Archive for October, 2012

Soul winner: Lawrence Baylot

by Dan Nelson

For 28 years, Dan Nelson has served as pastor of First Baptist Church in Camarillo, Calif. Pastor Nelson will submit a series of posts to SBCToday about people who influenced him for the sake of evangelism.


I thank the Lord I grew up in a soul-winning church and my first example as a pastor was a soul-winning pastor: Lawrence Baylot. I was only about nine when Brother Baylot became our pastor at Agricola Baptist Church. He only stayed for maybe three years or more before going to another church as Pastor. Those three years were memorable in our life and in the Agricola Baptist Church. My Dad was our Junior Boys Sunday school teacher and he challenged us to study the Bible and made the lessons fun.

Brother Baylot hit Agricola like a whirlwind. He scheduled Revival meetings, made visitation a priority and personally led many to Christ in their homes. He was an example of what I thought a pastor should be. He was a dynamic pastor who would make the Bible come alive in his preaching and teaching. His stories and knowledge of scripture as a young pastor were impressive.

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“A Reply to Some Comments on My Eight Posts
on Dr. Ascol’s chapter in Whomever He Wills”

David L. Allen
Dean, School of Theology and Professor of Preaching
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
Fort Worth, Texas

Post 1 | Post 2 | Post 3 | Post 4| Post 5 | Post 6 | Post 7 | Post 8

As I have read the comments regarding my posts on Dr. Ascol’s chapter, I thought it might be helpful to respond for clarification’s sake. First, I will offer a few summary statements as to the main points I was attempting to make in these posts. Second, I will attempt to respond to questions and/or statements made specifically about what I wrote. I will not be responding to tangent comments that are not directly germane to the content of my posts. Third, I will attempt to speak to questions asked directly to me that I have not already answered in the comment thread.

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Dr. David Allen Reponds


Dr. David Allen answers commenters' questions pertaining to his "Review & Critique" of Whomever He Wills .

The Happy 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 144:1-15


The happy people understand things others wish they knew.  It is amazing to note the number of articles, books, movies, and songs about happiness.  I have a suspicion that deep down inside everyone wants to know the secret of happiness.

Dr. Jerry Bridges explains in his book titled, The Fruitful Life: the overflow of God’s love through you, “Kindness and goodness are so closely related that they are often used interchangeably. . . .  Kindness is a sincere desire for the happiness of others; goodness is the activity calculated to advance that happiness.”[1]

Dr. J. C. (John Charles) Ryle (1816-1900) shares, “An atheist was once addressing a crowd of people in the open air.  He was trying to persuade them that there was no God and no devil, no heaven, and no hell, no resurrection, no judgment, and no life to come.  He advised them to throw away their Bibles, and not to pay attention to what preachers said.  He recommended them to think as he did, and to be like him.  He talked boldly.  The crowd listened eagerly.  It was ‘the blind leading the blind.’  Both were falling into the pit (Matthew 15:14).

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Mandate to Minister




H. FRANKLIN PASCHALL, was pastor of  First Baptist Church of Nashville, Tenn. A native of Kentucky, Paschall was pastor of the First Baptist Church of Bowling Green, Ky., from 1951-55, before coming to Nashville. Previously he was pastor of the Hazel Baptist Church in Hazel, Ky.  He is a graduate of Union University, Jackson, Tenn., and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Ky., where he earned the Doctor of Theology Degree. Paschall was born May 12, 1922, in Hazel, Ky.

President’s Address:  Mandate to Minister, part I

By H. Franklin Paschall


Jesus said, “The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto but to minister.”  And again He said, “As the Father hath sent me even so send I you.”  From the mountains of inspiration and worship we go down into the lowlands to serve.  Sir Walter Scott observed that the most beautiful scenery in Scotland is where the highlands and lowlands meet.

The Pattern of Ministry in the New Testament

There is a pattern of ministry in the New Testament.  It is a ministry under authority.  One word translated “minister” means under-rower.  It is the picture of a servant rowing the boat under the authority and direction of the captain.  In the New Testament, ministry is not optional but mandatory.  It is under the authority and direction of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Chief Captain.

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