But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

Many churches use or have used a catechism called “Keach’s Catechism.” Some call this “The Baptist Catechism.” Are they the same thing? Why is there a catechism called Keach’s catechism? Most of what follows is already contained in the introduction to the Baptist...

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Thursday, 07 November 2019 03:07

Why does 2LCF omit WCF 24.5-6 on Divorce?

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This is a common question. Why does 2LCF 25 (Of Marriage) omit the paragraphs dealing with divorce in WCF 24 (Of Marriage, and Divorce)? I do not intend to offer a theological answer to this question, but a historical-textual one.

To answer this question, we really should direct it to a different...

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Wednesday, 06 November 2019 07:16

The Petty France Church (Part 1)

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I am pleased to announce that my first volume on the history of the Petty France Particular Baptist Church is now available. This volume focuses on:

  • The church’s meeting locations and buildings between its founding in 1656 and its merger with the Devonshire Square Particular Baptist...

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Wednesday, 09 October 2019 05:44

Acts 14:23 in 2LCF 26.9

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2LCF 26.9 states that elders are chosen by “the common suffrage of the church” and ordained by elders. This language is taken directly from the Savoy Declaration’s Platform of Polity. In 2LCF The margin points you to the Greek text of Acts 14:23 to justify this (the Savoy...

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Monday, 26 August 2019 23:30

William Kiffen and the Poole Party

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History is tricky, as is historical theology. We approach old texts and events with modern questions, modern categories, and modern modes of thinking. In the case of discussions about the relation of the Baptistic Congregationalists (i.e., early Particular Baptists) to the Reformed tradition, the...

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Monday, 08 July 2019 23:30

More in Common

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In the ongoing discussion of the historical and theological origins of the Particular Baptists, R. Scott Clark recently pointed to doctrinal agreement between Particular Baptists and Anabaptists. He referred the reader to a book, which I would also highly recommend. It is important to read...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 06:54

Select Counterpoints with the New Geneva Podcast

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I recently listened to the New Geneva Podcast’s Case for Infant Baptism (Part 1).

The podcast is both a positive presentation of a case for infant baptism as well as a response to various Baptist criticisms or questions. A portion of the interaction is specifically identified as relating to...

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Wednesday, 20 March 2019 23:00

I will be a God to you and to your children

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Before reading this post, please see here.

The Paedobaptist Argument

One of the most common arguments for the practice of the baptism of infants, is the appeal to the phrase “I will be a God to you and to your children.” The argument is that the covenant of grace is repeatedly...

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Saturday, 02 March 2019 05:34

The Tree-fort

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Oh, the internet. The social sphere and shopping mall of the modern world, where Christian brothers and sisters can go to…spew snark, sarcasm, snide comments, and condescension at each other. Isn’t it great? No, it isn’t, because our hearts are wicked. And from the wicked...

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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 07:00

Confessional Orthodoxy and Evangelical Union

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Evangelicalism has often been criticized for its lack of creeds and confessions. Yet there has been a consistent assumption, and perhaps assertion, that since evangelicals share a common subjective commitment to the Bible they must share a common commitment to the objective deposit of doctrine and the pattern of sound words in the Bible.

In the...

Thursday, 05 May 2016 09:59

Nehemiah Coxe (d. 5 May 1689)

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On 2 May 1689, Nehemiah Coxe wrote his will and set his final affairs in order. Three days later, he died of an unknown illness. He was buried in Bunhill fields (quite close to John Owen’s grave) in his in-laws’ vault, joining his son, Edmund, who had been buried there the year before. He left behind a wife, Margaret, and a...

Wednesday, 20 April 2016 10:50

The Marrow of Modern John Owen Debates

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Tuesday, 05 April 2016 11:35

Genesis 12 in Nehemiah Coxe’s Covenant Theology

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In 2005, RBAP modernized and republished Nehemiah Coxe’s 1681 work on covenant theology. This reprint has been very helpful for many as they have studied covenant theology, whether from a systematic standpoint or simply for historical-theological research. One of its strengths is the modern updating of language and style so that it can...

Friday, 25 March 2016 10:02

The Victory of Christ over Satan

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Colossians 2:13-15

Hallelujah, what a Savior!

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Friday, 26 February 2016 16:39

Updated Resources Page

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On this page I keep a collection of all known copies of Particular Baptist literature that are publicly available. These are few in number. Most of the Particular Baptists’ books are available through Early English Books Online, but this requires access to an institution with a paid subscription to the EEBO database. One might think...

Thursday, 04 February 2016 12:43

“If Christ be so rich, then trust to Christ”

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Thomas Brooks says,

From “The Unsearchable Riches of Christ” (1657)....

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Friday, 25 December 2015 07:00

Merry Christmas, from Hercules Collins

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Some excerpts from Hercules Collins’ “The Marrow of Gospel History.”

(The picture is from Edward Fisher’s “The Feast of Feasts.”)...

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Thursday, 17 December 2015 14:20

What is your only comfort in life and death?

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Monday, 14 December 2015 07:00

The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism

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In the seventeenth-century polemics of paedobaptism and credobaptism, one of the common arguments asserted by the English Particular Baptists was that their paedobaptist brothers agreed that a profession of faith was a necessary prerequisite for baptism. To make their point, Particular Baptists like Andrew Ritor, Benjamin Coxe, William...