Steve Lemke’s letter and my response

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Dr. Lemke posted a letter to me and others in a comment on this blog. In order to highlight his gracious letter and my response, I am posting his letter and mine back to him in a fresh entry. -Tom ********************************************* Tom and friends, Thank you for the careful attention you have given to my…



Honest Statistics: A Large Convention of Small Churches, Part 1

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In 1995 the Home Mission Board (now known as the North American Mission Board) of the Southern Baptist Convention issued a research report entitled, A Large Convention of Small Churches. It was authored by Philip B. Jones and employs standard statistical-analytical procedures to give insight into the reported membership and growth patterns of Southern Baptist…

 

Ray Van Neste on Steve Lemke’s article

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The Lemke/Welch misrepresentations of Calvinism and Founders Ministries have provoked responses in many different blogs. I have read some and had many more recommended to me. There are many excellent blogs out there that are worth reading. One of them is Locust and Wild Honey. Another is Words of Grace. Dr. Ray Van Neste has…

 

President Bobby Welch, Dr. Steve Lemke, Southern Baptists and Calvinism, Pt. 2

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Dr. Lemke’s 4th issue of concern relates to Calvinism…of a sort. He writes: (4) Hyper-Calvinistic Soteriology – Will Baptists change their soteriology such that persons are no longer seen as having any capacity to respond to God’s invitation to salvation? Will Baptists take a “hyper-Calvinist turn” than hinders missions and evangelism? Dr. Lemke demonstrates by…

 

Baptist Fire–who are these people and why do they hide?

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Baptistfire.com has a firm grasp on its place as the National Enquirer of the internet. Many of the articles have the same appeal as the old carnival hawkers of my youth (“Come see the Man Eating Chicken!”). They intentionally imply what they carefully avoid saying. I have been wise to this tactic ever since I…



SBFYC update

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Thanks for your prayers for this meeting. Though I do not have a final report from the leaders of the conference, more than 50 people indicated that they believed God was calling them to give their lives to cross-cultural evangelism and church planting. Several from our church spoke with me and other adults about their…



From SBFYC at Laguna Beach, Florida

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I am spending this week with 50 of my favorite young people and several favorite adult church members attending the Saved By Faith Youth Challenge conference. The theme is “Evangelizing the Last Frontier.” David Sitton and Steve Henry are the guest speakers and, thus far, the meetings have been very good. They are from To…