What about Justification?

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1. Today’s Confusion on Justification Some of today’s theologians who claim the Reformed tradition think the traditional doctrine of justification needs modification. N.T. Wright says, “Paul has . . . spoken in Romans 2 about the final justification of God’s people on the basis of their whole life” (Paul in Fresh Perspective, 121). Dan Fuller says,…



Book Review: The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace by Richard C. Barcellos

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I submit that the churches need to recover the Bible’s theology of “corporate piety.” American Christianity tends to emphasize personal devotion and individual communion with Christ. As important as that is, we desperately need to recover what the Bible teaches about corporate communion with Christ.  The Lord’s Supper is a wonderful entryway to that larger category of…



Last Week to Get the Early Discount for the National Founders Conference: October 16-18, 2014

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    Join us October 16–18 for the 2014 National Southern Baptist Founders Conference. This is the last week to take advantage of our early registration discount. The conference will be held at the historic First Baptist Church, Charleston, SC. The theme will be: Confessional Power and Gospel Advance: The 2LC at Home and Abroad The 2nd London Confession…



What is a Pastoral Preacher?

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There has been a good deal said and written about “expository preaching,” “Christ-centered preaching,” “redemptive-historical preaching,” etc., but very little has been said about “pastoral preaching.” Pastoral preaching is certainly expository, Christ-centered, and it always takes redemptive history into account, but it goes much further. Pastoral preaching is intensely personal and directed to a particular…



Thoughts on the Sanctification Debate

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I’ve watched the ongoing debate about Tullian Tchividjian’s theology with much interest. I greatly appreciate all of the theologians involved in this discussion. Mark Jones is an excellent historical theologian whom I highly respect. I’m grateful that R. Scott Clark has opposed the Federal Vision and the New Perspective on Paul so consistently. Both legalism…



We Recommend a New Book – To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy

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Dr. Michael Haykin, the Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies, and one of the bloggers at Founders, Dr. Jeff Robinson, have written an important book.  One of today’s popular myths says that Calvinism and missionary zeal are incompatible.  To the Ends of the Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision and Legacy sets the record straight. Calvin’s…



What is the Theological and Practical Significance of Christ’s Resurrection?

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  I’ve heard people say that Christ accomplished redemption by His resurrection. But that’s not quite right. It’s more accurate to say that Christ’s righteous life and death accomplished redemption. Christ’s resurrection, however, is the application of redemption. Redemption means “to be bought out of bondage and set free.” Christ’s resurrection was His own redemption….



Guest Post: Beneath the Bombs Bursting in Air

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[The following is a guest post from Jared Longshore.  Jared is a pastor at Providence Church in Lehigh Acres, FL, a PhD student at SBTS, and he blogs at http://jaredlongshore.com]   As Francis Scott Key stood captive on a British ship watching the rockets red glare and receiving inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner, John Dagg…



A Brief Response to Braxton Hunter’s Article on Libertarian Free Will

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Braxton Hunter recently wrote an article for the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry (Spring 2013) opposing compatibilist freedom and advocating libertarian freedom. The article was later republished on the SBC Today blog. This post will briefly interact with and respond to some aspects of Hunter’s commentary. 1. Definitions of compatibilist freedom and libertarian freedom….



The Law/Gospel Contrast

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I submit that we need a clear understanding of the law/gospel contrast, if we want to be healthy in our preaching, churches, families, and individual sanctification. The law/gospel distinction is often misunderstood or overlooked, but it is thoroughly biblical and vital. Consider three different places in Scripture that teach the law/gospel contrast: Galatians 4:22-26 says,…