Where to Begin
A good place to start seeking Reformed Baptist resources is the 1689 Federalism website, which focuses on the Biblical basis for and the distinctiveness of Reformed Baptist Federalism, also known as Covenant Theology, as outlined in the the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. There you can watch a number of helpful introductory videos that include:
An Introduction to 1689 Federalism1689 Federalism Versus Westminster Federalism1689 Federalism Versus Dispensationalism1689 Federalism Versus New Covenant Theology and Progressive Covenantalism1689 Federalism Versus 20th Century Reformed Baptists
The site also includes some helpful charts and a list of resources.
You may also want to check out the BCF Assistant, which gives helpful backrgound information concerning the Baptist Confession of 1689. It includes the text of the 1677/89 London Baptist Confession of Faith, a section on the "Doctrine and Theology of the Confession," a section on "People and History Relevant to the Confession," an "Index of Scripture Citations in the Confession," and a section "About The 1677/89 BCF Assistant" itself. There is also a downloadable form of the BCF Assistane here, along with some other resources helpful to Reformed Baptists or those wishing to learn more about Reformed Baptist history and theology.
Covenant Theology From Adam to Christ, a reprint of two seventeenth century theologians, Nehemiah Cox and John Owen
Another good place to go is Free Grace Press, where there are always good deals to be had on Jeff Johnson's books. Free Grace Press is also introducing a new series of Baptist classics called the "Baptist Reprints Series." Their goal is to make known and assist in the disseminating of many great Baptist books that would otherwise remain largely forgotten. To assist in this goal, these books will be extremely affordable. And though they can be accessed for free online, most new readers will not take advantage of such resources. With a fresh typesetting and minor updates to the language, we believe these books are perfect to buy in bulk and handout to the next generation of Reformed Baptists. Highly recommended!
Bob describes the purpose of his blog this way:
It Is Written exists to promote the Reformation doctrine of sola Scriptura (by Scripture alone) and its corollary principle semper reformanda (always reforming). I’m basically Reformed and Baptist in my theological orientation. But more importantly, I’m a Bible believing Christian who affirms the verbal and plenary inspiration of both the Old and New Testaments of Holy Scripture (66 books) in their original autographs. I believe that the Scriptures are infallible and inerrant in all their parts and are, therefore, trustworthy and authoritative in all that they affirm concerning history, science, doctrine, ethics, religious practice, or any other topic. Moreover, I believe that salvation always has been and always will be through faith alone in Christ alone by grace alone. These convictions have been articulated well the great Reformed Confessions of Faith, especially, in the London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, which is the confessional standard of the seminary where I serve. But I don’t believe the Holy Spirit’s work of illuminating the church stopped in the seventeenth century. He’s continues to teach the church, and I continue to learn more of his Word even through other theological traditions. May prayer and hope is that God might be pleased to use the content posted on this blog to promote a stronger commitment to the Scripture’s supremacy over all thought and life–to the end that we might more fully glorify and enjoy him in all that we do!
The creators of the site state their purpose as follows:
We were following about 20 to 30 Reformed Baptist blogs, Facebook groups, etc. around the web and knew we had some Reformed Baptist brethren that may not be that tech savvy. So, we created “The Confessing Baptist” to be your one-stop shop for all things Reformed Baptist. The site was created and is currently maintained by three ordinary fellas who subscribe to the 2nd London Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689. We saw there was plenty of sites for evangelicalism as a whole, Reformed in general, and Reformed paedo-baptist, but nothing for us. Thus, this site.
Prominent Contemporary Reformed Baptist Theologians
Dr. Richard Barcellos - The pastor at Grace Reformed Baptist Church in Palmdale, California. He is the founder of Reformed Baptist Academic Press and the editor of The Reformed Baptist Theological Review. He is also the author of Better than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective, In Defense of the Decalogue: A Critique of New Covenant Theology, The Family Tree of Reformed Biblical Theology, The Lord's Supper as a Means of Grace: More Than a Memory, the co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto (with Sam Waldron), and the co-editor of Covenant Theology From Adam to Christ (with Ronald Miller and Francisco Orozco).
Dr. Richard P. Belcher - Retired professor of Bible, Theology, Greek, and Preaching at Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) in Columbia, South Carolina. He is currently serving as pastor at Covenant Baptist Church in West Columbia, South Carolina, and is the author of the popular Journey series of theological novels.
Dr. Robert Gonzales - The Academic Dean and a professor of Reformed Baptist Seminary. He is also the author of Where Sin Abounds: the Spread of Sin and the Curse in Genesis with Special Focus on the Patriarchal Narratives and a contributor to the Reformed Baptist Theological Review, The Founders Journal, and Westminster Theological Journal. He is also the author of one of the best Reformed Baptist blogs on the internet (see above).
Dr. Jeffrey Johnson - The primary teaching elder at Grace Bible Church in Conway, Arkansas. He is also the author of The Kingdom of God: A Baptist Expression of Covenant & Biblical Theology, The Fatal Flaw of the Theology Behind Infant Baptism, Behind the Bible: Introduction to Textual Criticism, and The Church: Why Bother?. Also check out his Free Grace Press.
Dr. Fred A. Malone - The pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, LA, since 1993. He is the author of The Baptism of Disciples Alone: A Covenantal Argument for Credobaptism versus Paedobaptism as well as many articles.
Dr. James Renihan - The Dean and Professor of Historical Theology at the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies and an elder at Escondido Reformed Baptist Church. He is also the editor and contributor to Denominations or Associations? Essays on Reformed Baptist Associations, editor of Daily Treasure: 366 Daily readings on the Psalms from The Treasury of David by C. H. Spurgeon, and author of True Confessions: Baptist Documents in the Reformed Family as well as of a number of articles posted online.
Dr. Samuel Waldron - The Academic Dean and Professor of Systematic Theology at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies. He is also the author of Faith, Obedience, and Justification: Current Evangelical Departures from Sola Fide, A Modern Exposition of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, The End Times Made Simple, and Baptist Roots in America, and co-author of A Reformed Baptist Manifesto (with Richard Barcellos).
Dr. James White - An elder at Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church and the founder and of Alpha and Omega Ministries. He is also the author of numerous books including Justification by Faith, The King James Only Controversy, The Forgotten Trinity, The Potter's Freedom, The God Who Justifies, and The Same Sex Controversy. For a complete list of his publications, see here.
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