When Darkness Smothered Daytime [Thabiti Anyabwile] Excerpt from “Captivated”

From his book that is currently on sale:

Captivated Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Thabiti Anyabwile

[Kindle: $2.99 / £1.84 | Book: $5]

Thabiti Anyabwile:

And so we look in wonder at the greatest abandonment ever, when God the Father abandoned God the Son on Calvary’s cross. When we consider the separation of Father and Son at Calvary, we stare into the deep mystery and meaning of cross and resurrection. But the Father’s abandonment of Jesus leads to the sinner’s adoption. God abandons one perfect Son in order to adopt millions of sinful sons. It’s the only abandonment with any honor and redemption.

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This is an excerpt from Thabiti Anyabwile’s new book Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection (Reformation Heritage, 2014). You can hear our interview with the author here:
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James Renihan on Richard Baxter’s Doctrine of Justification [Audio & Video]

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This lecture is primarily based off of Dr. Renihan’s article in the Reformed Baptist Theological Review: Reforming The Reformed Pastor: Baptism and Justification as the Basis for Richard Baxter’s Pastoral Method… in which Dr. Renihan shows the unorthodox neonomian errors of Richard Baxter who denied justification by faith in his Aphorisms of Justification.

Pastor Tom Hicks:

I’m grateful for the post, since while many people are aware of Baxter’s Reformed Pastor and Christian Directory, few are aware of his denial of all imputations (Adam’s, ours, Christ’s), denial of justification by faith only, and affirmation of justification by works of inherent righteousness.

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Here is the 67 minute video from Dr. Renihan’s Puritanism in Context course:

MP3:

More contra “Baxterianism”

[source: MCTS]

Interview #41 – Thabiti Anyabwile – Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death & Resurrection

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On episode 41 of our podcast, we interview Pastor Thabiti Anyabwile about his new book Captivated – Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death & Resurrection.

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Captivated Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Thabiti Anyabwile

[Intro + 1st Chapter PDF]

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Links Mentioned:

Post-Interview Music:

“Sing to Jesus” by Robbie Seay Band

New Book: Captivated – Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death & Resurrection [Thabiti Anyabwile] + Intro & 1st Chapter [PDF]

Captivated Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Thabiti Anyabwile

Amazon  $6.75  UK £6.12 (still showing as pre-order)| RHB $7.50 ]

Promo video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1677FMAZv60

 

Table of Contents, Intro, & 1st Chapter [PDF]:

Download (PDF, 700KB)

 

Description:

The Bible implores us to take a long look at Jesus, forcefully beckoning us to “come and see” through profound questions connected with Jesus’ death and resurrection. These questions drive us to consider not just the events themselves but also their meaning as we take a long look beneath the surface and find more of the never-ending treasures of Christ. In Captivated, Thabiti Anyabwile invites you to set aside your early lessons on politeness and stare (yes, do stare) into the mystery of the cross and empty tomb.

 

Details:

Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Pages: 95
Binding: Paperback

 

Author:

Thabiti M. Anyabwile is senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Pastor Anyabwile and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

[source: RHB]

2014 Deep South Founders Conference Audio Now Online: 1689 Ch. 8 “Christ the Mediator” – feat. Geoffrey Thomas + More

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From the conference that took place last week:

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Geoffrey Thomas

The 2014 Deep South Founders Conference gathered to proclaim the affirmations expressed by chapter 8 of the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith, which reads in part, “It pleased God, in His eternal purpose, to choose and ordain the Lord Jesus, his only begotten Son, according to the covenant made between them both, to be the mediator between God and man; the prophet, priest, and king; head and saviour of the church, the heir of all things, and judge of the world; unto whom he did from all eternity give a people to be his seed and to be by him in time redeemed, called, justified, sanctified, and glorified.”

 

Our keynote speaker Geoffrey Thomas revealed Christ to the conference participants and Joe Nesom, Cary Kimbrell, Johnny Pat Cox, and Rusty Grant followed his lead with powerful Christ exalting sermons.

Conference Audio:

The Saving Work of Christ and the Gospel – Dr. Geoffrey Thomas

The Achievement of the One Lifted Up – Dr. Geoffrey Thomas 

The Pains He Endured, Our Salvation Secured – Dr. Geoffrey Thomas 

The Exalted Christ – Dr. Geoffrey Thomas

The Active and Passive Obedience of Christ – Dr. Joe Nesom 

The Intercessory Ministry of Christ – Cary Kimbrell

The Offices of Christ the Mediator – Pastor Johnny Pat Cox

Christ, The Plan For The Fullness Of Time – Rusty Grant

What Makes Someone a Heretic? Steve Camp Challenges Dr. Brown [Audio]

Pastor Steve Camp [1689’r] challenges Dr. Brown regarding his appearance on Benny Hinn’s TV show, from Monday’s (January 20, 2014) Line of Fire radio broadcast:

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James White comments on the above show and give a preview of two upcoming debates he has with Dr. Brown on the atonement and healing [MP3]:

Video:

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Steve CampSteven J. Camp  is an American contemporary Christian music artist with an adult contemporary pop sound. He sold more than a million albums. He also has written or co-written 21 number one singles since his debut in 1978 as a solo artist. Today his popularity now continues mostly in his Christian writing addressing current trends and matters of Reformed Theology. He is now pastor of The Cross Church in Palm City, FL.

