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. Chrysostom on 1 Cor. 7:14
  2. Galatians 3 vs Romans 4
  3. Jesus on “All Shall Know Me” (John 6:45; Is 54:13)
  4. Some Disagreement with Coxe on Galatians 3:17
  5. 1 Cor. 10:1-5 – Paedobaptist False Inferences
  6. 1 Cor. 10:1-5 – An Exposition
  7. Galatians 3:16
  8. Owen on Hebrews 6:3-6
  9. Gal. 3:18 – Generic Law and Promise, or Sinai and Messiah?
  10. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel (Rom 9:6)
  11. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  12. 1 Cor. 7:14 – No Proof of Infant Baptism
  13. 1 Cor. 7:14 – The “Legitimacy” Interpretation
  14. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  15. Paul’s Enthymemes on the Law (Gal 4:4-5)
  16. Deuteronomy 6:25
  17. Hebrews 10 & John 15
  18. The Olive Tree (Rom 11:16-24)
  19. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)

Podcast Interviews

  1. Two Age Sojourner Podcast: Reformed Libertarianism & 1689 Federalism (Substance/Administration)
  2. SRR 92 Brandon Adams on Covenant Theology & Republication
  3. Podcast Discussion of Theonomy (According to Christ)
  4. Notes on a Podcast Discussion with Patrick Hines on Covenant Theology & Baptism
  5. R. Scott Clark’s Inconsistent Hermeneutic
  6. Overview of 1689 Federalism on the Reformed Northwest Podcast

1689 Federalism

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

General 1689 Federalism

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

New Covenant

  1. Do Presbyterians Have Regeneration Goggles?
  2. Re: New Geneva Podcast on Baptism
  3. John Ball on Salvation Prior to Christ’s Death
  4. The French Reformed Understanding of the Visible/Invisible Church
  5. Horton’s Retroactive New Covenant
  6. Jesus on “All Shall Know Me” (John 6:45; Is 54:13)
  7. Samuel Renihan on New Covenant Union
  8. Keach on Union with Christ
  9. Coxe on New Covenant Union with Christ
  10. Charles Simeon on the New Covenant
  11. Union with Christ is the New Covenant
  12. John Frame’s Retroactive New Covenant
  13. Owen on Hebrews 6:3-6
  14. Substance/Accidents = Substance/Shadows?
  15. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  16. Jones on Conditions
  17. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  18. New Covenant Union as Mystical Union in Owen
  19. Berkhof on Jer. 31:31-34
  20. M’Cheyne on the New Covenant
  21. The promise was sufficient & efficacious
  22. Joshua Moon “Jeremiah’s New Covenant: An Augustinian Reading “
  23. Calvin’s Retroactive New COvenant
  24. Owen: New Covenant Conditional or Absolute?
  25. Abraham Booth’s “The Kingdom of Christ”
  26. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  27. Petto: Conditional New Covenant?
  28. McMahon’s Misrepresentation of John Owen
  29. The Transtestamental (Retroactive) New Covenant
  30. John Owen’s Commentary on the Old and New Covenants (Outline)
  31. Augustine on the New Covenant

