by Franklin Kirksey
Much more is the theme of Romans chapter 5. Please note the phrase “much more.” Dr. Woodrow Kroll, Senior Bible Teacher for the international media ministry Back to the Bible, Lincoln, Nebraska, comments, “The comparative of choice for the apostle Paul was the Greek poll? mallon, meaning ‘much more’ or ‘all the more.’ It was a favorite of Paul’s when he wanted to show that one thing was much greater than another. Paul uses this comparative expression not less than five times in Romans 5 (vv. 9, 10, 15, 17, 20). He also used it twice in Romans 11, comparing God’s benefits to the Jews and the Gentile nations (vv. 12, 24). Paul uses it elsewhere frequently in his epistles: see 1 Cor. 6:3; 12:22; 2 Cor. 3:9, 11; 8:22; Phil. 1:14; 2:12; Philem. 1:16.” Continue reading
By: Ron F. Hale
Opening Explanation: The author is seeking to use the title of a classic sermon by Dr. R. G. Lee (1886-1978) entitled Pay-Day Someday, while connecting the hybrid word (above) to the potential problem of receiving as church members those coming from other faith traditions that practice Paedobaptism (baptism of infants) or affusion (sprinkling or pouring) without teaching them the NT truths of believer’s baptism by immersion and membership requirements.
Southern Baptists have always believed that the baptism of infants cannot be supported historically or doctrinally in the OT or NT; nor has it been espoused by our statements of faith. Furthermore, we have never tried to make the case that certain rituals from the OT (i.e. circumcision) should serve as a NT symbol or sacrament.
Southern Baptists have never been Paedobaptists! We have heard all the educated elucidations of the Princeton tradition, and read the writings of Luther, Wesley, and the popes of Rome and all of them put together have never been able to shake our resolve that we have indeed gotten this one right. We are baptizers and we immerse people after they have made a profession of faith in Jesus Christ. This is who we are and what we do! Continue reading
by Dr. Franklin Kirksey
The World Court receives mention more and more in news stories like one on PBS (08/12/12) about the island of Palau related to the issue of “Global Warming.”
Dr. Paul Lee Tan shares, “The International Court of Justice or the World Court sits in the Palace of Peace in The Hague, Holland. Fifteen judges from different countries are there. The UN pays for the bill.
But in nearly 30 years of its life, the World Court has handled only 61 cases, rendered 26 judgments and given 15 advisory opinions. It has settled only 10 disputes, mostly ‘trivial conflicts of a technical nature.’
And then on Dec. 10, 1979, the World Court began hearings on an American request to find Iran guilty of international law. Continue reading