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]

Description:

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.

Details:

Paperback: 246 pages
Published: 2016

Articles:

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 COVENANTAL THEOLOGY OF JOHN SPILSBERY by Matthew C. Bingham

THE STRANGE CASE OF THOMAS COLLIER by James M. Renihan

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

1st 3 books in the “Recovering our Confessional Heritage” series OUT NOW! [IRBS | RBAP]

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The series is sponsored by the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies in cooperation with RBAP. The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies is a graduate theological school which aids churches in preparing men to serve in the Gospel Ministry. For more information please visit irbsseminary.org.

The purpose of the series . . . is to address issues related to the Second London Confession of Faith of 1677/89 (2LCF). . . . The series will include treatments of various subjects by multiple authors. The subjects to be covered are those the series editors (along with consultants) determine to be of particular interest in our day. The authors will be those who display ample ability to address the issue under discussion. Some of the installments will be more involved than others due to the nature of the subject addressed and perceived current needs. Many of the contributions will cover foundational aspects of the self-consistent theological system expressed in the Confession. Others will address difficult, often misunderstood, or even denied facets of the doctrinal formulations of the 2LCF. Each installment will have a “For Further Reading” bibliography at the end to encourage further study on the issue discussed.

~ from the series editors, James M. Renihan and Richard C. Barcellos

Read the purpose of the “Recovering our Confessional Heritage” series.


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A Defense of Confessionalism:
Biblical Foundations & Confessional Considerations

by Arden L. Hodgins, Jr.

Arden Hodgins
Arden Hodgins

[This book] seek to show how creeds and confessions exist in every church, denomination, or association, though they are not always written down…
the biblical warrant for creeds and confessions is established…
a further definition of what a confession of faith is and how it differs from the Scriptures…
the confession is shown to be a consensus document, both in its original formation and in its continued function…
addresses very briefly the matter of words and terms and the need to understand the authorial intent of the confession…
practical applications, addressed primarily to ministers and elders…

Pages: 118


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Associational Churchmanship:
Second London Confession of Faith 26.12-15

by James M. Renihan

Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

Theology does not occur in a vacuum. It develops out of real-life situations. Men study the Word of God, contemplate its teaching, and express their conclusions. Often it is the circumstances of life that force them to think more closely and clearly about their doctrinal views and that sharpen the expressions of truth. When Arius challenged the divinity of Christ, Christians faced new questions, and the result of the debate was a clearer view of the deity of our Savior. We could give many illustrations from the history of the Church of that increasing clarity and understanding in the Creeds and Confessions of Christianity.

The doctrine of associational churchmanship expressed in our Confession is another one of these circumstances. Our discussion will involve the following: first, the three ways to describe interchurch relations; second, the church in the Second London Confession of Faith (2LCF); third, an overview of chapter 26.1-11 and brief exposition of 26.12-13; fourth associationalism; and finally, a conclusion and application.

Pages: 90


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The Covenant of Works:
Its Confessional and Scriptural Basis

by Richard C. Barcellos

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Dr. Richard Barcellos

Moses, writing after the historical acts of creation, utilizes the covenantal name of God, Yahweh, while discussing Adam’s Edenic vocation (Gen. 2:4ff.). Isaiah utilizes concepts that started with Adam to explain the universal guilt of man, while using the word “covenant” (Isa. 25:5-6). Hosea, looking back upon previous written revelation, makes explicit what was implicit in it. The prophet’s inspired words give us God’s infallible knowledge of one of the similarities between ancient Israel and Adam. Both had a covenant imposed on them by God and both transgressed their covenants (Hos. 6:7). Paul, while reflecting on Adam’s Edenic vocation, contrasts the disobedience of Adam and its results with the obedience of Christ and its results (Rom. 5:19). The term “works” in the phrase “covenant of works” contrasts with “grace” and “gift” in Romans 5:17. Paul asserts that Adam was a type of Christ (Rom. 5:14). Adam sinned and fell short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:23). Christ did not sin (Heb. 4:15) and, upon his resurrection, entered into glory (Luke 24:46; Acts 26:19-23; 1 Pet. 1:10-12), a quality of life conferred upon him due to his obedience (Rom. 5:21). This is the life he confers upon all believers.

These scriptural realities, understood by the utilization of the hermeneutical principles of the Holy Spirit as the only infallible interpreter of Holy Scripture, analogia Scriptura, analogia fidei, and scopus Scripturae, led to the confessional formulation of the doctrine of the covenant of works.

Pages: 138

IRBS Seriously Considering a Stand-Alone Seminary, More Info at the Sept. 22 Ice Cream Social in Mansfield, TX

The Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) has worked in and along side Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, CA. since 1998.

They are currently seeking the Lord’s will about building a stand-alone seminary in Mansfield/Ft. Worth, TX. in 2018.

Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies Seminary

Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

Dr. James M. Renihan will present an update on the plan to form their first confessional Reformed Baptist seminary on September 22, 2016 after the 7pm Founder Conference lecture.