Old Covenant

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

Typology

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

Abrahamic Covenant

  1. Kline’s Abrahamic Covenant of Works 7: R. Scott Clark
  2. Muller on the Reformed History of Gal 3:17 (Translation & Interpretation)
  3. Re: New Geneva Podcast on Baptism
  4. Two Age Sojourner Podcast: Reformed Libertarianism & 1689 Federalism (Substance/Administration)
  5. Abraham not Moses?
  6. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hodge on the Abrahamic Covenant(s)
  7. T. David Gordon’s Dichotomous Abrahamic Covenant
  8. Kline’s Abrahamic Covenant of Works 6: 1689 Federalism
  9. Kline’s Abrahamic Covenant of Works 5: Glory Cloud Podcast
  10. Kline’s Abrahamic Covenant of Works 4: Contradiction
  11. Kline’s Abrahamic Covenant of Works 3: Royal Grant Proposal
  12. Kline’s Abrahamic Covenant of Works 2: Typological Merit
  13. Kline’s Abrahamic Covenant of Works 1: Murray and Shepherd
  14. John Brown on Galatians 3:16-17
  15. Notes on a Podcast Discussion with Patrick Hines on Covenant Theology & Baptism
  16. R. Scott Clark’s Inconsistent Hermeneutic
  17. Baptism to a Thousand Generations?
  18. A Twitter Exchange on Galatians 3:16
  19. Kline’s Two-Level Fulfillment 184 Years Before Kingdom Prologue
  20. Some Disagreement with Coxe on Galatians 3:17
  21. Backus Against Dominionism
  22. Galatians 3:16
  23. Gal. 3:18 – Generic Law and Promise, or Sinai and Messiah?
  24. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  25. Coxe and Pink on Circumcision
  26. Additional Answers to Founders Conference Q&A (Is the Abrahamic Covenant “of works”?)
  27. 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
  28. The Oneness of the Church – John Owen
  29. Is the Abrahamic Covenant Conditional or Unconditional?
  30. Hodge on the Visibility of the Church
  31. 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. Re: New Geneva Podcast on Baptism
  2. John Ball on Salvation Prior to Christ’s Death
  3. Hodge’s (Baptist) Understanding of the Visible/Invisible Church
  4. The French Reformed Understanding of the Visible/Invisible Church
  5. 19th Century Scottish Presbyterian Criticism of Bannerman’s Visible/Invisible Church(es)
  6. Was the Old Covenant an Administration of the Covenant of Grace?
  7. Notes on a Podcast Discussion with Patrick Hines on Covenant Theology & Baptism
  8. Baptism to a Thousand Generations?
  9. The Heidelblog’s Monologue of Misrepresentation
  10. Heidelcast “I Will Be a God to You and to Your Children”
  11. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  12. Substance/Accidents = Substance/Shadows?
  13. They are not all Israel, who are of Israel (Rom 9:6)
  14. Calvin vs 1689 Federalism on Old vs New
  15. A Critique of R. Scott Clark’s Covenant Theology
  16. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  17. Hebrews 10 & John 15
  18. Kline on “Administration of the Covenant of Grace”
  19. The Olive Tree (Rom 11:16-24)
  20. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  21. Gag Order @ the Puritanboard
  22. Kline’s Comments against WCF/WLC
  23. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession
  24. Iron Can’t Sharpen Iron Without Honesty
  25. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)

Leviticus 18:5

  1. SRR 92 Brandon Adams on Covenant Theology & Republication
  2. Acceptable Understanding of Mosaic Law (According to the OPC Report on Republication)
  3. Podcast Discussion of Theonomy (According to Christ)
  4. Are Good Works More Than Fruit?
  5. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  6. A Post-Fall Covenant of Works?
  7. Can R. Scott Clark be Truly Reformed?
  8. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  9. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  10. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  11. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  12. OPC GA Republication Study Committee
  13. Clarification on the Mosaic Covenant and Eternal Life
  14. Summary of Venema’s Review of TLNF
  15. WCF/SDF/LBC 19.1,2 and Republication
  16. Confusing Law and Gospel (and the WCF)

OPC Report on Republication

  1. SRR 92 Brandon Adams on Covenant Theology & Republication
  2. Acceptable Understanding of Mosaic Law (According to the OPC Report on Republication)
  3. OPC Report on Republication – Background
  4. John Cotton: Proponent of the “Mixed Covenant” View?
  5. OPC Republication Report – Summary

20th Century Reformed Baptist View

  1. Two Age Sojourner Podcast: Reformed Libertarianism & 1689 Federalism (Substance/Administration)
  2. John Gill & 1689 Federalism
  3. James White doesn’t know what 1689 Federalism is
  4. Waldron’s Sermons on Covenant Theology
  5. Non-Dispensational, Calvinistic, Credobaptist Covenantalism Compass

