Posts Tagged ‘Historical Theology’

New book coming soon: Recovering our Confessional Heritage-A Defense of Confessionalism

October 4, 2016 1 comment

Recovering our Confessional Heritage – the first three installments

roch_1-adoc_cover2Here are the titles for the first three installments of RBAP’s new series being printed for the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies.

Recovering our Confessional Heritage

James M. Renihan, Editor-in-Chief

Richard C. Barcellos, Managing Editor

Arden Hodgins, A Defense of Confessionalism: Biblical Foundations and Confessional Considerations

James M. Renihan, Associational Churchmanship: Second London Confession of Faith 26.12-15

Richard C. Barcellos, The Covenant of Works: Its Confessional and Scriptural Basis


Source [IRBS]

A Proleptic Rest in Genesis 2?

Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.

Some have understood the Creator’s rest as establishing a pattern for man to follow, but not revealed as such until much later in man’s history (Exod. 16 and 20). This view is not new. In the early sixteenth century Bownd acknowledges a form of this view and interacts with it.[1] Likewise, Owen interacts with this view in at least two places in his treatise on a day of sacred rest.[2] Owen recognized that some viewed Genesis 2:3 as “a prolepsis.”[3] The Creator’s rest in Genesis 2:3 represents something to be instituted for man in the future. Between the Creator’s initial rest and that future institution, there is no Sabbath day for anyone (and no seven-day week according to some). One form of the proleptic view Owen addresses sees the sanctification of the seventh day occurring at Sinai. Owen seeks to state this view as follows:




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Doctrinal Assumptions and Technical Terms of the Confession on the Sabbath, 22.7

The Doctrinal Assumptions and Technical Terms of 2LCF 22.7

Copyright © 2016 Richard C. Barcellos. All rights reserved.

The Second London Confession of Faith 22.7 reads:

As it is the law of nature, that in general a proportion of time, by God’s appointment, be set apart for the worship of God, so by his Word, in a positive-moral, and perpetual commandment, binding all men, in all ages, he hath particularly appointed one day in seven for a sabbath to be kept holy unto him, which from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ was the last day of the week, and from the resurrection of Christ was changed into the first day of the week, which is called the Lord’s day: and is to be continued to the end of the world as the Christian Sabbath, the observation of the last day of the week being abolished. ( Exodus 20:8; 1 Corinthians 16:1, 2; Acts 20:7; Revelation 1:10 )

Entering chapter 22 of the Confession, we do not start over theologically. This chapter, as with others, assumes or utilizes many assertions made prior to it and cannot be understood properly without identifying and understanding those assumptions or assertions and the terms associated with them. Terms and phrases are used which embody concepts already utilized in the Confession. As will be noted, it assumes chapter 19, “Of the Law of God” and chapter 4, “Of Creation” especially. This ties the theology of the Christian Sabbath in the Confession to the law of God and creation. The Christian Sabbath is part and parcel with the system of doctrine contained in the Confession. To understand the confessional formulation properly at this point, we must understand….




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The Lost Sermons of Spurgeon: An Interview with Christian George

Dr. Christian George, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology and Curator of the C. H. Spurgeon Center for Biblical Preaching at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, drops by today to talk about his 2011 discovery of several previously unpublished Charles Spurgeon sermons.

These lost sermons will be published as The Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon by B&H Academic in 2017, along with critical commentary notes from Christian himself. He will also be…..




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