Five Essential Aspects of Pastoral Ministry

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Whole books have been written on pastoral ministry; so, even an attempt at summarizing it in a short blog post will fall short of the mark. But I would suggest that several principles rise to a high level of importance when considering the subject of pastoral ministry. Much of what passes for pastoral ministry today is…



The Five Points of Calvinism and Covenant Theology

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In recent years, there has been a recovery of the five points of Calvinism among many evangelicals, but there has not been a concomitant revival of the covenant theology of seventeenth century Puritanism as the rich soil in which Calvinistic soteriology grows. This post will not attempt to thoroughly defend every doctrine mentioned, but to…



What is a Baptist?

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Many times when people ask the question, “What is a Baptist?,” they’re looking for certain qualities that distinguish Baptists from other denominations. But to look for distinguishing characteristics of Baptists is a question of “Baptist distinctives.” The definition of a “Baptist” includes far more than our distinguishing doctrines and practices. What it means to be…



Hermeneutics: New Testament Priority

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One important aspect of biblical hermeneutics (the theory of biblical interpretation) is the principle of “New Testament priority.” At the beginning of the Middle Ages, Augustine of Hippo (354-430) expressed New Testament priority with the phrase, “The New is in the Old concealed; the Old is in the New revealed.” Augustine meant that the Old…



The Division of Old Testament Law

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Are believers in Christ required to obey any part of Old Testament law? Both Dispensationalists and proponents of New Covenant Theology, or Progressive Covenantalism, as one version of it has come to be called, simply say “no.” In their view, the laws of the Old Testament are fulfilled and abrogated in Christ. Believers are only…



A Baptist Confession: The Role of Civil Government

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Historically, American Calvinistic Baptists have been fairly unified on their understanding of the role of civil government. They expressed their views in various confessions but the the Second London Baptist Confession was their mother confession. In Chapter 24, Of the Civil Magistrate, it provides the historic Calvinistic Baptist understanding of the role of civil government. It reads: CHAPTER 24; OF…



Avoid Legalism: Emphasize the Law

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Many of today’s young evangelicals have happily thrown off the legalistic fundamentalism of their childhood. They’ve come to a greater understanding of God’s abundant grace, and the gospel has liberated them from slavery to guilt and fear. That’s a very good thing. But I submit that recovering the gospel alone isn’t enough to keep legalism…



Benjamin Keach’s Covenant Theology and Justification

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Benjamin Keach (1640-1704), one of our early English Baptist forefathers, taught that the doctrine of justification was inextricably bound up with the biblical doctrine of the covenants, and especially with the covenant of grace. According to Austin Walker, “The covenant of grace assumed a central place in Keach’s thinking, so much so that it is…



Should Christians be Involved in Politics?

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The political season is upon us, and soon we’ll be casting our votes for our chosen political candidates. Some Christians, however, wonder whether we should be involved in politics at all. They think politics are “worldly,” and we’re only faithful to engage the world through evangelism and missions.  Other Christians seem obsessively interested in politics, and seem to think that…



Deep South Regional Founders Conference – January 28-30, 2016

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The 2016 Deep South Regional Founders Conference will meet at Bethlehem Baptist Church, in Laurel MS, January 28-30, 2016. We look forward to hearing our key speaker, Conrad Mbewe, proclaim the doctrine of “Effectual Calling.” Opening with an Evangelistic sermon Thursday evening, the conference will have a full schedule of speakers, including Ken Fryer, Tom Hicks,…