Fentiman, Travis

Articles

An Analysis of Rutherford and M’Crie on whether Ladies have the Right to Vote for Church Officers  2015, 21 pages, with Samuel Rutherford and Thomas M’Crie appended on the subject

Rev. Fentiman analyzes the arguments of Rutherford (who was for ladies voting) and M’Crie (who was against it) and comes to a third middle viewpoint in-between both: that it is indifferent.

Baptism for the Dead: Sermon Notes on 1 Cor. 15:29  2015, 18 pages

Rev. Fentiman gives an introduction to the subject of the ‘baptism for the dead’ (1 Cor. 15:29) and argues that it refers to the purification washing for touching dead bodies in Num. 19, which the Jews (rightly) held to be a picture of the Resurrection.  R.L. Dabney, amongst others took this view, though Fentiman argues it in more detail.

Bible Verses on Common Grace and the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel, 2014, 34 passages with commentary

A Christian Wedding Service, two pages

Need help planning a Christian wedding service?  Here is a Christ exalting, beautiful and simple wedding service according to historic reformed principles. 

The Covenant of Redemption: a Covenant Distinct from the Covenant of Grace2014, 18 pages

Puritan theology used to teach that there is a Covenant of Grace in time with men and also a Covenant of Redemption in eternity between the Father and the Son.  Much of contemporary reformed theology collapses the two covenants into one, following Thomas Boston of the early 1700’s and most of the Southern Presbyterians in the 1800’s.  This article demonstrates that the majority puritan view is the most rigorously Biblical. 

Creeds are Not an Element of Worship, 2015, 18 paragraphs

This is a Biblical defense that the confession of creeds should not be in worship. 

A Defense of the Majority Opinion in the Free Church of Scotland on Covenanting, 36 points, 135 paragraphs, with a select annotated bibliography

This is an extensive articulation and defense of the majority historic view on the Solemn League and Covenant, argued from scripture, history, constitutional documents and primary sources.  

Do We Sing Jesus Christ’s Name in the Psalter?  2015  50 paragraphs

The answer is Yes, the proof of which is overwhelmingly documented from the Hebrew.

Historic Reformed Quotes on the Fatherhood of God over All People, a seven paragraph introduction with 85+ historic, reformed quotes

The majority of historic, reformed theology has consistently maintained that though fallen man is spiritually of his father the Devil (John 8:44), yet God remains his natural Father by creation (Acts 17:28-29, Lk. 3:38; 15:14; Heb. 12:9; Mal. 2:10; Isa. 64:8; etc.).  This article briefly introduces the subject, gives further reading, and documents this doctrine in the best of our historic reformed theologians.     

The Interpretation and Defense of the Original Westminster Standards, 2014, 26 topical entries

This annotated bibliography gives further reading that exhaustively defends the original (1646) Westminster Standards on the particular points cut out by the later American revisions and where office-bearers commonly take exception to them today.  

Introduction to the Office of Teacher, 2014, 27 paragraphs, with four Appendices of 44 more paragraphs.

Here is a comprehensible introduction to the historic view of the Reformation and the Westminster Assembly, showing the Biblical warrant for the Office of Teacher.  Further resources are suggested in the article for further study. 

Jesus the Friend of Sinners, 2014, 10 paragraphs

Is Jesus friendly to the unconverted?  The Bible and historic reformed Christianity says Yes.

John 3:16 – God’s Love for all Mankind in the Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel, 2014, 16 paragraphs

John L. Girardeau’s Doctrine of Adoption: a Systematic and Biblical Defense2014, 20 pages

This is a systematic exposition and Biblical defense of Girardeau’s doctrine of Adoption.  It argues that Adoption is both distinct from Regeneration and Justification, that Adam was by creation naturally a son of God (Luke 3:38), and that unbelievers are as well (Acts 17:28, Lk. 15:24), though not spiritually (Jn. 8:44), as God is the Father of all people by creation (Heb. 12:9, Eph. 3:15).

The Most Predominate Sin of Reformed Christians, 2014, 6 paragraphs

Qualified Headship: That the Father’s Authority Within His Proper Sphere is Qualified and Limited, as Respecting the Marriage of His Daughters2014, 42 pages

Does the Bible teach that a father may forbid the marriage of his daughter for any reason?  Must the father’s will always be obeyed if he does not require one to sin, though he is acting in ignorance and sin himself?  A rising tide in Christianity believes the Bible’s answer to these two questions is Yes.  This paper demonstrates that the Bible’s answer, and the answer of the large part of historic, reformed Christianity, is No.  Daughters and their suitors are justified before God in getting married against the father’s will in certain grievous situations where, there is not “just cause.” 

The Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel in the Sum of Saving Knowledge, 2014, the Introduction is 31 paragraphs and is followed by the relevant highlighted sections of The Sum

Sometimes the Sum of Saving Knowledge, 1651, which is often printed with the Westminster Standards, is interpreted as if the sincere free offer of the gospel described in it is only made to the elect.  This introduction to the document thoroughly disproves this interpretation by the statements of The Sum itself and by the other writings of it’s authors, James Durham and David Dickson, in five points.  The Sum teaches that God, by His revealed will, desires the reprobate to be saved.  

The Sincere Free Offer of the Gospel in the Westminster Standards and Divines, the Introduction is 11 paragraphs, followed by the relevant highlighted sections from the Standards, with editorial comments

Sometimes it is maintained that “offer” in the Confession and Catechisms does not imply that God intended to give what He offers, or that He does not desire the recipients to take the offer.  This interpretation, however, is shown to be wrong on two accounts: (1) upon the statements of the Standards themselves, and (2) upon the writings of the Westminster Divines.

A Summary of the Majority Opinion in the Free Church of Scotland on Covenanting, summarized in 13 concise points, 20 paragraphs

Here is the Biblically principled, majority historic view on the subject, with special reference to Scotland and her churches.

What is the Gospel?  8 paragraphs 

Here is a brief summary of the Gospel for all those that desire eternal life.

 

 

Sermons

Family Worship, a sermon on Ps. 78:1-7, audio, 2008

This sermon demonstrates that family worship is a Biblical obligation.  It covers all the main Biblical data and principles, the Westminster Assembly’s teaching respecting it, and some practical how-to questions, before the audio was accidentally cut off at 34 minutes.  

The Lord is my Portion, a sermon on Ps. 16:5,6, 2009

Ps. 16:5,6 “The Lord is the portion of mine inheritance and of my cup: thou maintainest my lot.  The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.”

The dying words of Matthew Henry:  There is no more pleasant and comfortable life than that spent in the service of and in communion with God. 

The Lord’s Feast, a Sermon on Isa 55:1,2, audio, 2009, note the audio starts at about 20 seconds.

Isa. 55:1 – “Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

The Lord’s School, a Sermon on Ps. 119:71, audio, 2009

Ps. 119:71 – “It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.”