Confessional Subscription: Its Key Terms and Basic Types

We normally associate the term “subscription” with signing up to receive certain periodicals, journals, and/or magazines to which we’ve “subscribed.” In religious or ecclesiastical parlance, however, the terms “subscription” or “subscribe” when tied to a doctrinal creed or confession refers to one’s affirmation of, agreement with, and commitment to a fixed body of doctrines or articles of faith that are officially representative of a church’s or denomination’s beliefs. It’s worth noting that the term “creed” derives from the Latin credo, meaning, “I believe.” The issue of subscription is important for churches or ecclesiastical bodies that are self-consciously “confessional,” especially as it relates to the level of commitment these institutions expect of their officers and teachers. Continue reading

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Still Time to Register for Creeds & Confessions Seminar

What are some of the great creeds, confessions, and catechisms that the Christian church has produced over the past 2,000 years? What is the biblical basis for the church’s use of doctrinal symbols? What are some of the practical uses of solid confessions or catechisms in church life? What about the danger of creedalism, that is, of elevating the authority of creeds to the level of Scripture? These questions and more will be addressed in a five-day seminar entitled “Creeds & Confessions,” which will also serve as a course offering (HT 501) for Reformed Baptist Seminary. The seminar will feature Michael Haykin, Tom Nettles, Bob Gonzales, Pascal Denault, and Tom Ascol, and will be hosted by First Baptist Church of the Lakes in Las Vegas, Nevada. Register now!!! (see below) Continue reading

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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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