18 Properties of a Humble Soul

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Thomas Brooks was born in 1608, educated for a time at Emmanuel’s College, Cambridge, and ordained to preach in 1640. He spent some time as a chaplain to the Parliamentary fleet, serving onboard several different vessels. He eventually became the minister of several different congregations in London. Like Thomas Goodwin and John Owen, Brooks held…

 

Doing the Work of an Evangelist

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Now I saw, upon a time, when he was walking in the fields, that he was (as he was wont) reading in his Book, and greatly distressed in his mind; and as he read, he burst out, as he had done before, crying, What shall I do to be saved?I also saw that he looked…



Following Jesus’ Training Model

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Jesus “was his own school and curriculum” when it came to his training model, observed Robert Coleman.  Despite lacking knowledge of a specific curriculum that Jesus used in training his disciples, contemporary pastoral mentors can certainly utilize the broad areas in which Jesus implemented training for their own mentoring ministries. In previous posts we looked…



New e-book from Founders Press

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In 1996 Founders Press began with the publication of my little booklet, From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention: What Hath Geneva to Do with Nashville? I wrote it in part to respond to the widely-held assumption (and often-repeated refrain) that “Southern Baptists have never been Calvinists.” Founders had been making that case…



Why We Should Preach Christ in Every Sermon

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My last post asked: “Should we preach Christ in every sermon?” I answered: “Yes.” The thoughtful comments have spurred me to now post: “Why we should preach Christ in every sermon?” There are two thoughts I would offer in answer to this: (1) Biblical Hermeneutics, and (2) Biblical Example. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Christ-centered expositor 1. Biblical…



An Unhealthy Craving for Controversy

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The Calvinism Advisory Committee sought to deal with an issue that Baptists have not always negotiated well. Their report was clear and stated both positions fairly. Participants have strong convictions and neither of the parties view the document as an agreement to surrender their convictions or eliminate any right to continue dialogue. The future will…



Is Unity in the Southern Baptist Convention Possible?

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I think Southern Baptists can grow in our unity around the gospel of Christ for the sake of kingdom mission without pretending that our differences don’t matter. The Calvinism Advisory Committee has already beautifully shown that we can talk to each other in a spirit of love and grace, recognizing our serious and substantial disagreements…



Sin and its Proper Response (Part 2)

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Yesterday, in Genesis 39, we saw Potiphar’s wife demonstrate that sin is often Perception-driven and that unchecked sin produces boldness. Now we will let Joseph show us the proper response to sin and temptation. 1. He Refuses (vs. 8)Joseph’s first and continual response is to refuse to give in to temptation. Notice, though, the reasons that…



Sin and Its Proper Response (Part 1)

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Recently I have been working through Genesis 39 and the story of Joseph. I have been thinking about Potiphar’s wife and how she demonstrates some common sin-related themes. I thought I could jot down a few notes regarding sin and temptation:1. Sin is often perception-driven In verse 7 we see that she “cast her eyes…