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I hold to the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith (“1689”) as the most accurate summary of what God has revealed in Scripture.

Here is an index list of posts on the site

1689 Federalism

(for an overview, start here: http://www.1689federalism.com)

  1. Deuteronomy 6:25
  2. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  3. Berkhof on Jer. 31:31-34
  4. I Will Be God to You
  5. Response to Wellum’s “Progressive Covenantalism and the Doing of Ethics”
  6. Did Spurgeon hold to 1689 Federalism?
  7. M’Cheyne on the New Covenant
  8. Hebrews 10 & John 15
  9. The promise was sufficient & efficacious
  10. Kline’s Covenant Creation & WCF 7.1
  11. 1689 Federalism & Theonomy
  12. Nehemiah Coxe on Merit in LBCF 7.1
  13. Joshua Moon “Jeremiah’s New Covenant: An Augustinian Reading “
  14. Calvin on Abraham as a Member of the New Covenant
  15. Thomas Scott on the Mosaic Covenant
  16. James White doesn’t know what 1689 Federalism is
  17. Kline on “Administration of the Covenant of Grace”
  18. Augustine: Proto-1689 Federalist
  19. An “Objective” Covenant
  20. Chris Villi’s Analysis of 1689 Federalism
  21. The Olive Tree
  22. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel
  23. Blood of bulls and goats : blood of Christ :: physical Israel : spiritual Israel
  24. Owen’s “Promised/Established” Covenant of Grace
  25. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  26. Review of “Recovering a Covenantal Heritage”
  27. 1689Federalism.com Update
  28. Owen: New Covenant Conditional or Absolute?
  29. Abraham Booth’s “The Kingdom of Christ”
  30. John Erskine’s “The Nature of the Sinai Covenant”
  31. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  32. The More Things Change…
  33. Paedobaptism and Forks
  34. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 472
  35. Did A.W. Pink Agree w/ 1689 Federalism?
  36. The Current Justification Controversy (on sale $3.98)
  37. OPC GA Republication Study Committee
  38. Kingdom Through Covenant, a Review by Samuel Renihan
  39. The Fatal Flaw testimony
  40. Martin Luther: Mosaic Covenant About Temporal Things
  41. Need Motion Graphics Artists & Composers for New 1689 Federalism Videos
  42. Greg Nichols and Norman Shepherd
  43. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  44. Why Hebrews 9 Is Referring To A Covenant Not To A Testament
  45. Problems with PRCA Covenant Theology
  46. 1689 Federalism
  47. Review of TDBCT & Interview
  48. Debate: Jeffrey Johnson vs Michael Horton
  49. An Analysis of Reformed Paedobaptism
  50. Waldron’s Sermons on Covenant Theology
  51. An Unguarded Paedobaptist
  52. The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology
  53. New book coming soon: The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology, Pascal Denault
  54. Non-Dispensational, Calvinistic, Credobaptist Covenantalism Compass
  55. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  56. Kingdom Through Covenant
  57. Covenant Substance vs Administration in the 1689 LBCF
  58. Sam Renihan on Kingdom & Covenant
  59. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (Sam & Micah Renihan)
  60. Am I a Dispensationalist?
  61. Objection to Israel as a type of the Church
  62. Jonathan Edwards on the Nation of Israel as a Type of the Church
  63. Riddlebarger interviewed on Amillenialism
  64. Summary of Venema’s Review of TLNF
  65. Petto: Conditional New Covenant?
  66. Gordon Clark on the baptism of great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great–great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren
  67. Calamy’s Survey of Mosaic Covenant Views
  68. International Fellowship of Christians and Jews
  69. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  70. Kline’s Comments against WCF/WLC
  71. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  72. WCF/SDF/LBC 19.1,2 and Republication
  73. The Transtestamental (Retroactive) New Covenant
  74. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession
  75. Kerux vs TLNF
  76. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  77. Is the Abrahamic Covenant Conditional or Unconditional?
  78. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  79. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)
  80. Critique of Jon Zens’ “Is There A Covenant of Grace?”
  81. Pink and NCT
  82. Pink on Moses (& Republication)
  83. Hodge on the Visibility of the Church
  84. Pink on Circumcision
  85. Augustine on the New Covenant
  86. Mixing Types and Antitypes in the Blender
  87. Scripture does not yield up its treasures
  88. Early Thoughts on Covenant Theology

