Welcome

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

Specific Passages

  1. Some Disagreement with Coxe on Galatians 3:17
  2. 1 Cor. 10:1-5 – Paedobaptist False Inferences
  3. 1 Cor. 10:1-5 – An Exposition
  4. Galatians 3:16
  5. Owen on Hebrews 6:3-6
  6. Gal. 3:18 – Generic Law and Promise, or Sinai and Messiah?
  7. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel (Rom 9:6)
  8. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  9. 1 Cor. 7:14 – No Proof of Infant Baptism
  10. 1 Cor. 7:14 – The “Legitimacy” Interpretation
  11. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  12. Paul’s Enthymemes on the Law (Gal 4:4-5)
  13. Deuteronomy 6:25
  14. Hebrews 10 & John 15
  15. The Olive Tree (Rom 11:16-24)
  16. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)

1689 Federalism

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

General 1689 Federalism

  1. Does 1689 Federalism require “Regeneration Goggles”?
  2. Re: Did The Covenant Of Grace Begin In The New Covenant?
  3. John Gill & 1689 Federalism
  4. 1689 Federalism & America’s Founding
  5. Chris Caughey’s Open Letter
  6. Substance/Accidents = Substance/Shadows?
  7. A Summary of Why Baptists Appeal to Owen
  8. Les & Tanner Talk Baptism
  9. Did Spurgeon hold to 1689 Federalism?
  10. Augustine: Proto-1689 Federalist
  11. An “Objective” Covenant
  12. Chris Villi’s Analysis of 1689 Federalism
  13. Review of “Recovering a Covenantal Heritage”
  14. 1689Federalism.com Update
  15. The More Things Change…
  16. Did A.W. Pink Agree w/ 1689 Federalism?
  17. The Fatal Flaw testimony
  18. Why Hebrews 9 Is Referring To A Covenant Not To A Testament
  19. Problems with PRCA Covenant Theology
  20. 1689 Federalism
  21. Review of TDBCT & Interview
  22. Debate: Jeffrey Johnson vs Michael Horton
  23. An Unguarded Paedobaptist
  24. The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology
  25. New book coming soon: The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology, Pascal Denault
  26. Covenant Substance vs Administration in the 1689 LBCF
  27. Sam Renihan on Kingdom & Covenant
  28. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (Sam & Micah Renihan)
  29. Scripture does not yield up its treasures
  30. Early Thoughts on Covenant Theology

New Covenant

  1. Jesus on “All Shall Know Me”
  2. Samuel Renihan on New Covenant Union
  3. Keach on Union with Christ
  4. Coxe on New Covenant Union with Christ
  5. Charles Simeon on the New Covenant
  6. Union with Christ is the New Covenant
  7. John Frame’s Retroactive New Covenant
  8. Owen on Hebrews 6:3-6
  9. Substance/Accidents = Substance/Shadows?
  10. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  11. Jones on Conditions
  12. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  13. New Covenant Union as Mystical Union in Owen
  14. Berkhof on Jer. 31:31-34
  15. M’Cheyne on the New Covenant
  16. The promise was sufficient & efficacious
  17. Joshua Moon “Jeremiah’s New Covenant: An Augustinian Reading “
  18. Calvin on Abraham as a Member of the New Covenant
  19. Owen: New Covenant Conditional or Absolute?
  20. Abraham Booth’s “The Kingdom of Christ”
  21. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  22. Petto: Conditional New Covenant?
  23. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  24. The Transtestamental (Retroactive) New Covenant
  25. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  26. Augustine on the New Covenant

Old Covenant

  1. How Christians Should Regard Moses (Luther)
  2. John Cotton: Proponent of the “Mixed Covenant” View?
  3. A Post-Fall Covenant of Works?
  4. Substance/Accidents = Substance/Shadows?
  5. Review of “Bounds of Love”
  6. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  7. Can R. Scott Clark be Truly Reformed?
  8. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  9. Paul’s Enthymemes on the Law (Gal 4:4-5)
  10. Deuteronomy 6:25
  11. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  12. 1689 Federalism & Theonomy
  13. Thomas Scott on the Mosaic Covenant
  14. Abraham Booth’s “The Kingdom of Christ”
  15. John Erskine’s “The Nature of the Sinai Covenant”
  16. Paedobaptism and Forks
  17. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 472
  18. OPC GA Republication Study Committee
  19. Martin Luther: Mosaic Covenant About Temporal Things
  20. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  21. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  22. Summary of Venema’s Review of TLNF
  23. Calamy’s Survey of Mosaic Covenant Views
  24. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  25. WCF/SDF/LBC 19.1,2 and Republication
  26. Kerux vs TLNF
  27. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  28. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  29. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)
  30. Pink on Moses (& Republication)

