Tom Ascol on the Calvinism Advisory Committee Report

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Dr. Frank Page [Tom Ascol, Executive Director of Founders Ministries, posted this article on his personal blog at www.tomascol.com. We are reposting it here with permission.] Last week Frank Page, Executive Director of the Southern Baptist Convention, released a report from the Calvinism Advisory Committee that he appointed last year. I was asked to join…



B.H. Carroll on Original Guilt

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Many of bits and bytes have been given lately to the question of the relation of Adam’s sin to the human race. Within the Southern Baptist Convention those who have championed the so-called “Traditionalist” statement of Southern Baptist soteriology deny that Adam’s sin results in his posterity inheriting guilt. As Adam Harwood, one of the…



Charles Spurgeon and Courage in the Pulpit

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One of the greatest challenges that faces every pastor is the courage to stay true to his convictions. This is especially true when those convictions, though deeply and clearly rooted in Scripture, are out of step with popular opinion or the prevailing desires of influential church members. I am sure that I am not the…



Honest Statistics: A Large Convention of Small Churches, Part 2

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The overwhelming majority of Southern Baptist church members give little or no sign of spiritual life. Countless studies of our churches’ memberships over the last 20 years all tell the same story. The recently compiled statistics from the Annual Church Profiles of SBC churches indicates that in 2004, we had: – 16,287,494 members – 6,024,289…



Steve Lemke’s letter and my response

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Dr. Lemke posted a letter to me and others in a comment on this blog. In order to highlight his gracious letter and my response, I am posting his letter and mine back to him in a fresh entry. -Tom ********************************************* Tom and friends, Thank you for the careful attention you have given to my…



Honest Statistics: A Large Convention of Small Churches, Part 1

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In 1995 the Home Mission Board (now known as the North American Mission Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention issued a research report entitled, A Large Convention of Small Churches. It was authored by Philip B. Jones and employs standard statistical-analytical procedures to give insight into the reported membership and growth patterns of Southern Baptist…