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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Thursday, 29 September 2016 01:32

Elements of a Christ-Centered Marriage Featured

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Marriage is hard work. It’s no forty or fifty hour work week but 168 hours each week, 365 days each year, “till death do us part.” There are no days off or vacation or sick leave. But hard work doesn’t mean misery or joylessness or drudgery. By hard work, I mean that...

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Tuesday, 27 September 2016 01:00

Five Benefits of Regular Family Worship Featured

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Over the years I have asked groups of Christian adults how many of them grew up in homes where there was regular family worship. Early on it was rare to find people (typically of my generation or older) who answered affirmatively. In recent years the number of positive responses has increased...

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In the spring of 2014, I made one of the most gut-wrenching decisions of my adult life: I resigned as pastor of a church that had called me little more than three years before.

After months and months of prayer, soul-searching, and much advice from godly, wise men with decades in the trenches of...

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In a pamphlet published by the Baptist General Tract Society in 1852 entitled The More Excellent Way, John L. Dagg (1794–1884) wrote, ”No religion is of divine origin, in which spiritual knowledge and spiritual affections are not united.” This theme drove Dagg’s writing...

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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...

Post by Tom Nettles.


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”...

Post by Jon English Lee.

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...

Thursday, 26 May 2016 05:00

Hermeneutics: New Testament Priority Featured

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Post by Tom Hicks.

One important aspect of biblical hermeneutics (the theory of biblical interpretation) is the principle of “New Testament priority.” At the beginning of the Middle Ages, Augustine of Hippo (354-430) expressed New Testament priority with the phrase, “The New is in the Old concealed; the Old is in the New...

Post by Jon English Lee.

Historical theology has been defined as “the study of the interpretation of Scripture and the formulation of doctrine by the church of the past.”[1] Simply put, historical theology is answering this question: How has the church thought about the Bible in the past? Some people hear the...

Friday, 20 May 2016 06:51

Eight Reasons to Study Baptist History Featured

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Post by Jeff Robinson.

I always begin church history classes the same way as our dear brother Tom Nettles, with a lecture called “Why Study Church History?” I’m not merely seeking to copycat my mentor; we live in an age in which what C.S. Lewis called “chronological snobbery”—the prioritizing of all things new...

Tuesday, 17 May 2016 03:13

Hymns and the Depravity of Man

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Post by Ken Puls.

Hymns are a treasure trove of doctrinal truth. Singing hymns is a wonderful way to teach doctrine and to augment the teaching and preaching ministry of the church. Those who lead the church in singing do well to explore and mine this trove for its rich gems.

Consider the doctrine of the depravity of man. If you were teaching a...

Post by Tom Nettles.

I think there has been a misunderstanding. Trevin Wax is concerned that I am writing off my non-Calvinist brethren as “on the same plane of theological degeneracy as man-centered liberals.” He then compares that to the non-Calvinist argument that all Calvinists have the seeds of hyper-Calvinism ready to blossom in...

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[The following is a guest post by Jared Longshore. Jared is a pastor at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, FL, a PhD candidate at SBTS, and blogger at http://jaredlongshore.com]

***I sent this to Trevin before posting, and he in turn has sent me a very thoughtful and brotherly response....

Thursday, 12 May 2016 04:52

Can You be a Christian without Going to Church? Featured

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Post by Phil Newton.

I’ve heard it many times. “Well, you don’t have to attend church to be a Christian.” “Attending church doesn’t make you a Christian!” “I don’t need the church; I worship God in my own way.”

In each case, someone attempts to provide a barrier to further conversation...