See flyer below:

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Recovering our Confessional Heritage: A new series of small books coming from IRBS [RBAP]

Cov of Works - ROCHReformed Baptist Academic Press:

The purpose of the series Recovering our Confessional Heritage is to address issues related to the Second London Confession of Faith of 1677/89 (2LCF). This centuries-old Confession is widely recognized as the most important Confession of Faith in Baptist history. First published in England in 1677, it became the standard for Baptists in Colonial America through the publication of the Philadelphia (1742), Ketockton, Virginia (1766), Charleston, South Carolina, Warren, Rhode Island (both 1767), and many other editions of the Confession. As late as 1881, William Cathcart, the editor of The Baptist Encyclopedia, could say, “In England and America, churches, individuals, and Associations, with clear minds, with hearts full of love for the truth, . . . have held with veneration the articles of 1689.” Since then, it has been adopted by Baptists around the world and translated into many languages.

We believe that, due to two factors, producing a series of short books on the 2LCF will be useful to many pastors and church members. First, there has been increased interest in the 2LCF in the first decade and a half of the twenty-first century. In fact, from the early 1960s, a greater awareness of this Confession among Baptists in the United States and around the world is evident. One of the encouraging proofs of this growing attention is the multiplication of churches who identify the 2LCF as their confessional standard.

Second, there are many issues related to the Confession that need to be clearly and cogently explained in order for an informed and robust recovery of Baptist confessionalism to continue. While churches and individuals have formally adopted the 2LCF as a standard, it has not always been clear that its contents have been fully or properly understood. As a result, the goal of this series is to aid those considering the 2LCF, as well as those already committed to it, in order to produce or maintain an informed and vigorous Baptist confessionalism.

The series will include treatments of various subjects by multiple authors. The subjects to be covered are those the series editors (along with consultants) determine to be of particular interest in our day. The authors will be those who display ample ability to address the issue under discussion. Some of the installments will be more involved than others due to the nature of the subject addressed and perceived current needs. Many of the contributions will cover foundational aspects of the self-consistent theological system expressed in the Confession. Others will address difficult, often misunderstood, or even denied facets of the doctrinal formulations of the 2LCF. Each installment will have a “For Further Reading” bibliography at the end to encourage further study on the issue discussed.

It is hoped that, by the blessing of God, these brief books will produce a better understanding of “the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3, NKJV) as well as a clearer and more robust understanding of what it means to confess the 2LCF in the twenty-first century.

James M. Renihan, Editor-in-Chief

Richard C. Barcellos, Managing Editor

October 2016

Aug. 18-28, 2015 “Baptist Symbolics” [IRBS class] feat. James Renihan in Escondido, CA

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[source: The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies]

Baptist Symbolics? Here is the description of the class from the 2013 class notice:

Baptist Symbolics Header 1689Baptist Symbolics is a study of the importance of confessions of faith in Baptist life. It begins with some historical material, considers various views of confessional subscription, and then focuses on the First London Confession of 1644/46 and the Second London Confession of 1677/89. We will expound both of these Confessions in detail.

 

Podcast Interviews on Reformed Baptist Seminaries of America [AUDIO | RBS, CBTS, & IRBS]

With the release of our latest podcast interview we now have an interview with each of the three Reformed Baptist [1689] seminaries in America.

These are helpful if you are looking into these particular seminaries but also give you a lot of wisdom regarding seminary life and continuing education.

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You can find them all tagged under Reformed Baptist Seminaries in America or below:

PodcastPromo012Interview #12 – Reformed Baptist Seminary – Bob Gonzales (1 of 2) + More [mp3]:

PodcastPromo13Interview #13 – Reformed Baptist Seminary – Bob Gonzales (2 of 2) + More [mp3]:

MCTS is now Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary!Interview #53 – Sam Waldron – Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary (formerly Midwest Center for Theological Studies) [Audio Podcast] [mp3]:

ARBCA IRBS BannerInterview #85 – Seminary Life at The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, CA) – Dabney Olguin & Nathan White [Audio Podcast] [mp3]:

Interview #82 – James Renihan – Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2015 [Audio Podcast]

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Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

On episode 82 of our interview podcast we have Dr. James Renihan back on to tell us all about the 2015 Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies.

He has previously been on episodes #7, 21, and 22.

TOPICS:

  • Purpose and Importance of the Journal
  • Christian Liberty and our Modern Mindset
  • Overview of the Articles in the 2015 Journal
  • Tools for studying the 1689
  • His 1689 Commentary Project
  • Purpose and Overview of the Book Reviews
  • + more

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IRBS Continuing Education Program renamed to the Nehemiah Coxe Study Center (NCSC) + new $9 monthly subscription (NCLS)

From the The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies [IRBS] Continuing Education Portal news [Oct. 6, 2014]:

The IRBS Trustees have officially renamed the IRBS Continuing Education Program (CEP) to the Nehemiah Coxe Study Center (NCSC).

