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

Thursday, 14 May 2020 06:02

The Horror of Hell Featured

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“There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that He believed in hell.” So wrote the agnostic British philosopher Bertrand Russell in 1967. The idea of eternal punishment for sin, he further notes, is “a doctrine that put cruelty...

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Wednesday, 13 May 2020 05:28

What About Prophets Today? - Part 6 Featured

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This article is part 6 of a 6-part series entitled What About Prophets Today?

The Prophesying of Revelation 11

Returning now to the context of chapter 11, John has been shown that the book of Scripture, the book to which he is adding at that moment and about which he warns others at its…

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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 00:09

Virtual Resolutions Featured

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Since representing Southern Baptists a year ago before the National Commission on Military, National, and Public service, I’ve been in contact with retired Navy Captain Robert H. Miller, who was at that hearing in D.C. As director of Hope for America, he’s been monitoring (and...

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A Story

I began my first pastorate at the age of 24, ready to conquer the world for the glory of King Jesus! I commenced preaching through the book of Philippians of all books and quickly ran into some unforeseen trouble. In discussing Paul’s idea of the joy of the gospel lived out in...

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Forty years is a lifetime, or at least the better part of one for most people. It is the number of years the Israelites spent in the wilderness in order for a new generation to be raised and led into the Promised Land. Forty years is more than a lifetime for some of the…

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Thursday, 07 May 2020 01:54

Hermeneutics and Expository Preaching Featured

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If any pastor has questioned the importance of hermeneutics or the serious challenges arising within the field over the last fifty to seventy-five years then the June 26, 2015 United States Supreme Court ruling in the Obergefell v. Hodges case should have removed all doubt. The court determined...

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Wednesday, 06 May 2020 05:07

Christian, Hopeful, and The River of Death Featured

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We find one of the most vivid depictions of death in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. Toward the end of Christian’s journey to the Celestial City, he and Hopeful come to a river symbolizing death. There they are informed, “You must pass through this River or else you cannot...

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Thursday, 30 April 2020 03:49

What About Prophets Today? - Part 5 Featured

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This article is part 5 of a 6-part series entitled What About Prophets Today?

John’s Relegation of Prophecy to the Written Word

John continued this identification between the apostolic witness and the prophetic word. His identification of his immediate revelation with the words recorded in the...

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A Response to Matthew Lee Anderson and Revoice

Introduction

Matthew Lee Anderson recently received his PhD from Oxford University in Christian Ethics and is on the Advisory Council of Revoice. Revoice’s mission statement is, “To support and encourage gay, lesbian,...

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Friday, 24 April 2020 02:56

Abortion and the Misshaped Conscience of Southern Baptists Featured

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In 1974, one year after the United States Supreme Court created a law to legalize abortion on demand in the Roe v Wade case, the pop rock duo, Jim Seals and Dash Crofts, released a song called “Unborn Child.” That song damaged their music careers and cost them dearly. Consider the...

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Friday, 17 April 2020 04:32

Complementarianism is Not the Problem Featured

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I hate every form of abuse. Whether it be the father who uses harsh words with his wife or children; the mother who slaps her child; the husband who physically abuses his wife or rules over her in a domineering way; the wife who berates her husband with her coldness and words; I hate…

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Friday, 10 April 2020 06:36

Pandemic, Meet The Resurrection Featured

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He is risen. That is the Christian confession. We worship the triune God. We do so in Spirit and in truth. We do so in resurrection hope. For our God and Father “make[s] springs gush forth in the valleys; they flow between the hills; they give drink to every beast of the field; the…

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Friday, 10 April 2020 06:01

The Puritans: A Transatlantic History Featured

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Book Review: David D. Hall, The Puritans: A Transatlantic History

image David H. Hall’s The Puritans: A Transatlantic History is already being hailed as one of the best introductions ever written…

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Friday, 10 April 2020 06:00

Of Marriage: The 1689 Baptist Confession Featured

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Chapter 25: Second London Confession

To say there’s confusion today regarding marriage might be the understatement of the century. In the name of diversity, reports parade people who married the Eiffel Tower, the Berlin Wall, a videogame character, themselves, and more: a duvet, Tetris, a...

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Friday, 10 April 2020 05:58

Religious Liberty: The Glory of Baptists Featured

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Henry C. Vedder, in his Baptists and Liberty of Conscience (1884), proudly declared that the “glory of Baptists” was that they were the first to advocate religious liberty for all people. B.H. Carroll, founding president of Southwestern Theological Seminary, echoed this sentiment in his...

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Friday, 10 April 2020 05:53

Of the Civil Magistrate Featured

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Chapter 24: Second London Confession

Baptist Protestantism

Embracing a full and enthusiastic consent to the leading doctrines of the Reformation, particularly in its English Puritan form, Baptists made their most formative contribution in ecclesiology and their consequent understanding of the...

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Friday, 10 April 2020 05:51

Introduction: Of The Civil Magistrate and Religious Liberty Featured

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Introduction

Chapters XXIV-XXV of the Second London Confession

As we continue our exposition of the Second London Confession, we dig into the confession’s treatment of two issues that are not only  biblically and doctrinally important, but strategic for the well-being of any culture, for...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020 00:53

Confidence in the Face of Covid-19 Featured

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These are unusual, challenging days. The Covid-19 virus has created a world-wide pandemic leaving sickness and death in its wake. As medical and governmental leaders work to address the problems created by this virus, we are watching massive changes take place at a breath-taking pace. The disease...

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Tuesday, 07 April 2020 00:42

Counterfeit Communion Featured

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Some Christians believe the sacraments function like magic wands that automatically bring about (ex opere operato) the things that they signify. For these Christians, salvation is bestowed and maintained by the sacraments. Others practically believe that the sacraments are meaningless rituals. If...

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Monday, 06 April 2020 00:12

Covid-19 And The Humbling Of America Featured

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We Christians know that the world is not a machine. A virus is not merely a glitch in the system. Rather, the Christian faith teaches that God is sovereign. As the creed says, “I believe in God the Father Almighty. Covid-19 does not wield more power than the Most High. Rather, Covid is...

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Monday, 30 March 2020 01:49

Benjamin Keach: The Ministry of an Average Pastor Featured

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Benjamin Keach is best known for introducing the regular singing of hymns in the normal worship of the church. But while this was a significant conviction and controversy in his life, it by no means defines his contribution to the cause of Jesus Christ in his generation. Keach was converted to...

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Friday, 27 March 2020 23:45

The Blessing of Pestilence Featured

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As I begin writing, it’s day six of the national “15 Days to Slow the Spread” initiative (catchy, no?)—or at least, I think it is, but I’ll admit, the days are starting to blend together a bit.

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Thursday, 26 March 2020 06:19

What About Prophets Today? - Part 4 Featured

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This article is part 4 of a 6-part series entitled What About Prophets Today?

Peter’s Anticipation of the Finality of Revelation in Scripture

The Apostle Peter looked forward to the same consolidation of apostolic and prophetic witness with the written Scriptures of the old covenant. He...

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Wednesday, 25 March 2020 06:44

Covid-19 Ate Our Fig Leaves Featured

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Novel corona, perennial issue. That issue is, we are all headed toward death. Death is the most final state any living human can enter, though we know there is life after death for some, and eternal dying after death for others.

Our culture has forgotten our frailty. Or, it’s not so much that...

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