What Should Southern Baptists Do with Calvinists?

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In the previous post I mentioned the above titled article written by Elmer Towns of Liberty University and published in Theology for Ministry (May 2008). Kenneth Fryer found the article online which makes it more convenient to review (the published version has been somewhat edited). I encourage you to go read it at the link…



Elmer Towns on the Conservative Resurgence

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Elmer Towns serves as the Co-founder and Dean of the School of Religion at Liberty University. In the recent issue of Theology for Ministry (Vol. 3 No. 1), the theological journal of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary, he has an article entitled, “What Should Southern Baptists Do with Calvinists?” (EDIT: thanks to Kenneth Fryer for the…



Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue

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Broadman and Holman just released the new book, Calvinism: A Southern Baptist Dialogue, which is a collection of the papers presented at the Building Bridges conference last November. Ray Clendenen and Brad Waggoner have done a great job compiling and editing the presentations. They have also added a Glossary of theological terms by Shawn Wright…

 

Freedom Never Cries

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This patriotic song by Vladimir John Ondrasik III (“Five for Fighting”) struck me as a fitting tribute to our troops as we celebrate Memorial Day. Though the Kingdom of God must never be confused with any national entity and nationalism is no more fitting for a new covenant Christian than it was for Jonah, followers…



Resolved: Southern Baptists need to get serious about ecclesiology

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As we move closer to the Southern Baptist Convention’s annual meeting it might be helpful to consider once again the rationale behind my resolution on integrity in church membership. This is the third consecutive year that I have submitted it. As noted in a previous post, another resolution (written by Malcolm Yarnell) that addresses some…



My eldest in Greece

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My oldest child, Sarah, is in Athens with 2 other members from our church for the next two weeks. Three years ago we sent one of our finest families to Athens to work with refugees (primarily from Central Asia) who travel to Athens in hopes of a better life. Vince and Judy have diligently served…



Interview on the resolution

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Paul Dean and Kevin Boling, hosts of the daily talk radio show, Calling for Truth, have asked me to join them Monday, May 19, 2008 1 PM Eastern time for their program. We are scheduled to talk about the resolution on integrity in church membership that I have submitted to the Resolutions Committee of Southern…



Pray for Pastor Forrest Pollock and Bell Shoals Baptist Church

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UPDATE: It has been confirmed that Pastor Pollock and his 13 year old son died when his plane went down in western North Carolina. 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 Pastor Forrest Pollock of Bell Shoals Baptist Church has been missing since leaving Brandon, Florida Sunday afternoon in his private plane for North Carolina. He was flying the…



2008 Founders Conference

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Early registration ends soon for the 2008 Founders Conference scheduled for June 24-27 in Oklahoma. Speakers include Ed Stetzer, Voddie Baucham, Tom Nettles, Don Whitney, Andy Davis, Ted Christman and Phil Newton. These men will address issues related to church reformation and church planting. I cannot think of a more important and urgent need for…