One Thing I Did Right in Ministry… [Blog Series | Founders]

Don’t miss these helpful insights from the recent series on the Founders Blog:

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry…

“I started a Book Table”  (Tom Ascol)
“I waited on God” (Jeff Johnson)
“I did Expository Preaching” (Phil Newton)
“I started a Pastoral Internship” (Jeff Robinson)
“I centered on Christ” (Tom Hicks)
“Expository Preaching” (Steve Weaver)
“Kindness” (Fred Malone)
“I didn’t Lead Alone” (Scott Slayton)
“Pastoral Care” (Shawn Merithew)
“I Learned from my Failures” (Joe Thorn)

Logos Pre-Pub: $76.95 ‘Founders Press Ministry Collection (11 vols.)’ feat. Nettles, Haykin, Ascol, E. Reisinger + more

The Founders Press Ministry Collection (11 vols.)  is currently gathering interest in Pre-Pub to see if this becomes a Logos resource.

Founders Press Ministry Collection Logos



Ministry is for both pastor and parishioner. Whatever your role, find insights for better ministry from Baptist teachers and preachers dedicated to Scripture and historic Baptist principles. The Founders Press Ministry Collection gathers volumes on church membership, worship, pastoral ministry, embracing the doctrines of grace, dealing with pain and suffering, reformation in the Southern Baptist convention, and much more. Gathering powerful resources for serving God and building the church today, this collection is a valuable asset for approaching numerous areas of church life and ministry….


  • Addresses various aspects of ministry in a Baptist context
  • Upholds historic Baptist principles
  • Practically examines worship, the doctrines of grace, church membership, and more
  • Includes a modern rendering of the 1689 Baptist Confession
  • Volumes: 11
  • Pages: 2,138

Individual Titles:

Profiles in Reformed Spirituality Series (10 vols.) [Logos Preorder $61.95]

Logos Reformed Spirituality

Profiles in Reformed Spirituality Series (10 vols.)
authors include Michael A. G. Haykin, Steve Weaver, Thabiti M. Anyabwile, J. Stephen Yuille, Phil A. Newton, + more

The series was published by Reformation Heritage Books and Joel R. Beeke and Michael A.G. Haykin are the series editors.


The Profiles in Reformed Spirituality series is designed to introduce the spirituality and piety of the Reformed tradition by presenting descriptions of the lives of influential Christians with select passages from their works. This combination of biographical sketches and primary sources gives a taste of each subject’s contribution to the Reformed tradition’s spiritual heritage and direction as to how the reader can find further edification through their works. This series will provide riches where the church is poor and daylight where Christians stumble in the night. Included in Profiles in Reformed Spirituality (10 vols.) are the lives and works of Horatius Bonar, Hercules Collins, Jonathan Edwards, George Swinnock, Alexander Whyte, Lemuel Haynes, Samuel Rutherford, Archibald Alexander, John Bunyan, and John Flavel.


In the Logos editions, these valuable volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Perform powerful searches to find exactly what you’re looking for. Take the discussion with you using tablet and mobile apps. With Logos Bible Software, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

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1689 Confessionalism Posts from IRBS, Monergism, 9Marks & Founders [Roundup]

lbc1689As Dr. James Renihan told us, on our last podcast, he has written many post over the years on the topic related to Confessionalism and the Confession in general. Here is what our Bapti-bots gathered that we haven’t already posted:

What is “Full Subscription?” by James M. Renihan (1999) [5 minute readout]

Confessional subscription employs three main terms in its nomenclature: absolute, strict/full, and loose.  ARBCA has adopted the middle position.  According to Dr. Morton H. Smith, “strict or full subscription takes at face value” the terminology used in adopting a confession of faith

Unashamedly Confessional: Confessional Subscription and Ministerial Education By Stefan T. Lindblad (WSC/IRBS 2001) [20 min. readout]

As a confessional body, ARBCA is at a pivotal juncture with regard to ministerial education.  In fact, as we consider the prospect of expanding the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (IRBS) our communion faces quite the challenge: not only maintaining, or perhaps first recovering fully, our distinctive (yet simultaneously catholic, Protestant, and Reformed) confession in an age of ever-increasing individualistic and idiosyncratic theologies and forms of piety, but doing so in the context of “the noncredal (sic), non-confessional, and sometimes even anti-confessional and anti-traditional biblicism of conservative American religion.”


For this reason Richard Muller argues, and rightly so, that one of the great issues facing confessional Reformed folk today is “the retention and maintenance of the integrity and stability of the Reformed faith in its confessions.” Scott Clark goes one step further, contending that the Reformed confession (its theology, piety, and practice) is in need of recovery. In such a context how are we to proceed with ministerial education?  Though the following essay is suggestive rather than exhaustive, we will contend that the only way for ARBCA and IRBS to move forward in this particular venture is to recover fully and to maintain our confession.

Confessional Faithlessness

History is full of examples of confessional faithlessness. I have coined this phrase to refer to men who give verbal consent to a Confession, or who promise to teach in accordance with a confession, and then fail to do so.

And here are some highlights from Monergism’s  link collection of 1689 Baptist Confession resources (includes linkage to Founders Ministries and 9Marks on the topic):


[source: The Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies at Westminster Seminary California in Escondido, CA]

The Local Church: The Training Ground for Ministry & The Impact of Mentoring – Phil Newton

Local ChurchOver at the Founders Ministries blog, Phil Newton wrote:

In a recent conversation with a seminary professor, we talked on a topic of great interest to me as a pastor engaged in training the next generation. He told of how he has been teaching Greek to members of his local church. He said that they started out with a class of fifty-five and ended up with six, but that decline in participation did not discourage him. He said that those six church members could now read their Greek New Testament. And they did it all without enrolling in seminary! He added that he thought the local church should be involved in training its people for gospel ministry. I agreed. Our discussion continued on the local church as the focal point of training men and women for gospel work to the nations.

Read the rest or listen to readout [5 min.]

He came out with a second part this morning:

In my last blog post I addressed the local church as the training ground for ministry. This post will look more specifically at the matter of pastoral mentoring for training gospel workers following the pattern of Jesus.

Read the rest or listen to readout [9 min.]

Is Application Necessary? – Phil Newton

Phil Newton, at the Founders Ministries Blog, writes:

Sermons may be preached without application but not good sermons. I did not always think that to be the case. Recognizing the power and authority of God’s Word, I went through a time when I thought that just rightly preaching the Word and letting the Holy Spirit make application would be enough. And certainly the Holy Spirit makes applications that the messenger cannot begin to recognize. Yet that position betrays the examples of Jesus, Peter, and Paul in their preaching.

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