Category: Church

One Lord, One Vote

A good deal of discussion in Baptist life, even some on this site, has focused upon the role of elders in the church. How should those who hold this biblical office fulfill their role within the congregation, and how should they relate to the members of the church? Much of this discussion goes ultimately to […]

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Really? Is It That Simple?

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was going through my normal routine of getting the kids and myself ready for the day. Passing by the T.V., I saw a burning building and thought they were showing some old clips from a building that caught on fire in downtown Ft. Worth. I walked the […]

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Does One Leave or Rebel?

In this video, Matt Chandler shares some wonderful insight into the mind of the younger community.  Certainly one desires to reach into a community that is threatening to walk away and live life according to their own desires.  Certainly one desires to reach out to those with unfulfilled dreams.  Certainly no one desires to give […]

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Acts 29 and Southern Baptist Polity

Before the outset of this post let me say that this piece is not meant to criticize Acts 29. They have the right to organize the planting of churches as they feel they are led by the Lord. This post is to show the clear irreconcilable difference in ecclesiology between Acts 29 and the Baptist […]

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Paradox Lost – Part One

Perhaps the best metaphor to describe the contemporary church, with apologies to John Milton, is Paradox Lost. Somewhere along the line many church leaders have forgotten what Randy Alcorn calls the grace and truth paradox.[i] We must be full of grace and truth (John 1:14). When Jesus walked this earth, he gave us an invariable […]

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