Category: Front Page Posts

The Public Invitation: how historical is it?” part II


by Dan Nelson, pastor
FBC Camarillo, Calif.

The history of public invitation is interesting, indeed. Our current, traditional public invitation has evolved from various sources. We noted last week how gospel sermons in Scripture have an appeal to the hearer. This certainly could be said concerning great evangelistic preachers of the past. I will not give an exhaustive list of evangelistic preachers since I want to explore those methods, which relate to our current practices.

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In Consideration of Calvinism / Ronnie Rogers

Ronnie Rogers is senior pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Norman, Okla.

by Ronnie Rogers, pastor
Trinity Baptist Church
Norman, Okla.

During the last couple of years, I have quite unexpectedly been involved in conversations with many Calvinists through writing, e-mails and talking, one-on-one. I have enjoyed many of the discussions with my Calvinist brothers and sisters during this time. I can only pray that my thoughts have been even minimally as helpful in contributing to their knowledge and love of God as theirs have been for me. However, I must admit that, at times, I have found my interactions with some Calvinists quite frustrating because of the great difficulty I have often experienced when trying to discuss a particular point without being misread, when I am given a standard response (as I did as a Calvinist) that is the very response I am trying to move beyond, or when they simply do not engage my specific point and scurry to something I am not even addressing.

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33 converted & baptized on same day.

Stephen Rummage

Dr. Stephen N. Rummage, senior pastor,
Bell Shoals Baptist Church
Brandon, Fla.

(Ed.’s note: We are grateful to God for how he works at Bell Shoals Baptist church. We also are glad that Pastor Rummage allowed SBCToday to publicize the goodness of God. We hope this account encourages you in your ministry efforts, and that you, too, will send SBCToday your Altar Call Report.
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Last Sunday (Feb.2) was an “Unashamed Sunday” for us. We have two or three of these each year to challenge people to follow Jesus in baptism. Usually, we have a large group of people scheduled ahead of time to be baptized on these Sundays; but because we’ve been baptizing a good number of people week-by-week, we didn’t have the usual baptism backlog. In fact, we had only three people scheduled for baptism, and one of those didn’t show. So, we were praying diligently for God to send us a lot of people at the invitation.

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Scared Straight: Pastor’s Edition / Unappreciated Pastor


by Unappreciated Pastor
(Unappreciated Pastor blogs HERE.)

So, you wanna be a pastor? Big man on campus; that’s you, huh? Standing up there in front of everybody, holding your Bible, preaching to the people. I can see you now, scooting around the stage, dancing to the “Amens” and applause. Mr. Pastor, Bishop, Reverend, Elder, Preacher Man. Yeah. I used to be like you.

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A Pastor’s Prayer & Devotional Life / Brad Whitt

Brad Whitt

Dr. Brad Whitt — pastor, Abilene Baptist Church, Augusta, Ga. — notes the importance of a pastor’s prayer and devotional life in this week’s “Mondays are for Ministry” video. Get a 4-minute glimpse into this vital part of Pastor Whitt’s life, and leave with a vision of your own for spending time with God both in His Word and in prayer.

To view the video, click HERE.