Typology

  1. Kline’s Two-Level Fulfillment 184 Years Before Kingdom Prologue
  2. Amillennialism’s Two-Edged Sword
  3. Substance/Accidents = Substance/Shadows?
  4. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel (Rom 9:6)
  5. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  6. Implications of Israel as a Type
  7. Roger Williams on Israel as a Type of the Church
  8. Israel and the Church: See the Difference?
  9. Samuel Mather on Israel as a Type of the Church
  10. I Will Be God to You
  11. The Olive Tree (Rom 11:16-24)
  12. Blood of bulls and goats : blood of Christ :: physical Israel : spiritual Israel
  13. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  14. Paedobaptism and Forks
  15. Objection to Israel as a type of the Church
  16. Jonathan Edwards on the Nation of Israel as a Type of the Church
  17. Riddlebarger interviewed on Amillenialism
  18. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  19. Hodge on the Visibility of the Church
  20. Mixing Types and Antitypes in the Blender

Abrahamic Covenant

  1. Baptism to a Thousand Generations?
  2. A Twitter Exchange on Galatians 3:16
  3. Kline’s Two-Level Fulfillment 184 Years Before Kingdom Prologue
  4. Some Disagreement with Coxe on Galatians 3:17
  5. Backus Against Dominionism
  6. Galatians 3:16
  7. Gal. 3:18 – Generic Law and Promise, or Sinai and Messiah?
  8. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  9. Coxe and Pink on Circumcision
  10. Additional Answers to Founders Conference Q&A (Is the Abrahamic Covenant “of works”?)
  11. 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
  12. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  13. Is the Abrahamic Covenant Conditional or Unconditional?
  14. Hodge on the Visibility of the Church
  15. Pink on Circumcision

Covenant of Works

  1. Theonomy, Greg Bahnsen, and the Federal Vision? — Reformed Libertarian
  2. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  3. Leithart’s Monocovenantalism
  4. Is John Piper Confessional?
  5. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  6. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  7. The Silent Shift on 7.1
  8. Kline’s Covenant Creation & WCF 7.1
  9. Nehemiah Coxe on Merit in LBCF 7.1
  10. The Current Justification Controversy (on sale $3.98)
  11. Norman Shepherd: What’s All the Fuss?
  12. Greg Nichols and Norman Shepherd
  13. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  14. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen

Westminster Federalism

  1. Baptism to a Thousand Generations?
  2. The Heidelblog’s Monologue of Misrepresentation
  3. Heidelcast “I Will Be a God to You and to Your Children”
  4. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  5. Substance/Accidents = Substance/Shadows?
  6. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel (Rom 9:6)
  7. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  8. A Critique of R. Scott Clark’s Covenant Theology
  9. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  10. Hebrews 10 & John 15
  11. Kline on “Administration of the Covenant of Grace”
  12. The Olive Tree (Rom 11:16-24)
  13. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  14. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  15. Kline’s Comments against WCF/WLC
  16. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession
  17. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  18. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)

Leviticus 18:5

  1. Are Good Works More Than Fruit?
  2. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  3. A Post-Fall Covenant of Works?
  4. Can R. Scott Clark be Truly Reformed?
  5. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  6. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  7. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  8. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  9. OPC GA Republication Study Committee
  10. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  11. Summary of Venema’s Review of TLNF
  12. WCF/SDF/LBC 19.1,2 and Republication
  13. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)

OPC Report on Republication

  1. OPC Report on Republication – Background
  2. John Cotton: Proponent of the “Mixed Covenant” View?
  3. OPC Republication Report – Summary

