Children of Grace

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One of my greatest joys as a pastor is the privilege of being with children. I love kids of all ages and I love to watch them mature. Some of my fondest pastoral memories involve children, like the time that 3 pre-elementary-aged girls stopped me in the hallway to let me know that they knew…



A Minister’s Burden

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John Newton understood very well the inner life of a pastor. His gifts of creativity and eloquence combine to express his insights well in the following poem. To serve as a shepherd to the flock of God is a high and holy calling. It is an amazing privilege and a testimony to the grace of…



GBC Pastors sing Season’s Greetings

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This nice little gift was sent to me today from one of my daughters who appreciates the pastors of Grace and Providence. It’s that season again and this new little JibJab takes a while to load, but it’s worth the wait. Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!



Printer’s Error on FJ 82

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The latest issue of the Founders Journal (Fall 2010) has a serious printer’s error that involves pages 6-16. The special 44 page issue is on “Theological Debate Within the Family.” It continues the dialogue over the doctrines of grace by responding to some of the chapters in Whosoever Will, a Biblical-Theological Critique of Calvinism, the…



The prayer behind many Thanksgiving prayers

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Jimmy Stewart’s performance in the movie, Shenandoah, has long been a favorite of mine. His straightforward, common-sense honesty warmly commends his character, Charlie Anderson. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is Anderson’s prayer around the dinner table with his family. Despite his best efforts to give thanks, his honest ignorance of God’s grace…



Lead Me

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Matt Hammit’s song, “Lead Me,” captures the challenge involved in one the primary callings that God places on husbands and fathers. A man will not be able to rise to that challenge to spiritually lead his family if he is not wholeheartedly and increasingly devoted to following Jesus in every area of his life. One…



The unity that comes from knowing "the firstborn of many brethren"

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Octavius Winslow has been a great encouragement to me over many years. His writings are full of Christ. Since Reformation Heritage republished his Morning Thoughts in 2003, it has been my favorite book to recommend for daily, devotional reading. Fortunately, Morning Thoughts is readily available on the web, too. Today’s thought is based on Romans…



North Carolina association adopts regenerate church membership resolution

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Branton Burleson, pastor of Christ Covenant Community Church in Hendersonville, North Carolina introduced a resolution on regenerate church membership to the Carolina Baptist Association of Southern Baptist churches last month at their semi-annual meeting. After printed copies of the resolution were distributed to the messengers, it was adopted unanimously. The resolution is based on the…



Why we need more leaders like Johnny Hunt

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In 1980, during my second year at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas, Paige Patterson was kind enough to give me a few hours of his time in his study at the First Baptist Church of Dallas. I was on staff at a Dallas church and had spent the previous year trying to…



Merciful to Me-New Album by Reformed Praise

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Reformed Praise has released their latest album, Merciful to Me, co-produced by David Ward and Steve Cook. My daughter, Sarah, who has led choirs and ensembles and who is part of the worship team at Grace, reviews the album as my guest-blogger today. The digital download is $10.00 and the CD is $13.00. A few…