Healthy Churches

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The conversations tend to go like this: “I like my church. My pastor preaches the Word. There are some wonderful people in the church. But something is wrong. There’s no life together. People don’t seem to really care for each other. Conversations are superficial. I’m not sure that people even know one another in our…



Reflections on the 2014 Southern Baptist Convention

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I will add my voice to others who have positively evaluated the 2014 SBC that met last week in Baltimore. The spirit of the meeting was warm and congenial. There seems to be a widespread implicit agreement that if we are going to live together productively within the network of churches that comprise the SBC…



Last Week to Get the Early Discount for the National Founders Conference: October 16-18, 2014

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    Join us October 16–18 for the 2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conference. This is the last week to take advantage of our early registration discount. The conference will be held at the historic First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC. The theme will be: Confessional Power and Gospel Advance: The 2LC at Home and Abroad The 2nd London Confession…



What is a Pastoral Preacher?

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There has been a good deal said and written about “expository preaching,” “Christ-centered preaching,” “redemptive-historical preaching,” etc., but very little has been said about “pastoral preaching.” Pastoral preaching is certainly expository, Christ-centered, and it always takes redemptive history into account, but it goes much further. Pastoral preaching is intensely personal and directed to a particular…



Two Roads Diverged in a Yellow Wood: Edwardsean Calvinism vs. New Revival Theology

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The indebtedness of Baptists, from a human standpoint, to the Judsons is incalculable. Because of their conversion to Baptist views, along with Luther Rice, two hundred years ago the General Missionary Convention was formed. Specifically for the purpose of combining the energies of the whole Baptist denomination for carrying the gospel to peoples that had…



Pre-Puritan Sabbatarians? (Part 3)- Martin Bucer

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*This post is the latest in a series looking at the Sabbath. Previous posts include: Pre-Puritan Sabbatarins? (Part 2), Pre-Puritan Sabbatarians? Henry Bullinger on the Sabbath (Part 1),  Where is the Sabbath in the Early Church (Part 3), Where is the Sabbath in the Early Church? (Part 2),  Where is the Sabbath in the Early Church? (Part…



New Book from Founders Press

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Eighteen years ago Founders Press offered its first publication. It was a short booklet entitled From the Protestant Reformation to the Southern Baptist Convention: What Hath Geneva to Do with Nashville. In that booklet Tom Ascol made a clear case for the connection and continuity between the doctrinal convictions of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, known…



Visit the Founders Booth at the SBC in Baltimore

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If you are going to the Southern Baptist Convention in Baltimore next week be sure to stop by the Founders Booth and visit with us. We will be giving away a free book and will have brochures and information about the upcoming national conference in Charleston, South Carolina October 16-18, 2014. Please note that because…



Fuller and the Atonement (Part 4): Limited Atonement and Free Offer

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Editorial note: This is the seventh post in a series on Andrew Fuller’s theology.  Here is the series so far: Fuller the Non-Calvinist? (Part 1), Fullerite: Doctrine of Inability (Part 2), Fuller and Irresistible Grace (Part 3), Fuller and the Atonement – 1/4 (Part 4), Fuller and the Atonement – 2/4 (Part 5), Fuller and the Atonement – 3/4 (Part 6), and Fuller and the Atonement…