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The Gospel Project:
A Birdseye View from the Blue Ridge Mountains

By Emir Caner

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Lifeway’s Gospel Project Returned
Interview with Ralph Green, Senior Pastor
Calvary Baptist Church, Bel Air, Md.

Finally, it’s here – SBCToday’s interview with Ralph Green, the Maryland pastor who returned Lifeway’s Gospel Project Sunday school curriculum because he deemed it too Calvinistic for consumption by church members.

While I recognize how much time has passed since we promised the publication of this interview, suffice it to say that two successive trips to my former state of residence regarding personal business significantly preempted the interview’s posting. Add to that the responsibilities associated with a new fall semester at a college that God has blessed yet again with record enrollment, and it becomes clear where my time necessarily has been invested.

Add to this the heavenly home-going of my mother-in-law and the requisite travel of nearly 1,500 miles and more than a week in ministry to family, then it becomes clearer still why the interview has been delayed.

Whereas I’ve been told of some who speculated as to why the interview was not yet forthcoming, I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the others who conversely offered grace and the benefit of the doubt in such a trying time for my family and me. Thank you ever so much.

Deus Caritas Est,

Norm Miller, editor

NOTE: Pastor Green will not be available for comment.

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The Lord and His People

By Franklin L. Kirksey, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and author of Sound Biblical Preaching: Giving the Bible a Voice.

These expositions by Dr. Kirksey are offered to suggest sermon or Bible study ideas for pastors and other church leaders, both from the exposition and from the illustrative material, or simply for personal devotion.


Psalm 111:1-10

Introduction

The Lord and His people comprise the focus of Psalm 111.  Someone might point out this psalm specifically refers to Jehovah and the Jews, His chosen people.  While that is correct, as believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, “You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy” (1 Peter 2:9-10).

Psalm 111 is an alphabetical or acrostic Psalm.  There are several others such as, Psalm 9, 10, 24, 34, 37, 112, 119, and 145.  Dr. William Theophilus Davison (1846-1935), Tutor in Systematic Theology, Handsworth College, Birmingham, England, explains, “The principle of the Acrostic is well known, but few English readers recognise how freely it is used in the Hebrew Psalter.  The example of the 119th Psalm, in which are twenty-two stanzas, each with eight verses beginning with the same Hebrew letter, is familiar.  But a similar arrangement is more or less observed in Psalms ix.  and x., in which two verses occur to each letter, but the plan is imperfectly carried out; also in xxv., with one verse to each letter, xxxiv., xxxvii, cxi., and cxii.  (in the last two cases only half a verse to a letter), and cxlv.  Psalm cxi.  has been thus arranged in English ¹, in order to exhibit the structure. . .”  Dr. Davison cites a few lines of the Acrostic from the work of Dr. William Binnie (1823-1886), Professor of Church History and Pastoral Theology, Free Church College, Aberdeen, titled Psalms, their History, Teachings, and Use.[1] While Dr. Binnie wrote an Acrostic for Psalm 111 and 112, allow me to share Dr. Binnie’s Acrostic for Psalm 111:

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R.G. Lee: “Eyes Upon Southern Baptists”

Office of Press Representative
Release 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 10
Southern Baptist Convention – 1950
No. 10

PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS: EYES UPON SOUTHERN BAPTISTS

Robert G. Lee, President

Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, Tennessee

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R.G. Lee, 1886 – 1978

Born in a log cabin in South Carolina, Robert Green Lee gave his life to Christ in 1898. At age 21 he went to work on the Panama Canal, and upon returning, enrolled at Furman University. His academic prowess garnered the offer of the chair of Latin at Furman. Declining the position, Lee answered God’s call on his life as a preacher and pastor.

Lee’s first pastorate was at Edgefield, South Carolina. This was followed by pastorates at First Baptist Church of Chester, South Carolina; First Baptist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana; Citadel Square Baptist Church of Charleston, South Carolina; and finally, Bellevue Baptist Church of Memphis, Tennessee, where he was succeeded by the late Dr. Adrian Rogers.

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