Understanding Roman Catholicism – James White [50 Min. Video] w/ Czech subtitles | Římskokatolická církev a evngelium

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Pastor John Samson:

In the video below Dr. James White is interviewed in Berlin, Germany on the subject of Roman Catholicism. It is a very useful discussion and recommended highly (contains Czech subtitles).

James White:

When I taught a class for the Evangelical Biblical Training Center on textual criticism this past June in Berlin I had a group of really, really great students.  Two of those students asked if they could do an interview with me on Roman Catholicism…

Watch [50 min.]:

from the YouTube link:

Rozhovor, ve kterém Dr. James White, mimo jiné, poukazuje i na zásadní rozdíl mezi Římskokatolickým a biblickým evangeliem.

Tento rozhovor je zameřen na kritiku učení Římskokatolické církve a falešného evangelia, které prezentuje a učí. Nejedná se v žádném případě o kritiku lidí, kteři jsou součástí této církve. Řimské katolíky s láskou a v úctě zveme ke kritickemu zvážení následujících informací a jejich dalšimu zkoumání. Protestansty, kteři koketují s ŘKC a nevidí rozdíl mezi ŘKC evangeliem a biblickým evangeliem zveme ke stejným krokům.

Dr. James White
seznam knih, odborných článků, moderovaných debat, atd…
http://www.aomin.org/aoblog/index.php…

Interview #36 – Ian Clary & Mark Jones – Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest?

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On episode 36 of our podcast, we have (editor with the Andrew Fuller Works Project) Pastor Ian Hugh Clary interviewing Pastor Mark Jones on his new book Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest?, and their time at the last Andrew Fuller Conference.

We ask questions such as:

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Antinomianism

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Links Mentioned:

Post-Interview Music:

Let Us Love and Sing and Wonder by Jars Of Clay From the Album Redemption Songs

Upcoming [Feb. 2014] Book: “Captivated: Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection” [Thabiti Anyabwile]

Captivated Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection Thabiti Anyabwile

Description:

The Bible implores us to take a long look at Jesus, forcefully beckoning us to “come and see” through profound questions connected with Jesus’ death and resurrection. These questions drive us to consider not just the events themselves but also their meaning as we take a long look beneath the surface and find more of the never-ending treasures of Christ. In Captivated, Thabiti Anyabwile invites you to set aside your early lessons on politeness and stare (yes, do stare) into the mystery of the cross and empty tomb.

 

Table of Contents:

Introduction

1. Is There No Other Way? (Matthew 26:42)

2. Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:45-46)

3. Where, O Death, Is Your Victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55)

4. Why Do You Look for the Living among the Dead? (Luke 24:5)

5. Do You Know These Things? (Luke 24:17)

 

Details:

Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Pages: 100
Binding: Paperback
Available: February 2014

 

Author:

Thabiti M. Anyabwile is senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Pastor Anyabwile and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

[source: RHB]

Interview #30 – Voddie Baucham – Joseph & The Gospel of Many Colors: Reading an Old Story in a New Way

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On episode 30 of our podcast, we interview Pastor Voddie Baucham Jr. about his newest book “Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors: Reading an Old Story in a New Way”. We get into Gospel-centered preaching, Redemptive-Historical Preaching, Christ in the Old Testament, preaching, hermeneutics and more.

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Joseph and the Gospel Voddie Baucham

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Links Mentioned:

Post-Interview Music:

God Moves in a Mysterious Way (feat. Jeremy Casella)
Indelible Grace Music
From the Album Joy Beyond the Sorrow: Indelible Grace VI

3 Knowing the Truth Radio Interviews with John Samson [Audio] Re: Law, Gospel, Sovereignty

Knowing The Truth Radio

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The Distinction Between Law & Gospel:

The Protestant Reformers were so certain of the importance of this doctrine (of Law and Gospel) that they declared that without it no one would be able to make sense out of Scripture.

 

Martin Luther even declared of the person ignorant of this distinction that ‘you cannot be altogether sure whether he is a Christian or a Jew or a pagan, for it depends on this distinction.’

God’s Sovereignty: Objections Answered:

In a recent interview with John Samson – author of the book, “Twelve what abouts – answering common objections concerning God’s Sovereignty in Election” we discussed a few of those objection. However, we left many other unanswered. So, on today’s program John is back to continue the discussion.

