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Southern Baptist Swamp Why are SBC employees like Russell Moore telling Southern Baptists how to vote for SBC President?

February 15, 2018

By Alan D. Atchison

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

The moment is now for Calvinists & Non-Calvinist Traditionalists to unite and offer a real alternative to the SBC status quo

The coronation of the Southern Baptist President presumptive began in earnest Monday with stories that J.D. Greear would be nominated for President of the Southern Baptist Convention. Immediately (almost as if planned!), elements of the Mohler-Moore wing of the Southern Baptist Convention began tweeting their rapturous approval. Continue reading

Seizing Moments That Shape Eternity

February 14, 2018

By Dr. Stephen Rummage, Pastor
Bell Shoals Baptist Church Brandon, FL

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

The account in Acts 8:26-40 of the conversion of the Ethiopian eunuch through the witness of Philip fascinates me every time I read it. There are so many surprise factors in the story.

  • I’m surprised by an angel commanding Philip to go to the desert road that led from Jerusalem to Gaza.
  • I’m surprised by Philip running up to the eunuch’s chariot and overhearing the Ethiopian reading from Isaiah 53, a passage so clearly about the suffering of the Messiah.
  • I’m surprised by the eunuch’s question, “Is the prophet talking about himself, or someone else?” That simple question gave Philip an opportunity to tell the Ethiopian about Jesus.
  • I’m surprised that, on a desert road, at just the right time, there was enough water for the eunuch to be baptized on the spot.

The passage overflows with surprising providences of God. Perhaps I’m only surprised because, like many people, I underestimate God’s supernatural ability to order the daily details of our lives. Continue reading

The Joyful Life of a Pastor’s Wife Eight Great Ways to Turn Your Teen Away from God

February 13, 2018

By Kara Barnette, Pastor’s Wife
Faith Baptist Church Faith, NC

Life for my 15 and 13 year old sons is so different than it was when I was a teenager. I’ve tried to explain to them how when I was their age, the only phone someone could use when away from home required a quarter. How personal computers weren’t connected to other computers because there was no internet.  And how television had only…gulp…three channels.

“Why would anyone want to live like that, Mom?” my John once asked.

Sometimes my Generation X looks at their Generation Z like an alien species… and they do the same in reverse.  But by studying Scripture, observing other parents, and learning from my own mistakes, I’m growing in my knowledge of how to shepherd this curious creature known as a modern teenager. Continue reading