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 July 2017 02:52

Seven Fundamentals of Biblical Preaching Featured

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Whenever I step behind the pulpit to preach, I am reminded of the sacredness of the task and the holiness of the moment. It didn’t used to be this way for me, since I did not have a good understanding of what it means to preach God’s Word. So what does it mean to be a biblical preacher?...

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Tuesday, 11 July 2017 01:48

Does God Love Everyone the Same? Featured

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One of the most common theological questions I’ve been asked as a pastor and professor goes something like this: Does God love everybody in the same way? In other words, did he love Nero to the same degree he loves Billy Graham? Does he love those who reject him the same he loves his redeemed...

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Monday, 10 July 2017 15:00

Drs. Mohler and Hankins Featured

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This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

“Just as Calvinism is attaining this incredible popularity, the best conservative biblical, theological, and philosophical scholarship is actually obliterating the foundation upon which Calvinism sits.” — Eric...

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Saturday, 08 July 2017 07:31

On Controversy Featured

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Here is John Newton’s response to a minister who was preparing to write an article criticizing another minister for his lack of orthodoxy.

Dear Sir,

As you are likely to be engaged in controversy, and your love of truth is joined with a natural warmth of temper, my friendship makes me...

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Friday, 07 July 2017 04:30

Deceitful Calvinists and an Evil God Featured

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This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

Recently I read something someone said about the resurgence of Calvinism in SBC life. He said that “There was no conspiracy” or “cloak and dagger” but that all “they’ve believed and done has been in...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 22:00

Of Seminary Graduates, Serving Church, and Calvinism Featured

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

When I graduated from seminary and moved to my first pastorate, I honestly didn’t have a clear theological system. My seminary training seemed more a-theological than robustly theological. My preaching reflected it. While...

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Thursday, 06 July 2017 01:41

Is There Really No Biblical Support for Unconditional Election? Featured

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This entry is part 4 of 5 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

Christians have often disagreed over the exact nature of the biblical doctrine of election. Reasonable believers are willing to state their arguments for their views while acknowledging that others, who disagree, have their own,...

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Wednesday, 05 July 2017 22:00

Theological Continuity Between Sandy Creek and Charleston Featured

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

Could it be said that “the Sandy Creek/Charleston tension brings out the best in everybody?”

Perhaps that could be said, if ever there were any theological tension between those two groups. A narrative has arisen to say...

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This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Southern Baptist Theology

Is it accurate that “Traditionalism is better, that Calvinism is deficient—that’s what it’s always meant to be Southern Baptist”?

The way I understand it, the author of the above quotation was defending a...

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Is it really true that “Calvinism has a history of deleterious effects on evangelism and missions and promotes unparalleled theological snobbery and querulousness?”

I recently read a new edition of Andrew Fuller’s Memoirs of the Rev. Samuel Pearce. Pearce wrote a letter to William...

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It is troubling to read statements asserting or inferring that there is some form of theological difference between these two great confessions. Some seem to think that the 1644/46 Confession is more authentically Baptist, while the Second Confession is less so. Most often, this is asserted by...

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This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series The Symbol of Chalcedon

Not only does this creed toe the line on the difficult idea of two natures maintaining absolute integrity with full manifestation of the distinct and incommunicable properties of each in one person, also, for the first time in a creedal...

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Monday, 03 July 2017 23:59

The First Year of Pastoring Featured

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Throughout the year, young men (and sometimes older men) anxiously waiting for their first pastoral charge receive the call, pack up their belongings, and move their family to a new community. I remember that first pastorate, too. Having begun serving a small church in rural southwest Mississippi...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 22:00

The Being of the Church Featured

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Occasionally, when sitting at a traffic light in the Memphis area, I’ll notice a neon paper sign stuck in the nearby grass median. On that flimsy pink paper, someone took about 6 seconds to scribble in black marker: “Childcare available. Call ________.”

Though cheap childcare sits...

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Wednesday, 28 June 2017 23:06

Theology and Worship Featured

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Theology is to worship what nutrition is to health. You do not have to be a nutritionist to enjoy good health but you do have to have good nutrition. Similarly, you do not have to be a trained theologian in order to worship properly, but you do have to have proper theology.

That is, you must have...

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Tuesday, 27 June 2017 21:57

Five Lessons Learned from Twenty Years of Marriage Featured

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In less than a month, my wife and I will celebrate our twentieth year of marriage. While the years seem to have passed by so quickly, my love for her has only grown and deepened. At the same time, I still have a long way to grow in my love for her and in my understanding of what it means to be a...

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In Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan describes a scene in which Christian enters the house of one called “Interpreter” (who represents the Holy Spirit). In this house he is shown many “profitable” things. The first such is a picture which is described as follows:

Christian...

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This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series The Symbol of Chalcedon

Leo’s argument that the bishop of Rome succeeded Peter as the shepherd and teacher of all Christendom does not mean that he was an unreliable theologian in other respects. His reasoning, in fact, from the commonly accepted...

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Any transition in a local church can likely upset the congregation’s equilibrium. Familiar practices feel like a well-worn pair of jeans—they’re just too comfortable to change to something new. So why bother? Well, for one primary reason: we want to follow the teaching of...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 20:30

Give Them Law and Gospel Featured

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If parents are going to bring their children up “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4), then they should understand the role of both the law and the gospel in that task. The former reveals to us God’s all-encompassing will and the latter reveals to us His...

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Wednesday, 07 June 2017 03:24

Five Lessons Learned from Parenting Featured

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Sixteen years ago, my wife and I became parents. Now we have four children, and God continues to teach us many things as we seek to bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. So I feel somewhat awkward laying out lessons that we have learned from parenting, as if we have...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 22:10

Four Observations from a Rookie Elder Featured

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Last Saturday morning I woke up earlier than my kids, grabbed a strong cup of dark roast, and went to meet seven other men who are fellow members at South Woods. We read scripture together. Then we shared a number of prayer needs. When we finished discussing those needs, we, of course, prayed...

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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 21:58

The Necessity of Good Works for Christians Featured

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Are good works necessary for Christians? If so, in what sense? There was an enormous historical dispute among Protestants about whether it is right to say good works are “necessary for salvation.” After a long debate among themselves, the Lutherans rejected the language of...

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Monday, 29 May 2017 21:08

4 Practical Threats to the Church Today Featured

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I recently saw that doom’s day bunkers are on the rise. I’m not really a retreat underground with canned goods kind of guy. But, I’m growing in my appreciation for those who can identify real threats and take measures to guard against them. Any threat assessment of the church runs...

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Friday, 26 May 2017 02:12

Predestination is Practical Featured

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In some churches, it is a word that conjures up images of an angry and capricious God who acts arbitrarily to save some, but consigns most sinners—including deceased infants—to eternal perdition. For many professing Christians, it is the mother-of-all-swear-words.

Let the pastor breathe...

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