20th Century Reformed Baptist View

  1. John Gill & 1689 Federalism
  2. James White doesn’t know what 1689 Federalism is
  3. Waldron’s Sermons on Covenant Theology
  4. Non-Dispensational, Calvinistic, Credobaptist Covenantalism Compass

NCT/Progressive Covenantalism

Dispensationalism

  1. Is 1689 Federalism Dispensational?
  2. Am I a Dispensationalist?
  3. International Fellowship of Christians and Jews

Baptism/Ecclessiology

  1. Baptism to a Thousand Generations?
  2. The Evolution of Reformed Paedobaptism
  3. Keach on Inconsistent Congregationalists
  4. 1 Cor. 10:1-5 – Paedobaptist False Inferences
  5. 1 Cor. 10:1-5 – An Exposition
  6. Kline’s Argument Against Presbyterianism
  7. John Murray (the Baptist) vs James Bannerman (the Presbyterian) on The Church
  8. Ursinus on Who Ought to Come
  9. Meredith Kline: Baptist Criticism of WCF is Correct
  10. Who Should Be Baptized – Professors or Believers?
  11. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  12. Does Teaching Someone the Bible Make Them a Christian?
  13. à Brakel (the baptist) on the Visible/Invisible Church
  14. Implications of Israel as a Type
  15. 1 Cor. 7:14 – No Proof of Infant Baptism
  16. 1 Cor. 7:14 – The “Legitimacy” Interpretation
  17. A Critique of R. Scott Clark’s Covenant Theology
  18. Les & Tanner Talk Baptism Again
  19. The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism
  20. Coxe and Pink on Circumcision
  21. God’s Covenant Unfaithfulness?
  22. Blood of bulls and goats : blood of Christ :: physical Israel : spiritual Israel
  23. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  24. Satan’s Appeal to the Regulative Principle
  25. The Half-Way Covenant
  26. Paedobaptism and Forks
  27. Goodwin vs. Gillespie: An Old Testament Debate for Church Polity
  28. Debate: Jeffrey Johnson vs Michael Horton
  29. Waters of Promise: Finding Meaning in Believer’s Baptism
  30. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (Sam & Micah Renihan)
  31. Riddlebarger interviewed on Amillenialism
  32. 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
  33. John Norcott: Answers To Common Objections (1672)
  34. Of Infant Baptism (Owen) – Analysis
  35. Of Infant Baptism – John Owen
  36. Credobaptist vs. Paedobaptist : The Great Debate
  37. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession

John Owen

  1. Owen’s Fallacious Argument
  2. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  3. A Summary of Why Baptists Appeal to Owen
  4. Jones on Conditions
  5. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  6. New Covenant Union as Mystical Union in Owen
  7. Debating Owen: Jones & Beeke
  8. Kline on “Administration of the Covenant of Grace”
  9. The Olive Tree (Rom 11:16-24)
  10. Owen’s “Promised/Established” Covenant of Grace
  11. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 473 – Lee Gatiss
  12. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  13. Owen: New Covenant Conditional or Absolute?
  14. Owen on Changing His Mind
  15. Baptists Couldn’t Possibly Know What They’re Talking About: Debating Owen, Round 472
  16. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  17. Works of John Owen in PDF
  18. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  19. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  20. Of Infant Baptism (Owen) – Analysis
  21. Of Infant Baptism – John Owen
  22. The Transtestamental (Retroactive) New Covenant
  23. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  24. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  25. Critique of Jon Zens’ “Is There A Covenant of Grace?”

Justification

  1. Make Christ’s Work of Salvation Plain
  2. Theonomy, Greg Bahnsen, and the Federal Vision? — Reformed Libertarian
  3. Are Good Works More Than Fruit?
  4. OPC Report on Republication – Background
  5. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  6. Jones on Conditions
  7. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  8. John Gill: Good Works Necessary for Salvation?
  9. New Covenant Union as Mystical Union in Owen
  10. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  11. Owen contra Piper on Justification & Heaven
  12. Piper’s Foreword
  13. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  14. Nehemiah Coxe on Merit in LBCF 7.1
  15. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  16. The Current Justification Controversy (on sale $3.98)
  17. The Emperor Has No Clothes
  18. The justification of the good works of the justified
  19. Norman Shepherd: What’s All the Fuss?
  20. Greg Nichols and Norman Shepherd
  21. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  22. John Piper’s Justification According to Works

