"Is John Calvin in Heaven?"

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That is the title of an article that appeared recently in Northwest Florida Daily News. Its author, Rev. Joel M. McDuffie, Jr., is pastor of First Baptist Church of Valparaiso. He quotes Dan Corner’s essay on Michael Servetus entitled, “His Ashes Cry Out Against John Calvin,” as follows: “At best, Calvin was spiritually blinded by…



2006 Southern Baptists Pastors’ Conference Line-up

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Here is the schedule for the 2006 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference, as announced by the President of the Pastors’ Conference, Bryant Wright. You will note the peculiar way that the breakout session featuring Drs. Mohler and Patterson is titled: “Reaching Today’s World Through Differing Views of Election.” I think I can figure out the intent,…



Homosexual activism and the SBC

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As I mentioned in an earlier post I received an interesting phone call last week. A “radio show host” from the midwest asked to interview me about “the Southern Baptist view of homosexuality.” Well, with that as a lead in, I almost declined to take the call. After struggling with for a minute or two…



International Jewish Evangelical Fellowship

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With all of the unhelpful Zionism that permeates much of conservative, evangelical (American) Christianity it is encouraging to know about the ministry of the International Jewish Evangelical Fellowship (IJEF). My friend, Baruch Maoz, is one of the key leaders of this organization. Baruch is an Israeli Reformed Baptist pastor. He also serves as the Chairman…



What I saw in "End of the Spear"

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My wife and I went to see “End of the Spear” tonight. We were disappointed. I tried to ask if my disappointment stemmed from the sad circumstances surrounding the lead actor or from other reasons. By the time the movie ended, I was convinced that it simply is not a good movie. I expected it…



Sad news about "End of the Spear"

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Jason Janz has written a very informative critique of the movie, “End of the Spear,” the movie being released tomorrow about the 5 missionaries murdered by the Auca Indians in Ecuador in 1956. The story of those men and their families, told brilliantly in Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliot, has inspired untold numbers…



What the IMB controversy is not

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It is helpful to keep clear just exactly what the controversy at the International Mission Board entails and, more specifically, what it does and does not involve. Some people seem to have a penchant for misconstruing these types of matters and wind up terribly confusing matters. I want to spell out several negative assertions that…



Biblical wisdom for the IMB controversy

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Several have questioned why I have only recently expressed my opinions about the issues arising from the IMB policy changes. The main reason is that I had not seen an unedited copy of the actual policy changes. Yesterday, I did finally get a copy. Scripture warns us to resist the temptation to form conclusions without…