Mohler and Patterson: A Debate or Discussion?

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Quite a buzz has been generated about the prospect of Drs. Patterson and Mohler debating Calvinism at the 2006 Southern Baptist Pastors’ Conference in Greensboro, NC. Anytime you find a topic being discussed on both the Puritan Board and the Fightin’ Fundamentalist Forum, you can be pretty sure that there is widespread interest. Some are…



Ready for Reformation? Pt. 4

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Chapters 4 & 5 of Nettles’ book deal with evangelism. Because of the importance of the subject and “the congenital sense of identity Baptists have with it” two chapters are warranted (p. 39). Nettles’ sets the stage for his biblical and historical treatment of the work of evangelism by showing “the danger of a corrupted…

 

Drs. Mohler and Patterson to debate Calvinism

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This is something you would never have dreamed about 20 years ago. Recently it was announced that Drs. Al Mohler and Paige Patterson will take a session at the 2006 Pastors’ Conference prior to the annual Southern Baptist Convention in Greensboro, NC to debate Calvinism. While some will no doubt be very nervous to hear…



Ready for Reformation? Pt. 3

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It was 488 years ago that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church. This event signifies the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. It also reminds us that reformation is indeed possible. In our day when this same kind of movement of God is desperately needed again, the lessons learned…



Nettles and Dever at the Evangelical Forum

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Since I am in the middle of giving comments on Tom Nettles’ new book, Ready for Reformation?, I thought I would let you know about a meeting next week where he and Mark Dever will be speaking at the Evangelical Forum in Alexandria, Virginia on November 9, 2005. Those interested can get more information here.



Ready for Reformation? Pt. 2

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One of the values of Dr. Nettles’ new book is the vast amount of historical research that it weaves together. For example, he cites Paige Patterson’s writing in the Shophar Papers of 1980 as an “early reformation proposal.” Nettles writes: Patterson noted that “denominational executive offices can become ‘Protestant Meccas’ to which all must bow,…



Ready for Reformation?

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Tom Nettles’ latest book is hot off the press from Broadman and Holman publishers. Ready for Reformation? Bringing Authentic Reform to Southern Baptist Churches. You really should get a copy before finishing this blog. It ought to be required reading for the following Southern Baptists: -Pastors-Church leaders-Evangelists-Associational Directors of Missions-College Presidents-College Professors-Seminary Presidents-Seminary Professors-Seminary Administrators-State…



Out of commission for a few days

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I am in Brandon, Florida at the First Brandon Conference on Biblical Theology hosted by Grace Bible Church. The conference is scheduled for October 27-29. Unfortunately, before I arrived here I had computer woes–more precisely, computer operator woes–and do not expect to be able to blog until next week. If you are in the Tampa…



Why point out attacks on truth?

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Christians sometimes debate the propriety of exposing the public errors of others. After all, love covers a multitude of sin and keeps no record of wrongs. Isn’t it at least, then, unloving to call attention to the theological foibles of others? I do not think so, although I do think it can be a dangerous…