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JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF REFORMED BAPTIST STUDIES - 2014 & 2015
Edited by Richard Barcellos

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION - The Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies (JIRBS) is published to explain and support the theology of Holy Scripture as it is summarized in the Second London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. The journal will be published annually.

JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF REFORMED BAPTIST STUDIES - 2014

Table of Contents

ARTICLES

1. COMMUNION AT THE LORD'S SUPPER: 1 Corinthians 10:16 in its Exegetical and Confessional Context by Richard C. Barcellos

2. SEPARATING GOD'S TWO KINGDOMS: Two Kingdom Theology among New England Baptists in the Early Republic by Ronald Baines

3. 'THAT STRONG HOLD OF THEIR COMMON FAITH': Salvation in Christ Alone among Seventeenth-Century Baptists by James M. Renihan

4. OF THE NATURE OF GOD: The Inter-Relation of Essence and Trinity in Edward Leigh's A Systeme or Body of Divinity (1662) by Stefan T. Lindblad

5. STILL IMPASSIBLE: Confessing God without Passions by James E. Dolezal

6. Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants, A Review Article by Samuel Renihan

BOOK REVIEWS

A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship, Michael S. Horton, reviewed by Douglas VanderMeulen

Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books, Michael J. Kruger, reviewed by James P. Butler

Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry, Paul David Tripp, reviewed by Jeffrey A. Massey

God, Heaven, and Har Magedon: A Covenantal Tale of Cosmos and Telos, Meredith G. Kline, reviewed by Douglas Van Dorn

Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought, David VanDrunen, reviewed by Micah Renihan

Seditious Sectaries: The Baptist Conventiclers of Oxford 1641-1691. 2 Vols. Studies in Baptist History and Thought 30.1 and 30.2, Larry J. Kreitzer, reviewed by James M. Renihan

The Creedal Imperative, Carl R. Trueman, reviewed by Donald R. Lindblad

The Distinctiveness of Baptist Covenant Theology: A Comparison Between Seventeenth-Century Particular Baptist and Paedobaptist Federalism, Pascal Denault, reviewed by Samuel Renihan

Union with Christ: In Scripture, History, and Theology, Robert Letham, reviewed by James E. Dolezal

What Every Christian Needs to Know About the Qur'an, James R. White, reviewed by John A. Brown

William Kiffen and His World Parts 1 and 2, Larry J. Kreitzer, reviewed by James M. Renihan

JOURNAL OF THE INSTITUTE OF REFORMED BAPTIST STUDIES - 2015

Table of Contents

ARTICLES

1. SCOPUS SCRIPTURAE: John Owen, Nehemiah Coxe, our Lord Jesus Christ, and a Few Early Disciples on Christ as the Scope of Scripture, Richard C. Barcellos

2. PRAEDICATIO VERBI DEI EST VERBUM DEI: 'The Preaching of the Word of God is the Word of God' - Heinrich Bullinger and The Second Helvetic Confession, Ronald Baines

3. SUFFICIENT, CERTAIN, AND INFALLIBLE: The Inscripturated Word, James M. Renihan

4. 'DOLPHINS IN THE WOODS': A Critique of Mark Jones and Ted Van Raalte's Presentation of Particular Baptist Covenant Theology, Samuel Renihan

5.CHRIST SPIRITUALLY PRESENT AND BELIEVERS SPIRITUALLY NOURISHED: The Lord's Supper in Seventeenth-Century English Particular Baptist Life, G. Stephen Weaver, Jr.

