Religious liberty was a foreign concept to most early Americans prior to the Revolutionary War of 1776. Borrowing an old world concept, each colony usually sponsored a state church. Taxes supported the clergy and it was unlawful to not attend church in some of the colonies. Religious dissenters were dealt with quickly and sometimes crudely.
First Baptist Church, Oxford, Miss. Eric Hankins, Pastor Double Decker is a huge music and arts festival here in Oxford. Because of our city’s name, we kind of like English things, and we have a Double-Decker bus that’s run around town for years that is sort of our city’s mascot. Oxford is the literary and […]
Bethel Baptist Church, Greenfield, Tenn. David Worley, Pastor Yesterday, I had the awesome privilege of leading a young man to faith in Jesus Christ. Sherrie and I went to the hospital in Jackson, Tenn., to visit someone, and the Lord had a divine appointment set up. This young man has been addicted to drugs, and […]
New Hope Baptist Church, Fayetteville, Ga. Student Ministry – Alive Week Student Camp Alive Week at Truett-McConnell College in Cleveland, Ga., ended with a powerful service led by Dr. Emir Caner. After Dr. Caner shared from Acts 2:38 that the most important word in the Bible was “repent,” he invited students to make a decision […]
It is the TULIP cult mindset that seems to be tearing apart the SBC. For whatever else you can say about the Baptist tradition, it is most certainly a version of Christianity which finds the gospel of the Cross and the offer of free forgiveness through the shed blood of Jesus as its operating center. When you have men in the SBC who are more zealous evangelists for conversions to Calvinism than conversions to Christ, more earnest in their apologetics for TULIP than for the existence of God and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, more excited about the doctrines of grace than the gospel itself—coexistence is going to be difficult.