5 Tips for Engaging those Different than Yourself

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I have a confession to make: I am a terrible evangelist. I do try, but I can’t seem to have much success or consistency.[1] I often find myself hiding behind the excuse that “I’m an introvert.” But the real problem is that I am just not loving my neighbor as myself. The task is made even…



Wait on the Lord

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Do you find it easy to trust the Lord everyday? Maybe some days seem easier than others but to use the word “easy” with “trust” appears out of place! Maybe better put, some days we don’t struggle as much as other days to believe the Lord and to rest in His gospel promises. Waiting on…



Kentucky Baptist Presidential Race and Two Visions of the SBC

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Two candidates have been announced for the upcoming presidential election of the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC) next month. Jerry Tooley is Director of Missions in the Daviess-McClean Baptist Association in the Owensboro area. He has been an outspoken critic of the doctrines of grace and of Southern Baptists who believe those doctrines. In fact, he has…



Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding

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Among the many choice hymns included in William Gadsby’s A Selection of Hymns for Public Worship (1814, 1838) is “Sovereign Grace O’er Sin Abounding” by John Kent. John Kent (1766–1843) was an English hymn writer and a contemporary of William Gadsby. Kent was from a poor family and with limited opportunities for education, was largely…



Blest Be the Tie that Binds: Billy Graham

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Given the two theological trajectories of the mid-twentieth century SBC and the increasingly noxious relationship between them, what commitment kept them for so long willing to work together? The glue that provided adherence was an experiential kind of evangelism. Both on the mission field and at home, the call to decide for Christ, with a…



Can a Sound Biblical Theology be Maintained without Calvinism?

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My engagement with the “old view,” as my professor of theology called it, had a profound effect on my subsequent studies. How something apparently so commonly held and so clearly and vigorously affirmed could have sunk below the horizon in seventy years of denominational life puzzled, frustrated, and fascinated me. The answer, of course, did…