God’s Sovereignty in Election:

John Samson went from being a convinced Arminian to a grace loving, Christ-honoring, Calvinist. He shares some of his journey and winsomely answers many of the questions he himself grappled with. Twelve What Abouts by John Samson is the perfect book for those seeking truth about God’s sovereign grace in salvation. Straightforward, easy to read, concise, and most of all Biblical, this is a unique book, providing answers for the twelve most common objections raised against the doctrine of Divine election. Pastor Samson’s gracious spirit provides an excellent reading environment for those struggling with these great truths of Scripture.

John Samson is serves as the pastor of King’s Church in Phoenix, Arizona.

Particular Voices Roundup [Antichrist, Grace, Covenant Theology + More]

Sam Renihan’s blog Particular Voices has been living up to its tagline in delivering, “Interesting bits and pieces of 17th century literature.” Here is a round-up of what we haven’t gotten around to posting in the last couple of weeks:

Antichrist:

Thomas Beard on the Pope as the Antichrist

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This man is one in number, at one time, but varying in succession.

From Thomas Beard’s “The Pope of Rome is Antichrist” (1625).

David Dickson on the Antichrist in the Westminster Confession of Faith

From David Dickson’s commentary on the WCF, “Truth’s Victory over Error.”

Thomas Manton on “The Man of Sin”

From Thomas Manton’s “18 sermons on the second chapter of the second epistle to the Thessalonians.”

Covenant Theology:

The Mosaic covenant saved no one

The covenant of grace was revealed through it, but it was not the covenant of grace. It never perfected anyone’s conscience. It effected quite the opposite, in fact.

Isaac Watts, Orthodoxy and Charity United, 132

From Isaac Watt’s “Orthodoxy and Charity United.”

The covenant of works and the covenant of grace in the old covenant

Paul uses the old covenant to illustrate the covenant of works and the covenant of grace. But the old covenant, though it be a covenant of works, is not the covenant of works, nor is it the covenant of grace.

The covenant of created supernatural special saving effectual grace

…Perhaps we should follow this rubric to get some clarity on the covenant of grace. As Reformed Baptists, we should demand that we talk about the covenant of created supernatural special saving effectual grace. Anything less than that, and what do you have?

Covenant GraceIf you’re going to talk about the covenant including the non-elect and giving non-efficacious blessings and benefits to those non-elect within the covenant, you must speak of the covenant of created supernatural common and saving grace. So then, which is it?

Misc:

The Pure Gospel is Foolishly Relevant

Should we “temporize” so as not to offend? Isaac Watts answers that we should “stand up for the defence of the Gospel in the full glory of its most important doctrines, in the full freedom of its grace, and in its divinest and most evangelical form” because “the cross of Christ, by the promised power of the Spirit, may vanquish the vain reasonings of men.”

Thomas Beard, Antichrist the Pope of Rome, 10

This principle can be applied in a variety of ways. For example, for a certain concept to be present in a text, the word or name that sums up that concept does not have to be present. As one former professor of mine used to say, “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s a cow. Not.”

From Thomas Beard’s “Antichrist, the Pope of Rome.”

The Anti-Gospel of Self-Harm [Nicolas Alford]

man_of_sorrow_by_pesi_flickrNicolas Alford:

Dear Hurting Friend,

 

I’ll be writing this short post as a personal letter to you.  No, I don’t have you personally in mind, and I don’t claim any sort of divine prophecy or special revelation, but I know you are out there reading.  I know it because there are so many just like you, so many who quietly struggle with the devastating weight of addiction to self-harm.  You are not alone.

 

Self-harm is a general term that can encompass a multitude of particular battles.  It can take the form of anorexia, cutting, putting yourself in abusive situations, alcoholism, and too many more to list.  It effects men and women, young and old, blue collar and white collar both.  Again, you are not alone.

 

Here’s what this simple letter is not: a complete answer to your problems.  Self-harm is a complex struggle, one to be engaged in the context of a support team that may include family, your pastors, and specialized medical professionals.  But I do want to say something that I pray might be a help, and might be an encouragement to those who are suffering in the quiet shame of isolation.  Perhaps this is the day when the brighter light of hope begins to break in upon your darkness…

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Avoid Legalism: Emphasize the Law – Tom Hicks [Founders Ministries Blog]

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How do we preach the law of God without falling into the trap of legalism? Tom Hicks writes on the Founders Ministries blog:

We need a renewed emphasis on the law of God or else legalism will inevitably reemerge. Specifically, we need a clear emphasis on (1) the law as a covenant, and (2) the law as a standard or rule…

 

The gospel alone isn’t enough to keep us from legalism. The law of God, correctly understood as a covenant and a standard or rule, is a necessary and powerful protection from legalism.

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