Nurturing Congregational Song

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One of the joys of gathering to worship with the church is joining in the congregational singing. God calls His people to make music for His glory and our good. In my last post we looked at Paul’s instructions in Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 to teach and admonish and speak to one another in…



The Preacher and the Text

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  By listening to some of the preaching of those who profess belief in biblical inerrancy, one might ask, “Why all the fuss over the inerrancy of Scripture?” Beating the drum of inerrancy means little when it fails to connect to the pulpit. Affirming inerrancy in writing and conversation appears lame if it does not change…



How Should We Preach Christ in Every Sermon?: Wisdom Literature

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My last five posts have attempted to answer three questions: (1) “Should we preach Christ in every sermon?“; (2) “Why should we preach Christ in every sermon?“; and (3) “How should we preach Christ in every sermon?” I have attempted to illustrate (3) with a Proverb, a law, an historical narrative, and a Psalm. Now I hope to show…

 

Does “All” Ever Mean “All” in Scripture?

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Eric Hankins preached a sermon on September 26, 2013 at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in which he said, “All means all and that’s all all means.” Jump to 17:23 in the linked video to hear this claim. But is Hankins’ statement true? Does the Greek word “pas” (each, every, any, all, the whole, etc.) ever mean “all”…



Paul and the Sabbath

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*This post is the latest in a series looking at the Sabbath. Previous posts include: Jesus and the Sabbath,  The Sabbath and the Decalogue in the OT, a look at God’s Rest as Prescriptive, an examination of the Sabbath as a Creation Ordinance. Throughout the New Testament the Sabbath principle retains its binding status. However, Romans 14:5-6,…



Love him or hate him, Calvin is a towering figure on the landscape of American Christianity

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At a little over 500 years old, John Calvin has not aged well in the popular modern mind. Stefan Zweig, an Austrian writer, in the late-1930s said Calvin was interchangeable with Adolph Hitler. Henri Daniel-Rops, a Roman Catholic historian, who apparently read Calvin’s assessment of the Roman Church, wrote of the great reformer: “Calvin was…



Singing Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs

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In two of Paul’s letters in the New Testament he instructs the church on what we are to sing together in worship. In Ephesians 5:19 and Colossians 3:16 he lists three terms related to music. We are to speak and teach and admonish one another in “psalms, hymns and spiritual songs.” So what are psalms,…



Deep South Founders Conference, January 16-18

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The theme of the 2014 Deep South Founders Conference will be “Christ the Mediator.” The conference will be held on January 16-18 on campus at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson Mississippi.  Guest speakers this year will include Geoffery Thomas, Erroll Hulse, Johnny Pat Cox, and Rusty Grant.  Visit the website for more information.  Mark your calendars…



Why Expository Preaching?

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A few years before his death, I was talking with Dr. Stephen Olford about trends in preaching. The notable British expositor spent the last twenty years of his fifty-plus years in gospel ministry teaching biblical exposition from his preaching institute in Memphis and around the globe, influencing thousands of pastors over the years to “preach…