by Johnathan Pritchett
Thank goodness the battle over hymns vs. praise choruses is just about over, a few diehards notwithstanding. Not only is it way past time to move on from that discussion, but it is time to start discussing more important matters — universal matters that should always be a part of the ongoing conversation when it comes to music in the church.
by Norm Miller
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Reacting to a comment I made on the blog, SBCToday.com, the general editor of the Gospel Project Sunday school curriculum, Dr. Ed Stetzer, posted on April 10 the following on a blog funded by the Cooperative Program (which is supported by all Southern Baptists) and is sponsored and operated by Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary:
“Recently, I was accused of ‘treason’ in an online comment by an employee of a Cooperative Program-supported college in Georgia. My crime? I’m general editor of The Gospel Project, a curriculum that quotes Wesleyans, Anglicans, and Presbyterians. Apparently, in this person’s mind, quoting people from other denominations is sufficient evidence to deem one a traitor (according to Webster, a traitor is ‘one who commits treason’).”
by Bob Hadley
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A lot has been written about Jesus’ statement to Nicodemus, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (Jn 3:3 NKJV) Jesus repeats Himself in verse 7, “Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’” There is no question regarding the importance of being born again, but there is much debate regarding what Jesus meant when He said what He said. What did Jesus mean when He said, “You must be born again?”
Basically, there are two primary interpretations as to the how and when one is “born again” or regenerated, and both are related to belief, repentance and faith. One posits being born again as being essential for belief, repentance and faith to take place; and the other makes belief, repentance and faith essential for being born again. This article will examine these two positions in light of the Scriptural significance of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit as it relates to being born again.