Meditations on ‘Of Adoption’


Adoption is one of the benefits of New Covenant membership. It is also one of the most neglected doctrines in theology books. Our own Confession only commits one paragraph to it; but that one paragraph carries the weight of ten. It reads: All those that are justified, God vouchsafed, in and for the sake of … Continue reading Meditations on ‘Of Adoption’

Excommunicating The Fathers


“Two-thousand years of church history,” by itself, is a humbling consideration… at least it should be. The church has a very complex and colorful past. From the Mediterranean coastal lands to the north African deserts and central Europe; from Christians who dwelt in trees to those who lived in rock igloos in islands. The church … Continue reading Excommunicating The Fathers

Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): Churchmanship


It may seem odd that in a series on associationalism I’d divert to talking about individual responsibility within any given local church. But, a church only works insofar as its members obey Christ, and an association only runs as well as local churches function rightly. I will define churchmanship as the dutiful practice of serving … Continue reading Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): Churchmanship

Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): Prologue


The first Particular Baptist General Assembly (GA) met in 1689. A group of university-trained theologians, rural pastors, and gifted brothers (qualified ministry interns) came together to vote on a revised set of doctrinal standards adapted from both the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Savoy Declaration. The Second London Confession was submitted to eligible members … Continue reading Blessed By My Association (ARBCA): Prologue

Killing Reason: The Danger of Thinking in an Age of Thoughtlessness


If you find yourself continuously chewing on systematic theology, reading analytical Bible commentaries, or burying yourself in pre-modern philosophy books, you have probably found out by now that you’re an outlaw. The 21st century evangelical Church can be a dangerous place to use one’s mind, and this becomes abundantly clear when questions like, “Man, why … Continue reading Killing Reason: The Danger of Thinking in an Age of Thoughtlessness

The Church––Tallest and Most Spectacular of All Ivory Towers


Your neck is like a tower of ivory, Your eyes like the pools in Heshbon By the gate of Bath-rabbim; Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon, Which faces toward Damascus. –– Song of Solomon 7:4 –– In terms of the spread of the Gospel, there is no top-down/bottom-top order. True, historically, the socially … Continue reading The Church––Tallest and Most Spectacular of All Ivory Towers