Baptism

  1. God’s Covenant Unfaithfulness?
  2. Blood of bulls and goats : blood of Christ :: physical Israel : spiritual Israel
  3. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  4. Satan’s Appeal to the Regulative Principle
  5. The Half-Way Covenant
  6. Paedobaptism and Forks
  7. Goodwin vs. Gillespie: An Old Testament Debate for Church Polity
  8. Debate: Jeffrey Johnson vs Michael Horton
  9. Waters of Promise: Finding Meaning in Believer’s Baptism
  10. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (Sam & Micah Renihan)
  11. Riddlebarger interviewed on Amillenialism
  12. Gordon Clark on the baptism of great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great–great-great-great-great-great-grandchildren
  13. John Norcott: Answers To Common Objections (1672)
  14. Of Infant Baptism (Owen) – Analysis
  15. Of Infant Baptism – John Owen
  16. Credobaptist vs. Paedobaptist : The Great Debate
  17. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession

John Owen

  1. Debating Owen: Jones & Beeke
  2. Kline on “Administration of the Covenant of Grace”
  3. The Olive Tree
  4. Owen’s “Promised/Established” Covenant of Grace
  5. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 473 – Lee Gatiss
  6. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  7. Owen: New Covenant Conditional or Absolute?
  8. Owen on Changing His Mind
  9. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 472
  10. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  11. Works of John Owen in PDF
  12. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  13. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  14. Of Infant Baptism (Owen) – Analysis
  15. Of Infant Baptism – John Owen
  16. The Transtestamental (Retroactive) New Covenant
  17. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  18. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  19. Critique of Jon Zens’ “Is There A Covenant of Grace?”

Justification

  1. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  2. Nehemiah Coxe on Merit in LBCF 7.1
  3. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  4. The Emperor Has No Clothes
  5. The justification of the good works of the justified
  6. Norman Shepherd: What’s All the Fuss?
  7. Greg Nichols and Norman Shepherd
  8. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  9. John Piper’s Justification According to Works

Sanctification

  1. A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You
  2. Are Christians Totally Sanctified?
  3. The Key to Christian Growth: The Spirit or Self-Discipline?
  4. Cure of Souls (and Modern Psychotherapies)
  5. RT: Dirty Words of Counseling

Final Judgment

  1. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  2. Rick Phillips’ Stand
  3. The justification of the good works of the justified
  4. Not Everyone Who Says Lord, Lord
  5. Olevianus on the Final Judgment
  6. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  7. “According to” works / “Basis of” works
  8. John Piper’s Justification According to Works

Calvinism

  1. Piper’s Two (Three) Wills of God and 1 Timothy 2:4
  2. Self Glorifying Vessels of Mercy?
  3. John Delling – Responsibility

Science

  1. John Byl: Cosmology: Explaining the Universe
  2. Science as an Aid to Interpreting Scripture
  3. ETS 2012 – “Caring for Creation” Panel Discussion on Global Warming
  4. The Folly of Scientism

Two Kingdoms

(For much more of my writing on this, see my posts at http://www.reformedlibertarian.com)

  1. 1689 Federalism & Theonomy
  2. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  3. The Natural Law State Church
  4. Kuyper on Natural Law
  5. Confused Kingdoms
  6. The Two Kingdoms Doctrine, Part Two: John Calvin (Tuininga)
  7. The two kingdoms doctrine: what’s all the fuss?
  8. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  9. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  10. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  11. God the benevolent Scientist
  12. Spectacles Prescribed: A Review of VanDrunen’s “A Biblical Case for Natural Law”

Politics

(For much more of my writing on this, see my posts at http://www.reformedlibertarian.com)

