VIDEO Q&A & Interviews from 2015 SoCal RB Pastors Conf. now online

Though the 2016 Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference main session audio and video have already been posted, the Q&A and some interviews from the occasion were posted earlier today.

SCRBPC 2015 Panel Q&A - YouTube
SCRBPC ’15 Video Playlist

James Dolezal – Q&A [25 min. vid]:

Panel Q&A feat. James Dolezal, James Renihan, Ron Baines, and Sam Renihan [55 min. vid.]:

Sam Renihan interview about his books on Divine Impassibility [14 min. vid.]:

Interview with Dr. James Dolezal [16 min. vid.]:

SoCal RB Pastor’s Conf. ’16 preview with the next speaker, Stefan Lindblad [15 min. vid.]:

Since we didn’t post the 2015 conference audio and video yet, allow us to do that now:

SCRBPC 2015 on SermonAudio

  1. Lecture 1: Foundation of all our Communion with God and Comfortable Dependence… Dr. James M. Renihan
  2. Lecture 2: The State of Theology Proper in Calvinistic Evangelicalism James Dolezal
  3. Lecture 3: Divine Simplicity – The Theological Grammar of Orthodoxy James Dolezal
  4. Lecture 4: Divine Simplicity and its Modern Detractors James Dolezal
  5. Lecture 5: Divine Eternity James Dolezal
  6. Lecture 6: The Trinity James Dolezal

SCRBPC 2015 on Youtube

Click playlist button in top left corner to see all the videos, including interviews.

Upcoming Book: “Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility” eds. Baines, Barcellos, Butler, Lindblad & J. Renihan [RBAP]

Reformed Baptist Fellowship:

Confessing the Impassible God

Confessing the Impassible God:
The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility

eds. Ronald S. Baines, Richard C. Barcellos, James P. Butler, Stefan T. Lindblad, and James M. Renihan.


RBAP [Reformed Baptist Academic Press] currently has two books on divine impassibility, God without Passions: a Reader and God without Passions: a Primer. What is divine impassibility? Sam Renihan, in his newest book (God without Passions: a Primer), defines it as follows: “God does not experience emotional changes either from within or effected by his relationship to creation” (19). That definition might startle you. It sounds as if God were a cold, indifferent divine rock or robot. Notice the words just used to describe God: “cold,” “indifferent,” “rock,” and “robot.” Each of these terms are creaturely; they are borrowed from the created realm. Of course God is not “cold,” “indifferent,” a “rock,” or a “robot”; He is not creature. This is exactly what the Second London Confession of 1677/89 asserts, when it says, “[God is] without body, parts, or passions” (2.1). Each of these terms – “body,” “parts,” “passions” – are indicative of creatures not the eternal Creator. “Passions” are creaturely actions which need a creaturely “body” and creaturely “parts” (i.e., faculties of the soul) in order to exist. “Passions” come into being; God is (Exod. 3:14).  Since God has neither “body” nor “parts” of which He is comprised or compounded, and due to divine immutability and eternity, He is impassible (i.e., “without…passions”).

But, someone might be thinking, does divine impassibility mean that God is not love? Of course not, for we are told that “God is love” (1 John 4:8). The love of God is a divine perfection, co-extensive with the divine essence and, therefore, eternal. It is not a divine passion (a contradiction). Love is what God is (i.e., actually), not what God can become (i.e., potentially). God can and does reveal His love to creatures but He does not and cannot manufacture more love or deplete Himself of previous love. For to become more or less loving, for example, implies the imperfection of a previous state of existence. God’s perfections are immutable.

This leads to RBAP’s next book on divine impassibility, Confessing the Impassible God: The Biblical, Classical, & Confessional Doctrine of Divine Impassibility. This book will cover hermeneutics, exegesis, historical theology, systematic theology, the Confession, and practical theology. It will contain a Foreword by Paul Helm and has been endorsed by Earl Blackburn, Walter Chantry, James Dolezal, J. V. Fesko, Ryan McGraw, Fred Sanders, David VanDrunen, Jeffrey Waddington, and Sam Waldron.