Sanctification

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

Final Judgment

  1. Romans 2:7 and 2:13
  2. Make Christ’s Work of Salvation Plain
  3. OPC Report on Republication – Background
  4. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  5. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  6. Owen contra Piper on Justification & Heaven
  7. Piper’s Foreword
  8. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  9. Rick Phillips’ Stand
  10. The justification of the good works of the justified
  11. Not Everyone Who Says Lord, Lord
  12. Olevianus on the Final Judgment
  13. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  14. “According to” works / “Basis of” works
  15. 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

Reformed Libertarian

  1. Does “Abolish the Police” = “Abolish Law Enforcement”? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  2. R. Scott Clark’s knee-jerk appeal to Romans 13 — Reformed Libertarian
  3. Kuyper on the Consent Theory of Government — Reformed Libertarian
  4. Is vigilantism forbidden in the Word of God? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  5. Rothbard on the Death Penalty — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  6. The Avenger of Blood in Modern Albania — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  7. Riddlebarger on the Old Covenant Context of Romans 13 — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  8. Ecclesiastes 8:2 — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  9. Romans 13 – Where is the Exception? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  10. VanDrunen’s Argument for Religious Liberty — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  11. David Dykstra on Church & State (and Isaac Backus on Romans 13) — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  12. “All Things Lawful” (LBCF 24.3/WCF 23.4) — Reformed Libertarian
  13. Colonial Baptists on Rulers by Contract and Religious Taxation as Theft — Reformed Libertarian
  14. Rutherford’s “Lex, Rex” – Summary — Reformed Libertarian
  15. The Benedict Option? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  16. Vern Poythress’ Critique of Prisons — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  17. Natural Law: Greek or Hebrew? — Reformed Libertarian
  18. Rutherford on Romans 13 and the Distinction Between Person and Office — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  19. Calvin’s Geneva — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  20. A Case of Lex Talionis (Oshkosh) — Reformed Libertarian
  21. 1689 Federalism & America’s Founding
  22. Blood Feud and State Control: Differing Legal Institutions for the Remedy of Homicide During the Second and First Millennia B.C.E.
  23. Mohler’s Sacralist Commentaries
  24. John Frame on Gen 9:6, the Avenger of Blood, and Romans 13
  25. Jordan Cooper (Lutheran) Critique of VanDrunen’s Two Kingdoms
  26. De jure magistratum (On the Rights of Magistrates) – Beza
  27. Kline’s “Oracular Origin of the State” — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  28. Justice or Public Utility? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  29. Theonomy, Greg Bahnsen, and the Federal Vision? — Reformed Libertarian
  30. Syllogisms on General Equity — Reformed Libertarian
  31. The Avenger of Blood — Reformed Libertarian
  32. A Single or Dual Rule of Morality? — Reformed Libertarian Blog

