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

Tuesday, 25 February 2020 04:27

The Intersectional Sensibility Featured

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In the aftermath of the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention, it has become apparent that Resolution 9 “On Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality” was briskly moved through the resolution and voting process and (whether intentionally or not) without much needed discussion and debate....

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Monday, 24 February 2020 23:07

Why the Resolution 9 Thing is a Big Deal Featured

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I have been reminded recently why we have made such a fuss about Resolution 9. To put it simply and borrow from the beloved R. C. Sproul, “This is about souls.” We care far too much about justice, oppression, women, church unity etc. to remain silent on this issue. And we care too...

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Sunday, 23 February 2020 22:39

Vigorous Dissent May Be Necessary for the Good of the SBC Featured

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In the last week or so, releases from Baptist Press made their way around the SBC community. On Feb 5, an article was released in the form of a Q&A from the 2019 Resolutions Committee about the now infamous Resolution 9. Essentially, we were told that dissenters were misunderstanding the...

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Thursday, 20 February 2020 01:24

Is the BFM 2000 View of Women in Ministry an Innovation? Featured

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In a recent post, Oklahoma Baptist Pastor Wade Burleson has attacked (again) the idea the Bible prohibits women from holding the New Testament position of pastor-bishop- elder. He approaches this from several angles, but the presentation overall is such a conglomerate of misimpressions and...

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Monday, 17 February 2020 22:52

Mr. S.B.C Visits Vanity Fair Featured

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On his journey to that great Celestial City a weary and battle worn Pilgrim came upon the town of Vanity. He was exhausted from his long journey. Not too long ago he had been at a crossroads where he had almost completely abandoned the way of the King and his own heart had recently…

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Sunday, 16 February 2020 23:36

Interesting Times and Changing Times in the SBC Featured

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The Chinese have a curse that says, “May you live in interesting times.” If the last eight months have demonstrated anything to Southern Baptists it is that we are living under this Oriental curse. “Interesting” doesn’t mean “all bad,” but in the present...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 22:01

The Attempt to Clarify Resolution 9 Featured

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Recently, the Southern Baptist owned Baptist Press released an article submitted by members of the 2019 Resolutions Committee responsible for the notorious Resolution 9. The title of the article is, “Q&A with the 2019 Resolutions Committee about Resolution 9.” The committee members...

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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 04:33

Fruit Salad Diversity Featured

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Human beings are obstinately visual creatures.

By this statement, I am referring not to all the typical examples of our visual nature—our propensity for art, the male species’ hard-wired infatuation with the optics of the female form, the fact that Baptist churches split over the color...

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Monday, 10 February 2020 08:57

Identity Politics and the Bondage of the Will Featured

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[M]an’s will is like a beast standing between two riders. If God rides it, it wills and goes where God wills: as the Psalm says: “I am become as a beast (before thee) and I am always with thee.” If Satan rides it, it wills and goes where Satan wills; nor can it...

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Monday, 10 February 2020 08:55

Founders Journal | Belated Fall 2019 Edition Featured

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Welcome to a belated (!) Fall 2019 edition of the Founders Journal. We interrupt our ongoing exposition of the Second London Confession, for this special edition on Critical Theory with an emphasis on Critical Race Theory (CRT). It is about One and one-half the size of a normal Founders Journal....

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Wednesday, 05 February 2020 23:08

Gender Roles Before the Fall and in the Church Featured

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Genesis 2 is an important chapter for a number of reasons. Not all of these can be addressed in one blog post. But one crucial reason Genesis 2 is important is because it presents to us the very first marriage – the union of Adam and Eve in holy matrimony in a very good…

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Monday, 03 February 2020 09:38

Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and the Gospel Featured

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Over the last several months evangelical Christians have been forced to think about Marxist concepts that, heretofore, were foreign to them. Due in large part to the infamous “Resolution 9” that was adopted by the 2019 Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), language identifying those...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 04:54

Resolution - God's Good Hierarchical Design Featured

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The worldview du jour is flat. Rank and order are suspect, authority is tyranny. The autonomous self reigns, having no responsibility for anyone else and no need of submitting to anyone else. Our egalitarian age does have a genuine complaint for human beings have regularly and often used their...

