Young and Longman on the Genre and Historicity of Esther by Jeff Riddle via stylos
These contrasting conclusions highlight two divergent approaches to the study of the Old Testament, the assimilation of modern historical-critical scholarship, and the affirmation of Biblical authority. Upon reflection it appears to me that the contrast between Young and Longman is not merely that between a “fundamentalistic” and an “evangelical” approach, but that between a “confessional” and a “non-confessional” approach.
…a brief letter shared on a Reformed Baptist ministers’ list from a Pastor of a Reformed Baptist Church in the Philippines:
The church is doing benevolence work for the churches affected by the devastating storm, Haiyan or Yolanday. We already have a team that left for Leyte and will be sending another soon to survey needs. Please check our website sgbc-cebu.com for updates on specific requirements and how you may help.
Thank you, Pastor Jose Francis “Nene” Martinez
Threefold Imputation in Salvation by Tom Ascol via Founders Ministries: The Blog
Beyond this common use of the word and concept, the Bible describes three salvific relationships in which imputation operates.
…it is impossible to concede the arguments of those who want to jettison imputation altogether or even remove it from its pride of place in the historic, Protestant understanding of the justification. Both the word and the concept are clearly employed in the biblical explanation of salvation by grace.
This intensive weekend seeks to examine Scripture in detail on the doctrines and practices of family life. This in-depth, exegetical examination of the family, will give families a timeless biblical roadmap to calibrate their lives according to Scripture.
Chapter 1 of An Orthodox Catechism, coming soon from RBAP via Reformed Baptist Academic Press
Q. 1. What is your only comfort in life and death?
A. That both in soul and body (a), whether I live or die (b), I am not my own, but belong wholly unto my most faithful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (c). By His most precious blood fully satisfying for all my sins (d), He has delivered me from all the power of the devil (e), and so preserves me (f), that without the will of my heavenly Father not so much as a hair may fall from my head (g). Yes, all things must serve for my safety (h) and by His Spirit, also He assures me of everlasting life (i), and makes me ready and prepared (j), that from now on I may live to Him.
(a) 1 Cor. 6:19; 1 Thess. 5:10. (b) Rom. 14:8. (c) 1 Cor. 3:23. (d) 1 Pet. 1:18-19; 1 John 1:7; 2:2. (e) 1 John 3:8; Heb. 2:14-15. (f) John 6:39. (g) Matt. 10:30; Luke 21:18. (h) Rom. 8:28. (i) 2 Cor. 1:12; 5:5; Eph. 1:13-14. (j) Rom. 8:24-25.
Jobs Wanted by Jim Savastio via Main Things – Reformed Baptist Church
This is not a post about employment, it’s about people. To put it another way, I am talking about capital ‘J’ Jobs. You know, the Job of the bible. If I were to ask you if you wanted to be like Job or if you wanted your church to be full of Jobs you would, no doubt, cringe. What kind of sadist wishes Job’s condition upon another person? We live in a world which is full of suffering and the Bible addresses for us the benefits that come to the body of Christ through suffering (James 1:2ff) These things being so, Job’s reaction to suffering, in it’s initial stages, in it’s full flower, and following the Lord’s self revelation, have much to commend our attention, instruction, and imitation. But I want to focus for a moment upon the description of Job before his suffering.
Toward a Covenantal Theology via Feileadh Mor
Over the years I have been blessed by more than a few titles that helped me move toward and define my Baptist covenant theology. In an effort to help others along I decided to create a list of books I consider essential reading on the subject, titles that I own, have read and will continue to re-read for years to come. This is not a definitive list of titles but a list to get you going in the right direction. Some of them I have mentioned before.
An Update on the New Camera Project by Rich Pierce via Alpha and Omega Ministries
A little over a month ago I blogged the post below. Well, today I thought that I would give an update on the project. First, I have been re-digitizing every video that I can get my hands on out of storage. Wow, do we have alot of videos, (I hope YouTube can handle it all), but I am feverishly working toward getting all of this footage up on our new YouTube channel. In the meantime the need for the equipment below still continues and we are almost halfway to the goal. If you haven’t read my first post please take a moment and familiarize yourself with the goal…
Here are the cameras that I am wanting to purchase for the ministry and here is the link to the donation page where you can help us get them.
“Every Cup Stirred by the Finger of God” by Evan D. Burns via Gospel Worthy
Judson wrote an afflicted fellow-missionary, Mr. Osgood. His words have the sound of a man who had tasted the bitterness of suffering and has seen the sweetness of heavenly promises.
In a very commanding tone, Adoniram Judson contended that proclaiming the Bible should not be reserved only for oral communication, though proclamation is certainly not less than oral communication. Proclamation, moreover, essentially involves distribution of the written Word of God. Judson adamantly scolded those who were indifferent to the universal dissemination of the Bible. At the ninth annual meeting of the American and Foreign Bible Society, held May 15, 1846, Judson wrote an address, which was read by the president because of Judson’s failing voice, which portrays his deep theology of gospel proclamation and his Word-centered piety.