Do Believers Have a Free Will? Why it matters…

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She sat in front of me frustrated and afraid. “I can’t make my heart good enough,” she said. “I know Jesus says to trust Him and love Him, but I sin all the time.” I asked, “Do you trust Jesus to pay for all your sins on the cross?” “I don’t know,” the little girl answered….



Uses of the Law in Psalm 119

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As New Covenant believers, we are no longer under the curse of the law (Galatians 3:13). Christ’s atoning work on the cross saves us from the burden of keeping the law perfectly (Philippians 3:12-16). However, does that mean we no longer need it? What good is the law for us today? Below are a few…



Voddie Baucham at the 2013 Founders Breakfast

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Every year at the meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention Founders Ministries hosts a breakfast featuring a speaker, free books, fellowship and encouragement for those attending the convention and those who live in the area. This year’s breakfast features Dr. Voddie Baucham, who will speak on “The Reformation We Need.” Voddie and family at one…

 

Confessing the Faith

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The 1689 London Baptist Confession of Faith has long been a treasured resource and teaching tool for Baptist churches. C.H. Spurgeon said of this confession in 1855: “This ancient document is the most excellent epitome of the things most surely believed among us. It is not issued as an authoritative rule or code of faith,…



Andrew Fuller’s Wise Counsel to Pastors

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Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), a “strict” Calvinistic Baptist theologian, had the heart of a faithful and loving pastor. As a practical and pastoral theologian, he wanted the Bible’s theology to inform and shape the whole of pastoral ministry. Reflecting on Titus 2:15, “Let no one disregard you,” Fuller wrote a brief sketch titled “Ministers Should be Concerned…



How Pastors Can Keep from Losing Heart (Part 1)

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Paul found a way to keep from losing heart in his ministry, even though his trials in the world and the church likely were much greater than either you or I will ever experience. Paul continually remembered that he was a vessel of God’s undeserved mercy. 2 Corinthians 4:1 says, “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as…



The Joy of Confessing: Original Sin

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I recently returned from giving a series of lectures on the New Hampshire Confession of Faith. The exercise was stimulating (at least to me) and gave a real sense of privilege and gratitude for blessing. In particular, I mean the blessing of joining with the saints of decades and centuries gone by in confessing truths…



The Drop That Grew Into a Torrent

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Charles H. Spurgeon is well known as a great preacher and pastor. He championed the truth of God’s Word and labored to make known the gospel of Jesus Christ. Spurgeon, however, was also a hymn-writer and compiler of hymns. He prepared a collection of hymns for use at the Metropolitan Tabernacle during his ministry. And…



H.H. Tucker was a Theological Giant in the SBC in His Day

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Credit In his tribute to Henry Holcombe (“H.H.”) Tucker in a 1902 volume of editorials which the Georgia Baptist Convention published, Henry McDonald, Tucker’s pastor for many years in Atlanta, called his late parishioner the “Jonathan Edwards of the South.” Indeed, Tucker was Edwardsean in his ability to synthesize theology with crucial worldview-related disciplines such as…