NCT/Progressive Covenantalism

  1. Review: Captive to the Word of God – A Particular Baptist Perspective on Reformed and Covenant Theology
  2. CFTP Podcast: NCT & 1689 Federalism
  3. 1689 Federalism Response to Wellum’s “Progressive Covenantalism and the Doing of Ethics”
  4. Kingdom Through Covenant, a Review by Samuel Renihan
  5. Non-Dispensational, Calvinistic, Credobaptist Covenantalism Compass
  6. Critique of Jon Zens’ “Is There A Covenant of Grace?”
  7. Pink and NCT

Dispensationalism

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

Baptism/Ecclessiology

  1. Do Presbyterians Have Regeneration Goggles?
  2. Hodge on Owen’s Influence Over American Presbyterians
  3. Hodge’s (Baptist) Understanding of the Visible/Invisible Church
  4. The French Reformed Understanding of the Visible/Invisible Church
  5. Witsius: Baptism Belongs Only to the Elect
  6. 19th Century Scottish Presbyterian Criticism of Bannerman’s Visible/Invisible Church(es)
  7. Chrysostom on 1 Cor. 7:14
  8. Presbyterian vs Congregationalist vs Baptist Sacramentology
  9. Baptism to a Thousand Generations?
  10. The Evolution of Reformed Paedobaptism
  11. Keach on Inconsistent Congregationalists
  12. 1 Cor. 10:1-5 – Paedobaptist False Inferences
  13. 1 Cor. 10:1-5 – An Exposition
  14. Kline’s Argument Against Presbyterianism
  15. John Murray (the Baptist) vs James Bannerman (the Presbyterian) on The Church
  16. Ursinus on Who Ought to Come
  17. Meredith Kline: Baptist Criticism of WCF is Correct
  18. Who Should Be Baptized – Professors or Believers?
  19. A Presbyterian (Finally) Gets Acts 2:39 Right
  20. Does Teaching Someone the Bible Make Them a Christian?
  21. à Brakel (the baptist) on the Visible/Invisible Church
  22. Implications of Israel as a Type
  23. 1 Cor. 7:14 – No Proof of Infant Baptism
  24. 1 Cor. 7:14 – The “Legitimacy” Interpretation
  25. A Critique of R. Scott Clark’s Covenant Theology
  26. Les & Tanner Talk Baptism Again
  27. The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism
  28. Coxe and Pink on Circumcision
  29. God’s Covenant Unfaithfulness?
  30. Blood of bulls and goats : blood of Christ :: physical Israel : spiritual Israel
  31. Church Membership: De Jure or De Facto?
  32. Satan’s Appeal to the Regulative Principle
  33. The Half-Way Covenant
  34. Paedobaptism and Forks
  35. Goodwin vs. Gillespie: An Old Testament Debate for Church Polity
  36. Debate: Jeffrey Johnson vs Michael Horton
  37. Waters of Promise: Finding Meaning in Believer’s Baptism
  38. Reformed Baptist Covenant Theology and Biblical Theology (Sam & Micah Renihan)
  39. Riddlebarger interviewed on Amillenialism
  40. 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
  41. John Norcott: Answers To Common Objections (1672)
  42. Of Infant Baptism (Owen) – Analysis
  43. Of Infant Baptism – John Owen
  44. Credobaptist vs. Paedobaptist : The Great Debate
  45. Contradiction in the Westminster Confession

