Ascol, Gonzales in Las Vegas, NV. [RBS]

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Reformed Baptist Seminary Dean Bob Gonzales:

Reformed Baptist Seminary is offering a three-credit course on symbolics entitled “Creeds & Confessions.”


Michael Haykin (PhD) and Tom Nettles (PhD) will lecture on the history of creeds and confessions with a special focus on the origins, composition, and legacy of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689.


Bob Gonzales (PhD) will address the biblical basis for creeds and provide an exposition of the Confession’s doctrine of Scripture.


Pascal Denault (ThM) will lecture on the covenant theology of the Confession.


Finally, Tom Ascol (PhD) will expound the Confession’s chapters on the gospel and on the church as well as discuss some pastoral issues related to the use of confessions and catechisms in the church’s life and ministry.


First Baptist Church of the Lakes of Las Vegas, Nevada, will host the module on the week of October 27 thru 31, 2014…

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