So Great A Salvation

December 5, 2016

             Kyle B. Gulledge

By : Kyle B. Gulledge, Associate Pastor
Southview Baptist Church Rosharon, TX
Editor, SBCToday

On this past Tuesday, November 29, Dr. Rick Patrick (Pastor of First Baptist Church Sylacauga, Alabama; Executive Director Connect 316; and Managing Editor of SBCToday) preached in chapel at the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Ft. Worth, Texas.  Concerning Dr. Patrick’s sermon, Dr. Barry McCarty, Professor at the School of Preaching at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary said, “It would be a good introduction to share with people who want to understand the Calvinism issue.  While I love, respect, and have worked with many of the Calvinist leaders in the SBC (and will continue to do so) the traditional Baptist “whosoever will” view of salvation is one of the key ideas that led me to become a Southern Baptist.”  If you have not had the opportunity to watch or listen to Dr. Patrick’s sermon you can do so by clicking here.

We are very grateful to Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary for allowing us to link to and use this sermon.

If you do not wish to watch the entire video but would like to read the manuscript of Rick’s message, you may click on the pdf link here.

For those of you who might be new to SBCToday, please know that this is a break from our usual format.  However, I made the decision to share this link and promote this message because it is a great explanation of who we are and what we are about at Connect 316 and SBCToday.    

The Most Beautiful Ugly Christmas Tree

December 2, 2016

Walker Moore - book

By Walker Moore

It has become a tradition in the Moore family to put up our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. For reasons unbeknownst to me, this duty has fallen my way.

It always starts with a trek out to the backyard shed. Of course, all the Christmas stuff is stacked behind the lawn mower, the seed spreader, rakes, shovels, soccer goals and anything we haven’t used in a year. So I spend the first 30 minutes hauling stuff out just so I can reach the Christmas decorations. Now our backyard looks like we’re having either a garage or a going-out-of-business sale. Continue reading

Is Reprobation Necessary for God to Demonstrate His Holiness and Wrath?

December 1, 2016

Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.

By: Ronnie W. Rogers, senior pastor
Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.

According to Calvinism, God voluntarily predetermined for some of the human race to experience salvation in order to display His mercy, while concomitantly and voluntarily predetermining to pass over most of the human race, thereby inviolably destining them to perish in hell. The former are known as the unconditionally elected and the latter are known as the reprobate. This predestination is said to be necessary in order to display both His grace and His wrath. Continue reading

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