Thoughts on Christian Liberty

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With the resurgence of reformed theology has come a rediscovery of the doctrine of Christian liberty. This doctrine is important for spiritual growth and health because, as Paul succinctly put it in Galatians 5:1, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.” There…



Six Ways a Church Should Use a Confession of Faith

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Particular Baptist churches planted in the tumultuous soil of 17th century England grew up and bore fruit under a nasty set of doctrinal and methodological accusations, including that they subscribed to libertarian free will, denied original sin, that their pastors baptized women in the nude, and were opponents of church and crown. Perhaps their most virulent…



Does church membership matter?

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One of the most frequent questions that I get from professing Christians is, “Why do I have to be a member of a church?” Over the course of the years the character of that question has increasingly shifted from honest inquiry to incredulous accusation. In fact I am no longer surprised when believers get angry at…



The Power and Impact of Confessions of Faith

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This week I have been at the Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary lecturing to a group of PhD students. They gather the week before the beginning of the regular semester for a week-long session of seminars and at noon have a plenary session. I have delivered those lectures on the subject “The Art of Pastoral…