7 Reasons to Teach Your Kids Church History

,

Ask my four children what their father loves and ranking high on the list after “Jesus, our mom, baseball, and the Georgia Bulldogs,” might just be “dead people.” Why? The fact that I teach church history notwithstanding, I think it is important that my children—beginning at a tender age—understand the richness of the faith I…



Lord in Humble Sweet Submission

,

In past posts I have highlighted several American hymn writers who contributed to early Southern Baptist hymnody, including Benjamin Cleavland, Abram Poindexter, and Basil Manly, Jr. Another Southern Baptist worth noting, who contributed a hymn specifically on the ordinance of baptism, was Robert T. Daniel. Robert T. Daniel was born in Middlesex County, Virginia on…



Preaching Stories

,

Stories communicate. Just look at your local bookstore. It’s filled with stories. Consider the classic books by Dickens, Lewis, Tolkien, and Sayers. They continue to gain new generations of readers. Their stories communicate. So do the biblical stories. They communicate an eternal message that remains equally true for each generation. The message that the Holy…



Was Richard Baxter Orthodox on Justification?

,

Richard Baxter seems to be largely known today for his works of practical theology, including, The Christian Directory, which has been used in some quarters as a manual of Christian counseling, and The Reformed Pastor, which is often commended as a useful paradigm of pastoral ministry among Reformed men. But Baxter is less known for his doctrinal…



Shaping an Icon: Billy Graham

,

The resolutions of Graham and his team for integrity and tenacity soon bore fruit both for evangelistic success and public notice. Mel Larson, in commenting on the Los Angeles crusade of fall 1949, captured both of these elements when he observed, “Revival flowed through Billy Graham during that time until the entire world was conscious…