Isaac Watts’ Questions for Ministers, pt. 1

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The warnings in the Scripture to take heed to ourselves and beware of being deceived–either by others or through self-deceit–need to be taken to heart by ministers of the Gospel. None of us is immune to disqualifying himself from pastoral ministry. It is wise and profitable for a pastor to stop and examine himself periodically,…



A tragedy and warning

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This story (and this one, and this one) from South Florida of a popular pastor’s demise is tragic. It is also a sober reminder and warning that no one is beyond temptation. It is tragic that he did not have some faithful men in his life who could have kept him accountable and perhaps pursuing…



Remembering Katrina? Remember Lakeshore Baptist Church

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As the thoughts of our nation turn to last year’s devastating Hurricane Katrina I want to call your attention to one of the bright Gospel lights that has been shining on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in the ongoing wake of that storm. Lakeshore Baptist Church, under the leadership of Pastor Don Elbourne, has become a…



2006 Brandon Biblical Theological Conference

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Grace Bible Church of Brandon, Florida has put together a wonderful conference on “The Holy Trinity,” October 12-14, 2006. The cost is very affordable ($40.00 or only $15.00 for pastors) and the speakers are outstanding. Chris Pixley, the Pastor of GBC, will be joined by the original Pyromaniac, Phil Johnson, who also serves as Executive…



Friday (night) is for photos, August 25, 2006

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Cape Coral is located on the southwest coast of Florida at the mouth of the Caloosahatchee. This evening, on a beach at the river I baptized two men in a very public service. Here is a silhouette photo of that event, taken by my daughter, Rebecca, right after the baptism. A forboding storm threatened this…



J.B. Gambrell on the kind of preaching we need

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J. B. Gambrell was Southern Baptist leader whose life spanned the War Between the States and the First World War. He served as editor of two state Baptist newspapers as well as teacher at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Corresponding Secretary of the Executive Board of the Baptist General Convention of Texas, and 3 terms (1917-1920)…



Calvinism’s "Comeback" and the reformation we need

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As Pastor Leap noted in a comment on the previous blog entry, Christianity Today’s current (September 2006) issue [EDIT: it is now online here] has a cover story on the resurgence of reformed theology among the rising generation of American Christians–especially pastors and church leaders. Collin Hansen does a good job describing this reformation movement…



The "Darling of Heaven" and the Dignity of Gospel Ministry

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Several years ago I learned a new song by Hillsong entitled, “Worthy is the Lamb.” It is a simple declaration of the worthiness of our exalted Christ to receive our praise because of His crosswork. It has become a favorite of mine and one that our church has learned to sing with enthusiasm. Here is…



Adoniram Judson’s Burman Creed

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Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was one of the first overseas missionaries from the United States. On February 19, 1812, he set sail with his wife of two weeks, Ann, in hopes of serving as a missionary in India. He left the shores of the USA as a convinced paedobaptist Congregationalist. But by the time the ship…



Adoniram Judson’s Burman Creed

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Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) was one of the first overseas missionaries from the United States. On February 19, 1812, he left America with his wife of two weeks, Ann, in hopes of serving as a missionary in India. He left the shores of the USA as a convinced paedobaptist Congregationalist. But by the time the ship…