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Here is a report of the Florida Convention that includes the Executive Committee’s report that John Sullivan found “no voice to split CP funds in a 50/50 distribution” from his “listening sessions” with 43 of the state’s 49 associations. I don’t recall such a session being announced in our association. I wish I had not…



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Malcolm: Here is what you wrote: “Indeed, one admitted that after discovering his church’sconfession was ‘less than Calvinist,’ he decided to use that standard for churchmembership, but dusted off a different standard, the Second London Confession, for thechurch’s leadership.”

 

SBC and Calvinism: Three events that widened the divide

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Three events over the last few weeks have called fresh attention to one of the serious doctrinal issues currently brewing in the SBC. There are others, and they are not unimportant, but the one that looms large on the horizon is the debate over Calvinism or reformed theology. Terminology matters, so let me quickly assert…



New Grace Baptist Church website

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Grace Baptist Church recently launched a new website that contains a lot of material in a user-friendly format. Embedded in the site is the Grace Blog that will be a place to exchange ideas not only about current issues related to the church but also to the culture and broader Christian world. Audio files of…



National Day of Listening

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James writes, “let every man be swift to hear” (1:19). Five years ago StoryCorps launched what has become the largest oral history project in the world. Their mission is to “honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening.” This Friday, November 28, 2008, has been declared by StoryCorps the first National Day of Listening. The…



Whatever happened to the English language?

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A lot of debate has been generated over the last few years about English as the official language of the USA. The concern is that if [we] don’t force immigrants to learn and speak English, then it may eventually get eclipsed as accepted language of communication in our nation. According to Wilson Watson, a recently…



Matt Chandler, mortification and the sins of fathers

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I have never met Matt Chandler. After reading some of his thoughts, I want to. He is pastor of The Village Church, located north of Dallas, Texas, and is headed for an evangelical culture shock of major proportions in a few months (he is scheduled to speak at the Desiring God conference, Feb. 2-4 and…



Proposed amendment for the ETS constitution

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Ray Van Neste and Denny Burk are once again trying to get the Evangelical Theological Society to amend the society’s constitution. I support the amendment and encourage all ETS members to vote in favor of it. The ETS meets this week and consideration of the proposal is on the agenda. The odds are stacked against…



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The $319.8 million budget approved by trustees marks a $15 million increase over 2008 expenditures, $10 million of which will be used to offset the rising cost of support for missionaries already on the field. On Tuesday evening, trustees appointed 105 new missionaries at Houston’s First Baptist Church, bringing the current number of field personnel…