New (Free) eBook: “The Lord’s Day” by Sam Waldron

The Lord’s Day
Its Presuppositions, Proofs, Precedents, and Practice

by Sam Waldron

Chapel Library: FREE | Kindle: $0.99


Dr. Sam Waldron

The Lord’s Day is a thoroughly up-to-date consideration of the Fourth Commandment and its ramifications for modern Christianity. Its four sections include the Presuppositions that influence our thinking; Proofs at creation, by Moses, and in the New Testament; Precedents in the Apostolic Fathers and John Calvin; and finally its Practice. While precise and careful, the author avoids extremes and makes the nuances and complexities of the theological issues clear for most Christians.

Pages: 138

[HT: Scott Brown]

Sam Waldron’s Interview with Dr. Curt Daniel on Hyper-Calvinism

Dr. Sam Waldron:

I have been surprised over the last several years to sense a rise of views which I associate with Hyper-Calvinism or “Half-step Hyper-Calvinism.” Forty years ago I with my wife were new members of the Reformed Baptist Church of Grand Rapids (now called Grace Immanuel Reformed Baptist Church). This church was one of only a handful of Baptist churches in the United States espousing the doctrines of grace. And we were staunch five-pointers. So we were called, of course, Hyper-Calvinists. We always thought this odd because to us five-point Calvinism was just Calvinism and thus could not be Hyper-Calvinism.

Dr. Sam Waldron

As the years wore on, the church grew. More and more of our members began to come from various Dutch Reformed denominations in the large Dutch Reformed community in Western Michigan. We began to be aware that there were folks in that large Dutch Reformed community who really did at some level deserve the name Hyper-Calvinists.

We had discovered the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith. It was the Confession of our church. In it were not only the doctrines of grace (including particular redemption). In it also we had discovered the doctrines of the free offer of the gospel (chapter 7, paragraph 2) and common grace (14:3). More study assured us that both these doctrines were in the original confessional statement of the doctrines of grace, the Canons of Dort.

Yet at least one of the local Dutch Reformed denominations not only denied the free offer and common grace. It was built on a denial of those doctrines. Its leaders continued in a vehement polemic against the free offer and common grace (Spurgeon’s so-called two track theology) which affirmed both the dimensions of God’s will (known variously as secret and revealed or better as decretive and perceptive).

For this reason, the leaders of RBCGR were frequently engaged in a two front war. We had to fight the Arminianism of the local Baptist churches and institutions, but also the Hyper-Calvinism or Half-step Hyper-Calvinism of the Dutch Reformed denomination mentioned above. We were confident that our Reformed Baptist brethren shared with us our position.

Dr. Curt D. Daniel

Now, however, I am aware of blogs and brothers which have if not verbally, at least virtually, have adopted substantially the views of the Hyper-Calvinism or Half-step Hyper-Calvinism mentioned above. Brother Curt Daniel has a couple of times invited me to speak at the yearly conference of his church in Springfield, Illinois. Since he wrote his dissertation on the subject of Hyper-Calvinism, I talked to him about my concerns. One of the results was the interview which I want to share with you in three blog posts that are to follow.


Questions 1-3

Questions 4-8

Questions 9-10

You can also find his 75 part audio series on the History and Theology of Calvinism here.

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]


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.


Paperback: 246 pages
Published: 2016


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 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

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary’s New Website, Events & Publications

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary:

Check out our new Website! No, it’s not chock full of fun activities for the kids, but we think you will like the new look. Whether you want to see our latest blog post, browse our course offerings, watch a free sample lecture or learn more about our Church Partnership Program, it’s all here and easy to access.


Events & Speaking Schedule:

Dr. Tom Nettles
Dr. Tom Nettles

Dr. Tom Nettles will be instructing for us January 2-6. Join us as one of today’s foremost Baptist historians teaches the History and Doctrine of the Baptists.

Register Today!

Dr. Sam Waldron
Dr. Sam Waldron

Dr. Sam Waldron

November 20, 2016
Cornerstone Bible Fellowship,
North Ridgeville, OH

February 5,12 & 19, 2017
Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Carlisle, PA

March 3-5, 2017
Grace Covenant Church
Gilbert, AZ

Dr. Fred Malone
Dr. Fred Malone

Dr. Fred Malone

January 5-7, 2017
Young Adult Winter Retreat
Heritage Baptist Church,
Shreveport, LA

Dr. Richard Barcellos
Dr. Richard Barcellos

Dr. Richard Barcellos

January 30-31, 2017
ARBCA School of Church Planting
Ontario, CA


Dr. Sam Waldron

Just Released:
The Lord’s Day, Its Presuppositions, Proofs, Precedents, and Practice
Chapel Library

Modern Exposition of 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, 5th edition
Evangelical Press

