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The Top Blog Posts of the Week

This is a list of recent blog posts which we found interesting. That we found them interesting doesn’t mean we necessarily agree with or endorse the ideas presented in the posts, but that we found them to be intriguing and thought-provoking. (They are listed in no particular order of interest). Please post your comments to discuss any article that strikes your interest. If you have recent blog posts to nominate, please send the link to

About the SBC

“What Does the Future of the SBC Hold?” by Tim Rogers in the Southern Baptist in North Carolina blog, suggesting his perspective on this important topic.

“Southern Baptist Identity: An Examination and Proposal,” by Dave Miller in the SBC Voices blog, with a proposal about what it would take to salvage unity in the SBC.

“Jerry Nash, SBC Today, and a Chill Wind a Blowin,” by Howell Scott in the From Law to Grace blog (recopied in the SBC Voices blog) about allowing persons within the SBC the freedom to express their views.

About Theology

“Elder-Rule on the Rise in the Southern Baptist Convention, Part 1,” and “Part 2,” and “Acts 29 Network: Elder-Led or Elder Ruled?” by Peter Lumpkins in the SBC Tomorrow blog, on the distinction in church polity between elder-led church governance and elder-rule church governance.

“John 6 Revisited,” by Randy Everist in the Possible Worlds blog, on the interpretation of the relationship between “given” in v. 37 and “drawn” in v. 44 of John 6, which he believes supports a Molinist perspective on soteriology.

“Is It Biblical to Say that God Foreordains Sin?” by Matthew Murphy on the Society of Evangelical Arminians blog, with a biblical critique of this doctrine held by some Reformed theologians.

“Who Is a Heretic?” by Randy Everist in the Possible Worlds blog, asserting that sometimes the word “heretic” is thrown around too lightly.

“Not Really Heresy?” by Fred Sanders in The Scriptorium blog, with a humorous take on the names of real and pseudo heresies.

About the Christian Life

“Local Church Membership,” by Fletcher Law at the Fletcher Law and Grace blog, on the crucial importance of believers engaging with other believers in local churches.

“The Crisis of Conference Christians,” by Mark Driscoll in the Resurgence blog, on the spiritual challenges of pastors who go from conference to conference without working diligently in their own churches.

“Radical Worship,” by Ed Steele in the Worship HeartCries blog, about the need for radical worship that elevates the worship of Christ above personal preferences and distractions.

“Lessons on Control,” by Charlie Ray in the A Family of Faith blog, about how much control parents have over foster children (and other events of life).

“The Legacy of the King James Version,” by Seeking Disciple in the Saved through Faith blog, about the incredible impact of the KJV.

Wait Management

Dr. Lynn Jones, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Booneville, MS

Weight management is a continuing challenge in our calorie charged culture. We are surrounded by two kinds of businesses—one of them is devoted to getting us to eat more and the other is devoted to helping us lose weight.

Approaches to helping us manage our weight vary from the latest exercise gadget to smaller plates to help us cut down on our portions. One weight loss expert said that we need to avoid the “Noah Syndrome.” That is the tendency to take two of every thing. Another expert tried to simplify the solution to our weight problem. He said that that in order to lose weight you have to give up three simple things—your fork, your knife, and your spoon.

While weight management is something that is desperately needed in our culture, I would suggest that there is also a big need for “wait management.” We live in a day when we find it difficult to wait for anything. The emphasis is on things that are fast and easy.

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Thursday is for Theological Terminology:
The Study of Specialized Words relating to Theology


Thursday is for Theological Terminology:
The Study of Specialized Words relating to Theology

Ron F. Hale, Associate Pastor, West Jackson Baptist Church, Jackson, TN

Sola Scriptura

One definition: A Latin phrase meaning “scripture alone” and is one of the Five Solas that the early reformers used to show differences and distinctions between their teachings and those of the Roman Catholic Church.