Table of Contents:


Foreword | Paul Helm

Preface | The Editors


An Introduction to the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: Why is this Doctrine Important? | James M. Renihan

Part I: Theological and Hermeneutical Prolegomena

  1. Analogy and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility | Charles J.  Rennie
  1. Hermeneutics: Analogia Scripturae and Analogia Fidei | Ronald S. Baines

Part II: Biblical Foundations

  1. The Old Testament on Divine Impassibility: (I) Texts on the Nature of God | Steve Garrick with Ronald S. Baines
  1. The Old Testament on Divine Impassibility: (II) Texts on Immutability and Impassibility | Ronald S. Baines and Steve Garrick
  1. The Old Testament on Divine Impassibility: (III) Texts on Apparent Passibilism and Conclusion | Steve Garrick, James P. Butler, and Charles J. Rennie
  1. The New Testament on Divine Impassibility: (I) Texts on the Nature of God, Immutability, and Impassibility | Richard C. Barcellos and James P. Butler
  1. The New Testament on the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (II) Creation, the Incarnation and Sufferings of Christ, and Conclusion | Richard C. Barcellos

Part III: Historical Theology

  1. Historical Theology Survey of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: Pre-Reformation through Seventeenth-Century | Michael T. Renihan, James M. Renihan, and Samuel Renihan
  1. Historical Theology Survey of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: The Modern Era | Brandon Smith and James M. Renihan

Part IV: Systematic Theology

  1. A Theology of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (I) Impassibility and the Essence and Attributes of God | Charles J. Rennie
  1. A Theology of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (II) Impassibility and the Divine Affections | Charles J. Rennie
  1. A Theology of the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility: (III) Impassibility and Christology | Charles J. Rennie and Stefan T. Lindblad

Part V: Confessional Theology

  1. Confessional Theology and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility | James M. Renihan

Part VI: Practical Theology

  1. Practical Theology and the Doctrine of Divine Impassibility | James P. Butler

Part VII: Conclusion

  1. Closing Comments and Affirmations and Denials | Ronald S. Baines and Charles J. Rennie


  1. Review of God with Us: Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God, K. Scott Oliphint | Charles J. Rennie
  1. Review of God is Impassible and Impassioned: Toward a Theology of Divine Emotion, Rob Lister | James E. Dolezal

Scripture Index

Name and Subject Index

Glossary of Technical Terms and Theological Phrases

Bibliography of Works Cited

Excerpts from Paul Helm’s Foreword:

. . . This book can be said to present an interdisciplinary exposition and so a cumulative defense of divine impassibility and of the doctrine of God of which that is an aspect. Each line of argument strengthens and supports the other. Its foundation in Scripture, and the hermeneutics employed, show the doctrine to be not speculative or abstract but to have its foundation in the varied data of the both Testaments of the Bible. The chapters on history show that divine impassibility is not a recent whimsy or the peculiar invention of a Christian sect, but the historic catholic faith. Those on the confession and the doctrine of God set out its Baptist pedigree, and the connectedness of impassibility with other distinctions made in the doctrine of God, and their overall coherence. Each line of enquiry sensitizes the palate to taste the others. There is a polemical strand throughout the book, contrasting this view with those of Open Theism and aberrant statements from contemporary Calvinists and others. But these arguments are used not to score points but to set forth and make even clearer the positive, historic teaching on divine impassibility, by contrasting it with other currently-held views.

I am honored to have been asked to write this Foreword, and delighted with what I have read. Confessing the Impassible God is heartily recommended.

Paul Helm
Former Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion
King’s College

Some Endorsements:

Pastor Earl BlackburnHow is the confessional phrase God is  “without . . . passions” to be understood? Is God really without passions? Isn’t he like us or rather aren’t we like God, made in his image? We have passions and emotions, therefore, God must have the same; or so the argument goes. Can God become emotionally hurt or distraught? Does God actually and emotionally change with varying circumstances and situations in human history? After all, doesn’t the Bible say that God repented? These are some questions that have been raised in the past century, but with renewed vigor in the last ten years.

The above questions are skillfully answered in this book Confessing the Impassible God. . . .

Earl M. Blackburn
Heritage Baptist Church, Senior Pastor
Shreveport, Louisiana


Pastor Walt Chantry. . . You will find within these covers profound thought that is not all easy to grasp but well-worth the effort.

I am pleased to commend this volume. May it bring much praise to “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8).

