The Shattering of Every Calvinist’s Dream

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One of the realities of life is that our greatest strengths tend to incubate the seeds of our greatest weaknesses. So a man who is decisive, proactive and determined to accomplish much good can be unsympathetic, dismissive and harsh. Similarly a woman who is thoughtful, careful and quiet can be passive, distant and self-absorbed. We…



Dialogue on the Traditional Statement

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Last week I had the privilege of delivering the Darby/Beal Lectures at the Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Texas. It was a joy to be on campus and to learn more about the mission and vision of BMATS. I was impressed with the faculty and students that I met and was particularly delighted to meet…



To Assume the Gospel is to Lose it

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For well over a decade I have expressed concerns that many conservative, Bible believing churches have in important ways lost the gospel. This concern has been met with varying degrees of incredulity by certain sectors of the evangelical world, most notably, some of the very ones that provoked my evaluation. Though things have improved from…



Responding to Opposition and Persecution

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It is impossible to live a faithful Christian life without experiencing opposition and persecution. Jesus promises his disciples that in this world we “will have tribulation” (John 16:33) and Paul warns Timothy that “all who desire to live a godly live in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12). Given this inevitable reality, how…



Help Founders Ministries spread God’s Word

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We don’t often make direct appeals for support of Founders Ministries, primarily because we believe that the Lord will provide resources for all that He intends for us to do. Furthermore, we don’t want the importance of the work to which we are committed to be hindered in any way by the misunderstanding that such…



Does church membership matter?

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One of the most frequent questions that I get from professing Christians is, “Why do I have to be a member of a church?” Over the course of the years the character of that question has increasingly shifted from honest inquiry to incredulous accusation. In fact I am no longer surprised when believers get angry at…



Healthy Christianity is Confessional

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Faith precedes practice. Creed governs deed. What you believe controls what you do. This is true even though at times a person’s actions may be contrary to his confession and it is the very fact that he professes a standard that enables his actions to be judged in harmony with or contrary to his beliefs….



Review of the B&H Baptist History Collection from Logos

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For the last several years I have been using Logos Bible software on my Macintosh computers. I have long been a fan of Logos but as a Machead, kept waiting (and sometimes agitating) for a native Mac version. Logos 4 accomplished that and from day 1, literally, I have been using it. After getting some extremely helpful training from…



Reflections on the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention

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I will add my voice to others who have positively evaluated the 2014 SBC that met last week in Baltimore. The spirit of the meeting was warm and congenial. There seems to be a widespread implicit agreement that if we are going to live together productively within the network of churches that comprise the SBC…



Visit the Founders Booth at the SBC in Baltimore

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If you are going to the Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore next week be sure to stop by the Founders Booth and visit with us. We will be giving away a free book and will have brochures and information about the upcoming national conference in Charleston, South Carolina October 16-18, 2014. Please note that because…