Live blogging with David Dockery

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Timmy Brister is following up his excellent 5-part interview with Dr. David Dockery with a “live” blogging Q&A with the President of Union University from 8-10 PM Eastern time, Monday, January 29, 2007. You can read all the details and learn how to participate in Timmy’s announcement. It should be informative.



Is ignorance really bliss?

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If so, then the guy who preached this sermon ought to be deliriously happy. It is too full of historical, theological and exegetical fallacies to be taken seriously, so if you listen to it, do so for entertainment value. Regrettably, some people may take what he says to heart, but they will be held accountable…



The Year of Jubilee, or Thoughts at 50

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Last Saturday I turned 50. Though I don’t put a lot of stock in birthdays, they do provide an opportunity for reflection, especially when they end in zero. A half of a century is a long time to take up space on the planet. Lots of things have changed in my lifetime. Seven days before…



Quick takes

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After an incredibly busy and productive week (about which I hope to write later this week), I want to alert the readers here to some blogs worth checking out today. The first is the beginning of a series and the second a very fine example of theological thinking about life in hard places. The other…



By His Grace and for His Glory, 20th Anniversary Edition

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Twenty years ago Tom Nettles’ book, By His Grace and for His Glory, was first published in paperback by Baker. In it Nettles argues that the doctrines of grace were the demonstrably theological consensus within the Southern Baptist Convention from its beginning in 1845 until the second decade of the 20th century. His thesis has…



Membership resolution redux

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This is really curious. Last summer in Greensboro, after my failed attempt to have the Southern Baptist Convention consider my resolution on integrity in church membership, I was kindly admonished by a representative of an denominational executive. He said something like this, “When you spoke against the resolution #5 just before you argued your point…



Dr. Sullivan seeks to impose Resolution #5 on Florida Baptists

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I have waited two months before publicly responding to comments made at the recent Florida Baptist Convention by Executive Director, John Sullivan. I wanted to make sure that he actually said what I heard. My efforts immediately after the convention to secure a recording of his comments were futile. However, within two weeks the Florida…



Baptism Cannonball

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Put a little pizzazz into your baptism service. From the reaction of the crowd, this was definitely a hit. It’s hard to believe that some of our forbears were actually put to death for submitting to believers’ baptism, given the widespread superficiality that swirls around current practices. Assuming that this is an SBC church, I…



Southern Baptist Texan on AWOL Church Members

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This may be old news by now someone just pointed out to me the Southern Baptist Texan’s special report on “Born-Again Baptists?” from last month. Managing Editor Jerry Pierce does a fine job of addressing the elephant in the corner that many Southern Baptists simply pretend is not there. I was very encouraged several weeks…



Jesus Christ: The Theme of Pastoral Ministry

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I am very grateful for the week I spent in Owensboro, Kentucky teaching at the Midwest Center for Theological Studies. Dean Sam Waldron and his assistant, Richard Barcellos, as well as the pastors and members of Heritage Baptist Church (who house the center) were very hospitable. The students were very encouraging and attentive and hung…