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September 29, 2014

Growth in Grace 11 — Self-control Must Be Supplied with Perseverance

One of the dangers that Christians face, especially as they get older, is the danger of becoming too comfortable in the world.  They become unaccustomed to suffering, trial, and affliction for the sake of Christ and the gospel.  They forget … Continue reading

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September 26, 2014

Dr. Sam Waldron Video on the 1689 Baptist Confession and Baptist Distinctives

In light of the upcoming conference Baptists, Confessionalism and the Providence of God, Dr. Sam Waldron has recorded a series of brief videos on the topics that he will be addressing. Here is the second video:

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September 25, 2014

Our Exciting New Church Partnership Program!

It is an exciting time to serve at Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary! Last month, we announced our new name to more clearly express our identity. This month, we are pleased to announce a new opportunity for churches to become involved with raising … Continue reading

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September 24, 2014

Growth in Grace 10 — Knowledge Must Be Supplied with Self-control 3

In previous posts I have answered two of the three questions about the self-control which Peter says must be supplied into knowledge in 2 Peter 1:5-7: Why must knowledge be supplied with self-control? and What is the self-control with which … Continue reading

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September 22, 2014

Growth in Grace 9 — Knowledge Must Be Supplied with Self-control 2

In the previous post I noted that we must answer three questions about the self-control which Peter says must be supplied into knowledge in 2 Peter 1:5-7.  We already answered the first:  Why must knowledge be supplied with self-control?  Here … Continue reading

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September 19, 2014

Dr. Sam Waldron Video on the 1689 Baptist Confession and Reformed Theology

In light of the upcoming conference Baptists, Confessionalism and the Providence of God, Dr. Sam Waldron has recorded a series of brief videos on the topics that he will be addressing. Here is the second video:

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September 17, 2014

Growth in Grace 8 — Knowledge Must Be Supplied with Self-control

Do you want the male version or the female version?  Have you ever heard that question?  Or perhaps you have yourself asked that question.  You know the difference between the male and female versions of a story. Take the simple … Continue reading

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September 16, 2014

Book Review: Stanley D. Gale, A Vine-Ripened Life

Stanley D. Gale, A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness Through Abiding in Christ (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014). Reviewed by John Divito With all of the confusion surrounding our growing in grace and godliness, I am always on the lookout for a … Continue reading

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September 15, 2014

Growth in Grace 7 — Knowledge Must Be Supplied in Moral Excellence 2

A second question which must be asked about supplying moral excellence with knowledge: What kind of knowledge must moral excellence by supplied with? In other words, what is this knowledge of which Peter is speaking?  Peter uses a word that … Continue reading

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September 12, 2014

Dr. Sam Waldron Video on the Outline of the 1689 Confession

In light of the upcoming conference Baptists, Confessionalism and the Providence of God, Dr. Sam Waldron has recorded a series of brief videos on the topics that he will be addressing. Here is the first video:

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September 10, 2014

Growth in Grace 6 — Knowledge Must Be Supplied in Moral Excellence

Doctrine!  Theology!  These are not words calculated to inspire interest or rapt attention among modern Americans or even American Christians.  If we did the word-association game, the associations of these words would probably be negative.  Once more in this matter … Continue reading

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September 8, 2014

Growth in Grace 5 — Moral Excellence Must Be Added to Faith

Contrary to popular opinion, God does not save people simply to keep them from going to hell.  Of course, our compassionate God does desire to keep people from going to hell, but God’s ultimate purpose involves the Christian’s growth in … Continue reading

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September 3, 2014

Growth in Grace 4 — Effort Is Necessary! Practical Conclusions

In 2 Peter 1:5 Peter quadruplely emphasizes that effort is necessary in the Christian life.  He says:  “… applying … all … diligence … supply …”  Now I take up some of the practical conclusions which follow from this emphasis … Continue reading

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September 1, 2014

Growth in Grace 3 — Effort Is Necessary!

It is important to realize that there are many ways teach the Scriptures expositorily.  One can take long passages at a time, or one can take very short passages and bring the expository microscope to bear on a single word … Continue reading

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August 27, 2014

Growth in Grace 2 — Why Faith Is Foundational

2 Peter 1:5-7 is the Bible’s Most Systematic and Detailed Exhortation to Growth in Grace.  And it begins its list of eight graces with faith! Why is faith first in the matter of growth in grace?  Why must faith be … Continue reading

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August 25, 2014

Growth in Grace 1 — Faith Is Foundational

In the past few years progressive sanctification or, in other words, growth in grace has been back in the headlines because of the controversy that blew up in the movement that is generally known as the New Calvinism.  Generally speaking, … Continue reading

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August 21, 2014

Dr. Sam Waldron Assesses Exclusive Psalmody

First, an apology. Unfortunately, in the midst of our name change from the Midwest Center for Theological Studies to Covenant Baptist Theological Seminary, we have run into a number of issues with our blog. While most of these problems have … Continue reading

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July 30, 2014

My Fifth Major Argument Against Exclusive Psalmody

My treatment of exclusive psalmody would be incomplete if it did not deal with the key texts of Ephesians 5:19-20, Colossians 3:16-17, and their mention “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” Fifth, the best interpretation of Ephesians 5:19-20 and Colossians 3:16-17 … Continue reading

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July 28, 2014

My Fourth Major Argument Against Exclusive Psalmody

Fourth, exclusive psalmody is out of accord with the requirements God makes with regard to other parts of worship. We are certainly commanded to preach scriptural sermons and pray scriptural prayers, but this does not limit us to only reading … Continue reading

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July 23, 2014

My Third Major Argument Against Exclusive Psalmody

With this post I come to a third argument against exclusive psalmody which is closely related to my second.  Having seen from John 4:24 that we are required to worship God in the light of the gospel and not in … Continue reading

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July 22, 2014

Book Review: John B. Wallace, Starting at the Finish Line

John B. Wallace, Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of Grace for Mormons (Pomona House Publishing, LLC, 2014). Reviewed by John Divito As a former Mormon, I was excited to hear about Starting at the Finish Line: The Gospel of … Continue reading

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July 21, 2014

My Second Major Argument Against Exclusive Psalmody

We have come to the point in this blog in which we are considering arguments against exclusive psalmody.  Here is my second argument. Second, we are commanded to worship in spirit and truth (John 4:24), that is, we must worship … Continue reading

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July 16, 2014

My First Major Argument Against Exclusive Psalmody

What are the major arguments against it? First, the exclusive psalmodists themselves do not actually sing inspired psalms.  The writings of exclusive psalmodists are littered with the claim that they only sing inspired psalms.  Nevertheless, I have to begin my … Continue reading

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July 14, 2014

How Must the Question of Exclusive Psalmody be Answered?

How must the question be answered? What do I mean by this question?  I mean, On what basis must the question be answered?  What rule should govern us when we try to answer the question of exclusive psalmody?  What in … Continue reading

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July 9, 2014

What is Exclusive Psalmody and Why Should We Take the Time to Deal With It?

What is exclusive psalmody? I have used the phrase exclusive psalmody.  Let me explain the phrase.  There are those who believe that in the worship of God we should only sing the biblical psalms.  There are two versions of this … Continue reading

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