  1. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  2. Considering Marriage
  3. Isaac Backus’ Comments on the Non-Establishment Clause
  4. ReformedLibertarian.com
  5. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  6. IHS Webcast: How Should Libertarians View the Civil War?
  7. Genetically Modified Organisms (Reaction to Ballor)
  8. Unaware
  9. German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom
  10. Genetic Roulette
  11. ETS 2012 – “Caring for Creation” Panel Discussion on Global Warming
  12. I Voted Today
  13. Angry Christians and the Devil’s Tactics
  14. U.N. COUNCIL SHUTS DOWN THOR HALVORSSEN’S TESTIMONY
  15. KONY 2012
  16. The Love of the World
  17. If I Were the Devil…
  18. A History of the United States of America
  19. Why Ron Paul?
  20. Bungee Jumping and Investing
  21. Pakistan Juxtaposed
  22. Interesting Info About John Lennon
  23. Gary North Pulling Strings of the Antiunion Movement?
  24. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  25. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  26. A Mormon With a Mission
  27. Which Sword?
  28. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  29. What Caused the Financial Meltdown? A Guide to Understanding the Collapse in 3 Hours
  30. Inside the Meltdown
  31. Every Man Did What Was Right In His Own Eyes
  32. God the benevolent Scientist
  33. Spectacles Prescribed: A Review of VanDrunen’s “A Biblical Case for Natural Law”
  34. John W. Robbins (1949-2008)
  35. Notice on Strict Background Check on Applicants for the Olympic Games and the Test Events
  36. Adopted person offended by Obama’s remarks
  37. John Delling – Responsibility
  38. Nazi Counterfeiters and the Fed
  39. Not so gentle reminders
  40. John 18:28-38
  41. Soviet Sees Religion as Threat to Policy
  42. Ron Paul Update
  43. The Idolatry of Political Christianity

Economics

(For much more of my writing on this, see my posts at http://www.reformedlibertarian.com)

  1. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  2. The American Economy is Not a Free-Market Economy
  3. Thoughts on the VFX Crisis
  4. I Voted Today
  5. Bungee Jumping and Investing
  6. Pope Talks Economics
  7. Measuring Time
  8. Gary North Pulling Strings of the Antiunion Movement?
  9. What Caused the Financial Meltdown? A Guide to Understanding the Collapse in 3 Hours
  10. Inside the Meltdown
  11. Understanding the sinking Titanic
  12. Self-Interest
  13. John W. Robbins (1949-2008)
  14. Hans Herman Hoppe on Empiricism
  15. The Myth of Adolescence
  16. Why I Loathe the USPS, Part 709
  17. Nazi Counterfeiters and the Fed
  18. Not so gentle reminders
  19. Gas station owner told to raise prices
  20. Gas-Out

Health

  1. Biotoxin Illness
  2. I’m a Leper in a Leprous House
  3. Fix Your Gut
  4. Systemic Problems with the American Medical Association
  5. Eating and Thinking
  6. The Paleo Diet is Not Paleo
  7. The Calorie Myth
  8. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  9. The American Economy is Not a Free-Market Economy
  10. Food and The Fall
  11. Living the Bulletproof Life Live Webcast
  12. Vitamin C ’til You Poop
  13. Genetically Modified Organisms (Reaction to Ballor)
  14. There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
  15. Genetic Roulette

Film

  1. Review: Word Pictures
  2. Tetelestai
  3. Prayers Are Being Answered
  4. Prayer Request
  5. Thoughts on the VFX Crisis
  6. New Website
  7. Meaning at the Movies: Becoming a Discerning Viewer
  8. I’m Making a Movie
  9. The Redemption of General Butt Naked
  10. Useless @ Storylab
  11. Why Are Christian Movies So Awful?
  12. “Useless” Wins Best Film
  13. Useless Award Nominations
  14. Useless
  15. Portfolio
  16. Film As Religion : Intro
  17. Food in the Arts: NOT BY BREAD ALONE
  18. Shutter Island
  19. Recent Work
  20. Who is Todd Gould?
  21. Jesus Camp – some thoughts ** 1/2
  22. Soviet Sees Religion as Threat to Policy
  23. My thoughts on “300”
  24. Spiderman 3 – Two Views
  25. The Nativity Story

