Preaching is the First Mark of the True Church: Why Faithful Pastors Matter So Much

John Calvin, in his Commentary on 1 Timothy, expresses the foundational importance of pastors to the church. They are the ones who propagate, defend and spread the truth. They are charged with [...]

The Resurrection of the Ministry of the Church

While many teach that Christianity must bring health and wealth, those who read Scripture understand that the opposite is true: our faith carries us through darkness. The Christian life does not [...]

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. [...]

What’s happening with preaching? Who said this?

In a sermon titled “The Last Judgment” a well-known preacher begins with these words: “IT is the case that the pulpit appears sometimes in our days degraded almost to the level [...]

Isaiah’s Experience of the Numinous

In 1917, theologian Rudolf Otto coined the term ‘numinous’ to express an individual’s encounter with something ‘wholly other’, something beyond himself and even [...]

The Simplicity of Early Baptist Worship

The earliest English Baptist churches held a high view of the Regulative Principle of Worship. Before anything could be introduced into worship and thus imposed on God’s people, it was [...]

Calvin on Rejecting Scripture

Rejecting Scripture: Institutes I:9:1 1.The fanatics wrongly appeal to the Holy Spirit Those who, rejecting Scripture, imagine that they have some peculiar way of penetrating to God, are to be [...]

Fred Malone on The Reformed Pastor: Word and Sacrament

He must Form his Life and Ministry According to Reformed Theology In the Reformation, the question of what constitutes a true church came to the forefront. In reaction to the medieval confusion [...]

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: [...]

Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition of the Baptist Catechism

A couple of years ago, Mike Gaydosh and I worked together to reprint Benjamin Beddome’s A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism. It is a very useful doctrinal and practical tool. [...]

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