John Owen

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

Justification

  1. Robert Rollock’s Treatise on Justification
  2. Stephen Cunha on Trinity Foundation Radio
  3. Make Christ’s Work of Salvation Plain
  4. Theonomy, Greg Bahnsen, and the Federal Vision? — Reformed Libertarian
  5. Are Good Works More Than Fruit?
  6. OPC Report on Republication – Background
  7. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  8. Jones on Conditions
  9. Neonomian Presbyterians vs Antinomian Congregationalists?
  10. John Gill: Good Works Necessary for Salvation?
  11. New Covenant Union as Mystical Union in Owen
  12. Timeline Snapshot of Justification Debate
  13. Owen contra Piper on Justification & Heaven
  14. Piper’s Foreword
  15. Guy Waters on Leviticus 18:5
  16. Nehemiah Coxe on Merit in LBCF 7.1
  17. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  18. The Current Justification Controversy (on sale $3.98)
  19. The Emperor Has No Clothes
  20. The justification of the good works of the justified
  21. Norman Shepherd: What’s All the Fuss?
  22. Greg Nichols and Norman Shepherd
  23. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  24. 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. Robert Rollock’s Treatise on Justification
  2. Romans 2:7 and 2:13
  3. Make Christ’s Work of Salvation Plain
  4. OPC Report on Republication – Background
  5. Murray on Lev. 18:5 – Why Did John Murray Reject the Covenant of Works?
  6. Piper vs Owen on Romans 2:6-7, 13
  7. Owen contra Piper on Justification & Heaven
  8. Piper’s Foreword
  9. Owen vs. Baxter on Active and Passive Obedience in Justification
  10. Rick Phillips’ Stand
  11. The justification of the good works of the justified
  12. Not Everyone Who Says Lord, Lord
  13. Olevianus on the Final Judgment
  14. Murray Conflicted on Future Justification?
  15. “According to” works / “Basis of” works
  16. 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. Is John MacArthur Right About Revolution? – Reformed Libertarian
  2. On Social Justice (2): Defining (Social) Justice — Reformed Libertarian
  3. On Social Justice, pt 1: The Ambiguity of Social Justice — Reformed Libertarian
  4. Romans 13:6 “For this reason, pay your taxes” — Reformed Libertarian
  5. Romans 13: Person, Office, or Both? — Reformed Libertarian
  6. Abram the Voluntaryist? — Reformed Libertarian
  7. Nebuchadnezzar and Romans 13: Person or Office? — Reformed Libertarian
  8. Does “Abolish the Police” = “Abolish Law Enforcement”? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  9. R. Scott Clark’s knee-jerk appeal to Romans 13 — Reformed Libertarian
  10. Kuyper on the Consent Theory of Government — Reformed Libertarian
  11. Is vigilantism forbidden in the Word of God? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  12. Rothbard on the Death Penalty — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  13. The Avenger of Blood in Modern Albania — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  14. Riddlebarger on the Old Covenant Context of Romans 13 — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  15. Ecclesiastes 8:2 — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  16. Romans 13 – Where is the Exception? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  17. VanDrunen’s Argument for Religious Liberty — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  18. David Dykstra on Church & State (and Isaac Backus on Romans 13) — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  19. “All Things Lawful” (LBCF 24.3/WCF 23.4) — Reformed Libertarian
  20. Colonial Baptists on Rulers by Contract and Religious Taxation as Theft — Reformed Libertarian
  21. Rutherford’s “Lex, Rex” – Summary — Reformed Libertarian
  22. The Benedict Option? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  23. Vern Poythress’ Critique of Prisons — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  24. Natural Law: Greek or Hebrew? — Reformed Libertarian
  25. Rutherford on Romans 13 and the Distinction Between Person and Office — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  26. Calvin’s Geneva — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  27. A Case of Lex Talionis (Oshkosh) — Reformed Libertarian
  28. 1689 Federalism & America’s Founding
  29. Blood Feud and State Control: Differing Legal Institutions for the Remedy of Homicide During the Second and First Millennia B.C.E.
  30. Mohler’s Sacralist Commentaries
  31. John Frame on Gen 9:6, the Avenger of Blood, and Romans 13
  32. Jordan Cooper (Lutheran) Critique of VanDrunen’s Two Kingdoms
  33. De jure magistratum (On the Rights of Magistrates) – Beza
  34. Kline’s “Oracular Origin of the State” — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  35. Justice or Public Utility? — Reformed Libertarian Blog
  36. Theonomy, Greg Bahnsen, and the Federal Vision? — Reformed Libertarian
  37. Syllogisms on General Equity — Reformed Libertarian
  38. The Avenger of Blood — Reformed Libertarian
  39. 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. Podcast Discussion of Theonomy (According to Christ)
  2. 1689 Federalism & America’s Founding
  3. Two Kingdoms Debate (Tuininga v Boot) Analysis
  4. 1689 Federalism & Theonomy
  5. 1 Cor 5:13 is the general equity of Deut 22:21 (TRL)
  6. The Natural Law State Church
  7. Kuyper on Natural Law
  8. Confused Kingdoms
  9. The Two Kingdoms Doctrine, Part Two: John Calvin (Tuininga)
  10. The two kingdoms doctrine: what’s all the fuss?
  11. James Anderson on DVD’s Natural Law 2K
  12. Good News for Two Kingdoms!
  13. 2K Natural Law or Theocratic Natural Law?
  14. God the benevolent Scientist
  15. 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. “In the Space of Six Days”
  2. DG Hart on General Revelation
  3. John Byl: Cosmology: Explaining the Universe
  4. Science as an Aid to Interpreting Scripture
  5. ETS 2012 – “Caring for Creation” Panel Discussion on Global Warming
  6. 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
  5. Timeless Christian Books Sale
  6. Free eBook: Berkhof’s Systematic Theology
  7. Trinity Foundation E-Books
  8. The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology
  9. The Circle Maker (Review)
  10. Book Recommendations
  11. Three-Fold Division of the Law – Moral, Ceremonial, Judicial?
  12. True Spirituality : “Plus Nothing”
  13. Indiana Jones Gets Busted
  14. What is Saving Faith – Quotes
  15. Do Not Aim at Sensation
  16. Why Care About the Doctrine of Christ’s Imputation?
  17. John Owen – Overcoming Temptation and Sin
  18. Kuyper – Lectures on Calvinism
  19. The Perfect Christmas Gift
  20. Liberal Christianity and Sin
  21. Finally, someone agrees with my method of learning/teaching

