Post Wilma update

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Here on the SW coast of Florida we are in the last stages of Wilma’s western bands. Our neighbors to the south took the brunt of the storm. We were spared much damage. At our house we lost some trees and a patio door. I hope to assess our roof later today. Our neighbors lost…



Steve Gaines on Calvinism

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We are beginning to feel the arrival of Hurricane Wilma here in Southwest Florida and have been told to expect to loss of electrical power in the next couple of hours. I thought I should go ahead and post this, even though I may not have time to offer many comments. Last week on the…



Bucket-worthy books

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I did the drill twice last year and had hoped to avoid going through it yet again this hurricane season. But when making final plans for the anticipated arrival of a hurricane, one of my necessary tasks is to store some of my books in plastic containers. That is what I did today in anticipation…



Evacuating–out of touch for awhile

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We have just been put under a mandatory evacuation order from our county and city emergency management officials. For the first time in history, large parts of Cape Coral, including where we live, are in flood zones. After deliberating for a couple of hours, our church leaders determined to go ahead with our Sunday morning…



Wilma

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We have been carefully watching Hurricane Wilma for the last 48 hours. We have already cancelled a lecture hosted by our church Saturday night and are now making decisions about our Sunday schedule. If the current projections hold true the storm should pass south of us, possibly as a category 1 or 2 hurricane. That…



Soul-a-month-club update

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Gene Bridges has informed us of an update on the soul-a-month-ministry from Bailey Smith Ministries (BSM). Without explanation the page promoting that ministry was removed recently from the BSM website. The “Calvinist Gadfly” gave BSM a call and reports on the conversation here. In short, the page may have been removed from the website but…



Responding biblically to disasters

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Hurricane Wilma is setting records this morning as it veers north into the storm-weary Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters are once again putting Southwest Florida right in the middle of the “cone of uncertainty.” Our church is about to shift into preparation mode, hopefully implementing plans born out of lessons learned from last year’s hurricane season….



$48.00 soul salvation scrutinized

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Bailey Smith’s claim that he can get one soul saved for every $48.00 he receives has set me to thinking. He touts his “Save-a-soul-a-month ministry” as something that everyone–at least everyone who is concerned for souls–should support. He claims to make a convert for every $48.00 you send him. But how does Bailey Smith’s evangelism…



What is the Gospel Conference

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In light of Bailey Smiths’ “Save-a-soul-a-month ministry, I thought it would be very appropriate to plug an upcoming conference on the Gospel. In many ways the Gospel of Jesus Christ has been lost in our day. If it is not recovered, we are sunk. May the Lord grant us such a recovery–regardless of the cost….



iMonk’s analysis of the SBC

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Michael Spencer has a very insightful observations on Southern Baptist life in this article. He is a long-time Southern Baptist and has a keen eye for analysis. If you have any interest in the SBC, or if you ever wonder what in the world is going on in the SBC, his thoughts are worth reading….