30th anniversary of the birth of Founders Ministries

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Thirty years ago–November 13, 1982–I met with six other men in a hotel room near the DFW airport in Texas. It was a Saturday. One was a Southern Baptist seminary professor. Two were pastors. One was a vocational evangelist. One was an assistant pastor. I was a student at Southwestern Baptist Seminary and on staff…



3rd brief comment on Dr. David Allen’s response to Whomever He Wills

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This is the 3rd part of a short series of brief comments on Dr. David Allen’s review and critique of Whomever He wills. Dr. Allen is Professor of Preaching, George W. Truett Chair of Ministry, Director of the Southwestern Center for Expository Preaching, and Dean of the School of Theology¬†at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in…



4th Brief Comment

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I believe that Dr. Allen has misunderstood some of the theologians whose writings he cites. He, like I, certainly wants to bear an accurate witness to the views of others and by pointing out places where he has misconstrued the meaning of men like Andrew Fuller and William Carey I am certainly not suggesting he…

  

Is the gospel enough?

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Image Source I thank God for all the talk about the gospel among evangelical churches today. Granted, some of it can degenerate into trite jingoism and anomalous platitudes, but still, at least the necessity and centrality of the evangel is once again being recognized by believers who purportedly take their identity from it and who…



From the archives: Church and Politics

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Attack on the American Embassy in Cairo (credit) The attacks on American embassies this week in Egypt, Libya (resulting in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three of his colleagues) and Yemen coupled with the looming presidential election in the USA have turned my heart and mind back to Scripture as I consider how…



Biblical Wisdom on Church Discipline

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The most serious step that a church can take is to remove one of its members and, in the words of the Apostle Paul, turn such a one “over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord” (1 Corinthians 5:5). It is…



e-pub and Kindle versions of Whomever He Wills

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The electronic versions of Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy, edited by Tom Nettles and Matthew Barrett, are now available. Until September 1, 2012, 3PM Eastern time, you can purchase an electronic version for only $2.99. EDIT: Due to the tremendous response and in recognition of the holiday weekend you may still…



How to face the death of an infant

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A few days ago I was grieved to hear of the death of Ezra Blaize Kline, the 7 week old son of Justin and Rebekah and grandson of my dear friend, Ted Christman and his wife Diane. Ted is the founding pastor of Heritage Baptist Church in Owensboro, Kentucky. Ezra’s death has been attributed to…