Archive for September, 2012

The Puzzle of Providence

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 49:1-20

Introduction

Drs. John Mason Neale (1818-1866) and Richard Frederick Littledale (1833-1890) comment on Psalm 49, “All that we can learn from the title is that the Psalm was given to the chief musician to arrange suitable music for it, and then left for the Sons of Korah to sing.  Mention of the harp in verse 4, identifies the Psalm as another of David’s wonderful odes.  Here, the renowned poet-musician sings, to the accompaniment of his much-loved harp, the burden of his song being the despicable character of those who trust in their wealth, and the Divine consolation oppressed believers can expect.”[1]

After reading through many commentaries and study notes, there seems to be a discrepancy about the human penman of Psalm 49.  Some commentators say it is David and others say it is the Sons of Korah.  Regardless, of your understanding, remember the words of 2 Timothy 3:16a, “All Scripture is given by inspiration of God . . .” Also we read in 2 Peter 1:20-21, “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.”

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Now Therefore Perform

SBC PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS

NOW THEREFORE PERFORM

C. C. WARREN

1957

Casper Carl Warren (1896 – 1973) was one of eight children born to his father Richard, a retail grocer and Baptist deacon. He attended Wake Forest College where he graduated in 1917 with the L.L.B. degree and the B.A. degree in 1920. He attended Southern Seminary, earning the degrees of Th.M. and Th.D. Warren’s first pastorate was the Lexington Avenue Baptist Church, Danville, Kentucky. He was the first pastor of this church and served from 1928 to 1938. He served two other churches, Immanuel Baptist Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1938 – 1943 and the First Baptist Church of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1943 – 1958. During his only three pastorates he led in the establishment of 33 churches or chapels. In 1956, Dr. Warren was elected president of the Southern Baptist Convention and served two terms. As president he challenged the convention to establish 30,000 preaching points by 1964, the jubilee year of Baptists in America. In 1958 he resigned his pastorate at Charlotte and became director of the “30,000 Movement” which eventually saw the organization of 24,917 churches and chapels primarily in the north and west of the United States. In retirement Dr. Warren served as interim pastor of several churches in the Charlotte area. He was pastor of the newly organized Sharon Baptist church at the time of his death.

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As we gather in this first session of our centennial convention, hearts are aglow with holy emotions and sincere gratitude to Almighty God for his continued manifold blessings upon us.

In the seven years since Southern Baptist last trekked to Chicago for their annual meeting, over one and one-half million members have been added to our churches, and our total gifts to all causes have increased from $200,000,000 to over $372,000,000.

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And That’s When the Fight Started

By Walker Moore

Walker Moore is president and founder of Awe Star Ministries, a student, mission-sending ministry. For more info, go to www.awestar.org.

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A while back, a series of “And that’s when the fight started” jokes made the emails rounds across the Web. Allow me to share a few:

My wife walked into the den and asked, “What’s on the TV?”

I replied, “Dust.”

And that’s when the fight started.

I asked my wife, “Where do you want to go for our anniversary?”

It warmed my heart to see her face melt in sweet appreciation. “Somewhere I haven’t been in a long time,” she said.

So I suggested, “How about the kitchen?”

And that’s when the fight started.

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The Image of God in Man:
A proposed working definition

By Dr. Ronnie Rogers

Author of the book, “Reflections of a Disenchanted Calvinist,” Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.

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I believe the most important conviction that a person can have is his belief about God, and second to that is his supposition about man. These two beliefs influence all other ideas and actions. By beliefs about God and man, I do not mean what one claims to believe, but rather what one actually believes to be true about each. My focus in this article is the image of God in man. In our quest to be consistent Christians, our view of the image of God in man should affect our theology, ministry, philosophy, evangelism rubric, politics, pedagogy, penology, criminology, parenting, sociology, psychology, jurisprudence, etc. In reality, these discussions are, whether stated or unstated, pedestaled upon one’s view of man.

For example, most of us are aware of the battles in jurisprudence between those who view criminals as responsible for their crimes (while other variables may have influenced them, they did not make them commit their crimes) and others who portray them as victims of irresistible antecedents. These two perspectives are based upon opposing views of the nature of man. The former is historically known as the classical view as formulated by Cesare Beccaria (1738-1794), and the latter is known as positivism, a school that was composed of several Italians that is now most associated with Cesare Lombroso (1835-1909).[1] Beccaria emphasized things like the free will of man and punishment should fit the crime whereas Lombroso argued for a biological theory of crime; therefore, he replaced the theory of man being both material and immaterial with a more naturalistic view of man (no image of God), and replaced free will with determinism. Consequently, punishment should fit the criminal rather than the crime, i.e. indeterminate sentences.

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“Jesus makes universal invitations in the very same context where He affirms
God’s particular choice of some and rejection of others”

A Review and Critique of Whomever He Wills – Part 2I

David L. Allen

Matthew Barrett and Thomas Nettles, eds. Whomever He Wills: a Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy (Cape Coral, FL: Founders Press, 2012), 401 pgs.


In an attempt to reconcile definite atonement with a universal gospel offer, Schrock suggests five considerations. First, “Jesus makes universal invitations in the very same context where He affirms God’s particular choice of some and rejection of others” (114). The verses he appeals to in no way support limited atonement and are more a part of the discussion concerning the nature of election. Second, Schrock raises the issue of those who have never heard the gospel. This is a thorny question no matter what view of the extent of the atonement one takes. The appeal to the Old Testament priests who made atonement and then went out to instruct the people followed by the question “did Jesus really die to make provision for the sins of all men and then neglect to send His Spirit to give them the news?” fails to convince. Are we really expected to imagine that not one single person in Israel failed to be so instructed? What is the point of this contrived parallel? The reference to sending out the priests to instruct the people can only pertain generally. Thus by analogy this would be a picture of the church going out into the world to tell all people the good news. This is no argument for limited atonement. Third, Schrock states the proclamation of the gospel was restricted before and during Jesus’ lifetime, but after his crucifixion and resurrection, the gospel offer commanded by God to be offered to all the nations. What is the reason for this? There are sheep of other folds for whom Christ died (John 10:16) (116).

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