The Regulative Principle of Worship: Contemporary Objections
Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2016

Dr. Fred Malone

Founders Study Guide Commentary, Romans 9-16
Founders Press

Dr. Richard Barcellos

The Christian Ministry in the Church, Its Reasons, Duration and Goal, and Practical Effects
Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2016

Getting the Garden Wrong: A Critique of New Covenant Theology on the Covenant of Works and the Sabbath,
Founders Press

The Doxological Trajectory of Scripture: God Getting Glory for Himself through what He does in His Son – An Exegetical and Theological Case Study
Reformed Baptist Academic Press
A Practical Exposition of An Orthodox Catechism (Vol. I, Of Man’s Misery and Of Man’s Redemption)

Reformed Baptist Academic Press

17 Free VIDEOS of Sam Waldron’s Eschatology (Last Things) Course: A Comprehensive Historical & Theological Overview [CBTS]


Dr. Sam Waldron
Dr. Sam Waldron

As an amazing gift to the wider Body of Christ, Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary are very kindly and generously making their entire 17 course lectures on eschatology available free of charge online. This course, taught by Dr. Sam Waldron, is outstanding, giving a comprehensive overview of the subject from both an historical and theological perspective. I recommend the series wholeheartedly and pray that God will use it to further the cause of His truth in the midst of much deception in our own day. – Pastor John Samson, King’s Church, Peoria, AZ

The first three lectures cover something of an historical overview of the Church concerning eschatology. This is a very helpful foundation for our understanding. To know that we are engaging in a conversation that has been going on for centuries, gives us a knowledge of the structure of the debate, setting the boundaries for what is and what is not to be regarded as ‘heresy’, as well as a right and appropriate sense of humility as we approach the Scriptures ourselves.


Lecture 1: Eschatology in the Early and Medieval Church | ST27 01

Lecture 2: Eschatology in the Early and Medieval Church (Continued)| ST27 02

Lecture 3: Eschatology in the Reformation and Modern Church (continued)  | ST27 03


Lecture 4: The Two Ages | ST27 04

Lecture 5: The Two Ages (Continued)  | ST27 05

Lecture 6: The General Judgment | ST27 06

Lecture 7: The Eschatological Kingdom | ST27 07

Lecture 8: The Eschatological Kingdom (Continued) | ST27 08

Lecture 9: The Eschatological Kingdom (Continued) | ST27 09

Lecture 10: The Eschatological Kingdom (Continued) | ST27 10


Lecture 11: The Intermediate State | ST27 11

Lecture 12: Sheol, Hades, and Hell | ST27 12

Lecture 13: The Earthly Prospects & Church/Israel Distinction | ST27 13

Lecture 14: The Imminent Return / Pre-Tribulationism | ST27 14

Lecture 15: Hyper-Preterism | ST27 15

Lecture 16: The Final Change & The Eternal State—The Doctrine of Eternal Punishment | ST27 16

Lecture 17: The Doctrine of the Redeemed Earth | ST27 17

Radio interview w/ Sam Waldron on “The Regulative Principle & Max Doner on “School Shootings: A Christian Response” [Iron Sharpens Iron]

From a recently posted Iron Sharpens Iron Radio from Oct. 5, 2015 with Chris Arnzen:

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Guest #1:
Dr. Sam WaldronSAM WALDRON
Dean of Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary on:

Guest #2:
maxdonerMAX DONER
pastor of Sovereign Grace Bible Church of Lebanon, OR on:

2 hour audio:


AUDIO from the 2016 “1689 Conference: The Reign of Grace” now online feat. Baines, Waldron, Hall, & Waters

Audio from the 2016 “1689 Conference”, which took place on March 18-19, is now online (videos coming soon):

1689conf 2016 audio

That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness
unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 5:21 (KJV)


1689 ConfIt seems as though in the year 2015 there has been many challenges facing us as Christians, both from outside our walls and from within.

The church needs to be encouraged with the reminder of the steadfastness and surety of God’s reign through grace,
which will not be thwarted by sin nor traitors in our ranks.

If it would please the Lord, we are hoping to achieve several things with this year’s theme: REIGN of GRACE.

Beginning on Friday we hope to provide an overview concerning a very important way in how to understand God’s redemptive plan which is interwoven all throughout the Scriptures – the Covenant of Grace. This Covenant is central to the 1689 Baptist Confession and is sure to provide God’s people with confidence and renewed hope that the Lord fulfills His promises!

Then on Saturday, following the reassurance and reminder of the promises and plans made to Christ’s people, we will offer teachings that have a more practical mood, in hopes they may exhort, encourage and equip those in attendance to continue to fight the good fight,
and not to grow weary in well doing.

