Pursuing Lady Wisdom

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Prov. 4:7- “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom, and whatever you get, get insight” (ESV) This seems to be a simple enough verse, but there are some truths that must be explicitly drawn out. Our culture tries to indoctrinate us with subtle lies that run counter to this short little proverb from Solomon….



What does Calvinism have to do with Marriage?

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Here’s a man who comes to his pastor and says, “My wife says she’s going to leave me for good. She says she doesn’t love me anymore.  I don’t want her to leave, but if she doesn’t want me, then maybe the loving thing to do is just to let her go. If I really love…



B.H. Carroll on Original Guilt

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Many of bits and bytes have been given lately to the question of the relation of Adam’s sin to the human race. Within the Southern Baptist Convention those who have championed the so-called “Traditionalist” statement of Southern Baptist soteriology deny that Adam’s sin results in his posterity inheriting guilt. As Adam Harwood, one of the…



I Address My Verses to the King (Psalm 45:1)

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All believers have an impulse to address their distress and exhilaration to God, their maker, sustainer, redeemer, life-giver, afflicter, comforter, succor, and eternal home. Both the Psalms and the prophets are filled with these kinds of approaches to the triune God. In considering the use of a perverse and evil people as an instrument of…



The Local Church: The Training Ground for Ministry

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In a recent conversation with a seminary professor, we talked on a topic of great interest to me as a pastor engaged in training the next generation. He told of how he has been teaching Greek to members of his local church. He said that they started out with a class of fifty-five and ended…



Charles Spurgeon and Courage in the Pulpit

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One of the greatest challenges that faces every pastor is the courage to stay true to his convictions. This is especially true when those convictions, though deeply and clearly rooted in Scripture, are out of step with popular opinion or the prevailing desires of influential church members. I am sure that I am not the…



Spurgeon on Suffering and the Pastoral Ministry

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In one of the most convicting, encouraging and challenging contemporary books I have read in many years on the pastoral ministry, Paul David Tripp (The book is titled Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry from Crossway. If you are a pastor and don’t yet own this book run—don’t walk— buy it and…



The Baptist Psalmody and Abram Poindexter

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When the Southern Baptist Convention met in Nashville in 1851, the hymnal that was recommended for use in all the churches was The Baptist Psalmody. When The Baptist Psalmody was published in 1850 by the Southern Baptist Publication Society, its editors, Basil Manly and Basil Manly Jr., sought to include not only the older, proven…



Interview with Gregg Allison on Ecclesiology and His New Book

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What follows is an interview of Dr. Gregg Allison on ecclesiology and his new book, Sojourners and Strangers: The Doctrine of the Church. Dr. Allison is a Professor of Christian Theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of the acclaimed Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine and other books.  He…