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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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 22:26

Five Elements of a Church Membership Class Featured

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Not long after I started my ministry at our church, we began having regular visitors who soon were asking about becoming members. While I was grateful to God for bringing them to us and thankful for their interest in joining our church, I knew that we needed to have a church membership class so...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 02:49

A Tale of Two Ordinations Featured

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1. About an hour before the scheduled ordination service, a 21-year-old sat in an awkwardly quiet room surrounded by a few other men, some of whom he barely knew. Over the next 45 minutes, this group would decide whether or not the congregation would ordain him at 6:00 that evening.

And you could...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 22:00

Every Day is a Day of Thanksgiving Featured

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Christians are commanded by God to give thanks in everything, every day. This is God’s will for our life. William Hendriksen, a faithful New...

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At 9:51 p.m. on August 31, 1886, the most powerful earthquake ever to hit the East Coast struck South Carolina and pummeled Charleston. By 9:52 p.m. that morning, more than 150 people were dead and nearly 90 percent of the historic city’s masonry buildings were reduced to rubble and dust....

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 01:17

What is God Saying to Us? Featured

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Irma and Harvey may go down as the Bonnie and Clyde of tropical hurricanes. My extended family in Texas suffered great loss from the former (though all of their lives were spared, by God’s grace), and now my immediate and church family in Florida are preparing for the onslaught of the latter,...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 22:00

The Reformation: A Burning Light and a Failure of Nerve Featured

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Reformation

John Hus was part of an ancient Bohemian reform movement. Students from Bohemia who studied in England introduced Hus to the writings of John Wyclif. Wyclif’s criticism of the phenomenon of simony and his strong advocacy of Scripture and...

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Monday, 04 September 2017 22:00

The Evangelistic Fervor of a 17th Century Particular Baptist Featured

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When Andrew Fuller was wrestling with the question of whether or not the gospel should be preached indiscriminately to all, he found a model for promiscuous gospel preaching in the seventeenth-century English Particular Baptist John Bunyan. Fuller noted that Bunyan, contrary to the contemporary...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 22:00

The Practical Benefits of a Plurality of Elders Featured

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God has revealed in His Word how we are to govern His church, and from God’s Word we recognize two offices which He has given to lead His church: pastors (also called overseers and elders) and deacons. We also see that pastors are not to serve alone, but in a plurality of elders. After all,...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 22:00

The Spiritual Discipline of Face Time Featured

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I attended my first high school reunion a few years ago. Like many others preparing for this oft–awkward gathering, I experienced a good bit of terror in the weeks leading up to it. However, my main concern wasn’t whether or not my high school classmates would judge my accomplishments,...

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Monday, 28 August 2017 03:12

The Man in Romans 7 Featured

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The 7th chapter of Romans is teeming with important pastoral and theological insights. A careful study of it yields help for Christians who are confused or despondent over their remaining sin. Paul’s comments in 7:14-8:4 contain important practical principles which dispel many erroneous and...

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In his work on the decrees of God titled Mountains of Brass, Hercules Collins (1647–1702) addressed the proper interpretation of biblical passages that speak of God repenting. The work containing this interpretation was originally a sermon preached by Collins at the Devonshire Square Baptist...

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My wife and I have been catechizing our children for the better part of 15 years, but an impatient part of me has always wondered: Are they benefiting from this?

They fidget. They struggle to maintain focus. Sometimes they ask, “When are we going to be done?” This is no...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 01:06

The Reformation: Loosening the Lid Featured

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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series The Reformation

Whenever I open a jar that Margaret, my wife, has been struggling with for a while, she will say, “Well, I loosened it for you.” In fact, part of her technique is to tap it gently on the counter all around the tight lid to relieve...

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017 00:30

Laughing When I Should Be Crying Featured

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This entry is part 13 of 13 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

I caught myself laughing. I couldn’t help it. I know that I should have been crying but the irony of the comment jarred me as so absurd that I laughed. What was so funny? A notable “Traditionalist” lamented the...

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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 02:20

VBS and the Mission of the Church Featured

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When Jesus said, “I’ll make you fishers of men,” do you picture an individual sitting on the edge of a pier with a rod and reel? Or do you imagine a group of fishermen, each one leaning over the side of a boat holding their part of a large net?

1. A Short Theology of Corporate...

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Monday, 07 August 2017 00:33

Erroll Hulse (1931-2017), A Beautifully Proportioned Life Featured

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This week I was brought to a new sense of the greatness even of the disembodied state of those who die in the Lord. Paul said to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Though he did not want to be unclothed but longed for an immediate transfer to a state of glory in the body like...

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Saturday, 05 August 2017 01:04

Introduction: Are Explanations Irrelevant? Featured

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How do human free agency and responsibility relate to divine effectuality? This question sets up one of the most challenging discussions in theological literature. In Baptist thought today, particularly among Southern Baptists, the issues of divine decrees and libertarian free will are drawing...

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Friday, 04 August 2017 01:09

Of Free Will Featured

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Second London ConfessionChapter IX

The Second London Confession [2LC] affirms free will plainly. “God hath indued the Will of Man, with that natural liberty, and power of acting upon choice; that it is neither forced, not by any necessity of nature determined to do good...

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 03:35

The Man Converted through His Own Preaching Featured

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In the late seventeenth century, a son of the famous English Baptist pastor Benjamin Keach came to America. Although he was unconverted, Elias Keach posed as a minister to support himself. However, his plan backfired and he came under conviction while preaching one of his fraudulent sermons....

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Thursday, 03 August 2017 01:24

Of Effectual Calling Featured

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Second London ConfessionChapter X

Anne Marie Grimball could not have been happier chasing the frivolous lifestyle of a typical Southern belle in colonial Charleston, South Carolina. Among her many “flattering prospects,” the young woman counted an “amiable and...

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Wednesday, 02 August 2017 01:31

Infant Election Featured

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Second London ConfessionChapter X; Paragraph 3

Though scarcely preached from the Sunday morning pulpit, the subject of infant salvation is an intensely personal and pastoral issue deserving of proper treatment in the Baptist church. It is not so explicit in Scripture...

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Monday, 31 July 2017 11:48

Christian Freedom and the Law of God Featured

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The relationship between freedom and law is an intricate one. It is far too easy to have a message on Christian freedom degenerate into one in which Christians are taught they are free to do whatever they want: “no rules equals freedom.” On the other hand, it is far too easy to hear...

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Sunday, 30 July 2017 22:00

Some Problems with Libertarian Freedom Featured

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This entry is part 12 of 12 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

The principle of libertarian free-will, also called contra-causal freedom, that governs responsible moral action in the theology of the Traditionalist thinker fails at several critical points. These failures are severe enough to...

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Thursday, 27 July 2017 22:00

God Who Cannot Lie Featured

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This entry is part 11 of 11 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

“I will give thanks to Your name … for Your truth” – Titus 1:2 and Psalm 138:2

Having foresight into the implications of this idea of freedom, the anti-necessarians seek to maintain a commitment to the real...

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017 22:00

Inclined but not Incapacitated Featured

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This entry is part 11 of 10 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

I read where a group of Southern Baptist thinkers said “libertarian free will” is essential to morally accountable action. Libertarian free will also has been called “contra-causal” or...

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