Andrew Fuller on Perseverance (Part 2 of 2)

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  (This is part 2 of a 2 part series on Andrew Fuller’s doctrine of perseverance.  Go here for part 1.) We quoted Fuller’s concise affirmation of Perseverance beginning our last entry on this issue. He wrote, “I believe all those who are effectually called of God never fall away so as to perish everlastingly;…



Andrew Fuller on Perseverance (Part 1 of 2)

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(This is part 1 of a 2 part series on Andrew Fuller’s doctrine of perseverance.  Go here for part 2.) The “Confession of Faith” presented by Andrew Fuller at his installation as pastor at Kettering affirmed in article XIV, “I believe all those who are effectually called of God never fall away so as to…



Charles Finney: Sharing a Context

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I will propose in the next couple of posts that Charles Finney set in motion ideas and methods that greatly altered the American evangelical understanding of Christian experience and truth. Before I launch into that, however, I want to point to several assumptions that Finney shared with those who initially opposed him. First, in times of declension revival…



Book Review: The Lord’s Supper as a Means of Grace by Richard C. Barcellos

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I submit that the churches need to recover the Bible’s theology of “corporate piety.” American Christianity tends to emphasize personal devotion and individual communion with Christ. As important as that is, we desperately need to recover what the Bible teaches about corporate communion with Christ.  The Lord’s Supper is a wonderful entryway to that larger category of…



Early Puritan Sabbatarianism

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*This post is the latest in a series looking at the Sabbath. Previous posts include: Pre-Puritan Sabbatarians? Martin Bucer’s De Regno Christi, Pre-Puritan Sabbatarians (Part 3), Pre-Puritan Sabbatarians? (Part 2), Pre-Puritan Sabbatarians? Henry Bullinger on the Sabbath (Part 1),  Where is the Sabbath in the Early Church (Part 3), Where is the Sabbath in the Early Church?…



Participating in Gathered Worship: Come and Gather

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Earlier this year I began this series of posts on Gathered Worship in the House of God, examining the role and responsibilities of the congregation in corporate worship. Part 1 of the series focused on how to prepare for times of worship. We now come to Part 2: Participating in Gathered Worship. How are we…

 

Review of the B&H Baptist History Collection from Logos

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For the last several years I have been using Logos Bible software on my Macintosh computers. I have long been a fan of Logos but as a Machead, kept waiting (and sometimes agitating) for a native Mac version. Logos 4 accomplished that and from day 1, literally, I have been using it. After getting some extremely helpful training from…



The Church: A Holy People

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As a college student in the 70’s, I remember hearing retired Southern Baptist missionary to China, Miss Bertha Smith, speak in a number of settings. Miss Bertha, who was in her nineties at the time, took no prisoners when she spoke! Having gone through both the Shantung Revival and the invasion of the Japanese at…



The New Hampshire Confession: Warm Evangelical Calvinism

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  In carrying forth this analysis of the movement in American Christianity toward what Ross Douthat has termed “Bad Religion,” I am seeking to particularize this development in Baptist life. Several lines of thought began to challenge the evangelical Calvinist consensus among Baptists. American Baptist Unity Among American Baptists, a high degree of unity had…