The Amazing Skidboot

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If you are a dog lover, you will appreciate this video. Even if you aren’t, it’s worth watching. May life’s simpler pleasures be more apparent than ever to you in the year ahead, and may unexpected blessings cause you to be mindful of God’s goodness to us all the time.



Spurgeon on Christmas

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Charles Spurgeon closes his sermon entitled, “The Birth of Christ” (#2392, MTP) with the following words that express my own desire for friends and family at this time of year. Now a happy Christmas to you all; and it will be a happy Christmas if you have God with you. I shall say nothing to…



A Repenting Scrooge, Larry Norman and Christmas Time

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I used to be something of a Scrooge at Christmas time. Through the years I have lightened up and come to realize that I don’t have to protest all of the cultural extravagance and decadence that take place in the name of this holiday in order to be faithful to Christ. Our Lord was born…



Calvinism is not enough

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The rise of Calvinism in evangelical life has been well-documented both statistically and anecdotally over the last few years. In an age when, according to Arminian theologian, Roger Olson, most who fly under the flag of American evangelicalism are probably semi-Pelagian, that is especially good news. Few would be surprised to hear me say that…



It’s time for Southern Baptists to get serious on the allocation of Cooperative Program dollars

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LifeWay Research recently studied attitudes toward the Cooperative Program (CP)–the ingenious giving plan that allows Southern Baptist churches to fund international missions, church planting and theological education, among other things. I actually was one of the 3500 pastors who participated in the study (in addition to 285 other ministers and 5245 lay persons). Mark Kelly…



Pray for Bart Barber

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Bart Barber is a fellow pastor in Farmersville, Texas and will be familiar to many readers of this blog. His family family and the Scroggs family have been brought together through a very difficult providence. Pray for him and for both families.

  

New Book

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Terrell D. Suggs has served as pastor of churches in Alabama, Mississippi and Oklahoma. He is currently Director of Missions of the Bryan Baptist Association in Bryan County, Oklahoma. In his new book, My Journey in Grace, he describes his theological journey as the Lord taught him to see more clearly and delight more fully…



Ed Stetzer responds to David Allen

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In my earlier critique of David Allen’s review of Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue, I did not mention his criticism of the research presented by Ed Stetzer on the growth of evangelical Calvinism within the SBC. Dr. Allen cites many problems with the research and the interpretations that were given to it. Yesterday, Dr. Stetzer…