Pastor Steve brought to my attention a rather pleasant surprise. Apparently the Orlando campus of Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) has established The Nicole Institute of Baptist Studies. As many of you know, RTS is confessionally Presbyterian. Westminster Seminary California did something very similar by establishing the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies led by James Renihan. Clearly this is a reflection of the growing revival of Reformed Theology within Baptist circles. This is both exciting and encouraging.
The RTS website describes it thus:
As part of a confessional seminary, the Nicole Institute operates within a confessional framework in order to promote the great doctrines of the faith, which were laid down in Scripture, restored to the Church by the Reformers, and affirmed by Baptists in the 1689 Confession of Faith and the Baptist Catechism of 1693.
The only thing I find objectionable is the website listing John Piper among the list of major Reformed Baptist figures. With all due respect to Dr. Piper, he’s not Reformed in his theology and he’s certainly not confessional. I think a better choice would have been to list Albert Mohler or perhaps James White. I’ve noticed that some of our Presbyterian brethren have a very loose view of who/what constitutes a Baptist. But I digress. That’s a minor point of contention. I’m excited that this is happening and we Baptists owe RTS a debt of gratitude.