Two Kingdoms

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

  1. 1689 Federalism & America’s Founding
  2. Two Kingdoms Debate (Tuininga v Boot) Analysis
  3. 1689 Federalism & Theonomy
  4. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  5. The Natural Law State Church
  6. Kuyper on Natural Law
  7. Confused Kingdoms
  8. The Two Kingdoms Doctrine, Part Two: John Calvin (Tuininga)
  9. The two kingdoms doctrine: what’s all the fuss?
  10. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  11. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  12. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  13. God the benevolent Scientist
  14. 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. Two Kingdoms Debate (Tuininga v Boot) Analysis
  2. Review of “Bounds of Love”
  3. Simple Online Privacy Measures Everyone Should Be Taking (But Aren’t)
  4. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  5. Considering Marriage
  6. Isaac Backus’ Comments on the Non-Establishment Clause
  7. ReformedLibertarian.com
  8. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  9. IHS Webcast: How Should Libertarians View the Civil War?
  10. Genetically Modified Organisms (Reaction to Ballor)
  11. Unaware
  12. German Homeschool Case May Impact U.S. Homeschool Freedom
  13. Genetic Roulette
  14. ETS 2012 – “Caring for Creation” Panel Discussion on Global Warming
  15. I Voted Today
  16. Angry Christians and the Devil’s Tactics
  17. U.N. COUNCIL SHUTS DOWN THOR HALVORSSEN’S TESTIMONY
  18. KONY 2012
  19. The Love of the World
  20. If I Were the Devil…
  21. A History of the United States of America
  22. Why Ron Paul?
  23. Bungee Jumping and Investing
  24. Pakistan Juxtaposed
  25. Interesting Info About John Lennon
  26. Gary North Pulling Strings of the Antiunion Movement?
  27. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  28. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  29. A Mormon With a Mission
  30. Which Sword?
  31. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  32. What Caused the Financial Meltdown? A Guide to Understanding the Collapse in 3 Hours
  33. Inside the Meltdown
  34. Every Man Did What Was Right In His Own Eyes
  35. God the benevolent Scientist
  36. Spectacles Prescribed: A Review of VanDrunen’s “A Biblical Case for Natural Law”
  37. John W. Robbins (1949-2008)
  38. Notice on Strict Background Check on Applicants for the Olympic Games and the Test Events
  39. Adopted person offended by Obama’s remarks
  40. John Delling – Responsibility
  41. Nazi Counterfeiters and the Fed
  42. Not so gentle reminders
  43. John 18:28-38
  44. Soviet Sees Religion as Threat to Policy
  45. Ron Paul Update
  46. The Idolatry of Political Christianity

Economics

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

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

Science

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

Health

  1. Evidence Based Medicine?
  2. Biotoxin Illness
  3. I’m a Leper in a Leprous House
  4. Fix Your Gut
  5. Systemic Problems with the American Medical Association
  6. Eating and Thinking
  7. The Paleo Diet is Not Paleo
  8. The Calorie Myth
  9. The Founding Fables of Industrialised Agriculture
  10. The American Economy is Not a Free-Market Economy
  11. Food and The Fall
  12. Living the Bulletproof Life Live Webcast
  13. Vitamin C ’til You Poop
  14. Genetically Modified Organisms (Reaction to Ballor)
  15. There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly
  16. 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: Captive to the Word of God – A Particular Baptist Perspective on Reformed and Covenant Theology
  2. Review of “Recovering a Covenantal Heritage”
  3. The Emperor Has No Clothes
  4. Review: Word Pictures
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  1. September 4, 2016 at 12:18 am

    Hi Brandon, What an amazing work you have done with this blog! I am 1689 federalist thanks all the consistent analysis of your blog. Please make videos! Thank you brother… also what do you think of thee “2016 – Republication: Report of the Committee to Study Republication submitted to the 83rd GA” http://opc.org/GA/republication.html
    They said that a possible view where the Mosaic covenant is somehow in substance the same as the covenant of works in not consistent with their standards?… I am also concerned with the statements like this in the report “the mandate of the committee is merely one of confessional exegesis”… Confessional exegesis? It sounds to me that before starting this study they had the intention to make their understanding fit into their standards rather than the Bible… what do you think Brandon? Thanks once again!

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    • September 4, 2016 at 8:22 am

      Hi there. I plan on writing a few posts on the OPC report as time permits. The report is correct that viewing the Mosaic covenant as a covenant of works is contrary to the WCF. Also, we must understand that the purpose of the committee was to determine which views are consistent with the WCF. How Presbyterians deal with controversies like this have greatly frustrated many people for a long time. Many Presbyterians, particularly Klineans lament that often the question of what Scripture teaches is not made the primary focus because of a per-committment to the confession regardless. This has to do with the fact that for Presbyterians, their ordination is tied to their Confession. Thus, rejecting part of the Confession means possibly ending your ministry. This has consequences for their views of subscription, which also affect how they handle these issues. In my opinion, the way that ARBCA was able to deal with controversy was much more profitable because the ecclessiology is different. Because membership in the association was voluntary and was not tied to anyone’s ordination or ministry, men were free to follow their conscience and to disagree and part ways – whereas in a Presbyterian context almost everything must be done to insure unity, regardless of disagreement.

