Five Lessons for Preachers from the Prince of Preachers

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Everyone loves Charles Spurgeon. Even those who feel compelled to edit the Calvinism from his sermons and writings have shown great appreciation for him as a preacher of God’s Word. Little wonder, Spurgeon is a rare gift of God to the church. His life and labors stand like Mont Blanc over the post-Apostolic landscape of the…



Founders-friendly lists

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Stan Reeves has overseen the Founders website from the beginning. Along with making sure that it is populated with a wealth of solid material Stan has maintained lists that enable individuals to connect with each other and with churches in their locale. Those lists are being updated and we need your help. If you are…



Perseverance in Pastoral Ministry

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Repost, from the archives: It’s common wisdom among pastors that no important decision should be made on a Monday. Especially a Monday morning. The nature of pastoral work causes the Lord’s Day to be a day that typically requires a great expenditure of physical, emotional and spiritual energy for a man who gives himself to…



Corrective Church Discipline

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One of the most important and difficult tasks a pastor must undertake is leading his congregation to understand and obey what the Bible says about church discipline. The widespread neglect of the practice can cause even faithful Christians to be fearful of the idea. When biblical texts that give instruction on the subject are introduced…



Kentucky Baptist Presidential Race and Two Visions of the SBC

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Two candidates have been announced for the upcoming presidential election of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) next month. Jerry Tooley is Director of Missions in the Daviess-McClean Baptist Association in the Owensboro area. He has been an outspoken critic of the doctrines of grace and of Southern Baptists who believe those doctrines. In fact, he has…



My thoughts on the Donald Trump phenomenon

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If you are at all interested in American politics then it has been impossible for you to ignore the recent disruption caused by Donald Trump. Like many others, I have been fascinated by it and have tried to understand some of what it means. I offer my thoughts over on my personal blog but thought…



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…