Category: BF&M

Closed Communion and Inerrancy – Part 1

When I entered seminary back in 1989, I was challenged by teaching that has come to be described as neo-orthodoxy. This teaching was presented as being open minded to what others believe. It was presented as the “humility” approach to understanding scripture without forcing one’s belief on another. I struggled with much of the teaching, […]

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Baptist Identity = Baptist Faith and Message

When I began my theological education, I remember a former Systematic Theology professor making a statement that troubled me until I could work through it. He said; “It makes no difference how many angels can dance on the head of a pin as long as we can agree that angels can dance on the head […]

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The Local Church as the Authority of Baptism

In this article by John Mann, he explores the idea of whether there can be a true church without the proper administration of the ordinances. For the Anabaptist , the atrophied doctrine among Rome, Wittenberg, and Geneva was a biblical ecclesiology. Indeed, a proper ecclesiology was the essence of the Anabaptist movement. Foundational to proper […]

A Contribution to Ed Stetzer and Lifeway Research

On my previous post concerning Article VII of the BF&M, an interesting question came to mind, “What percentage of SBC churches are practicing open communion?” Mind you, we don’t decide doctrine by statistical research, but ultimately a confession ought to represent the beliefs of those who adhere to the confession. In an effort to help […]

Landmarker or BF&M Confessional?

On other blogs and some of the comments on Wes Kenney’s recent post, there seems to be some confusion concerning what Southern Baptists have adopted as our confession of beliefs regarding baptism and the Lord’s supper. Wes dealt with this subject of baptism and the Lord’s table two years ago. The post and comments are […]

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