Archive for July, 2014

Responding to Insults: Unappreciated Pastor


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Insults. If you are in the ministry get ready for them. I’m not talking about insults from the community. It’s not the watching world that usually gets to us. Insults from those within your congregation are the ones that will bother you the most. I remember vividly my first insult. I had just started preaching. I think it was my third sermon. At my home church it was the custom of the preacher to stand at the front door and speak to folks as they left. A cute little girl walked up to me and said, “My mom says you’ll learn to preach one day!” As Rose Mary’s baby departed, I resisted the strong desire to remind her mother of what an awful job she was doing as a parent. I would be lying if I said that remark didn’t hurt. I quickly learned that, if I was going to continue in ministry, I had better be prepared for snarky comments, insults and unfriendly sarcasm.

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Our Little Scooter

Walker Moore - book

by Walker Moore
founder, president of AweStar Ministries

Walker Moore has for decades trained and led thousands of teens on international missions trips, thus changing their lives as disciples and changing the eternities for others who became disciples as a result.
Walker is gifted by God in preaching and leadership. Having spoken at state Baptist conventions, local associations, major churches and missions conferences across the SBC, he remains an influential voice for missions among pastors, church staff and members, and teens.
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My grandson, Titus, is nearing the 11-month mark and has just exited the “Lie There and Drool” stage. That was cute for a while, but it got old fast. He is now entering the “Little Entertainer” phase in which his main goal is to make us laugh. It has been exciting to see sprigs of his personality burst forth as he becomes his own individual. And I already see that he has inherited some of his granddad’s keen sense of humor.

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Does Paul Teach Limited Atonement? | David L. Allen, PhD


A Review of Gibson’s Chapter 12 in
“From Heaven He Came and Sought Her”

by Dr. David L. Allen
Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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Jonathan Gibson’s chapter 12 is one of the heftiest in the book, weighing in at 40 plus pages. This is to be expected since there is so much material in the Pauline letters that impinge on the question at hand.

Following a two page introduction, he divides his chapter into five sections: 1) Particularistic texts (4 pages); 2) Universal texts (25+ pages); 3) texts that deal with those perishing, false teachers, and offended brothers, for whom Christ died (2 pages); 4) Christ died for “all” and for the “world (5 pages);” and 5) Definite atonement and evangelism (1 page). This is followed by a summary conclusion.  

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Comparing Calvinism to SBC Traditionalism


Our thanks to Dr. Adam Harwood and for use of this chart
comparing Calvinism to SBC Traditionalism. View the chart at Connect316.


Verbiage from Connect316:
Our first goal is to advocate views rooted in the Hobbs-Rogers tradition. This chart, *with the original labels Calvinistic Southern Baptist and Non-Calvinistic Southern Baptist*, was provided by Dr. Adam Harwood, McFarland Chair of Theology, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, and is meant to illustrate general theological views among Southern Baptists. There are far more views in common than views which separate these groups. Also, there are always exceptions to categories and definitions, including those listed below. However, the views below are rooted in historic confessions and the writings of representative theologians.

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Are Contemporary Baptists related to 16th Century Anabaptists?


by Ron F. Hale

Why did there need to be a group of Free Church people called Baptists?

By the 4th Century, Constantine, and his successor Theodosius, had wedded the power of the state government to the spiritual role of the church. As this earthly force evolved, it imposed Christendom onto men by the power of civil law and had the authority to exterminate you if you rebelled.

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