On the Theopedia website, the following definition is given:

The inerrant Scripture (the Bible) is the sole source of written divine revelation, which alone can bind the conscience. The Bible alone teaches all that is necessary for our salvation from sin and is the standard by which all Christian behavior must be measured. It is denied that any creed, council or individual may bind a Christian’s conscience; that the Holy Spirit speaks independently of or contrary to what is set forth in the Bible, or that personal spiritual experience can ever be a vehicle of revelation.

A Catholic Point of View

Joel Peters shares an article on the Catholic website ( as he asks the question,” What is Sola Scriptura?”

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Preaching – Part 3

Dr. David L. Allen is Professor of Preaching, occupying the George W. Truett Chair of Ministry, Director of the Center for Expository Preaching, and Dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This is the third article in Dr. Allen’s series on preaching. Read part 1 here and part 2 here.

In the great western movie “The Magnificent Seven” Chris (Yul Brynner) leads a band of seven hired guns to protect a Mexican village from marauders lead by Calvera (Eli Wallach). They train the villagers how to defend themselves. When Calvera and his 40 bandits ride into the village, they are met in the town square by Chris, who firmly tells Calvera: “ride on.” Calvera protests. “I’m going into the hills for the winter. Where am I going to get food for my men? Somehow, I don’t think you have solved my problem.” Chris replies: “Solving your problem is not our line.” At that point, the camera cuts to a lean, cool character standing a few feet to the right of Brynner – Steve McQueen. With a you-know-I-mean-business look and voice, he utters my favorite line in the movie: “We deal in lead, friend.” (Rent it; you won’t be disappointed.)

I am going to gloss Steve McQueen’s line and change one word in order to illustrate my topic in this third installment on preaching: “We deal in words, friend!” Preachers deal in words in three senses. First, we deal with the living Word of God, the Logos, our Lord Jesus Himself. Him we preach. Second, we deal with the Word of God written, the Scripture. This Word we preach. This written revelation consists in the very words of God. We believe in verbal, plenary inspiration. The Hebrew of the Old Testament and the Greek of the New Testament, like all languages, consist in vocabulary, grammar, syntax, and semantics. Through the painstaking process of exegesis, preachers ferret out the form and meaning of the text with an eye toward constructing sermons to communicate the Word(s) of God to people. God’s intents and purposes in giving us the Living and written Word provide the theological grounds for why we preach expositionally. Third, we deal in words to design and construct sermons to preach in order to explain God’s Word to people so that the Holy Spirit can accomplish His work in lives. Preaching is an oral/aural event that makes use of language to communicate. Preachers are wordsmiths. Thus, understanding language and how it is used; developing and honing our communication skills for the sake of preaching, is crucial.

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Preaching – Part 2

Dr. David L. Allen is Professor of Preaching, occupying the George W. Truett Chair of Ministry, Director of the Center for Expository Preaching, and Dean of the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This is the second article in Dr. Allen’s series on preaching. Read part 1 here.

If I were to personify preaching styles . . . in the not too distant past, tuxedo preaching, with its characteristic elegant and suave rhetoric and measured cadences, could still be heard in some places. In the 1980’s and 90’s, Tommy Hilfiger preaching, with its casual, open collar, boomer-targeted, “how to” sermonic style, was in vogue. With the dawn of the 21st century came tee shirt preaching, a younger, chasing cool, culturally relevant, hipster style. Tee shirt preaching spawned a smaller sub-genre: tank-top preaching; a gritty, in your face, no holds barred, crude, rude, and occasional profanity laced, preaching style. Each has its strengths and weaknesses, detractors and defenders, and each contains, to varying degrees, something worth emulating (crudity and cursing excepted, of course).

I am very much aware that this personification is something of a broad brush stroke and does not paint the homiletical portrait in its entirety. Many preachers are something of a combination of these or other styles, while others don’t really fit any of these categories. But what cannot be gainsaid is the fact that while yesterday’s preaching landscape was limited to a few homiletical prime colors, today’s canvas is spangled with colors more variegated than ever. And that is not necessarily a bad thing.

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