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  2. Dan Clark
    September 9, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Living Stream Ministries does not list Watchman Nee’s classic book titled “The Normal Christian Life” on their website. I found this peculiar, and in reading it myself found that Nee’s writing here disagrees with many of the current (unbiblical) teachings of Witness Lee and the Living Stream Ministry

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  3. September 22, 2016 at 5:51 pm

    Brandon, have you read “Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare” by
    Jim Osman? It is a book by a dispensational Calvinist (I think) against pseudo-charismatic practices of spiritual warfare, such as rebuking and binding Satan and praying a hedge around an individual. If you have read it or heard about it, what do you think? Or do you know about any other reviews of it? Thanks.

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    • September 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

      Hello Hardy,
      No, I’m sorry I have not read of it or heard of it.

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  4. Dave
    September 28, 2016 at 5:31 am

    I recently retread your posts re: Les and Tanner. As much as I enjoy the Reformed Pubcast with Les and Tanner, I was extremely disappointed as I listen to Les’s interview with R. Scott Clark on the most recent episode of The Heidelcast podcast. The program was purportedly to discuss Les’s upcoming movie “Calvinist.” Clark couldn’t pass up the chance to inquire of Les’s “conversion” to the paedobaptist view. Les’s explanation of his change of mind demonstrated once again, as you noted in your posts, that he really does not understand 1689 Federalism.

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  5. Bachzart
    January 20, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Hello Brandon. I’m a 1689er and a regular reader of your blog. Thank you for putting out so much helpful information on 1689 Federalism. Perhaps you’ve written on this, but I was wondering if you might be able to direct me to some resources on practical issues regarding paedobaptist/credobaptist church relations and questions of membership.

    Specifically, the types of questions I’m seeking answers to are:

    1. How is it biblical to view paedobaptist churches as true churches if, from our perspective, what they regularly practice and accept as baptism is not really baptism?

    2. If we believe that paedobaptism is not really baptism, and we believe the bible teaches that one must be truly baptized to become a member and be admitted to the Lord’s Supper, how can we invite those who were only baptized as infants to take communion with us?

    I’m struggling with the matter of consistency, as it seems to be a consistent position to not accept those baptized as infants as members or admit them to the table (due to their not really having been baptized). On the other hand, how can we not accept members of churches that we view to be true churches to the table?

    Any helpful resources you might be able to point me to would be greatly appreciated.

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    • March 1, 2017 at 8:24 am

      Hi there. Glad the material has been helpful.

      1. The 2LBCF does not use the language of “true church.” Instead, it says

      26.2. All persons throughout the world, professing the faith of the gospel, and obedience unto God by Christ according unto it, not destroying their own profession by any errors everting the foundation, or unholiness of conversation, are and may be called visible saints; and of such ought all particular congregations to be constituted.

      It then goes on to say

      3. The purest churches under heaven are subject to mixture and error; and some have so degenerated as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan; nevertheless Christ always hath had, and ever shall have a kingdom in this world, to the end thereof, of such as believe in him, and make profession of his name.

      So paedobaptist churches are (at least in modern day) made up of visible saints. However, they also include their children and baptize their children. Thus they are subject to mixture and error. It doesn’t mean they are “no churches of Christ.” It just means their practice is in error. This is sometimes referred to as the esse (being) and the bene esse (well being) of the church.

      2. This is an issue that baptists have been split about, including baptists who signed the 2LBCF (as far as I understand). I would recommend studying the Open Communion controversies.
      http://equip.sbts.edu/event/conferences/session-9-william-kiffen-john-bunyan-open-communion-controversy-2/
      http://confessingbaptist.com/tag/close-communion/

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  6. March 19, 2017 at 4:51 pm

    lot of work put into this, thanks for your diligence!

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  7. Harold Andres Lazaro Castellar
    September 5, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Hi brother, I have the following question

    the believers of the old covenant had real forgiveness of sins? or was it just a by-pass until the covenant of grace was legally formalized?

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  8. justin
    November 17, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    I read your article on SCJ and am curious if you have any resources/advise on trying to save someone from that cult who has been involved with it for an extended period of time. The entire thing is absolutely frightening, I cant believe people are actually falling for the lies.

    Thank you for your time,

    J

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    • November 20, 2017 at 9:58 pm

      My advice for trying to save anyone is a lot prayer and love. Be there for them beyond just warning them of the theological errors. Know the gospel and trust the Lord to provide you with the words you need at the right time.

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