Eight Reasons Why We Need the Puritans

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For many years before surrendering to vocational ministry, I was a conservative evangelical Christian whom God had called to work in the dog-eat-dog world of secular media. While working for a metropolitan daily newspaper in Georgia, one of my ultra-liberal colleagues was teasing me about being a conservative “boy” from a small town in the…



O Could I Find from Day to Day

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One of the first hymnals used by Southern Baptists was the Baptist Psalmody. It was published in 1850 by the Southern Baptist Publication Society and recommended for use in all the churches when the convention met in Nashville in 1851. Along with many contributions by well-known English hymn writers (such as John Newton and Isaac…

 

My thoughts on the Donald Trump phenomenon

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If you are at all interested in American politics then it has been impossible for you to ignore the recent disruption caused by Donald Trump. Like many others, I have been fascinated by it and have tried to understand some of what it means. I offer my thoughts over on my personal blog but thought…



Double Breakthrough

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(See the first two posts in this series: Secret Places Where Grace Lurks, Obvious Places Where Grace Abounds.) In August of 1968, in order to prepare for Christian ministry, but also in a very personal search for certainty about the nature of the Christian experience of faith, I moved to Fort Worth, Texas, to attend…



A Case For Sabbath Observance

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This post will examine what the Bible teaches us about the time of public worship. We know that the Bible teaches us Who the assembled church should worship (in the first and second commandments), and it teaches us how to worship Him (in the second and third commands). But too few people understand that it also…



Immortal Honors

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An encouraging trend in church music over the past 25 years has been the renewed interest in hymnody. Churches are again discovering the rich theological content and lasting value of what Basil Manly Jr. called “the old, precious, standard hymns.” Manly exhorted churches in his day: “We cannot afford to lose these old hymns. They…



Scripture: Sufficient or Not?

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Recently, I had the humbling opportunity to preach to a gathering of Christian workers who serve in a difficult part of the world. Only a handful of churches exist in their region. Some live in cities where no one, other than the workers, has confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. Open resistance, anti-Christian rants, rejection of…



Obvious Places Where Grace Should Abound

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(See the first post in this series: Secret Places Where Grace Lurks) In church, according to the purpose and promise of God, we look for grace in the context of its revealed means, coming from “leaders who spoke to you the word of God” (Hebrews 13:7-9). We want as much of it as God designs…



No Proof of Paedobaptism: An Evaluation of Jared Oliphint’s post “Not Your Average Paedobaptism”

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When I first came to believe the Bible’s teaching on unconditional election, I acquired some new theological heroes. But my new heroes also baptized their babies. I reasoned, “Men like Calvin, Owen, and Edwards were saturated with the Bible, and they were right about God’s gracious purpose of election. How could they be wrong about infant baptism?” So, I read…