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SCRBPC ’15 testimony of Pastor Brandon F. Smith

I am not normally enthusiastic about traveling cross-country, but I am thankful that I attended the Southern California Reformed Baptist Pastors’ Conference in 2015. During 24 years of ministry I have attended many conferences. I gleaned helpful thoughts from an assortment of presentations in the past, but this conference was different. Every lecture challenged me as a pastor and theologian in my thinking about the immensity and greatness of our God. I sat, at times, in awe of Him and other times giving thanks to Him. The conference reassured me of my need as a pastor to grapple with the doctrine of God both biblically and in general revelation. We need not give up the “battlefield of general revelation” to secular thinkers. My job, as pastor/theologian, requires me to think through who God is even in places of mystery. Although the doctrine of God leads to mystery sometimes, there is still much for me to learn concerning our God. I went away encouraged to read more on theology proper for my personal growth and the benefit of the local church.

Pastor Brandon F. Smith
Trinity Reformed Baptist Church Jackson, GA

SCRBPC ’15 registration now open

You can register here. If your wife is coming, please indicate in comment box at bottom of registration page.

SCRBPC ’15 registration opens next week


This year, we are privileged to have Drs. Renihan and Dolezal address the doctrine of God. You can view the full schedule here. We are planning on having a panel discussion with Drs. Renihan and Dolezal and Sam Renihan (author of two books on the subject) on the doctrine of divine impassibility. Each night closes with a Q&A. Besides the lectures and Q&A, we also provide two complimentary meals (lots of meat!). We hope you can join us! Here is the registration page.

SCRBPC 2015 schedule…as of today




Monday, November 2 – Tuesday, November 3, 2015


The Doctrine of God


Key-note speaker:

Dr. James E. Dolezal
Part-time Professor of Theology, Philosophy, and Church History
Cairn University
Langhorne, PA

Guest speaker:

Dr. James M. Renihan
Dean and Professor of Historical Theology
Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies
Escondido, CA


Monday, November 2, 2014

1. Registration/check-in: Monday, November 2 – 1:30-2:45pm
2. Session 1 (lecture, Dr. Renihan): Monday afternoon, November 2 – 3:00-4:00pm
3. Break: Monday afternoon, November 2 – 4:00-4:15pm
4. Session 2 (lecture #1, Present State of the Doctrine of God in Evangelicalism, Dr. Dolezal): Monday afternoon, November 2 – 4:15-5:15pm
5. Dinner: complimentary Tacos (full-conference attendees only), Monday, November 2 – 5:15-6:30pm
6. Session 3 (lecture #2, Divine Simplicity: 1. The Theological Grammar of Orthodoxy, Dr. Dolezal): Monday evening, November 2 – 6:30-7:30pm
7. Break: Monday evening, November 3 – 7:30-7:50pm
8. Session 4 (Q&A, Drs. Dolezal and Renihan): Monday evening, November 2 – 7:50-8:30pm

Tuesday, November 3, 2014

9. Session 5 (lecture #3, Divine Simplicity: 2. On the Inadequacy of Harmonism and Actualism, Dr. Dolezal): Tuesday morning, November 3 – 8:30-9:30am
10. Break: Tuesday morning, November 3 – 9:30-9:50am
11. Session 6 (lecture #4, Divine Eternity: The Challenge of Creation, Dr. Dolezal): Tuesday morning, November 3 – 9:50-10:50am
12. Break: Tuesday morning, November 3 – 10:50-11:10am
13. Session 7 (Panel Discussion on Divine Impassibility: Dr. Dolezal, Dr. Renihan, and Sam Renihan): Tuesday morning, November 3 – 11:10am-12:10pm
14. Lunch: complimentary Argentine BBQ (full-conference attendees only), Tuesday afternoon, November 3 – 12:10-1:30pm
15. Break: Tuesday afternoon, November 3 – 1:30-6:30pm
16. Session 8: (lecture #5, Trinity: Rehabilitating the Unity of Being, Dr. Dolezal): Tuesday evening, November 3 – 6:30-7:30pm
17. Break: Tuesday evening, November 3 – 7:30-7:50pm
18. Session 9 (Q&A, conference speakers): Tuesday evening, November 3 – 7:50-8:30pm
19. Closing prayer and doxology

SCRBPC 2015 Of God and of the Holy Trinity, Dr. James E. Dolezal

Topic: Of God and of the Holy Trinity

Dates: Monday-Tuesday, November 2 & 3, 2015

Speakers: Dr. James E. Dolezal and James M. Renihan

Format: Six lectures, Two Q&A sessions, One panel discussion on Divine Impassibility with Q&A at the end


Stay tuned for registration info.

Journal of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies 2015 article titles

You can view the article titles for the next edition of JIRBS here.

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Dabney Olguin

“It truly was a privilege learning from Dr. Trueman concerning the Reformed confessional doctrine of Holy Scripture and the historical background, which led to those confessional statements. His lectures gave me new vigor to dig deeply into the all-important doctrine of Scripture even more. They as well gave me greater appreciation for the saints of the early church and the medieval period. Beside the wonderful lectures was the joy of being surrounded by brothers in the Lord, many of whom are ministers of the Word and many who are training to be. I look forward to returning to the next conference! Thank you to all who worked to put it together.”

Dabney Olguin

Student at Westminster Seminary California and IRBS

member of Christ Reformed Baptist Church, WI

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Nate Perkins

“I recently attended the SCRBPC in La Mirada, CA. I am not a pastor and also I am new to Reformed theology so to say I’m green is an understatement. Having said that, as a lay teacher, this conference was very appropriate. Trinity Reformed Baptist Church was a gracious host as the facilities were clean and comfortable. The speakers were engaging, well thought and, to my surprise, very approachable. The conference began with a timely session on the importance of Scripture by Dr. Trueman. So much could be said about just this lecture but there were 6 more sessions, not to mention the great Q&As. I appreciated Dr. Barcellos’ ‘Getting the Garden Right’ lecture, as it looked at the always interesting subject of hermeneutics. Dr. Trueman capped the conference with an inspiring and encouraging lecture on the theology of preaching. I must mention the food that was provided. The two meals were worth the conference fee in themselves. I would highly recommend this conference to anyone in leadership, and a must for those who lead/teach in a Reformed Baptist congregation.”

Nate Perkins

testimony from SCRBPC 2014 Pastor Cameron Porter

“SCRBPC 2014 was excellent, in every way. Being a strong proponent of conferences containing theological instruction and content, and a strong objector to the modern trend in “leadership and vision” conferences, I was very pleasantly contented in the lectures given by all three men. Dr. Trueman’s lectures on the doctrine of Scripture from a historical perspective provided some great information, strengthening the understanding of the Protestant approach to authority, and the historical consistency of viewing the Scriptures as the only rule of faith. Dr. Renihan, as usual, opened up the confessional language in a way that only he can, providing a wonderfully in-depth explanation of the first statement of chapter one. Finally, Dr. Barcellos’ lecture on hermeneutics and the covenant of works was thorough, excellent, and very well-presented. His defense of the doctrine of the covenant of works, strengthened by his insistence that Christians employ the hermeneutics that the biblical authors themselves employed – even more, that God himself employed – is very needed in our day of doctrinal decline and acquiescence to faulty hermeneutics.

On a few different notes, the structure and schedule of the various sessions and breaks was perfect; the food was so good that I found myself wanting seconds, thirds, and fourths; and the fellowship with other like-minded brethren was heart-warming and refreshing. Knowing that “God alone is Lord of the conscience,” I cannot command anyone to register for next year’s conference, but I do strongly recommend it to anyone able to attend.”
Cameron Porter, Pastor