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

Apologetic Report - Founders
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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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:00

Why Practice Family Worship? Featured

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Family Worship

When you hear about family worship, how do you respond? Do you feel lost, not knowing what all of the fuss is about? Do you feel nervous, thinking that those who practice family worship are Christian fanatics? Do you feel guilty, knowing that...

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Monday, 20 February 2017 23:00

“Why doesn’t Church Discipline Ever Seem to Work?” Featured

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I remember right where I was—leading a bible study in my living room. The conversation moved into the practice of church discipline. I had previously mentioned that “of course the goal of church discipline is always repentance.” What I meant was that we always want the sinner to...

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Thursday, 16 February 2017 05:00

Five Lessons Learned from Practicing Church Discipline Featured

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I’ve been pastoring for over ten years now, and I believe in practicing church discipline with all my heart. But church discipline has been one of the greatest sorrows and griefs of my pastoral experience. I do not like practicing church discipline, but I believe in doing it because Christ...

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Monday, 13 February 2017 22:00

On Church Unity Featured

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Unity is a thing to be maintained. Ephesians 4:3 says to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit.” Unity must be kept, preserved, and guarded. If you kick your feet up on this one and just go with the flow, you will find yourself in a divided kingdom fast quick and in a hurry....

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This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

Answering the question, “What have you done well in your pastoral ministry?” is difficult. It’s not hard to answer because there hasn’t been fruitfulness or success. It’s difficult to figure out...

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Tuesday, 07 February 2017 05:00

Some Methods of Family Worship Featured

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Family worship can be daunting. After all, many of us didn’t grow up in homes where family worship was practiced, so we do not really know what it looks like. Additionally, most of us aren’t pastors, so we do not have experience in leading worship. If family worship is like leading a...

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Wednesday, 01 February 2017 05:00

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry: “Pastoral Care” Featured

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This entry is part 9 of 9 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

I must admit that when I was in seminary, shepherding, or pastoral care, did not figure prominently in my understanding of the role of Senior Pastor. If I were asked to name the top qualities of a Senior Pastor, I would have...

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This entry is part 8 of 8 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

When we planted Chelsea Village Baptist Church in 2010, I spent a lot of time reading and listening to other men who have planted to gain their wisdom on the best time to install elders in our church. Some suggested waiting as...

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Thursday, 26 January 2017 05:00

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry: “Kindness” Featured

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This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

It would be much easier to write on “something I did wrong in the ministry” or “something I tried to do right in the ministry. Ernie Reisinger used to say to me: “Experience is a strange old teacher;...

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Tuesday, 24 January 2017 05:00

The Nicaeno-Constantinopolitan Creed – 381 Featured

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The orthodox party of Nicea prevailed for less than a decade. Challenges to the formula of Nicea soon began to multiply and the emperor found that his cement to the empire had shifted and that he must shift with it. He exiled Athanasius, who had become the bishop of Alexandria, and restored Arius,...

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Wednesday, 18 January 2017 05:00

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry: “Expository Preaching” Featured

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

I love to mow the lawn. Well, at least the first mowing of the season, then I hand over the responsibility to my teenage son. But there is something refreshing and satisfying to me about mowing the lawn. It is tangible and...

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