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We Are Truly God’s Temple

August 10, 2017

By Ronnie Rogers, Pastor
Trinity Baptist Church Norman, OK

Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? (1 Cor 3:16)

The church in the New Testament has replaced the sacred Old Testament temple. The New Testament says that Christ’s body is a temple (John 2:19–21), the universal church is a temple (Eph 2:20–21), the individual Christian’s body is a temple (1 Cor 6:19), and in this verse the local church is a temple of God. The you is plural in this passage, signifying the corporate local body of believers. Consequently, every local New Testament church is a temple of God. Continue reading

4 Common Myths of Christians Rationalizing Cohabiting

August 8, 2017

By Evan LeNow
Associate Professor of Ethics and teaches in the School of Theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at theological matters and is used by permission.

In 2016, approximately 18 million adults in the U.S. were in cohabiting relationships. This represents a 27 percent increase since 2007. While more than half of cohabiters are under 35 years old, the increase is more significant among those older than 50. This demographic has seen a 75 percent increase in cohabitation over the last decade.[1] When the rising rates of cohabitation are coupled with declining marriage rates, the visibility of cohabitation in American culture has seen a marked increase. Continue reading

R.G. LEE – A Peerless Pulpiteer

July 31, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at the Christian Index and is used by permission.

By Gerald Harris, editor
Georgia Christian Index

This is the second article in the series on great preachers of the past. In this installment we will take a brief look into the life of Dr. Robert Greene Lee (1886 – 1978), premier preacher and pastor of the 20th century. This series is provided so young pastors and laypersons can learn about our heritage and so that no one dare forget the great heralds of the truth upon whose shoulders we stand. The previous installment covered the ministry of W.A. Criswell.

The first time I heard Robert Greene Lee, the great pulpit orator, preach the Gospel I was a teenager visiting Bellevue Baptist Church in Memphis with my family. I was 15 years old at the time and I can remember it as though it were yesterday. Continue reading

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