But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 19 April 2017 22:00

Two Proposed Revisions to The Baptist Faith and Message Featured

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The Southern Baptist Convention revised The Baptist Faith and Message seventeen years ago. That revision made a number of important corrections, probably the most important of which had to do with the doctrine of Scripture. Language in the 1963 version that allowed for a neo orthodox reading...

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Monday, 17 April 2017 15:00

Acknowledging God Featured

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The actions of Adam and Eve in the garden after they had sinned tells us much about mankind. When they heard God walking in the garden they hid themselves. Man has been running from God ever since. Like an ostrich buries its head in the sand to hide from the lion so man attempts to ignore God. This...

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017 21:55

Particular Baptist Covenant Theology Featured

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The Particular Baptists emerged from the English Puritan movement within England’s parishes and universities. Several of the first-generation Particular Baptists attended Cambridge and Oxford and began their ministerial careers as priests in the church of England. Lay ministers among the...

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed (381)

Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed (381), often simply called “the Nicene Creed,” says that Christ was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary, and became fully human. It goes on...

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Tuesday, 11 April 2017 01:58

Some Errors Avoided by a Right Doctrine of Sanctification Featured

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My sermon betrayed the gospel. I was young, a-theological, and gripped by legalism. That toxic mix led to a litany of don’ts with no hint of the power of the cross, standing with Christ, or certainty of the believer’s sanctification. Instead, it left the hearers with more stuff to do if...

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By God’s grace I have been able to be a pastor for the last thirteen years, both as a church planter and the pastor of an established church. What follows is not everything I could say about the ministry, but are some things I have been learning and thinking about lately.

General 1. Find your...

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Friday, 07 April 2017 02:49

Trust Christ, Not Your Cage Featured

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Every single day, we find ourselves in a fight with our flesh. Though we have been crucified with Christ, our remaining sin is still a dangerous foe, constantly tempting us with the empty pleasures of our old life. Just like the Apostle Paul, we find ourselves on the one hand serving the law of God...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 03:36

A Brief Biblical Reflection on Pastoring Featured

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Have you ever had a verse of Scripture grip you? Has a verse stayed in your mind so firmly that you were seemingly prevented from turning your attention to other things? I do not yet serve as a pastor, but as I reflect on the possibility of pastoring a church in the future, there is one...

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Wednesday, 29 March 2017 21:58

What is a Reformed Baptist? Featured

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What is it that makes a “Reformed Baptist” distinct from other kinds of Baptists and Reformed folks? Reformed Baptists grew out of the English Reformation, emerging from Independent paedobaptist churches in the 1640’s for some very specific theological reasons, and they held...

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Monday, 27 March 2017 13:14

Why I Became an Associate Pastor at 30 Featured

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I sat across the table from my friend and mentor Tom Ascol enjoying a morning coffee at a local restaurant. He was the Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church. I was approaching 30 with seven years of pastoral ministry in my rearview mirror. After reading a book Tom edited on pastoral ministry, I...

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Friday, 24 March 2017 04:20

When God Lavishes You with Uncomfortable Grace Featured

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A few years ago, I took a pastoral position with the goal of shepherding that flock faithfully for at least 25 years. I told them as much after a 98-percent vote that put me in the sacred office. It was a mandate, and I pushed off shore for at least a quarter decade of preaching God’s Word...

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Tuesday, 21 March 2017 21:58

Churches, Get a Calvinist Pastor! Featured

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Southern Baptists inherited the most compelling aspects of all the Baptist Calvinists that preceded them. James P. Boyce summarized this well. He encouraged every preacher to get theological education in some way, even if it could not be at the Seminary in Greenville, South Carolina. If no other...

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Erroll Hulse has appropriately described Spurgeon as a “once-a-century” kind of preacher. It is no wonder, then, that his life and ministry continues to be full of instruction for pastors 125 years after his death.Spurgeon, though he is dead, still speaks.

I have been helped by his...

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017 22:00

Charles Spurgeon and Courage in the Pulpit Featured

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One of the greatest challenges that faces every pastor is the courage to stay true to his convictions. This is especially true when those convictions, though deeply and clearly rooted in Scripture, are out of step with popular opinion or the prevailing desires of influential church members. I am...

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Tuesday, 14 March 2017 21:58

The Practical Importance of Limited Atonement Featured

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All too often, when the doctrine of limited atonement is considered, people only see it as a theological debate over the extent of Christ’s atonement. Rarely is a direct connection drawn between this doctrinal divide and its implications in the Christian life. Of course a biblical study on...

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When the New Testament writers sought to teach churches about elder plurality they did not start with an organizational manual or flow chart or rationales for effective management. They started with the sufferings of Jesus Christ. In that model demonstrated by Jesus Christ, elders work together,...

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Thursday, 09 March 2017 02:35

Five Lessons in Marriage (Part 1): "It's Not About Me" Featured

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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series 5 Lessons in Marriage

In fifty years of marriage, I have learned many lessons. One lesson I’ve had to learn is that “It’s not about me.” Our Lord said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). I use this...

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I sat in a restaurant with a pastoral search committee to discuss consideration to serve as their pastor. They asked the typical questions. Do you believe the Bible? What do you think are the pastor’s responsibilities? Do you and your wife get along? Nothing specifically theological had been...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 20:58

The Christian’s Hope Featured

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There’s a lot of talk about hope these days. But often the hope that is peddled is fuzzy and unfounded. The Christian’s hope, rather, is clear and well grounded. Its hope that is sweet. Its hope with teeth. Paul talks about it in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17. Here’s four...

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Wednesday, 01 March 2017 23:01

God’s Ordinary Means of Grace are All You Need Featured

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Cal Ripken Junior became an extraordinary baseball player by doing an ordinary thing: he showed up for work. He did it again and again and again, a record 2,632 consecutive times. The hall-of-fame third baseman first appeared in the Baltimore Orioles starting lineup on May 30, 1982 in a game...

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Tuesday, 28 February 2017 21:00

Further Exposition of Constantinople Featured

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This reaffirmation of Nicea at Constantinople is plain in the retention of virtually all the language of the original creed. “God of God” was omitted as a superfluity in light of the phrase “very God of very God.” It has been reinserted in some texts today, as shown in this...

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 04:47

Introduction to Creation and the Fall Featured

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This issue of the Founders Journal gives expression to the doctrine that is contained in chapters 4 and 6 of the Second London Confession, the important topics of Creation, Fall, Sin, and its Consequences. Pat Stewart has contributed an astute examination of the perennially intriguing, and...

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Friday, 24 February 2017 04:40

Creation and the Decree Featured

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In the beginning it pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,(1) for the manifestation of the glory of His eternal power, wisdom, and goodness,(2) to create or make the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.(3) [Second London...

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Thursday, 23 February 2017 04:35

The Sinning of a Pure Heart Featured

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How did Eve and Adam, uncorrupted in nature, sin? The Second London Confession [2LC] takes care to recognize the singularity of this phenomenon. After one paragraph concerning the creation by the triune God of the world an all in it in six days and all to his glory, that chapter completely is...

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Wednesday, 22 February 2017 22:41

B.H. Carroll and Robust Confessionalism Featured

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Should a church use a confession of faith? If so, how robust should that confession be? While few modern Baptists may be willing to identify with the Campbellite “no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible” approach to church life, considerably more seem to be skeptical of or even...

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