Walter J. Chantry
Author of Today’s Gospel, Authentic or Synthetic?,
Signs of the Apostles, and Call the Sabbath a Delight


James DolezalThe essays in this volume constitute a wonderful blend of biblical, historical, contemplative, and practical theology all in defense of the doctrine of divine impassibility. The defense mounted is not primarily against the usual cast of detractors—Open Theists and process theologians—but against those evangelicals who imagine that abandoning or reconceiving impassibility can be done with little or no detriment to the edifice of a classical theology proper. The authors are convinced that once one begins to chip away at this crucial piece of the foundation the whole house of orthodox Christian conviction about God and his attributes begins to falter. And they are right.

. . . The result is a richly rewarding study that magnifies our unchanging God.

James E. Dolezal
Assistant Professor of Theology
Cairn University


Truth sometimes sounds stranger than fiction, which is why Confessing the Impassible God is a welcomed, rigorous defense of the traditional and confessional doctrine of divine impassibility. . . . The contributors provide a significant exegetical, theological, historical, and practical engagement of the issues, which makes this eminently useful for pastors, scholars, seminarians, and even people in the pews.

J. V. Fesko
Academic Dean Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology
Westminster Seminary California


Theology is not static. The church has made progress in its understanding of the Trinity, Christology, Soteriology, and Ecclesiology. However, theological development ordinarily comes through the church combating error rather than choosing a research topic for a new book. In responding to error, the church must build upon and enrich her understanding of Scripture, in dialogue with church history, with an eye toward a new generation, rather than jettison the past in the name of theological progress. This book presents the old view of divine impassibility, using old arguments, against new critics.

Ryan M. McGraw
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary


A spirited reclaiming of the doctrine of divine impassibility, this coherent, well-edited, multi-author project is unique in several commendable aspects. It is decisively Baptist, but advances its argument in ways that recent generations have stopped expecting from Baptist theologians. These authors are committed to the final authority of Scripture in doctrinal matters, but mastery of their tradition’s confessional resources gives them uncommon access to depths of theological understanding. In particular, they have chased the doctrine that God is “without passions” all the way down metaphysically, relating it meaningfully to the theology of the divine being as pure act, and steadfastly refusing mere voluntarism, the persistent Scotist reductionist temptation to make everything depend on God’s will rather than his nature. Evangelical projects of retrieval are becoming more common as theologians appropriate patristic and medieval resources. Confessing the Impassible God stands out for its commitment to a retrieval of the middle distance, the Baptist confessions of early modernity as the nearby trailhead to the great tradition of Christian theology. Good fences make good neighbors, and I think that, paradoxically, the decisively Baptist focus of this project is what will make it useful beyond its own Reformed Baptist confessional borders.

Fred Sanders
Professor of Theology
Torrey Honors Institute
Biola University


Confessing the Impassible God addresses a topic that gets to matters at the heart of our understanding of the living God. Exploring the doctrine of divine impassibility through thorough historical, confessional, systematic, and exegetical studies, the authors make a compelling case that maintaining a robust affirmation of impassibility not only secures our continuity with the long patristic, medieval, and Reformation tradition of theology proper but also guards against falling into a range of errors that entail portraying God as something fundamentally other than the God of classical, biblical Christianity.

. . . I recommend this volume to all thoughtful Christians who wish to know and worship God truly, and I expect they will find here great encouragement to embrace impassibility not as a sterile idea of Greek metaphysics but as profound biblical teaching meant to bolster our faith, hope, love, joy, and confidence in the Triune God.

David VanDrunen
Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics
Westminster Seminary California


Classical theism is under attack in our day. Specifically such doctrines as divine simplicity and impassibility are deconstructed in an effort to achieve a more believable and accessible God. Unfortunately this more believable and accessible God is not the God of the Bible. It would be bad enough if the enemies of Christ led the attack against classical theism, but it is so-called friends who undermine the classical biblical witness to our great and glorious self-contained triune God. The broader church and Reformed community owe a debt of gratitude to our Reformed Baptist brothers for producing Confessing the Impassible God. In this fine book, the classically biblical doctrine of divine impassibility is defined and defended, explored and exposited. . . . This volume covers the whole spectrum of the theological encyclopedia on divine impassibility. I salute the men who have been involved in the publication of this fine book.