6.ETERNAL CREATOR OF TIME, James E. Dolezal

BOOK REVIEWS-

Divine Covenants and Moral Order: A Biblical Theology of Natural Law, David VanDrunen

(Grand Rapids: W. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2014, 545 pp.),

reviewed by Micah Renihan

God with Us: Divine Condescension and the Attributes of God, K. Scott Oliphint

(Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2012, 302pp.),

reviewed by Charles J. Rennie

Process and Providence: The Evolution Question at Princeton, 1845-1929, Bradley J. Gundlach (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013, 374 pages),

reviewed by James M. Renihan

The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate,

Michael J. Kruger (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2013, 256pp.),

reviewed by James P. Butler

The Theology of the Westminster Standards: Historical Context and Theological Insights,

John V. Fesko (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014, 441 pages), and

Confessing the Faith: A ReaderĘs Guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith,

Chad Van Dixhoorn (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2014, 484 pages),

reviewed by James M. Renihan

Thomas Aquinas's Summa Theologiae: A Guide and Commentary, Brian Davies

(New York: Oxford University Press, 2014, xvi + 454pp.),

reviewed by James E. Dolezal

Thomas Grantham: GodĘs Messenger from Lincolnshire, John Inscore Essick

(Macon, GA: Mercer University Press, 2013, 246 pages),

reviewed by James M. Renihan

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GOD WITHOUT PASSIONS: A Reader
Edited by Samuel Renihan; Foreword by Carl Trueman

Subtitled A Reader, the primary purpose of the material presented in this book is to familiarize the reader with sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English language sources pertinent to the doctrine of divine impassibility, particularly for those who confess with the Reformed confessions that God is 'without body, parts, or passions.' If this material is studied carefully, the reader will encounter an excellent and diverse array of writings that touch on this subject.

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Published 2015

If you are interested in the doctrine of God, and especially in understanding how sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Reformed theologians argued for divine impassibility, this book is for you. Samuel Renihan has collected the words of sixty theologians from the Reformation and post-Reformation era in order to help readers understand the classical doctrine of divine impassibility which is sorely misunderstood in our day.

Foreword by Carl. R. Trueman. Endorsements by James Dolezal, Paul Helm, Michael Horton, David VanDrunen, and Sam Waldron.

"Samuel Renihan has brought together a first-rate collection of mainly Reformed and Particular Baptist thinking on the doctrine of God, particularly his impassibility, which goes back to the church Fathers. This aspect of God's nature is much misunderstood and caricatured at present, such a God being thought to be withdrawn, apathetic, even psychotic. But these extracts show that the reverse is the case. Impassibility indicates the fullness of God's care for his creation. For he is not subject to fits, or spasms, or moods, or passions." - Paul Helm, Emeritus Professor, University of London

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GOD WITHOUT PASSIONS: A PrimerA Practical and Pastoral Study of Divine Impassibility
Samuel Renihan

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"It is important to know God and worship him as he has revealed himself to us. This book is offered to supply an important piece of God's self-revelation that, though confessed and treasured by the church throughout the ages, has become unclear due to neglect. I have included study questions in order to highlight key elements of this topic for your own personal thought and to encourage discussion in group studies. It's one thing to hear someone else answer questions. It's another to answer them for yourself. May God use this book to enrich your understanding of him as he has revealed himself in Scripture and to increase your appreciation of the truths the church has confessed throughout history.

Perhaps you find the doctrine of divine impassibility to be one of those doctrines that is less clear or less known to you. This primer is designed to give a simple, clear, and practical presentation of the doctrine of divine impassibility for everyone from the pulpit to the pew. In fact, this material was originally presented as six sermons to Trinity Reformed Baptist Church, LaMirada, CA where I am a pastor." Samuel Renihan, from the Preface

"I commend this book to people in the pew, theological students, pastors, and seasoned theologians. It is well-written and easy to digest. Its method is sound. Its doctrine is confessionally and biblically faithful. Its last chapter shows how important and practical the doctrine of divine impassibility is. Though only a 'Primer,' its contents will inform the mind and fill the soul with wonder and amazement. May you increase in the knowledge of God!" -Richard C. Barcellos, Pasto, Grace Reformed Baptist Church, Palmdale, CA

"The biblical presentation of God who does not change, whose character is eternal, is not a plaything, something merely for the ivory tower. He who is beyond time and change uses representations of himself that are human-like in order to adapt himself to our circumstances, and to be our guide in life. This means that in our thinking about God we are required to discipline our minds, and Samuel Renihan shows us how to do this." - Paul Helm

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