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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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

I grew up under very poorly done topical preaching. When I came to faith in Christ as a teenager and subsequently sensed God’s call to ministry, I had few models of solid biblical preaching. I too, followed in stride by...

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Monday, 09 January 2017 09:26

A New Year for Old Confessions Featured

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As Christians, our faith is rooted in ancient texts that teach eternal truths. The Bible, as the very word of God (1 Tim 3:16, 17), is our authority in all faith and practice and the source of spiritual nourishment for our souls (Ps 1; 1 Pet 2:2.) By it we know who God is and as we receive it by...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 05:00

One Thing I Did Right in Ministry: “I Waited on God” Featured

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

I peered out the door once more to look at an empty parking lot. This time however, it was past time for the worship service to start. “Maybe people are running late,” I thought to myself. But as I continued to...

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Tuesday, 03 January 2017 05:00

Preaching is Essential Featured

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What is preaching? For many years, I would have answered this question by saying that preaching is helping me to understand Scripture better. But I have come to recognize that this is a very poor answer. After all, how is this view of preaching any different than teaching the Bible? Is the only...

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This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series One Thing I Did Right in Ministry

One of the first things that I did when I became pastor of the church I now serve was to start a book table where good books at discounted prices were made available to our congregation. Through experience in the previous...

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Wednesday, 28 December 2016 05:00

What is the External Call to Ministry and is it Biblical? Featured

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Previously, I considered how a man can discern whether God has called him to pastoral ministry. I write on this subject from personal experience, since I have wrestled with this call over the years. But a lot of confusion disappears when we realize that Scripture reveals how we recognize...

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016 04:05

Hymns and Our Stewardship of Time Featured

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Our God is sovereign over time. He holds the future with same perfection and certainty that He holds both present and past. He was in the beginning (Genesis 1:1, John 1:1) and He is “the Alpha and the Omega,” the One “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty”...

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Saturday, 24 December 2016 05:00

Christmas Hymn Featured

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1. The eternal Son unstained with blame from virgin mother nursed. Not flesh alone, whole human frame, He came to be accursed.

Chorus The One whose throne’s forever’s come to bring the hi-ding rebel home.

2. His glory bright He left above; He counted it as loss; And on that night embodied...

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Friday, 23 December 2016 05:00

The Creed of Nicea – 325 (Part 2) Merry Christmas! Featured

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To show the pivotal importance of the substance of this creed we will point to five short insertions. Eusebius of Caesarea (the first church historian) proposed the confession used at baptism by his church (or something very similar) as a possible statement to bring unity to the deeply divided...

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Monday, 19 December 2016 05:00

Was Luther’s Pastoral Theology Antinomian? (Part 6) Featured

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Was Luther's Pastoral Theology Antinomian?

The Conclusion: Luther Was A Faithful Pastor

Luther’s own personal experience of Anfechtungen and the pastoral care he received from Johann Von Staupitz helped him to think clearly about how he assisted those...

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Friday, 16 December 2016 05:00

A Call to Regenerate Church Membership Featured

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Responses to the Controversial SWBTS Chapel

Recent public remarks during chapel at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary serve to remind us that though Southern Baptists have called for unity around the gospel, there is still a great deal of angst among...

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Tuesday, 26 July 2016 15:52

Confessions of Faith Help Us Obey Biblical Mandates Featured

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Post by Tom Nettles.

A Twofold Duty

Two consistent expectations of biblical Christianity—the declaration and the protection of the purity of the faith—gave rise to confessions. Apart from some statement of the content of the Faith, no one can give a convincing profession of personal faith. The believing heart proclaims its confidence...

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Are there necessary and fitting connections between God’s opera ad intra and his opera ad extra? I believe there are. Do the Father and the Son and the Spirit operate precisely in the same spheres and in the same ways in the opera...(This post follows up on The Trinity: Reflections without Recrimination by Tom Nettles.)

Wednesday, 20 July 2016 05:00

Six Ways a Church Should Use a Confession of Faith Featured

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Post by Jeff Robinson.

