Wrongly Dividing the Body of Christ?

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Is there a right way to do this? Evidently Simon, over at “Thinking Deeply” (I am not making this up) believes that there is and that I and others are doing it the wrong way because that is the title of his recent rant article against several Calvinist bloggers and readers of such blogs. I…



Semper Reformanda: more than a phrase

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In case you missed it, BP ran an article by this title two weeks ago by Doug Baker that is very much worth reading. While applauding the gains made by the conservative resurgence Baker rightly warns that they will be temporary if there is not an ongoing effort to regain more solid doctrinal grounding of…



The Debate

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Yes, there is indeed going to be a debate about Calvinism and yes, yours truly has agreed to participate in it. After Ergun and Emir Caner showed up on this blog and began launching scud missiles against the doctrines of grace, James White reissued his challenge to Ergun to join him in a debate. There…



"The Dying American Church"–Is Calvinism the culprit?

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Thom Rainer, newly elected President of Lifeway finds his typically optimistic heart deeply challenged by the evangelistic anemia that characterizes most evangelical churches in America. According to his research, it takes 86 American church members one year to reach one person for Christ. His research further suggests some reasons for this: Doctrinal ineffectiveness, by which…



Greetings from Cluj, Romania

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I have spent the last week in Romania and enjoyed the fellowship and hospitality of Bethel Baptist Church in Cluj. The fellowship with brothers and sisters, most of whom lived under the repressive regime of Communism that only ended in 1989, has been most encouraging. It has been refreshing and convicting to experience their devotion…

 

Guest Blog: Finding Our Voice in Worship (Part 3) Ken Puls

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This is the third in a series of guest blogs on “Finding Our Voice in Worship.” Once you have found music that is doctrinally sound and structurally sound, there is still one more test to consider: III. Music must be Congregationally Sound — authenticity We must sing music that is sound in doctrine and well-composed,…



Guest Blog: Finding Our Voice in Worship (Part 2) Ken Puls

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This is the second in a series of guest blogs on “Finding Our Voice in Worship.” In the first post we considered the first filter or test in selecting music for worship, the test of veracity. If it passes this test, then next consider the structure: II. Music Must be Structurally Sound — suitability Is…

 

Guest Blogger: Ken Puls

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I am scheduled to leave today for Romania where I will be visiting with a young pastor friend and preaching in the church he serves in Cluj. While I am away, Dr. Ken Puls will be posting some of his insights on worship. Ken is the Director of the Founders Study Center and Publications for…