A Bloggersation with Alvin Reid

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This is the first of a series of “bloggersations” that I hope to publish here over the next several months. One of the vitally important dimensions to the resurgence of gospel unity that is developing within and beyond the SBC is the establishment of friendships. Too often, brothers who disagree with each other talk past…



How are you celebrating Calvin’s 500th?

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July 10 marks the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth. His impact on western civilization is hard to measure. Recently I was asked to provide 3 reasons that Calvin is important today. Here is what I wrote: 1. Western civilization owes an incalculable debt to John Calvin because his exposition of Scripture’s view that all…



A long journey in church discipline-Pt. 3

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This is the third and final installment of the story of God’s grace of restoration through church discipline at Grace Baptist Church. The other parts can be found here (#1) and here (#2). When I came to serve Grace Baptist Church 23 years ago it was like many contemporary evangelical churches in that it was…

 

A long journey in church discipline-Pt. 2

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When I received Steve’s email I was overwhelmed with a sense of God’s power and grace which certainly appeared to be working to rescue a man who had been living in the far country for over a decade. I wish I could say that I had lived in expectation that one day I would get…



A long journey in church discipline-Pt. 1

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On June 1 I began my 24th year of serving as pastor of Grace Baptist Church. While there are challenges that go with a long pastoral tenure blessings that attend it far surpass them–things like baptizing and marrying the children of people you baptized and married 20 years ago. A long ministry in one place…