Reflections on the Calvinism Debate in the SBC

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It has been nearly a year since the release of SBC Calvinism Advisory Committee’s report. Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee president, Frank Page, appointed that committee, despite the fear and consternation of some, in hopes that such a document could be produced and might prove useful to SBC pastors and churches. It seems that the…



Answering Questions about the Southern Baptist Convention

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On a fairly regular basis Southern Baptist friends and acquaintances will ask me about relationships and cooperative efforts within the convention. I recently found myself fielding such questions from two congregations whose experiences and backgrounds are widely divergent. Though each church situation has its own unique challenges and concerns, there are several principles that might…



God’s Word for the New Year

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An inerrant Bible that remains unread & unheeded is no better than one that is filled with errors. In other words, what difference does it make if we have an inerrant, infallible Bible if we are unwilling to give ourselves to its study and cultivate a submissive obedience to it’s precepts and doctrines? I fear…



Santa Claus, the Gospel and the Church

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It happened again last week. On Thanksgiving morning I received an email from a friend of a friend. The first line read, “It appears I am being forced out of my pastorate.” The story that unfolded in the rest of that email and upon further inquiry is filled with themes that are tragically too common….



Threefold Imputation in Salvation

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 The Idea of Imputation in the Bible When we speak of imputed righteousness in relation to justification what we mean is that the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ (that is not ours by nature and is completely outside of us, or “alien” to us) is credited to us in such a way that God now…



J.B. Gambrell, J.M. Frost and LifeWay (the modern Sunday School Board of the SBC)

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LifeWay Christian Resources is “one of the world’s largest providers of Christian products and services.” Operating as an agency of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), LifeWay is not dependent on any funds collected through the SBC. Although LifeWay operates more than 160 retail stores and has various ministry assignments, the way that most people related…

 

The Missionary Theology of Adoniram Judson

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The story of Adoniram Judson (1788-1850) is legendary among Baptists who have any interest in the evangelistic and missionary exploits of our heritage. He is widely recognized as the first missionary sent from the United States overseas to take the gospel across cultural and linguistic divides. On February 19, 1812, Judson left America with his…



A Brief Clarification of Calvinism, Arminianism & Hyper-Calvinism

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D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones once observed that “the ignorant Arminian does not know the difference between Calvinism and hyper-Calvinism.” The good news is that not all Arminians are ignorant. The bad news, however, is that such ignorance is not limited to Arminians. Throughout evangelical history, where evangelical Calvinism as spread among Bible believing Christians, charges of…



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…