So then, please join us that we may continue steadfastly unto the end in the most holy faith which we confess.
Come, gather and meet new friends who share with you in precious like faith.

2016 Audio Sessions:

Day One Audio

Rev. Ron Baines – Of God’s covenant of grace (this topic is also further expanded in Ron’s second talk – #5):

Dr. Sam Waldron – Of Jesus Christ the Mediator by which grace reigns.:

Rev. Mike Waters – Of reigning grace through repentance and salvation.:

Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and our proclamation of the gospel.:

Rev. Ron Baines – Of reigning grace in and through the local church.:

Dr. Sam Waldron – The Consummation of the glorious reign of grace.:

Day Two Audio

Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and our Perseverance during this life.:

Dr. Sam Waldron – Of reigning grace and new church planting.:

Rev. JD Hall – Of reigning grace and passing on our beliefs to the next generation.:

TALK #10
Rev. Ron Baines – Of the reign of grace and fleeing worldliness.:

TALK #11
Rev. Mike Waters – The reign of grace through martyrdom.:

TALK #12
Rev. Mike Waters – The reign of grace in self-denial.:

FREE Livestream with Dr. Waldron on Doctrine of God Course NOW thru Dec. 15 [CBTS]

Doctrine of God CBTS

Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary:

With the beginning of the fall semester, Dr. Sam Waldron’s Doctrine of God course has begun on Tuesday evenings…

CBTS Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary

Course Description: This course focuses on the being, attributes, Trinity, and decree of God.

Course Textbooks:

Course Syllabus: PDF

Download (PDF, 11KB)

You can watch the livestream (and past streams) here every Tuesday from Tue, Aug 11 – Dec. 15, 2015 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM CST:

40 min. Reformation Preaching Conf. 2015 promo video explains the Doctrines of Grace feat. Waldron, Brown Jr., Hernandez, Zachariades + more

James Brown Jr.:

Pastor James Brown Jr.
Pastor James Brown Jr.

We are pleased to announce the release of RP15’s promotional video for the conference this October 9-10. RP15 is a free conference on the Doctrines of Grace with many of the leader pastors and scholars of our day. Registration is required so we can be better prepared to serve you this October. Please register today!

Here is the 40 minute video:

It covers the following:

  • 00:00 Short RP15 Promotional Video
  • 05:37 The Sovereignty of God / Doctrines of Grace
  • 07:40 The Fall of Man / Total Depravity
  • 11:53 The Value of the Doctrines of Grace
  • 17:50 What is Calvinism?
  • 21:58 The Theology of Calvinism
  • 28:08 Practical Calvinism / Perseverance of the Saints
  • 32:14 Calvinism and Worship
  • 33:05 Calvinism and Evangelism
  • 35:42 Calvinism and the Consummation

Speakers | Schedule | Location | Registration

reformation preaching conf 2015

Interview #88 – Going Beyond the 5 Points – Earl Blackburn & Rob Ventura [Audio Podcast] (1 of 2)

Going Beyond the Five Points


Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Earl Blackburn
Pastor Rob Ventura
Pastor Rob Ventura

“This book is by Reformed Baptists for Reformed Baptists.”

On episode 88 of our interview podcast we have Pastor Earl Blackburn and Pastor Rob Ventura back on  to tell us all about the new book “Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation”.

We first got to know Rob Ventura on episode #40 (he also joined us on episodes #64). We first got to know Pastor Earl Blackburn on episode #68.


  • Why this book?
  • Why shouldn’t we just stop at the “Five Points of Calvinism” (T.U.L.I.P.)?
  • The importance of God’s law in the Christian’s life
  • Why the Regulative Principle of Worship matters
  • Why we shouldn’t be afraid to dive into Covenant Theology
  • + more


Subscribe to the podcast in a RSS readeriTunesStitcherTuneIn or by Email.



A Debtor To Mercy Alone [feat. Sandra McCracken] by Indelible Grace Music

Listen to part two.

New Book: ‘Going Beyond the Five Points: Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation’ feat. Barcellos, Waldron, Blackburn, R. Martin, Ventura, White

Out now as previously announced:

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Going Beyond the Five Points:
Pursuing a More Comprehensive Reformation

By Dr. Richard C. Barcellos,  Dr. Sam Waldron, Earl M. Blackburn,  Dr. Robert Martin

General Editor: Rob Ventura

[AMZ: $25/£16.34 SGCB: $17.50 RR: $17 | Kindle: $4.99/£3.23]


In recent years, a doctrinal shift has taken place among believers so great that even the secular press has taken notice. Christians across denominational lines are laying hold of the biblical truth of God’s electing love and saving grace in Christ, commonly called “Calvinism.” For many, this marks the beginning of a deeper study into the whole counsel of God in Scripture. A thirst to be thoroughly biblical in all areas of life is driving a more comprehensive present-day reformation beyond the famous “five points.” This book captures the voices of seasoned Reformed pastors graciously guiding and encouraging Christ’s beloved sheep to press on and to seek the “old paths, where the good way is” (Jer. 6:16). In this anthology you will be instructed concerning the abiding relevance of the Ten Commandments, God-centered worship, the masterful unfolding of God’s great plan of redemption through divine covenants, the identity, nature, and work of the church, and the help that confessions of faith lend to our grasp of God’s glorious Word.