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Sunday, 26 January 2020 22:11

Revisiting Revoice: Same-Sex Attraction in Sanctification Featured

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This article is part 5 of a 5-part series entitled Revisiting Revoice

No Rest Remains

The end of Revoice theology is the belief that what is wrong with same-sex attraction is not that it is sinful, but that others are sinfully opposed to it. If Adam experienced the desire to sin prior to the Fall,...

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Thursday, 23 January 2020 01:45

SBC2020: Rescind Resolution 9 Featured

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Over the last several months I have had hundreds of exchanges with Southern Baptists who are deeply concerned about the direction of the SBC generally and things going on inside of some SBC entities specifically. The adoption of Resolution 9, “On Critical Race Theory and...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 04:43

Revisiting Revoice: Same-Sex Attraction in Redemption Featured

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This article is part 4 of a 5-part series entitled Revisiting Revoice

Another way of calling into question whether or not SSA is morally culpable sin is by re-envisioning how Jesus Christ must have experienced temptation to sin. Did Jesus ever desire something contrary to the will of God? What of...

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Monday, 13 January 2020 05:22

Revisiting Revoice: Same-Sex Attraction in the Fall Featured

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This article is part 3 of a 5-part series entitled Revisiting Revoice

Once upon a time, it may have been enough for someone to say that homosexuality is sin, and leave it at that, in order to be considered an individual who holds to a traditional and biblically faithful sexual ethic. That is no...

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Wednesday, 08 January 2020 05:14

Revisiting Revoice: Same-Sex Attraction in Creation Featured

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This article is part 2 of a 5-part series entitled Revisiting Revoice

According to Genesis 1:31, when God finished creating everything in just six days, “God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good.” In 1 Timothy 4:1-5, we learn that much of the goodness of God’s...

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Monday, 06 January 2020 05:30

Revisiting Revoice: The Need For This Discussion Featured

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This article is part 1 of a 5-part series entitled Revisiting Revoice

Danny Akin’s recent hiring of Karen Swallow Prior at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary sparked newfound concern regarding Prior’s signing of the Nashville Statement and subsequent endorsement of the Revoice...

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Friday, 03 January 2020 07:02

Brave Heart and the Great White Shark Featured

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About one year ago, in January of 2019, I went to South Africa to preach at two pastors’ conferences, one in Pretoria and the other in Cape Town. Sharing preaching responsibilities with me was David Carmichael, a pastor in the Church of Scotland, serving the same church in a small town for 37...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 07:16

What People Are Saying - By What Standard? Reviews Featured

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Back during the conservative resurgence, a “moderate” friend said we “Fundamentalists” were “using a cannon to kill a mosquito.” Similarly, some denominational leaders told us, “Move on. Nothing to see here” and suggested we were pointlessly...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 01:53

Secularism and the Absurdity of Neutrality Featured

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There is a lot of talk about facts these days. Everyone seems to think that the facts are on their side. We have been introduced to the idea of alternative facts. Ben Shapiro is famous for stating that facts don’t care about our feelings. We like to think that we let the facts speak for...

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Wednesday, 25 December 2019 22:52

Update from Tom and Donna Ascol Featured

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Thank you for all the prayers on our behalf. The Lord is answering them in ways that continue to astound us. It was a little over two weeks ago on Sunday, December 8, 2019, that Tom was taken by ambulance to a trauma hospital after collapsing during a time of prayer on Sunday morning with Grace...

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This article is a Part 3 of a three part series. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

The Leaven of CRT and Intersectionality (continued)

WHEREAS, Evangelical scholars who affirm the authority and sufficiency of Scripture have employed selective insights from critical race theory and intersectionality...

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This article is a Part 2 of a three part series. Read Part 1 here.

The Leaven of CRT and Intersectionality

Throughout Resolution Nine, likewise, assurances are given that CRT and intersectionality should not take precedence over Scripture. Doubtless these are sincere caveats, but too confident of the...

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