We won a Wade!

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Well, this announcement was made a week ago, which in blogotime is equivalent to 6 months, so I recognize that to the more astute readers here, this is really, really old news. But I just discovered that my blog was awarded a coveted “Wade” award. The award is named after Wade Burleson, whose blogging about…



IMB Trustee chairman sends letters, posts explanations

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Tom Hatley, chairman of the trustees of the IMB, has written letters to pastors and all Southern Baptists as well as posting the written rationales for the recent change in IMB baptism guidelines and policies on “private prayer language.” In addtion, the working definition of a church has been posted. It actually is quite good,…



Rationale for the IMB Guideline on Baptism

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Today I received two documents related to the controversy involving recent actions of the International Mission Board (SBC) trustees. One of those documents is entitled, “Rationale for the IMB Guideline on Baptism” and the other is “Position Paper on IMB Policy of Glossolalia.” Neither is signed though I am confident that these are both official…



Danny Akin on Southern Baptists and Calvinism

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Joe Thorn has reported that the April issue of SBC Life will feature an article by Dr. Daniel Akin on Calvinism in the SBC. The article can be downloaded here (provided you wait for the countdown at the bottom of the screen). Joe’s interaction with the article is well worth reading. Akin, who is President…



John MacArthur on the church

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John MacArthur’s first message at the Shepherd’s Conference was on biblical ecclesiology from Matthew 16. In the process of outlining several (7) foundational principles on which a church is built, he very helpfully described the “hermeneutics of humility” (that characterizes a belief in certitude as arrogance) as an attack on the perspicuity of Scripture. This…



2006 Shepherds’ Conference

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I am traveling this week to the Shepherds’ Conference in California. Along with a couple of men from the church I serve, I will be manning the Founders Ministries booth in the exhibit area. Founders will also be giving away copies of Dear Timothy, Letters on Pastoral Ministry to all those who attend. If you…



A Plea for Church Discipline

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Church discipline is a topic that has been too long ignored by evangelicals in general and Southern Baptists in particular. The time has come for us to face up to our failures at this point, to repent of our neglecting God’s Word and to begin reinstituting discipline in our churches. This is a subject on…



Founders Breakfast at the SBC–Hear Mark Dever

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Here is yet another reason to attend the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, NC this summer. Before the opening session, at 6:30 AM, Tuesday, June 13, the Founders Fellowship Breakfast will feature Dr. Mark Dever, pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC. He. will be speaking on “Election, the Gospel and Evangelism.”…



Whither Southern Baptists?

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Whither–not “wither.” It is a question, not a prediction. I am neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, so I try to stay out of the prediction business. But I am concerned about the future of the churches that comprise the Southern Baptist Convention. That concern has led me to pray about and…



What should we discuss for an encore?

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My previous post on the presidency of the SBC (“Johnny Hunt to be nominated for President of the SBC“) generated such interest that I have wondered what should be discussed next. Actually, I would like to continue (or recapture) the main points that I originally raised in that post and the one that followed it….