I Am the Captain of My Soul: Billy Graham

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(This post is the latest installment in a series on Billy Graham.  See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.) Graham’s focus on human experience vis-à-vis biblical authority and as an apologetic for the Christian faith provided the bands of attachment to him and his ministry from two directions—both moderates and conservatives found resonance…



Should Christians be Involved in Politics?

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The political season is upon us, and soon we’ll be casting our votes for our chosen political candidates. Some Christians, however, wonder whether we should be involved in politics at all. They think politics are “worldly,” and we’re only faithful to engage the world through evangelism and missions.  Other Christians seem obsessively interested in politics, and seem to think that…

  

Sovereign Ruler of the Skies

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There are many gems to be found in the old hymnals. They shine with God’s praise from past generations. They remind us that His work reaches far beyond what we see Him doing in our own day. We are but a part of a concert of praise that has been ringing throughout history. We should…



When is it Right to Fire a Pastor?

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The callousness of the letter stunned me. I rambled through a drawer and found a copy of a long-forgotten hand scribbled note sent to a pastor twenty years ago. I had known him in seminary and early ministry. He had faithfully served his Southern Baptist church in a small southern town for a couple of…



The Anatomy of a Hybrid Constituency: Billy Graham

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(This post is the latest installment in a series on Billy Graham.  See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.) Billy Graham’s strong affirmation of biblical authority, his clear proclamation of the objective truths of the gospel, and his perseverance in the calling of evangelism gave him comprehensive credibility among evangelicals, including conservative Southern Baptists….



Biblical Theology and the Transfer of the Sabbath, Part 1

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  It is often objected that there is no direct evidence of Sunday observance in the New Testament, and therefore there must not have been any command to continue any sort of weekly Sabbath observance in continuity with the Old Testament Sabbath.[1] However, this series will demonstrate that there is evidence for the change in…



The Sands of Time Are Sinking

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“Immanuel’s Land” is a unique treasure in Christian hymnody. The hymn, also known by its first line, “The Sands of Time Are Sinking,” was written by Anne Ross Cousin from Roxburghshire in Scotland and was first published in 1857 in The Christian Treasury. Mrs. Cousin was the wife of a pastor in the Free Church…



Change, Plant, or Stay: Which is Best?

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Recently, a brother from a small town in the south wrote for advice. He came to Christ in the early nineties. Over the past two years he and his wife embraced reformed (baptistic) theology. But the church they were part of did not. Opposition to their theological convictions has mounted. After moving to their third…