Rev. Jeffrey C. Waddington
Stated Supply & Ministerial Adviser—Knox Orthodox Presbyterian Church Lansdowne, PA
Ministerial Adviser—Calvary Church of Amwell (OPC) Ringoes, NJ
Panelist & Secretary of the Board—The Reformed Forum
Articles Editor—The Confessional Presbyterian Journal
Book Series Editor & Fellow—Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals


Dr. Sam WaldronThere was a time when it was my opinion that the Doctrine of God or Theology Proper was settled. It seemed to me that, except for the debates over God’s eternal decree between Reformed and Arminian Christians, the Doctrine of God was of little polemic interest. If that was ever really the case, it is surely not the case now. The onslaught of Process and Open Theism, the claims that the classical Christian doctrine of God was seriously infected with Greek philosophical ideas, and the consequent and widespread proposals to modify the traditional Theology Proper of classical Christian theism are provoking widening discussion. Confessing the Impassible God provides an important, deep, and thoughtful response to the proposed revisions to the doctrine of divine impassibility—one of the hot-spots in the polemic furor among Reformed evangelicals over the Doctrine of God. I am grateful for the theologically careful and historically informed hermeneutics and exegesis of the present volume. I am grateful especially for the reminder that this book contains of the importance of recognizing the revelation of Scripture as analogical, and sometimes anthropopathic, and the importance of recognizing this in our teaching. Confessing the Impassible God deserves close study and appreciative discussion among Reformed Christians.

Sam Waldron
Dean of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary
Pastor of Grace Reformed Baptist Church
Owensboro, KY


Sep. 29 – Oct. 1, 2015 Trinity Baptist Church Charlesworth Conf. “Puritan way of Preaching” Conf. feat. J. Renihan, Oliver, John Hall in Derbyshire, UK

Puritan Preach Conf full

Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

Dr James Renihan will be the main speaker on Tuesday 29th September to Thursday 1st October at Trinity Baptist Church in Charlesworth, and the theme is “Learning the Puritan way of Preaching”.

Our aim is to apply the teaching and experience of our forefathers to the 21st Century Church. We believe they have invaluable understanding and insight to impart to us today. We also seek to show how the lives and ministries of these men are accessible to all Christians.

Programme [PDF]:

Download (PDF, 584KB)

Nov. 2-3, 2015 SoCal RB Pastors Conf. “The Doctrine of God” feat. Dr. James Dolezal & Dr. James Renihan in La Mirada, CA

Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference:

This year, we are privileged to have Drs. Renihan and Dolezal address the doctrine of God…

We are planning on having a panel discussion with Drs. Renihan and Dolezal and Sam Renihan (author of two books on the subject) on the doctrine of divine impassibility.

Each night closes with a Q&A.

Besides the lectures and Q&A, we also provide two complimentary meals (lots of meat!). We hope you can join us!

Here is the registration page [now open through Oct. 19].

The purpose of the SCRBPC is for the edification of confessional Reformed Baptist pastors and other interested men who are in the ministry or training for the ministry. The SCRBPC will function within the theological framework of the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (2nd LCF) and The Baptist Catechism (BC).


Monday, November 2 – Tuesday, November 3, 2015


The Doctrine of God


Key-note speaker:

James DolezalDr. James E. Dolezal

James E. Dolezal, Ph.D., teaches theology, philosophy, and church history at Cairn University in Langhorne, PA. He is a graduate of The Master’s Seminary and Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of God without Parts: Divine Simplicity and the Metaphysics of God’s Absoluteness as well numerous journal articles and reviews. Prior to moving to the east coast he served as a Reformed Baptist pastor in Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada. James is married to Courtney and they have three children: Judah, Havah, and Eden. James is active in supplying pulpits in the Philadelphia area.

