Citizen-kings and political activism

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My antipathy toward JSII and the growing evangelical political activism does not mean that I think Christians should opt out of the political process. In fact, I want to be clear in stating that I recognize the church has a prophetic role to play in relation to political powers. “Speaking truth to power” may have…



Church and politics

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Lest I be misunderstood, let me try to clarify my thinking on church and politics. The nature, purpose and mission of the church is to be determined by the Word of God and the Word of God alone. As a pastor I have often been lobbied by individuals and organizations who have wanted “my church”…



Justice Sunday II

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Tonight was Justice Sunday II, hosted by Two Rivers Baptist Church in Nashville. “God Save the United States and this Honorable Court!” This announcement that is made when the Supreme Court sits in session was the theme for JSII. Joe Carter of the Evangelical Outpost blogged live from the event. Here is one of my…



Get it from the horse’s mouth

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Though I normally do not blog on Saturdays, this one deserves to be made known early and widely. The M-Fuge prayer experience that I wrote about has provoked much interest. People have written me privately as well as commented publicly. Some have expressed disbelief, understandably so. Others have asked–again, understandably–for verification. A few have just…



Guess what the kids learned at M-Fuge

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RELEVANT . GROUNDED . SATISFIEDSince 1995, M-Fuge has offered missions and ministry opportunities for students and adults within a camp context. M-Fuge, M-Fuge International, and Urban Connexx give your students the chance for hands-on missions and ministry opportunities during the day and creative worship and other fun activities in the evenings. Whether you are interested…



Spurgeon and Murray on Conversion

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Consider these words from Charles Spurgeon, from his sermon entitled, “The Pentecostal Wind and Fire” (MTP, volume 27): Furthermore, there was not merely this immediate confession, but as a result of the Spirit of God there was great steadfastness. “They continued steadfastly in the apostles doctrine.” We have had plenty of revivals of the human…



Does conversion make a difference?

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This ought to be one of those “duh” questions and among thoughtful evangelicals you will probably get that kind of reaction. We most certainly believe that conversion makes a difference…theoretically. But there tends to be a huge disconnect when our theory is measured against our practice. We know that theologically conversion to Jesus Christ is…



Baptist Faith and Message

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The Baptist Faith and Message says some good things about the nature of a local church. It would be helpful if pastors and churches would take time to consider seriously the claims of this statement. Other Baptist confessions have more complete statements, but what the 2000 BFM says is good as far as it goes:…



Interesting quotes

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From time to time others have publicly acknowledged the meaningless membership numbers that dominate Southern Baptist statistics. While every honest admission of the problem is commendable, what we desperately need is a willingnes to move beyond acknowledgment of the problem to a serious investigation of its root and cause. Nevertheless, every public recognition of the…



Honest Statistics: A Large Convention of Small Churches, Part 2

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The overwhelming majority of Southern Baptist church members give little or no sign of spiritual life. Countless studies of our churches’ memberships over the last 20 years all tell the same story. The recently compiled statistics from the Annual Church Profiles of SBC churches indicates that in 2004, we had: – 16,287,494 members – 6,024,289…