Uncategorized

  1. Hodge on Owen’s Influence Over American Presbyterians
  2. SRR 93 Brandon Adams on Covenant Theology & Republication, Part II
  3. Abram the Voluntaryist? — Reformed Libertarian
  4. Augustine Quick Quote
  5. Natural Law: Greek or Israelite? — Reformed Libertarian
  6. EMFs
  7. A Post-Fall Covenant of Works?
  8. Implications of Israel as a Type
  9. Update to Church Membership Post
  10. The Westminster Assembly Debates Credopaedobaptism
  11. Evidence Based Medicine?
  12. Index Page
  13. TRL Links 3.4.15
  14. TRL Links 11.06.14
  15. How the News Makes Us Dumb
  16. The Republication Debate Gets Muddy
  17. Ebola Virus (Curable-?, Reversible-?, Preventable?)
  18. Is It Sinful for Unmarried Couples to Make Out?
  19. The Messianic Character of American Foreign Policy
  20. A Few Thoughts for Consideration in the Modern Republication Debate
  21. Concordism and the Nature of Science
  22. The Real Daniel Plan
  23. Chantry on Frame
  24. The Lure of Flattery
  25. Rich Mullins Friday
  26. Mosaic Health in Orange
  27. Rich Mullins Tuesdays
  28. Fun with TVTV
  29. Josh Garrels
  30. For 40 Years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Human Contact, Unaware of World War II | History & Archaeology | Smithsonian Magazine
  31. Misérable means Miserable
  32. Hitler’s Medicine
  33. RescueTime
  34. We Need To Talk About Mumford
  35. Rich Mullins Mondays
  36. F.lux
  37. Evernote
  38. Thomas Kinkade
  39. Don’t Assume
  40. Top Posts of 2011
  41. Music Recommendations
  42. New Theme
  43. The Myth of Adolescence
  44. New Portico Website
  45. A Tribute to Marv Meyer
  1. January 9, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Brandon,
    I was wondering if there are any plans for transcribing the Reformed Northwest podcasts that you were recently on. They were extremely helpful and I would like to use some of the material discussed for a class.