Guest speakers:

Dr. James RenihanDr. James M. Renihan

Dean and Professor of Historical Theology

Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies

Escondido, CA



  • Monday, November 2, 2015
    • Registration/check-in: 1:30-2:45pm
    • 3:00-4:00pm  Session 1 (lecture, Dr. Renihan)
    • 4:00-4:15pm  Break
    • 4:15-5:15pm  Session 2 (Lecture #1, Present State of the Doctrine of God in Evangelicalism, Dr. Dolezal)
    • 5:15-6:30pm  Dinner: complimentary Tacos (full-conference attendees only)
    • 6:30-7:30pm  Session 3 (Lecture #2, Divine Simplicity: 1. The Theological Grammar of Orthodoxy, Dr. Dolezal)
    • 7:30-7:50pm  Break
    • 7:50-8:30pm  Session 4 (Q&A, Drs. Dolezal and Renihan)
  • Tuesday, November 3, 2015
    • 8:30-9:30am  Session 5 (Lecture #3, Divine Simplicity: 2. On the Inadequacy of Harmonism and Actualism, Dr. Dolezal)
    • 9:30-9:50am  Break
    • 9:50-10:50am  Session 6 (Lecture #4, Divine Eternity: The Challenge of Creation, Dr. Dolezal)
    • 10:50-11:10am  Break
    • 11:10am-12:10pm  Session 7 (Panel Discussion on Divine Impassibility: Dr. Dolezal, Dr. Renihan, and Sam Renihan)
    • 12:10-1:30pm  Lunch: complimentary Argentine BBQ (full-conference attendees only)
    • 1:30-6:30pm  Break
    • 6:30-7:30pm  Session 8: (Lecture #5, Trinity: Rehabilitating the Unity of Being, Dr. Dolezal)
    • 7:30-7:50pm  Break
    • 7:50-8:30pm  Session 9 (Q&A, conference speakers)
    • Closing prayer and doxology


Audit Baptist Covenant Theology course FREE w/ Dr. J. Renihan & Dr. Malone + more [Founders Study Center]

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The Founders Study Center:

Join Us this Fall

Spiritual Depression:
Its Causes and Cure

With lectures by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Learn about the causes and cure for spiritual depression from a master physician and minister. Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899 – 1981) served as minister of Westminster Chapel in London for almost 30 years. This 16-week course begins September 8, 2015.

Also study Baptist Covenant Theology with lectures by Dr. Fred Malone and Dr. Jim Renihan…

The study of the Covenants has often been called the “marrow” of divinity. How we understand the covenants is how we understand the whole of God’s redemptive plan in history. This course provides an introduction to a Reformed Baptist view of the covenants, comparing and contrasting it with other prominent view including: Presbyterian Covenant Theology, Theonomy, Dispensationalism and New Covenant Theology. Dr. Fred Malone serves as pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, LA. Dr. Jim Renihan is Professor of Historical Theology and Academic Dean of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies on the campus of Westminster Seminary, Escondido, CA.

This course meets for 10 sessions. The course begins October 19, 2015. Students will have access to course material online until January 31, 2016.

Learn how you can audit the Baptist Covenant Theology course free this fall.

Learn more about how to enroll in the Founders Study Center

Find out What’s New at the Founders Study Center.

AUDIO from “Not Ashamed” Building Tomorrow’s Church 2015 Conf. feat. James Renihan & James White now online

Audio from the 2015 Building Tomorrow’s Church is now online:


Session 1 | Truth: A Biblical Worldview | Dr. Jim Renihan

Session 2 | “The Foundation of Truth” | Dr. James White

Bonus Session 1 | “The Confession of Our Faith” | Dr. Jim Renihan

Session 3 | “The Example of Truth” | Dr. James White

Session 4 | “The Actions of Truth” | Dr. Jim Renihan

Bonus Session 2 | “The Defense of Our Faith” | Dr. James White

Session 5 | “The Buttress of Truth” | Dr. Jim Renihan

(L to R) James Renihan, James White, John Giarrizzo
(L to R) James Renihan, James White, John Giarrizzo

Bonus Session 3 | Q+A | Dr. Renihan, Dr. White, Pastor John Giarrizzo

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July 13-17, 2015 “The Doctrines of Grace” Fellowship of Reformed Baptist Churches in New Zealand’s School of Theology feat. Dr. James Renihan in Palmerston North, New Zealand

Crosspoint Church in New Zealand:

This annual week of teaching and discussion is aimed at helping men who desire to be better equipped for service in their churches. It is a post-graduate level course which assumes familiarity with the Bible and Christian theology, and it is an itensive week of study with up to 30 hours of teaching over the course of five days.

