Archive for October, 2013

Where Calvin Went Wrong

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by Dr. Scot McKnight

Dr. McKnight — professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Ill. — is the author of  the award-winning The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (Paraclete, 2004), which won the Christianity Today book of the year for Christian Living. Dr. McKnight obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Nottingham (1986), and is a member of the Society of Biblical Literature and the Society for New Testament Studies. He is author or editor of 40 books, has given interviews on radios across the nation, has appeared on television, and regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the USA and abroad. SBCToday is grateful for his permission to link to this article.

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At the core of Calvinism is God’s sovereignty, but just what sovereignty means is the essence of Calvin’s core: sovereignty means determinism in that God elects, God awakens, God shows grace, God predestines, God regenerates, God preserves and God glorifies. John Wesley, on the other hand, can be said to teach each of those, but where he thinks Calvin went wrong is that Calvin’s view of sovereignty so overwhelmed his theology that he ends up denying the capacity of humans to choose to believe. We are looking at Don Thorsen’s fair-minded comparison of John Calvin and John Wesley, in his book Calvin vs. Wesley: Bringing Life in Line with Practice.

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Outlining Ephesians 4:1-6

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by Dr. David L. Allen
Dean of the School of Theology
Professor of Preaching
Director of the Center for Expository Preaching
George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, entreat you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing forbearance to one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling;  one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all.

These six verses clearly form a paragraph unit. The paragraph in English is composed of two sentences (1-3 and 4-6). The paragraph in most Greek New Testaments is likewise subdivided right in the middle. However, most Greek New Testaments don’t place a period at the end of verse 3, but rather place a colon marker (raised period) to indicate a partial stop, but not the end of a sentence. Thus, the Greek New Testament editors view Ephesians 1-6 as a single sentence.

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Questions to ask every pastoral candidate

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by Dr. Randy White, pastor
FBC, Katy, Texas

I am often asked what kinds of questions churches should ask of candidates for the pastor of the local congregation. While I believe we have many flaws in the concept of the role of pastor and church activity and governance today, I don’t want to address those flaws, but rather give some questions that are fitting for today’s situation as it stands.

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CP Changes in States Tread into the Unknown!

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by Tim Guthrie, pastor
Arlington Baptist Church
Knoxville, Tenn.

In a few weeks Tennessee Baptist will decide to accept or reject a change in the funding plan for CP giving in Tennessee.  Included in this proposal is the phased out plan to defund some Tennessee Baptist entities.  These entities are Union University, Carson Newman University, the Adult Home and the Children’s Home.  You read that right.  The plan calls for a phased out funding of CP money to these institutions. This article will focus primarily on the two Educational Institutions.  Each of these institutions currently receives $1,800,000 per year from the Tennessee CP giving plan.  The new approach is calling for a phase out of funding at a yearly $200,000 per year until ZERO.

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Seasoning from the salt shaker

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by Walker Moore

Walker Moore is founder and president of AweStar Ministries, and has trained thousands of students to share the Gospel, and then taken them around the world to do so.

I just finished my 26th year as a chaplain for the Tulsa State Fair. I look forward each year to this ministry as it allows me to walk, hug and love on the people Jesus came to die for.

For 20 years, I served on a church staff. I don’t know when or how it happened, but the longer I was on staff, the fewer lost people I knew. I was surrounded by believers in every area of my life. That’s not a bad thing, but it’s not a good thing, either.

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