There are three main interpretative approaches to Hosea chapters 1-3. The first is the symbolic view which treats the marriage as a symbol or a vision utilized by God to teach Israel lessons about His marriage to them. This view is held by a lot of the older commentators. For instance, John Calvin says, “There is no doubt but that God describes here the favor He promises to the Israelites in a type or a vision: for they are too gross in their notions, who think that the prophet married a woman who had been a harlot.”[1] The commentators who take this position indicate that if Hosea had in fact married a harlot, his ministry would have been undermined.

The second position may be called the proleptic view. The idea here is that Gomer was chaste when Hosea married her and then she engaged in unfaithfulness. This doesn’t really solve the potential problem; it still sets forth a situation where God commands Hosea to marry a woman that He knew would be a harlot. Click to read more about “Did Hosea Really Marry a Harlot?”

In Joshua chapters 3-4, the children of Israel cross the Jordan into the Promised Land due to the wondrous power of God. In chapter 5, the children of Israel celebrate by the sacramental signs: circumcision and Passover. During the Passover celebration, the author emphasizes that the children of Israel “ate of the produce of the land” (Josh 5:11, two other references in v.12). This emphasis highlights an important point: the God who promised the gift of the land with all of its attendant grain, was now fulfilling that promise and His covenant people were reaping the benefits of His faithfulness. Click to read more about “The Cessation of the Miraculous”

Brandon Adams has created an excellent site designed to explore the specific contours of Reformed Baptist covenant theology as summarized in the 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith. There are several interviews with Dr. Jim Renihan, Dr. Richard Barcellos, and Pastor Sam Renihan which contrast the 1689 Confession of Faith with the Westminster Confession of Faith, dispensational theology, New Covenant theology, and 20th century Reformed Baptist covenant theology. There are also some helpful charts and a section of recommended books. There is good stuff here — http://www.1689federalism.com/

Also, three “ordinary fellas” have put together a website called The Confessing Baptist (http://confessingbaptist.com/) which is designed to be “your one-stop shop for all things Reformed Baptist” (from the “About” section at the site).

 

The late John Murray said, “Nothing shows the moral bankruptcy of a people or of a generation more than disregard for the sanctity of life.”[1] Abortion is an indicator of the moral bankruptcy of people in this generation and demonstrates the exceeding wickedness of sin. The Bible reveals that man is created in the image of God, and therefore to murder man is to assault the divine majesty.[2] The fact that man is created in the image of God is not true only of healthy adults, but is true of man in every phase of his life. Man is the image of God before the fall into sin (Gen 1:26-28), after the fall into sin (Jas 3:9), in the womb (see below), as a child (Lev 18:21; Eph 6:4), as one physically handicapped (Lev 19:14; Mk 10:46-52), as an elderly person (Lev 19:32; Prov 16:31; 1 Tim 5:1), and as having dominion over the animals (Gen 1:28; Ps 8:6-8). Click to read more about “The Bible and Abortion”

Sola Scriptura Ministries will host a conference on revival at the Free Grace Baptist Church in October. Here is a brief summary of the event (taken from the Sola Scriptura website) —

“Two sessions will focus on what the Scriptures have to say about this amazing and spectacular out pouring of the Spirit of God. Mark Jones will focus on Acts 2, the first New Testament record of Revival and then followup with a session entitled Diligent Plodding. The periods of Revival, though dramatic and spectacular only encompass a small span of Church History. The Church still grows through the day to day hum drum practices of the local church.

The two other sessions will look at points of history that saw Revival but are little talked about today.”

Here is a link to the flyer for the conference.

http://solascripturaministriesinternational.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/sola_vancouver2012_draft3.pdf