While it is primarily intended for men who attend churches within the Fellowship of Reformed Baptist Churches in New Zealand, others may attend at the discretion of our elders. Participants are expected to attend the entire School of Theology which begins with lunch on the Monday and concludes with dinner on the following Friday.

New Zealand Reformed Baptist Churches
New Zealand Reformed Baptist Churches

Registrations are now open for our ninth annual School of Theology to be held from 13th to 17th July 2015. We require all participants to complete the online registration form and pay the registration fee, which covers the cost of all meals and refreshments (from Monday lunch to Friday dinner), any class handouts and other associated expenses:

…From 22nd June 2015 the late registration fee will be $125.00
After 30th June 2015 registrations will be closed (or earlier if places are full)

The Subject & Speaker for 2015

Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

Our teacher will be Dr. James Renihan, who is returning for the seventh time (see below for an introduction to Dr Renihan and the subjects he has covered in the past). This year he will be teaching on The Doctrines of Grace. The course will trace these doctrines through the ages of church history before mining the riches of theological truth that they represent. The course promises to be a feast of historical, theological and pastorally practical instruction, with discussion during the week ensuring that it addresses our contemporary and cultural challenges.


Back in Print: “The Baptist Catechism” Introduction with slight editing by Dr. James Renihan [SGCB]

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Solid Ground Christian Books:

Baptist Catechism

with Scripture Proofs
Introduction with Slight editing by Dr. James Renihan


Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

This is the 2004 updated edition of THE BAPTIST CATECHISM which was originally published by order of the Particular Baptist General Assembly that met in London in 1693. Dr. James Renihan has given us a “slightly modernized and edited version” that has proven very useful to Reformed Baptist Churches all over the world for the past ten plus years.

In the opening words of the Introduction Dr. Renihan speaks for the Association of Reformed Baptist Churches of American, when he writes: “With great joy we present this Catechism to the church of Jesus Christ. It has a long and noble history, and we trust it will be of great usefulness to many more generations of Christians. We believe that an important part of the teaching office in the church is the provisionj of sound and solid theological materials for use by parents, and this little document wonderfully meets that need.”

1 – 9 copies @ $3.95 each
10 – 19 copies @ $3.65 each
20-49 copies @ $3.35 each
50-99 copies @ $3.00 each
100+ copies @ $2.65 each


Now on Kindle: “Covenant Theology: From Adam to Christ” $9.99/£6.53

Out in hardback since 2005, now available on Kindle:

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Covenant Theology:
From Adam to Christ

Nehemiah Coxe (Author), John Owen (Author), Ronald Miller (Editor), James Renihan (Editor), Francisco Orozco (Editor)

$9.99 | £6.53 ]


This is a reprint of Nehemiah Coxe, probably the co-editor of the London Baptist Confession of Faith (1677/89), on “A Discourse of the Covenants that God made with men before the law” and John Owen’s “An Exposition of Hebrews 8:6-13, wherein the nature and differences between the Old and New Covenants is discovered.” It contains an Introduction by James M. Renihan, “Why is this reprint important?” and an appendix by Richard C. Barcellos, “John Owen and New Covenant Theology: Owen on the Old and New Covenants and the Functions of the Decalogue in Redemptive History in Historical and Contemporary Perspective.” Coxe was a leading Particular Baptist theologian in his day. He intended to write on the Mosaic and New Covenants but when Owen’s Hebrews commentary came out, Coxe directed his readers to Owen. Coxe covers the covenant of works, the covenant with Noah, and the covenant(s) with Abraham. Owen focuses on the Mosaic (Old) and New Covenants.


Pastor Tom Ascol
Pastor Tom Ascol

This volume brings together wonderful insights from two faithful church leaders of an earlier generation with helpful analyses from competent teachers of today. The result is a valuable resource for students, academics, and pastors.

Thomas K. Ascol, Ph.D.
Editor, Founders Journal

Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin
Dr. Michael A.G. Haykin

More times than I can count…I have heard Reformed theology defined in such a way that it excludes those who hold to believer’s baptism. This valuable work will help set the record straight.

Michael A. G. Haykin, Th.D.
Author of Kiffin, Knollys and Keach–Rediscovering our English Baptist Heritage

Nehemiah Coxe’s work on the covenant is an important piece of writing by a significant seventeenth-century Particular Baptist theologian. Its republication is long overdue. This work is an important resource for twenty-first-century Reformed Baptists.

