Archive for July, 2013

“Separation of Church and State” A Baptist Understanding.

Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.

Through historical documentation, and contra modern parlance, Pastor Rogers sets aright the distinction between Jefferson’s “wall of separation” and the misnomer of “separation of church and state.”

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Da Bears for the Southern Baptist Future


The long-standing family feud among Baptists has dusted-up since the early part of the seventeenth century. After each dust devil has settled, our differences on the atonement seem to be the point of impasse.

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Biblical Illiteracy and the Death of the Church Library


by Johnathan Pritchett “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge,” thunders the preacher quoting Hosea 4:6a, which is appropriate pulpit thunder these days. “Yeah, but knowledge puffs up,” think some folks in the pews who know just enough random Scripture quotes to be dangerous. Of course, these folks are completely oblivious that the quoted […]

Belong to a Local Church—Only If You SO Desire!

Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.

Church membership has been variously determined at different times and places in the history of the church. At first, belonging to a local church was by free choice, but as the church and state became more integrated, church membership was often determined by one’s geographical location.

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To the Little Girl in the Yellow Dress, Part 2


Today, I saw you looking at me. Even though you weren’t wearing your yellow dress, I knew it was you. I see you everywhere I go. Sometimes, you’re the frightened little girl who peeks from behind the curtains, wanting to know if it’s safe to come out. At other times, you’re the sassy one who puts her hands on her hips and gives me that “Don’t mess with me” look.

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