Still Time to Register for Seminar on Epistle to the Hebrews

On the week of September 29 – October 3, Grace Baptist Church of Taylors will host Reformed Baptist Seminary‘s seminar on the Book of Hebrews. Pastor Robert Martin (PhD) will provide an exegetical and biblical-theological survey of the epistle, with emphasis not only on its major themes and difficult passages but also on the rabbinical method of exposition used by the author. The grand theme, of course, is the supremacy of Christ in the saving work of God. Melchizedek and much, much more! Continue reading

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“Into the West”: Dean Gonzales Relocates to California

Now for those who understand the Lord of the Rings reference of “into the west”, California is not exactly the Edenic Land of Valinor. But it is the place of my  birth and it is a beautiful place with many natural wonders and beautiful displays of God’s handiwork. More important, California is the place where my aging parents live and where Reformed Baptist Seminary’s west-coast branch is located. So to help support and care for my parents while continuing my responsibilities as dean of RBS, I am relocating to the central valley of California, near the capitol of Sacramento. My assistant, Nick Alford, will remain in South Carolina. So we’ll have a representative on both sides of the US, which means an expansion of our timezone … a benefit for students. Continue reading

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“God Dwelling With Man” by Keller Hackbusch

In recent years the discipline of biblical theology has highlighted certain themes in the Bible that have been sometimes overlooked or under-appreciated. One of those motifs is that of “temple” or “dwelling place” of God. In the brief paper below (21 pages), one of my students, Keller Hackbusch, does a fine job of summarizing this theme as it unfolds throughout the redemptive-historical narrative of Scripture. He also underscores the practical ramifications this glorious reality has for the New Covenant people of God. I commend Keller’s paper to you. Continue reading

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God Is Not Silent: The Sources of General Revelation

As we incline our ear to the world around us, can we hear God speaking? Or is God silent? The Bible unambiguously affirms that God has and is revealing himself to humankind. In particular, the Bible identifies two kinds of divine revelation: general revelation and special revelation. In this study, we’ll focus on the first of these two forms of divine revelation. Specifically, we’ll look at the sources of general revelation.  Continue reading

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Contextualization & Preaching by Robert Elliott

The late John Stott was a gifted commentator and expositor. In his classic book on homiletics, Between Two Worlds, he argues that the preacher stands in the gap between the world of the Bible and the modern world of the people to whom he ministers. It is the preacher’s task, Stott avers, to bridge the chasm so that modern culture may be confronted with the timeless truths of the Bible. This is the theme Pastor Robert Elliott unfolds in the three-part video lecture series below on contextualization and preaching. Continue reading

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Is the 1689 Baptist Confession Sufficiently Missional?

Evangelistic outreach and missions is of prime importance to the church. But neither the Westminster Confession (WCF) nor the Second London Baptist Confession (2LCF) gives much expression or emphasis to the church’s responsibility to take the gospel to all the nations. The chapter “Of the church” (WCF, ch. 25; 2LCF, ch. 26), is an exposition of the nature of the church universal and local, its authority, its institution, its membership, its government, its worship, and its fraternal relations. But the chapter offers no clear and comprehensive summary of the church’s duty to publish the gospel outside the four walls of its sanctuary. Continue reading

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A Biblical Defense of Lay-Evangelism

“The chief agents in the expansion of Christianity appear not to have been those who made it a profession or a major part of their occupation, but men and women who earned their livelihood in some purely secular manner and spoke of their faith to those whom they met in this natural fashion.” So concludes Yale church historian Kenneth Scott Latourette.1 But such lay-evangelism has little Scriptural warrant in the minds of some Christian leaders today. Continue reading

  1. A History of the Expansion of Christianity (New York: Harper & Brothers, 1937), 1:116. Comments made by some of the early church fathers corroborate Latourette’s assessment. See Irenaeus, Against Heresies I, 10.2; Tertullian, Apology, 1.7; Origen, Against Celsus, 3.55. []
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