Particular Baptist churches planted in the tumultuous soil of 17th century England grew up and bore fruit under a nasty set of doctrinal and methodological accusations, including that they subscribed to libertarian free will, denied original sin, that their pastors baptized women in the nude, and were opponents of church...

Post by Tom Nettles.

If a biblical expositor/theologian arrives at a conclusion, on the basis of exegesis, that the Bible teaches there is only one God who is infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness, and truth, and who alone is self-existent having created all things and presently sustaining all...

Tuesday, 12 July 2016 03:28

Hymns and Christ’s Atonement Featured

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Post by Ken Puls.

Psalm 103 begins:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. (Psalm 103:1-2)

The words David wrote to encourage his soul are words that we should take to heart as well. We need to be fervent and frequent in our praise to God. And we need to...

Thursday, 07 July 2016 05:00

Radical Individualism: The Divisive Spirit of Our Age Featured

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Post by Phil Newton.

Rugged individualism works well for a new nation trying to get its feet on the ground. Often, when historians describe the characteristics of our nation’s founders, “rugged individualism” gets mentioned as a primary trait, and rightly so. Who else would forge into unknown territory, face extreme hardships, and...

Wednesday, 06 July 2016 05:00

Family Worship for Dummies Featured

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Post by Tom Ascol.

When I was a young father I remember reading J.W. Alexander’s Thoughts on Family Worshipand being convicted, excited and bewildered. What he described was both attractive and foreign to me. The idea of worshiping daily in my home with my wife and children made perfect sense and seemed to have ample biblical warrant to make...

Thursday, 30 June 2016 11:03

The Five Points of Calvinism and Covenant Theology Featured

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Post by Tom Hicks.

In recent years, there has been a recovery of the five points of Calvinism among many evangelicals, but there has not been a concomitant revival of the covenant theology of seventeenth century Puritanism as the rich soil in which Calvinistic soteriology grows. This post will not attempt to thoroughly defend every doctrine...

Tuesday, 28 June 2016 06:00

Confessions of Faith: The Bible, therefore, the Creed Featured

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Post by Tom Nettles.

The Bible is a big book with numerous themes and doctrines. Consider the following four realities that drive us to summarize the doctrines of the Bible.

1. The Progressive History of Graphe Drives us to Doctrinal Summary

Faithfulness to the Bible as the Word of God, singular in its meaning and authoritative for mind and heart,...

Thursday, 23 June 2016 05:00

What is a Baptist? Featured

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Post by Tom Hicks.

Many times when people ask the question, “What is a Baptist?,” they’re looking for certain qualities that distinguish Baptists from other denominations. But to look for distinguishing characteristics of Baptists is a question of “Baptist distinctives.” The definition of a “Baptist”...

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The online evangelical world has been abuzz of late with trinitarian discussion. I won’t review all the literature (e.g., see here for a synopsis of the debate), but I would like to highlight a few things that Particular Baptists have written on the subject in the past. More specifically, I’d like to...

Monday, 20 June 2016 05:00

Must I Join a Church to be a Christian?

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Post by Jeff Robinson.

I have heard many versions of this notion over the years, phrased as both a statement and a declaration. “I don’t have to go to church to be a Christian—do I?”

More often than not, it’s been put this way: “I love Jesus and the Bible, but I don’t love the church.” Or those more...

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 03:12

Hymns and the Doctrine of Election Featured

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Post by Ken Puls.

In the last post we began looking at doctrine in hymns. Specifically, we focused on hymns that teach about the depravity of man. The music of the church is tied to theology. We sing as well as preach our doctrine. Our songs instruct us. They can teach us well or they can teach us poorly. They can be theologically barren, with...

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 06:00

Confessions of Faith: “No Creed But The Bible” Featured

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Post by Tom Nettles.

1. The Bible: A Matter of Faith

At the most basic level, every Christian should confess, “I have no creed but the Bible.” The Bible is meant to be believed. In matters of faith dependent upon revealed truth, therefore, the Christian should make no commitment of heart or head to a proposition not founded...