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Is the end better than the beginning? John Owen says, “Yes!”

The gospel is news from God that He has devised a way to repair human nature and take all creation to a glorious end. That glorious end, the city of God, new Jerusalem, the eternal state, the new heavens and new earth, is better than the beginning. In the beginning, though the potential for what comes about at the end was present, it was never attained by Adam. In the  [ Read More ]

A book I am editing. RECOVERING A COVENANTAL HERITAGE: Essays in Baptist Covenant Theology Table of Contents Preface…………………………………………………………………………………………… Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D.   Introduction……………………………………………………………………………………… James M. Renihan, Ph.D. Historical  1. A Brief Overview of Seventeenth-Century Reformed Orthodox Federalism……………….. Richard C. Barcellos, Ph.D. 2. Covenant Theology in the First and Second London Confessions of Faith……………………. James M. Renihan, Ph.D. 3. By Farther Steps: A Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptist Covenant Theology…………… Pascal Denault, Th.M. 4. The  [ Read More ]

John Owen on the Excellence and Desirableness of Christ due to His Deity

Consider His love; it is eternal, unchangeable, and fruitful. “These three qualifications of the love of Christ make it exceedingly eminent, and him exceeding desirable. How many millions of sins, in every one of the elect, every one whereof were enough to condemn them all, hath this love overcome! what mountains of unbelief doth it remove! Look upon the conversation of any one saint, consider the frame of his heart,  [ Read More ]

The Gospel Coalition and Lent?

Though I am certain not all involved with The Gospel Coalition (TGC) advocate a Protestant version of Lent, I am also certain that two recent TGC posts advocate it. You can see those here and here. I think this is a move in the wrong direction, and I do not think I am alone. Over at The Reformed Baptist Fellowship blog, some of my concerns were posted by the moderators  [ Read More ]

Here is an excerpt from Pascal Denault’s chapter “By Farther Steps: A Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptist Covenant Theology” in Recovering a Covenantal Heritage: Essays in Credobaptist Covenant Theology, forthcoming from RBAP.   Therefore, the Old Covenant was, for the people of Israel, a figurative covenant, earthly and conditional, designed to lead them to Christ and not to the covenant of works as such. The Old Covenant, while being different from the  [ Read More ]

Are you radical…enough?

You might have heard words like this before: “Jesus calls us to RADICAL discipleship. You must renounce all. You must follow Him. He had no place to lay His head, but you have comfortable homes in which you comfortably eat, watch television, tweet, and check Facebook. Could you see Jesus doing those things? It is time to get real; I mean REALLY REAL! Jesus calls us to RADICAL discipleship! Are  [ Read More ]

Joel Beeke on “Better than the Beginning”

Pre-publication endorsement of “Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective” by Richard C. Barcellos, forthcoming from RBAP Creation is controversial, and truly we need to defend biblical doctrine concerning the origin of all things. Yet sometimes in the midst of controversy we can lose sight of the purpose of creation itself. Richard Barcellos uses the creation of the world like a great telescope to look up at the beauty of  [ Read More ]

on church confessions and accountability – Carl R. Trueman

“There are no ‘Top Men’ who make it up as they go along behind closed doors whilst assuring everybody else that everything is under control.” “If your church operates in terms of secret councils, keep your eyes open for that person who suddenly disappears from the photographs of last year’s church picnic.” Read more here.

Worship: “…not an occasion adapted to the likes and dislikes of would-be worshippers.”

The logic of worship is simply that God deserves it. Attention belongs to all His infinite assets; His infinite worth is the mandate for worship. Bowing down before the Lord in the beauty of holiness is the manner in which worship must occur. The expression the beauty of holiness is certainly suggestive. Although its exact meaning can be debated, the sense differs little whether the word beauty is an abstract  [ Read More ]

the importance of a Confession of Faith and sticking to it – Carl R. Trueman

In this, the first of a short series on the discipline of confessionalism, I want to make the point that confessional Christians are those who are disciplined by their confession.  What do I mean by this? Take an elder in a confessional church.   He has taken public vows before the church to uphold a particular set of theological tenets, for example, the sovereignty of God  as articulated in the Westminster  [ Read More ]

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