Archive for April, 2013

Words for Worship Leaders (and the rest of us)

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.

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Daniel Parker: Two Seed in the Spirit Predestinarian Baptists

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Growing up in the 1950s and 60s, family reunions became part of my cultural education.   My kinfolk were mostly one or two generations removed from being church-going people. Therefore, after the Sunday dinner, the men of our clan enjoyed an assortment of thirst-quenchers.  Wash tubs filled with ice and colorful cans of Falstaff, Pabst, Schlitz (opened with church keys) seemed to pacify them as some played Gibson guitars and bowl-back mandolins under a parasol of Pin oaks; while others listened, sang, or danced an occasional Scot-Irish jig.

One Sunday after sundown, my great uncle Joe (being led by the spirits) gave his nephews a Bible lesson that we never soon forgot.  He told how the serpent in the garden of Eden seduced the woman named Eve and had sexual relations with her (I forget his exact idioms). The world was never right after that. He declared that within mankind there are those born with the good seed and those with the serpent seed; with the latter destined for the everlasting lake of fire. I got scared but faked gallantry.

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Dear Titus

By Walker Moore

Dear Titus:

I want to apologize for calling you a gummy bear. When I first saw the sonogram, I didn’t know what else to call you. All I could see was a tiny, black-and- white, blurry figure all crunched up. I had to squint my eyes and rotate the picture to make out your head and something that looked like a leg.

I was so excited that we were going to have a gummy bear. Today, I was even more excited when I found out I’m going to have a grandson. I know we have a few more months until August when we get to meet face to face, but I couldn’t wait to write you.

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No one called anyone a traitor

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’).”

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The Indwelling of the Holy Spirit in Regeneration

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.

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