Sexual Revolution at Princeton?

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Kairos Journal reports on a “New Sexual Revolution at Princeton,” being spearheaded by the Anscombe Society. This student-led movement takes its name from G. E. M. (Gertrude Elizabeth Margaret) Anscombe, at twentieth century Christian philosophe at Cambridge “who argued on philosophical grounds that ‘there just is no such thing as a casual, non-significant, sexual act’…



New "worship experience center:" children not wanted

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It seems that 12Stone Church in Lawrenceville, Georgia will also be holding special services this Sunday. Formerly known as Crossroads Community, the church will have its “grand opening” of their “worship experience center” in two days. According to a recent article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a high-tech, 2500-seat room has been specially designed to enhance…



early GBC years

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I never candidated for the office of pastor. After filling the pulpit one Sunday when I was out here working on Founders Ministries things with Ernie Reisinger (who had recently retired to this area), the deacons aske me to consider becoming their pastor. I read their constitution and by-laws on the airplane back to Texas…



25 Years of Grace and Faithfulness

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This Sunday Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida will celebrate its 25th anniversary. We will rejoice over a quarter-century of grace and faithfulness–God’s, not ours. Every church that lasts is a story of God’s grace. Often I marvel that the kingdom of God makes any advance in the world when you consider all of…



WSJ on church discipline

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Alexandra Alter wrote an article on church discipline that was published in the January 18, 2008 edition of the Wall Street Journal. It is ominously entitled, “Banned From Church.” While I applaud the WSJ’s effort to examine the “growing movement among some conservative Protestant pastors to bring back church discipline” it is regretable that the…



Christianity Today: TULIP Blooming in the SBC

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In a rather poor article in Christianity Today Ken Walker takes note of the resurgence of Calvinism in the SBC. Ten years ago, that might have been news. Today it is, at best, old news. There are some good quotes by Al Mohler and Timothy George and a not-so-good-one by Frank Page. What is disappointing…



Reforming academic regalia at Southwestern Seminary

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I would not have believed it had I not seen ample evidence to convince me that this report is true. Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary celebrated its centenniel convocation yesterday with the faculty wearing black felt cowboy hats instead of the more traditional toppers usually associated with such occasions. My incredulity stems not from any sense…



Southern Baptist Evangelists lament the recovery of Calvinism

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Baptist Press reports the gathering of 15 “prominent” evangelists in Jackson. The meeting was initiated by Jerrry Drace to discuss issues that they judge vital to their ministries. Unfortunately but not unexpectedly, the growing recovery of our denomination’s doctrinal heritage is one of their great concerns. The other is the seeker-sensitive approach to ministry. I…



John Owen on pastoral fervency

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I am in Boca Raton this week teaching a J-term for Reformed Theological Seminary and have had no time to post. I hope to get back on schedule next week. A friend pointed me to this quote John Owen on a pastor’s inner life and attitude. It is rich, and convicting. It comes from his…