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Monthly Plans:

From IRBS in Escondido, California

 

            The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies is pleased to announce a new online learning program: The Nehemiah Coxe Lecture Service. When the Nehemiah Coxe Study Center (formerly the IRBS Continuing Education Program) was first introduced, we received a number of inquiries as to whether students would be able to simply audit the courses for the lecture material alone. Since, however, this was not within the scope and mission of the Study Center (which was designed to be continuing education for pastors, for credit, leading to a certificate), the option was not offered. Even so, inquiries about auditing continued to come, so it was clear that there was a great desire for the material. IRBS seeks to fulfill this desire in creating the Nehemiah Coxe Lecture Service (NCLS).

 

 

This program is designed for a more general audience so all the people of God might be edified by the confessional teaching that IRBS offers. As the program accounts for a more general audience, it will be possible to include a more general range of topics. This means the program could include more discussion on contemporary issues, the Christian life, and the like.

 

 

One of the strengths of the Lecture Service is that it is delivered in a subscription-based unlimited-access model. Rather than purchasing courses one at a time, subscribers pay a monthly $9 fee to have access to any and all of the courses for the duration of the subscription. With this model, subscribers are able to view and work through the lectures at their own pace on the long-term. Didn’t finish your course this month? Not a problem! Participants can re-subscribe at any time to pick up where they left off, or to refresh their memories.

 

 

Since the Lecture Service is focused on delivering the lectures themselves, there are no assignments required for course completion. But this does not mean there can be no interaction! There are discussion sections just beneath each lecture for those who have questions, or for those who wish to carry the discussion to a deeper level. Anyone who has subscribed and enrolled may participate. The lecture or topic outline is included with each lecture to aid in focus and understanding, and recommended reading is offered for those who wish to further their study. The one subscription to the Lecture Services makes available all these great resources to help cultivate an understanding of these important theological topics.

 

 

The program currently offers lectures on Polemics from Dr. James White, covering responses to and evangelism of adherents of the New Atheism, Roman Catholicism, Mormonism, and Islam. Dr. Samuel Waldron teaches a course on Eschatology, covering past eschatological thought, as well as the coming of the Kingdom of God, the overlap of the ages, and the Kingdom’s Consummation. Dr. James Renihan teaches Puritanism in Context, wherein the student can study the life and thought of Puritans over the course of their history. Dr. Raymond Perron teaches on the vital and foundational topics of God’s knowability, existence, attributes, works, and more in the Doctrine of God. Does the Bible make distinctions between different kinds of laws? Which are binding on us now? What is the role of the Law in the New Covenant economy? Dr. Richard Barcellos answers such questions in the Functions of the Law of God in the Bible. Finally, Dr. Fred Malone teaches a theological and practical course on an extremely important topic: Preaching Christ from All the Scriptures. Subscribe to learn the hermeneutics, theology, and practice of preaching Christ from all the Scriptures.

 

 

Much more can be seen on the Nehemiah Coxe Lecture Service website, which includes a catalog with course information, and sample videos of each course. Come check it out!

Nehemiah Coxe Lecture Service

 

Any further questions or inquiries can be directed to Gatlin Bredeson at IRBSassistant@gmail.com

 

Pray with us that this program will continue to grow and be useful in God’s kingdom, that it would edify the people of God, and most of all, that the Lord would be exalted, that this program would be just one more means through which he glorifies his own name.

 

Dec. 8-11, 2014 IRBS Continuing Education Class ‘NT Biblical Theology’ in Mansfield, TX

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irbs institute reformed baptist studiesThe Texas Area Association of Reformed Baptist Churches is again sponsoring an IRBS Continuing Education course. Heritage Baptist Church is hosting and Pastor Steve Garrick of Emmanuel Reformed Baptist Church in Georgetown, Texas will be the instructor.

Dates: Monday, December 8th – Thursday, December 11th
Times: Monday: 1pm – 5pm, Dinner 5pm – 6pm, 6pm – 8pm
Tuesday – Thursday: 10am – 1pm, Lunch 1pm – 2pm, 2pm – 5pm

Recommended Reading: Handbook on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament, by G. K. Beale.

Course Description:
NEW TESTAMENT BIBLICAL THEOLOGY – These lectures aim to provide a foundation to New Testament Biblical Theology in its uses and limits. The class will deal with the following issues:

  1. What is Biblical Theology? What are the unique characteristics of New Testament Biblical Theology?
  2. What are the methodologies of New Testament Biblical Theology?
  3. What are some of the major themes of New Testament Biblical Theology?
  4. How can ministers incorporate Biblical Theology into their preaching?

Fees:

$20 registration.

For CE credit- $100 course fee plus $20 registration.

There is no deadline. Registration payment is made upon arrival. A head count does need to be made ahead of time for meals [so contact host church].