    Blessings in Christ,
    Jose R

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  2. February 10, 2018 at 3:39 am

    Dear Brandon,

    I thank God for His sovereign grace that He led me out from your exposure on Witness Lee and the Living Stream Ministries. If you take a look on the comment section, I was engaged in an argument with you. I’m living in the Philippines, but the Reformed Baptists churches are far away from my city.

    https://contrast2.wordpress.com/2010/09/25/the-false-gospel-of-witness-lee-and-the-living-stream-ministries/

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  3. Hardy Smith
    February 11, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Hello again, Brandon. I recently heard about Thomas Schreiner’s book “Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World,” which got great reviews on Amazon. He lists 6 covenants, but doesn’t mention the Covenants of Grace, Works, or Redemption, at least according to the reviews. Have you read/reviewed this book? Do you know where Schreiner stands on the Abrahamic Covenant? I think that the view presented by you and Jeff Johnson and Pascal Denault best sums up how God intended to use it, but I haven’t seen a lot of other people discussing your take on it.

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    • February 11, 2018 at 3:38 pm

      Hi Hardy. I have not read Schreiner’s book. Not sure where he stands on the Abrahamic Covenant. 1689 Federalism does not get much attention I suspect because the books are all basically self-published. Scholars like Schreiner therefore don’t give it notice (Schreiner also does not give historical theology much weight, so he would not be interested in works like Denault’s or Renihan’s soon to be published dissertation). Regretfully.

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    • February 11, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      Schreiner says “I would say my book is really a footnote to Peter Gentry and Steve Wellum’s book, Kingdom Through Covenant.” I would recommend reading Sam Renihan’s review of KTC (on the 1689fed site) if you haven’t.

      Here’s what he says about the Abrahamic:

      Then we move on to the covenant with Abraham. We have the Tower of Babel before that, showing again that human beings have not fundamentally changed. God makes a covenant with Abraham; and he promises Abraham lands, offspring, and universal blessing. The land is Canaan, the offspring initially is Isaac, and the universal blessing is rather far away. So that promise given to Abraham, (I’m just being brief here) has conditional and unconditional elements. Ultimately, Genesis 15 – we have a covenant ceremony there, ultimately that covenant is unconditional; but no particular individual will experience the blessings of that covenant unless they are obedient and faithful. The story of Abraham and his offspring continues. We come to the book of Exodus; Israel is in Egypt, they are not in the land. The promise of offspring is being fulfilled in significant ways. In fact, that promise is being fulfilled so significantly that Pharaoh tries to wipe out Israel, showing, by the way, that Pharaoh is the offspring of the serpent. And Pharaoh is trying to wipe out the nation; but the Lord fulfills his promise to Abraham. He frees the people from Egypt and then a covenant is made with Israel.

      I would argue the covenant made with Israel at Sinai, with Moses, that covenant sets apart Israel from the rest of the nations. That covenant, I would argue, is a conditional covenant. God shows his grace to his people in freeing them from Egypt; but the covenant made with Israel is conditional. However, if Israel obeys, per the Abrahamic covenant, it will be the means by which the promise of the Abrahamic covenant is realized.

      http://www.booksataglance.com/author-interviews/interview-thomas-r-schreiner-author-covenant-gods-purpose-world/

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  4. Dave
    March 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm

    Re: a recent Reformed Forum “Vos Group” podcast with Camden Bucey and Lane Tipton in which they continued their discussion of the ceremonial law.

    Since the substance of the covenants is one of the principal divergences in theology between PB federalism and traditional Reformed federalism, I would appreciate your thoughts on the “substance” remark that Tipton made near the end of this transcribed excerpt. If I am reading (hearing) it right, I surmise that this view is consistent with the Reformed understanding of the covenants being administrations of the Covenant of Grace.

    Here’s Lane’s statement:

    “The theocracy functions, and the ceremonial law within it, functions as a redemptive and remedial means to that eschatological end realized in Christ. And so, what you have under the Mosaic law, what you have under the theocracy, what you have in the tabernacle through sacrifices and offerings, is a high priest offering the sacrifices of clean animals to purify a people to dwell in fellowship with God. The tabernacle (mobile form), the temple (stationary form) – [these are] the dwelling of God in the midst of his people, and the sacrifices offered served to consecrate a people in blood to the Lord for the purpose of religious fellowship – covenantal fellowship with God.

