Biblical wisdom for the IMB controversy

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Several have questioned why I have only recently expressed my opinions about the issues arising from the IMB policy changes. The main reason is that I had not seen an unedited copy of the actual policy changes. Yesterday, I did finally get a copy. Scripture warns us to resist the temptation to form conclusions without…

  

A good critique of seekerized church life

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SBCLife, the monthly journal of the Southern Baptist Convention that is published by the SBC Executive Committee has a very interesting and helpful article in the January 2006 issue. It is written by William Brown and is entitled, “The Seeker.” Brown is an associate professor of evangelism and church planting at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary…



Name the Dead Guys

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The dead guys that adorn the top of this blog are men to whom I owe a great debt. Their lives and testimonies have greatly challenged me and their writings have instructed and encouraged me. They served our Lord well in their generations and have left a wonderful legacy for modern Christians–especially modern Baptists. In…



Partial Providence and the West Virginia Mining Tragedy

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My friend, Paul Stith, who pastors Grace Heritage Church in Auburn, Alabama, asked me to consider writing about the tragic mining accident that left 12 miners dead and another in critical condition in West Virginia earlier this week. Paul was watching a televised news report when friends and family were mistakenly told that the miners…



Self-deception

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Have you ever noticed how many times and how many ways the Bible warns of being deceived? By clear admonition as well as by graphic example God repeatedly calls us to be on our guard against believing lies. That’s what deception is–believing what is not true. It is one of the great works of the…



Recommended reading for the new year

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A few years ago Joel Beeke and Reformation Heritage Books republished a slightly edited version of Octavius Winslow’s Morning Thoughts. It contains daily readings gleaned from his dozens of books. Winslow himself made the selections and arranged their order. It has become my favorite devotional book of this sort, surpassing The Poor Man’s Morning and…



A Christmas letter

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With Christmas around the corner and the (welcome) interruption to our normal patterns of life for a few days, I am finding it increasingly hard to write new posts to my blog. So, I plan to take the next two weeks off and hope to return to regular posting after the new year. Following is…



Cooperation–Baptist style

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The Baptist Faith and Message statement on cooperation makes several helpful points that are worth highlighting. 1. Each local church is autonomous and no other ecclesiastical organization may exercise authority over it. 2. Each association and convention is autonomous and holds no authority over local churches. 3. Cooperation is right and good for members of…