Notes on Prayer and Fasting

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Several years ago I gathered the following notes for Grace Baptist Church to guide us in the work of prayer and fasting. Samuel Miller has an excellent essay on this subject, as does Don Whitney, in his book on Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. Today, our church is fasting and praying for the advance…



Tom Nettles Responds to Paige Patterson and David Allen

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In what will go down in Southern Baptist history as the introduction of a new genre of academic literature, last month Paige Patterson, David Allen and William Dembski combined to give a written response to Tom Nettles‘ review of Dembski’s latest book, The End of Christianity: Finding a Good God in an Evil World. Dembski,…



Why Southern Baptists Need a Great Commission Resurgence

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Reading and listening to various responses to the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force report give a glimpse into the state of Southern Baptist life. Like any family, Southern Baptists are a mixed bag with a wide variety of both strengths and weaknesses. It would be hard if not impossible to summarize the “state of the…



My take on the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force Report

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Providence and a desire to be as thoughtful as I can have kept me from posting my thoughts on the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force (GCRTF) report presented by Chairman Ronnie Floyd to the Executive Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) on February 22, 2010. The report has received much attention, as you would…



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Alex,Great to hear from you in Russia! I had the opportunity to witness to a couple from Russia yesterday. Some of our folks have been sharing the gospel with them for the last few weeks and it seems that God is convicting them. Prior to this they had never heard the gospel. It is very…



Memo: How to smoke out a Calvinistic pastor in your church

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Yesterday I was sent the following 3 documents that have been circulating in Western Tennessee among some Southern Baptist Churches. It seems that they were distributed at seminars being held for churches to teach “how to find out if any of your staff are Calvinists and how to get rid of them.” Since receiving them…



In honor of church planters

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This is from the Sword and Trowel, the magazine edited by Charles Spurgeon during his 19th century ministry in London. It is taken from an article by Edward Leach that appeared in the June 1869 issue. We honor the men who, subsisting on scanty and humble fare, battling with adversity, and living down prejudice, are…