    And remember: the relative high point of all of this is Moses (Ex. 32-34). When he ascends Mt. Sinai and dwells in the presence of the Lord in friend-to-friend, face-to-face fellowship (Ex. 33:11), where he is supernaturally sustained by God for 40 days without food or drink (Ex. 34:48), it’s there you get a foretaste, a prolepsis of what the consummate form of theocratic fellowship with God looks like. It’s all present in Moses in that heightened typical form.
    . . .

    This is the fabric of religion that lies at the heart of purification and cleanness and the ceremonial law. It is a redemptive and remedial means to the eschatological climax of what’s coming in Christ, but it’s organically related to that climax. It’s an already-received redemptive fellowship bond with the Lord that the ceremonial law is maintaining through promises, types, and sacrifices. It’s the same in substance – this is key for our listeners to know. What is happening in Moses – in the theocracy, under the ceremonial law – is the same in substance with what comes to the church in Pentecost, in its climactic form, through Spirit-wrought communion with the ascended Christ.

    There’s the fabric of religion, that’s it in a nutshell. That’s kind of the protological Adam, the typological Moses, eschatological Christ – that’s kind of the three basic strands of the fabric.”

    Can it actually be that the “redemptive fellowship bond with the Lord that the ceremonial law is maintaining through promises, types, and sacrifices” is the same in substance as “what comes to the church in Pentecost, in its climactic form, through Spirit-wrought communion with the ascended Christ?”

    Thanks very much, Brandon, for this site and for all your work here.

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  5. Hardy Smith
    November 6, 2018 at 11:34 am

    Hey Brandon, have you read “The High King of Heaven” by Dean Davis? It’s endorsed by Sam Storms and others and presents a very compelling case for Amillennialism. But the author keeps referring to a lot of administrations of the Covenant of Grace, and he doesn’t seem to make the distinction between the Old (Mosaic) Covenant and the New Covenant as lined out in Hebrews. I haven’t finished the book yet, and it has a lot going for it, but I am still looking for the same distinction that the Bible makes about the covenants. Any thoughts?

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    • November 6, 2018 at 4:14 pm

      Hi Hardy. Sorry, I am not familiar with the book.

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  6. Hardy Smith
    November 13, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Hi Brandon,
    I have noticed that practically all of my correspondence with you is in regard to your take on certain books. I want you to know that I respect your views greatly, and that’s why I ask about them. Your understanding of the covenants, and especially the Abrahamic Covenant and Owen’s rejection of the “one covenant, two administrations” idea has helped my get a grasp on that rather involved theology. You have assisted me incredibly, and I just want to thank you. I hope you are doing well, and continue to serve our Lord and endure to the end. I’ll see you there!

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    • November 13, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Thank you brother for your very kind words. I’m very glad the blog has been helpful! I will see you there as well, if not before!

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  7. Hardy Smith
    April 9, 2019 at 9:53 am

    Hi Brandon, I’ve got a question for you. I’m reading “Interpreting Prophecy” by Philip Hughes, which I think is really good. I need another resource to supplement his teaching in regards to the two-level fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant. Which of your articles (or another book) would you recommend to give me a fuller, Reformed Baptist take on it?

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  8. Amy Knight
    May 21, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Hi Brandon; I am a Sister in Christ. I just read your article on witness lee. I don’t have a problem with any of your conclusions, I was just researching after receiving some books from them and a recovery version Bible to add to my collection. I also received a book by Watchman Nee, and was wondering your opinion on his writings and view. I am careful to stay away from false teachings, and constantly in prayer that the Holy Spirit will guide my way through Jesus Christ. And I was lead to your site; I don’t believe that was random.
    Thank you for your time and the thorough research you do. Amy

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    • May 22, 2019 at 8:34 am

      Hi Amy, I’m sorry but I have not read Watchman Nee, so I cannot comment on his teaching. From what I understand, it is not the same as Lee’s. I’m glad the article was helpful. Continue to seek the Lord in prayer for wisdom.

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