Jack Graham on "The Truth about Grace," Pt. 1

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I tried to resist commenting on this sermon by Jack Graham but it is further evidence of how desperately we need biblical reformation in our churches throughout the SBC and beyond that I feel compelled to at least give some quotes from it so that others can see my point. Very often–more times than I…

 

Conservative resurgence and the slippery slope right back down the path toward theololgical apostasy

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The conservative resurgence that we have witnessed in the SBC will not last without ongoing spiritual and theological renewal. When noted inerrantists make statements that condemn the teaching of God’s Word as expressed in confessions of faith long esteemed by Southern Baptists (and I am not talking about the Philadelphia or Charleston Confessions here, the…



Founders Study Center

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I want to take a moment to commend The Founders Study Center, which is currently enrolling students for Fall classes. Under the direction of Dr. Ken Puls, the FSC is entering its 3rd year of existence. The center is an excellent way to for a minister or church leader (or any serious Christian, for that…



Why work for biblical reformation in the SBC?

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Some of what I have been doing in this blog can be compared to turning on lights in a dark house. The light does not bring the furniture, fixtures, junk, etc. into existence, it merely exposes it. It was already there, but just lurking in the shadows. It is painful to own up to much…



Baptism Central

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That’s the name of a DVD that arrived in my mail today from the Florida Baptist Convention’s Evangelism Strategy Department. The subtitle is, “Unlock the Meaning of Baptism!” The blurb on the cover says, “This DVD will answer many questions children (and even adults) are afraid to ask.” It is a high quality production (obviously…



Apologies vs. repentance

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As a father of six children and the possessor of one heart I have had many opportunities to both to practice and to teach the art of acknowledging sin and seeking to make amends. What I have discovered both paternally and internally is that expressions of true repentance are much more rare than the dime-a-dozen-variety…



Annual Church Profiles-Round 2

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I promise not to make a habit of this, but after giving in to curiosity about another prominent church in the SBC I looked up their statistics for the last 4 years based on the Annual Church Profile (ACP). What I found was a situation that appears to be far more serious than I imagined….



Resolution on Integrity in Reporting

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Gene Bridges had a great idea. Why not offer a resolution at the annual SBC meeting next year? The gatekeepers have pretty tight security around the process now, as spelled out in bylaw 20. Nevertheless, any member in good standing of a qualified Southern Baptist church (remember, there’s over 16 million of us!) can submit…



Annual Church Profiles

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It is that time of year when Southern Baptist churches are being encouraged to fill out and turn their “Annual Church Profile” (ACP). This is the document that is used to compile all those statistics that Southern Baptist leaders like to tout. It was the Annual Church Profiles of 233 “Founders Friendly” churches that Dr….