The Headship of Christ in the Church

From John Cotton’s The Keys of the Kingdom 65-67 All legislative power (power of making of Laws) in the Church is in [Christ], and not from him derived to any other, Jam. 4. 12. La. 33. 22. [...]

How Much Does Your Church Give?

How much does your church give? James M. Renihan The churches of our Association are very generous in their support for Gospel work. Whether it is foreign missions, special projects, or the [...]

The Limits of Pastoral Authority

What are the limits of pastoral authority? This is a pressing question with very significant practical implications, and the matter is of importance and interest to many people. I have found one [...]

Who chooses Pastors?

Who chooses pastors? Submitted by Prof. Renihan It seems strange to me that some churches have adopted a method of choosing pastors/elders which bypasses any direct involvement of the [...]

Baptists and Religious Liberty

Baptists and Religious Liberty Here is some brief background information: Baptists enjoyed amazing growth in New England in 18th century. From 96 churches in 1740 they grew to 457 churches in [...]

Fred Malone on The Reformed Pastor (Introduction)

This article was written by IRBS Senior Fellow Dr. Fred Malone and published in Founders Journal, Winter 2000, pp. 10-16. The original may be found here: [...]

The Gifts for Church Government: Pastors

The Gifts for Church Government: Pastors and Deacons by James M. Renihan Our risen and ascended Savior has chosen to give gifts to his church for her benefit. These gifts are his provision for [...]

A Brief Annotated Bibliography on Baptist History

An Annotated Bibliography of Important Reading and Study Materials Concerning Particular Baptists submitted by James M. Renihan Beddome, Benjamin. A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist [...]

John Cotton on the Subject of Church Liberty

The following is an excerpt from John Cotton’s important work The Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, Chapter VII III. Proposition: When the church of a particular congregation walketh together [...]