Category: Ecclesiology

Distinctive Baptist Beliefs:
Nine Marks that Separate Baptists from Presbyterians
Distinctive Baptist Belief #8:
Two Scriptural Officers — (Pastor/Bishop/Elder and Deacon
(not Three Officers –Pastor/Bishop, Elder, and Deacon)

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Distinctive Baptist Beliefs:
Nine Marks that Separate Baptists from Presbyterians
Distinctive Baptist Belief #8:
Two Scriptural Officers — (Pastor/Bishop/Elder and Deacon
(not Three Officers –Pastor/Bishop, Elder, and Deacon)

By Dr. Lemke, Provost, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics, occupying the McFarland Chair of Theology, Director of the Baptist Center for Theology and Ministry, and Editor of the Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary. Introduction/Summary All denominations that broadly share the Reformation heritage share more beliefs in common (orthodox […]

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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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Baptism-Lite—SBC and Spontaneous Baptisms

Tim Rogers, Pastor, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Indian Trail, NC There is a movement that seems to be sweeping our denomination and it is called Spontaneous Baptisms.  I for one believe, if done properly, we should not be concerned with this movement.  However, with every movement there comes some who refuse to adhere to the clear […]

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The Shot Heard ‘Round the SBC (Part D)

Steve Lemke, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary The Fault Lines in Southern Baptist Life In the first three parts of this article, I have been reflecting on Brad Whitt’s article “Young, Southern Baptist, . . . and Irrelevant?,” which was published and discussed widely in state Baptist papers, various blogs, and Facebook discussions.  Whitt’s response to […]

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The Shot Heard ‘Round the SBC (Part C)

Steve Lemke, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary The Fault Lines in Southern Baptist Life In the first two parts of this article, I have been reflecting on Brad Whitt’s article “Young, Southern Baptist, . . . and Irrelevant?,” which was published and discussed widely in state Baptist papers, various blogs, and Facebook discussions.  Whitt’s response to […]

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