2008 Resolution on Integrity in Church Membership

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Well, it’s that time of year again…the flowers are blooming, school is ending and I am submitting my annual resolution on church membership to the Southern Baptist Convention’s Resolutions Committee. The first year I submitted it (2006), the Committee refused to bring it before the Convention in Greensboro because, as the chairman said, if we…



Baptist Standard on the Calvinist Resurgence

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The Baptist Standard has published a package of articles on the resurgence of Calvinism. Ken Camp, the managing editor of the Standard, has done a very credible job on the stories. One of them highlights a talk by Leo Garrett on “Baby Boomer Baptist Theologians” in which he contends that at least half of the…



Other reflections on the 2007 ACP report

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The Southern Baptist blogosphere is buzzing with comments on the ACP report that was released yesterday. Chris Elrod has a 30 minute video conversation with Ed Stetzer about it. Timmy Brister has weighed in with his typically insightful analysis. The best comments that I have read come from Nathan Finn. Nathan teaches church history at…



ACP statistics released for 2007

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Chris Turner, Media Relations Manager for LifeWay, has issued a report on the 2007 Annual Church Profile report for the Southern Baptist Convention. Some of the numbers are alarming enough to cause Ed Stetzer to say that “For now, Southern Baptists are a denomination in decline.” Stetzer has some insightful commentary on what the numbers…



Steve Gaines revives the caricatures of Calvinism

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I hope I live long enough to see the day when the common caricatures of the doctrines of sovereign grace have been so widely exposed that any self-respecting preacher will be ashamed to keep serving them up as if they were irrefutable critiques of what John Broadus called “that exalted system of Pauline truth which…



Quick Takes on T4G ’08 and the reformed resurgence

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I have spent the last couple of days with 5000 friends at the Together for the Gospel conference in Louisville. OK, I’m stretching the truth a bit. It hasn’t really been two full days. But there are 5000 people here. The preaching has been good and the conversations between the speakers has been fun and…

 

Check out the new look at Founders.org

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An updated design at the Founders website was launched last night. One of the best upgrades is a new, easier to use bookstore, where you can now easily secure numerous excellent titles. There are also information and registration options on the upcoming Founders Breakfast at the SBC in Indianapolis with Eric Redmond. Next week I…



We won!!…no, wait, we got outscored!

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The results were announced tonight on the Blog Madness Final Four over at SBC Voices. First we won. Then, after a recount…it was determined that we got outscored. Tony Kummer went back and checked his auto vote counter thingy and discovered a malfunction. Though no outside auditor has verified his findings, he has reversed his…



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I am glad you posted that photo. It depicts one of the many assists I have had to give you so you could reach the basket.