Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Churches, Get a Calvinist Pastor! by Tom Nettles

Earlier today the Founders Ministries blog posted an article by Tom Nettles entitled Churches, Get a Calvinist Pastor! Here are the reasons Tom listed that churches should seek Calvinist pastors:
1. A Calvinist firmly believes in the divine inspiration of Scriptures.

2. A Calvinist firmly believes the biblical doctrine of the Trinity.

3. A Calvinist firmly believes the doctrine of substitutionary atonement.

4. A Calvinist firmly believes in religious liberty.

5. A Calvinist firmly believes in missions and evangelism.

6. A Calvinist firmly believes in Christ-centered preaching.

7. A Calvinist firmly believes in holiness of life.

8. A Calvinist firmly believes in regenerate church membership.
I recommend reading the article, with which I happen to agree, because I am convinced that the Doctrines of Grace are revealed in Scripture.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Patrick's Life and Missionary Labors by Michael Haykin



This video is presented at the Reformed Baptist Seminary website. Here is the description:
For many St. Patrick’s Day or the Feast of Saint Patrick is mainly about food and alcohol consumption. One would think Ireland’s patron saint was a monk who partied a lot and got drunk. But behind the legend and myth, there’s a real Patrick who was “intoxicated” with a life of serving God and spreading the gospel. If you’d like to learn about the man behind the myth and his real mission, check out the lecture below by Dr. Michael Haykin on “Patrick’s Life and Missionary Labors.” This lecture is part of the curriculum for Reformed Baptist Seminary‘s course on The Early Church
Thanks to Bob Gonzales for letting us know about this free resource.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

10 Most Popluar Posts Over the First 10 Years

Back in November I posted an article entitled Ten Years of the Reformed Baptist Blog, in which I briefly rehearsed the purpose and history of the blog. Today I thought I might share the top ten posts over the first ten years of the blog, dating from the first post on November 17, 2006 to November 17, 2016.
1. The American Revolution: Was it Biblical? (Saturday, February 06, 2010)

2. Disappointed in John Piper's Judgment About Doug Wilson (Friday, June 26, 2009)

3. The Three Best Books in Defense of Believer's Baptism (Thursday, March 29, 2007)

4. Michael Marlowe's Review of the NET Bible (Friday, December 08, 2006)

5. John MacArthur on the "Rape of Solomon's Song" (Friday, April 17, 2009)

6. Parable of the Wise and Foolish Builders (Matthew 7:24-27 Teaching Outline) (Tuesday, October 08, 2013)

7. Reformed Baptists Address the Family-Integrated Church Movement (Friday, October 16, 2009)

8. Response to the House-Church Movement: Conclusion (Thursday, March 19, 2009)

9. Why I Call Myself a Reformed Baptist (Thursday, July 02, 2009)

10. The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism (Wednesday, May 05, 2010)
Apparently 2009 was a pretty good year for the blog, since five of the top ten posts come from that year, although the post entitled "Why I Call Myself a Reformed Baptist" was given its own page after drawing so much early attention and appreciation, so perhaps it made the top ten for that reason as well. I have to admit, though, that a couple of these came as a surprise to me. Anyway, thanks to all of our readers for a great first ten years! And thanks be to God, most of all, for His grace! Soli Deo gloria!

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Free Audio Download of 'The Gospel Call and True Conversion' by Paul Washer

This month's free audio download from ChristianAudio.com is The Gospel Call and True Conversion by Paul washer. Here is the description from the product page:
The apostle Paul gave the gospel the first place in his preaching, endeavored with all his might to proclaim it clearly, and even went so far as to pronounce a curse upon all those who would pervert its truth. Yet how sad it is that many, even among those considering themselves evangelicals, have reduced the gospel message to a few trite statements to be repeated, and view conversion as a mere human decision. In The Gospel Call and True Conversion, Paul Washer challenges such easy believism as he examines the real meaning of things like faith, repentance, and receiving Christ. He also deals extensively with the effects of saving grace that God promises in the new covenant; namely, the creation of new hearts and new people. 
I haven't yet read or listened to the book myself, but it looks like it would be a good one, and I thought our readers would like to know about it. If you download it and listen to it, perhaps you could let us know what you think in the comments below.