Books

  1. Review of “Recovering a Covenantal Heritage”
  2. The Emperor Has No Clothes
  3. Review: Word Pictures
  4. Timeless Christian Books Sale
  5. Free eBook: Berkhof’s Systematic Theology
  6. Trinity Foundation E-Books
  7. The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology
  8. The Circle Maker (Review)
  9. Book Recommendations
  10. Three-Fold Division of the Law – Moral, Ceremonial, Judicial?
  11. True Spirituality : “Plus Nothing”
  12. Indiana Jones Gets Busted
  13. What is Saving Faith – Quotes
  14. Do Not Aim at Sensation
  15. Why Care About the Doctrine of Christ’s Imputation?
  16. John Owen – Overcoming Temptation and Sin
  17. Kuyper – Lectures on Calvinism
  18. The Perfect Christmas Gift
  19. Liberal Christianity and Sin
  20. Finally, someone agrees with my method of learning/teaching

Uncategorized

  1. Index Page
  2. TRL Links 3.4.15
  3. TRL Links 11.06.14
  4. How the News Makes Us Dumb
  5. The Republication Debate Gets Muddy
  6. Ebola Virus (Curable-?, Reversible-?, Preventable?)
  7. Is It Sinful for Unmarried Couples to Make Out?
  8. The Messianic Character of American Foreign Policy
  9. A Few Thoughts for Consideration in the Modern Republication Debate
  10. Concordism and the Nature of Science
  11. The Real Daniel Plan
  12. Chantry on Frame
  13. The Lure of Flattery
  14. Rich Mullins Friday
  15. Mosaic Health in Orange
  16. Rich Mullins Tuesdays
  17. Fun with TVTV
  18. Josh Garrels
  19. For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
  20. Misérable means Miserable
  21. Hitler’s Medicine
  22. RescueTime
  23. We Need To Talk About Mumford
  24. Rich Mullins Mondays
  25. F.lux
  26. Evernote
  27. Thomas Kinkade
  28. Don’t Assume
  29. Top Posts of 2011
  30. Music Recommendations
  31. New Theme
  32. The Myth of Adolescence
  33. New Portico Website
  34. A Tribute to Marv Meyer
  1. Cliffton
    April 19, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    Does what is “most accurate” necessarily possess any absolute value? And, can this question be answered from what is of relative value?

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  2. Hardy Smith
    June 13, 2015 at 7:22 am

    Brandon, have you read “Jesus on Every Page”? I just got it and liked it but then I saw the author David Murray refers to the New Covenant as an administration of the Covenant of Grace. That doesn’t seem to square with Heb 8. What do you think? Does that affect how Mr Murray sees Jesus on every page in the OT?

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    • June 13, 2015 at 7:31 am

      Hi Hardy, I have not read the book. Murray is a paedobaptist who subscribes to Westminster Federalism. I do not believe that is biblical. It will affect how he sees Jesus on every page. He will tend to flatten out typology and view Israel as the same as the church. He will tend to say that redemption from Egypt, rather than simply pointing towards redemption in Christ, was actually redemption in Christ – Israel as a people were redeemed in Christ. It will change the way he reads the obedience of Israel required in the Mosaic Covenant, and therefore how they related to Christ. I’m sure he still has many good things to say though.

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  3. June 13, 2015 at 6:43 pm

    Hi Brandon,

    I just realized that you had a webpage that is separate from the 1689federalism.com page. I have to say that I love the resources that you have put up here. It looks like I’ll be doing a lot of reading on this blog. Thanks again for your work.

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    • June 13, 2015 at 7:20 pm

      Thanks for the support. I hope the material is worthwhile. Keep in mind it has been written over the course of several years so you may see some development throughout

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  4. August 23, 2015 at 1:25 am

    Hi Bro….Some of the best things are right next to us. Thanks for this site Brandon.

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