Ecclesiophilia

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I am an unreconstructed ecclesiophile. I love (phileo) the church (ecclesia). I love the idea of the church because of the wisdom and power of God that it displays. I love the practical expression of the church in local churches. I love one local church in particular and regularly reflect on the kindness of God…



Jimmy Draper recommends John Piper

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In the current issue of Facts and Trends, Dr. Jimmy Draper, President of Lifeway, comments on a recent research report issued by Ellison Research on why Protestant ministers change jobs. Among the study’s many findings is this: only 25% of Southern Baptist ministers attribute moving from one church ministry to another as a result of…



A four-year-old’s testimony of conversion

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Sometimes those of us who are unwilling to jump and down with joy upon hearing reports of hundreds of children accepting Jesus as their “forever Daddy” are accused of not believing in childhood conversions. To question how children are evangelized is to position yourself in the minds of some as being an unbelieving skeptic or…



Lakeshore Baptist Church in Mississippi

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I just learned that Lakeshore Baptist Church near Bay St. Louis, MS had their building completely destroyed by the hurricane. Don Elbourne, who writes the blog, Locusts and Wild Honey, is the pastor. He has moved in with family in Baton Rouge. I originally stated that the church is in Baton Rouge, but that was…



Is Jesus your "forever Daddy?"

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I usually do not read “Perspective,” the publication of Women’s Missions and Ministries Department of the Florida Baptist Convention. However, my wife pointed out an article in the Fall/Winter 2005 issue by Dr. Sharon Thompson, the “Camp Worldlight Director.” According to the Florida Baptist Convention’s website, Thompson has a PhD in child and adolescent psychology…



How to help with Katrina relief efforts

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If you would like to help with relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, you may now make contributions online through Founders Ministries by visiting the special page set up at www.founders.org. Dr. Fred Malone and the Heritage Baptist Church in Clinton, Louisiana are coordinating recovery efforts for anyone wishing to give directly to…



Alaska Cruise

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I spent last week cruising the inland passage of Alaska with the Alpha and Omega Ministries cruise. We saw some amazing scenery, including several glaciers.



Disaster Relief

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I am finally returning to civilization after feeling very out of touch for the last week. The devastation left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina has been hard to comprehend. The limited news coverage that I have seen has been incredibly sobering. Many have contacted Founders Ministries asking what they can do to help out…



Greetings from Alaska!

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Donna and I just returned from seeing the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska. It was incredible, and a great reminder of God’s power and majesty. The news from New Orleans is so incredibly sad. We have only been able to get partial reports since our internet access has been sketchy at best. I have particularly…



Jack Graham on "The Truth about Grace," Pt. 2

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More from Jack Graham:(I finally found an internet connection!!) “So I believe and reject these aberrant theologies because of the character of God and because of the cross of Christ that Jesus died for all men and he will therefore bring unto himself all who will be saved. He said, if I will be lifted…