by Jim Davis, pastor
Grace Bible Church (SBC)
My name is Jim Davis. I am a Southern Baptist pastor, and I am reformed.
by Walker Moore, founder/president
As I write this article, I’m in Mexico with a group of students doing mission work. Forty-nine of us are jammed together in a church, living and eating, and serving God together.
The difference between my age and the students’ is getting increasingly wide. One of them asked me how old I was, and I told her “62.”
“Wow! You’re older than my grandparents!” she said, then caught herself and added, “Oh! But you look and act younger than they do.”
Dr. Rick Patrick, pastor
FBC, Sylacauga, Ala.
Under the broad heading of “Southern Baptists and Calvinism,” we tend to conflate three distinct topics—etiquette, theology and leadership. Our usual assumption is that some people talk about Calvinism nicely while others do so divisively. Against this notion, may I suggest something else is more often taking place? Our levels of conflict and tension are actually driven more by our choice of topic than by our personalities. Each topic contributes to a different level of intrinsic controversy.
by Walker Moore
During the past few weeks, I’ve been trying to think of some of New Year’s resolutions. As hard as I’ve tried, I couldn’t think of anything I wanted to change. I like my life the way it is. My wife could probably give me a hundred ideas, but I haven’t finished the last list she gave me.
by Dr. Franklin L. Kirksey, pastor
FBC, Spanish Fort, Ala.
God’s new thing is a wonderful word for the New Year. We read in Isaiah 43:18-19, “Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth, shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.” Rev. Matthew Henry (1662-1714) explains the best commentary on Isaiah 43:18-19 is found in Jeremiah 16:14-15; 23:7-8, where we read, “‘Therefore behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that it shall no more be said, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘The Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. . . . Therefore, behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘that they shall no longer say, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the Lord lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.’”