Robert W. Oliver, Ph.D.
Author of History of the English Calvinistic Baptists 1791-1892


Nehemiah Coxe was a leading Particular Baptist pastor and theologian of the seventeenth century. He was probably the co-editor of the London Baptist Confession of Faith (1677/89).

John Owen, a leading Congregational paedobaptist of the seventeenth century, is well-known for being the ‘Prince of the Puritans.’ J. I. Packer says, “In his own day he was seen as England’s foremost bastion and champion of Reformed evangelical orthodoxy.”


Print Length: 398 pages
Publisher: RBAP
Text-to-Speech: Enabled
Lending: Enabled

June 26-29, 2015 “Not Ashamed” Building Tomorrow’s Church Conf. feat. James White & James Renihan in Flagstaff, AZ.


Building Tomorrow’s Churchbtc motto (BTC) is a one of a kind conference geared towards Reformed Baptist young adults—singles and married couples, ages 18 to 30-something—who desire to learn more about the importance of the local church and how to serve Christ through it. It is vital that today’s young adults continue in the building of Christ’s kingdom through evangelizing sinners and edifying the saints. The goal of BTC is to see this generation of young people filled with a sincere enthusiasm for strengthening the body of Christ by pursuing godly living and actively participating in Christian service.

Dates | Location

June 26-June 29 (Friday-Monday)

Northern Arizona University (NAU)
Flagstaff, Arizona


“Not Ashamed: Standing for Truth in a Fallen World”

Dr. Jim Renihan Talks About BTC15 Theme [1 min. vid.]:


Dr. James RenihanDr. Jim Renihan
Pastor, Christ Reformed Baptist Church, Vista, CA
Dean & Professor of Historical Theology at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary, Escondido, CA

James WhiteDr. James White
Director, Alpha and Omega Ministries, Phoenix, AZ
Elder, Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church, Phoenix, AZ

Registration | Pricing

Registration: $225 per person
(ends Monday, June 1, 11:59pm AZ time)

  • Registration includes 4 nights of lodging (Friday – Sunday), 8 meals (Friday dinner – Monday breakfast), and on-campus activities.

  • Check-in begins at 4:00 PM on Friday. Check-out is at 11 AM on Monday.

  • Please note: All attendees are responsible for their own travel arrangements!

Register before June 1, 2015


Here is some info from previous years to help you learn more about what these folks are all about:

Here is David Giarrizzo who is the founder and coordinator of the conference giving us the 411 on the 2013 conference. You can listen to it here [5 min.]:

Here is an eight minute video of David Giarrizzo giving an intro to the 2012 conference:

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


[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.


Apr. 24-26, 2015 Doctrines of Grace Conference feat. James Renihan in Suffolk, VA

Dr. James Renihan
Dr. James Renihan

West Suffolk Baptist Church:

Our 2015 Doctrines of Grace Conference is scheduled for April 24, 25 and 26 at West Suffolk Baptist Church. The speaker will be Dr. James M. Renihan, Dean and Professor of Historical Theology at the Institute for Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary California.

Dr. Renihan will be speaking on

  • the meaning of being a “reformed” Baptist
  • why we need a confession, and practical applications of having one,
  • how the Reformation came to England.

He will also be preaching at our Lord’s Day service.

The specific topics will be updated as information becomes available.

Please also see our 2014 Doctrines of Grace Conference recordings and information.

Detailed schedule on the right-hand side of this page | Directions

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

AUDIO from “Baptists: Rooted in Covenant Grace” Conf. feat. James Renihan now online [5 MP3s]

Below is Dr. James Renihan’s audio from Grace Baptist Chapel‘s annual Theology Conference “Baptists: Rooted in Covenant Grace”.

Baptists Rooted in Covenant Grace


Session 1 “Genealogy Baptist Style” [MP3]

Session 2 “How Christians Have Put the Bible Together”[MP3]

Session 3 “How Christians Have Put the Bible Together (Part 2)”[MP3]

Session 4 “How Early Baptists Put the Bible Together”[MP3]

Lord’s Day Worship Service – “Haggai 2:10-19 The Nature of True Religion”[MP3]