Category: Church

Student Not Better than Teacher

Dr. David Crosby, Pastor, First Baptist Church, New Orleans, LA A friend told me last Sunday, “I want to take the country back.” He meant by this, I think, that he wanted to return to a time when the United States seemed to operate within a Protestant ethos. My own sense of Christianity and the […]

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The Centrality of Worship in the Scripture

Ed Steele, Associate Professor of Music, Leavell College, New Orleans, LA Worship is central to the Scriptures from the beginning to the end. Worship is central to understanding the Old Testament. Man and woman were created by God for fellowship with each other and with Him. Since we live in a post-Eden world, we cannot know […]

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Adjusting Your Leadership Style to Your Ministry Situation

Steve Lemke, Provost, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary The most insightful article I have ever read on pastoral leadership was written years ago by Calvin Miller in Leadership Journal.  Entitled “Growing Pains,” it is crucial reading for every pastor.  In it, my old racquetball partner Calvin Miller (he might look nice, but he’s mean on a […]

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Accepting New Church Members: A Biblical/Baptist Perspective

Robin Foster, Pastor, Immanuel Baptist Church, Perkins, OK In discussing the restoration of integrity in church membership, there has been a great resurgence in the biblical practice of church discipline.  Not that many Southern Baptist churches are initiating this biblical practice in their churches (personally I don’t know of any in our association), but there […]

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Twelve False Assumptions People Make About Baptists (Part Two)

Dr. Dan Nelson, Pastor, First Baptist Church, Camarillo, CA 7.     . . . that we are controlled by a Hierarchy First, the Bible does not teach that we should have a hierarchy of religious officials over the church. Pastors lead the congregation as a spiritual leader while the deacons assist him. We have already asserted […]

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