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

Thursday, 23 April 2020 09:17

Signatories of 2LCF?

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There is an idea I have heard various times throughout the years, that the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith (2LCF) was “signed” by Baptists at the 1689 GA, or that we can talk about the “Signatories” of the Confession. I want to briefly investigate this idea and the...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020 07:13

Reformed Credobaptism

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In this post, I want to investigate the relation of faith to baptism in the Reformed tradition, and how it relates to modern discussions and debates.

Common Argument: Sacraments are God’s word to us, not our word to God

In my experience with debates about credobaptism vs. paedobaptism, one of...

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Thursday, 09 April 2020 03:07

Guest Post: No Communion and No Christ? Part 4

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This is the fourth and final part of a guest post by Richard Barcellos. The previous installments can be found here, here, and here.

No Communion and No Christ?

 A response to two recent claims by Dr. R. Scott Clark:

  1. “In short, when we say communication we mean ‘communing.’...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 01:39

Guest Post: No Communion and No Christ? Part 3

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This is the third part of a guest post by Richard Barcellos. The first and second installments can be found here and here.

No Communion and No Christ?

 A response to two recent claims by Dr. R. Scott Clark:

  1. “In short, when we say communication we mean ‘communing.’ When the PBs...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 01:49

Guest Post: No Communion and No Christ? Part 2

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This is the second part of a guest post by Richard Barcellos. The first installment can be found here.

No Communion and No Christ?

 A response to two recent claims by Dr. R. Scott Clark:

  1. “In short, when we say communication we mean ‘communing.’ When the PBs say communication the...

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Monday, 06 April 2020 08:06

“In, with, and under” Types?

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In this post, I want to focus on Dr. R. Scott Clark’s use of the phrase “in, with, and under” in his recent post about differences between the Reformed view of OT saints’ experience of the benefits of Christ through typology and the Particular Baptists’ views of the...

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Monday, 06 April 2020 02:25

Guest Post: No Communion and No Christ? Part 1

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This is the first part of a guest post by Richard Barcellos.

No Communion and No Christ?

 A response to two recent claims by Dr. R. Scott Clark:

  1. “In short, when we say communication we mean ‘communing.’ When the PBs say communication they seem to mean ‘the transmission of...

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Wednesday, 01 April 2020 06:01

Typology: Signs and the Things Signified

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I am enjoying current discussions of the relationship of typology to OT and NT sacraments and the appropriation of the grace of Christ by OT saints. This is a fruitful field of discussion. In fact, I think that it is precisely the place where we can locate true areas of agreement and disagreement.

To...

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Monday, 30 March 2020 06:59

Typology and Communication in 2LCF 8.6

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Dr. R. Scott Clark continues to study the relationship between Reformed theology and Baptist theology as expressed by modern and seventeenth-century adherents of the Second London Confession. Dr. Clark has recently written a post relating to the groups’ views on the benefits of Christ’s...

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This blog was originally intended to provide primary sources for those interested in reading them. This post will fit in with that purpose, focusing on translations and interpretations of Genesis 3:16b in seventeenth-century (and some late sixteenth-century) literature. The goal is simply to...

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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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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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