Table of Contents:


Editor’s Preface | Rob Ventura

Foreword | Dr. James White

Chapter 1 – The Ten Commandments and the Christian | Dr. Richard C. Barcellos

Chapter 2 – The Regulative Principle | Dr. Sam Waldron

Chapter 3 – Covenant Theology | Earl Blackburn

Chapter 4 – The Church | Earl Blackburn

Chapter 5 – The Legitimacy and Use of Confessions of Faith | Dr. Robert Paul Martin


Fred MaloneThe rediscovery of “the doctrines of grace” among Baptists during the last sixty years has thrilled my heart! However, this welcome advance does not make a reformation. The further necessary questions of “what is the church?…how should we worship God?…what is Christ like living?…” stand before us still, begging for biblical reformation. Going Beyond the Five Points provides clear biblical direction for reforming churches today. Barcellous’ defense of the Ten Commandments for Christian living under grace is unassailable. Blackburn’s chapters on Covenant Theology and the doctrine of the church are indispensable to Baptist reformation. Waldron’s explanation of the Regulative Principle is greatly needed by Baptists to remind us of our foundational principle which needs renewed application to worship and government. Martin’s persuasive defense of why Baptists need confessions of faith today is irrefutable. To gather them together as Ventura has done provides a classic standard for further Baptist reformation today. Baptist pastors, students, and church members need to study this book to understand what it means to build biblical and Reformed Baptist churches today for the glory of Christ.

Dr. Fred A. Malone, Senior Pastor First Baptist Church Clinton, Louisiana

Pastor Jim SavastioGoing Beyond the Five Points is a wonderful pastoral resource to give to any brother or sister in Christ who has begun the journey of better understanding the doctrines of grace. If the Five Points are the appetizer for the hungry believer, these essays will provide a rich and satisfying main course to guide them in a deeper understanding of the truth.

Jim Savastio, Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Louisville, Kentucky

Jeremy WalkerSome truths lie close to the surface, others require more digging. In the substance of this book, you will profit from the groundbreaking labours of others, men who have begun to turn over the soil in order to expose the consequences and applications of a thorough embrace of God’s sovereign grace displayed in the salvation of his people, considered not just individually but together. Readers willing to put in the effort will find much to ponder and much from which to profit.

Jeremy Walker, Pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England


Print Length: 260 pages
Text-to-Speech: Enabled [Kindle]

UPDATED: Oct. 9-10, 2015 Reformation Preaching Conf. ‘Doctrines of Grace’ feat. Waldron, Brown Jr., Hernandez, Zachariades + more in Elizabethtown, KY

When we let you know about this conference back in February, we weren’t aware more speakers would be added. Here is our post from February:

Reformation Preaching 2015 ConferenceJames Brown Jr.:

We are excited to announce a Reformed Midwest Conference for 2015. On October 9-10, we will be gathering in Elizabethtown, Kentucky for Reformation Preaching Conference 2015 (RP15). This is a free event. So that we may better prepare and serve you, registration is required.

Make plans today to hear many great speakers declare the doctrines of grace both theologically and practically. You will get to hear Dr. RC Sproul [Jr.], Dr. Sam Waldron, Dr. Sonny Hernandez, Dr. Theodore Zachariades, Dr. Benjamin Shaw, Evangelist Tony Miano, Pastor Anthony Mathenia and yours truly, James Brown Jr.

Two great days of powerful preaching and encouraging fellowship right in the heart of the Midwest. More details coming soon! Until then, sign up for our email list to stay up to date with all the latest information. God bless!

Speakers | Schedule | Location | Registration

reformation preaching conf 2015

Here is an update from Dr. Sonny L. Hernandez:

Reformation Preaching Conference
Date: October 9-10, 2015

Theme: Doctrines of Grace

Reformation Preaching Conf 2015

We are officially complete with the schedule for the upcoming conference, and also with the selection of all the speakers.

Dr. Derek Thomas, Dr. David Murray, & Dr. John Snyder will be joining us.

What makes this conference unique, is that it has speakers from all the major conferences throughout the year such as the Ligonier, Shepherds, and the G3. In addition, this conference is free. This is why registration is a must.

Registration is required, and is free. Please visit for more information.