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I Will Stand

October 20, 2017

Editor’s Note: In addition to his article regarding respect for our flag, pledge of allegiance and national anthem.  Here is one of the most moving renditions, performed by 500 high school students, of our national anthem that I have ever heard.

By Walker Moore
Awestar Ministries

I don’t often jump on the bandwagon, nor do I write about the whims of the week. But mid-afternoon last Friday, I looked up and saw 4-year-old Titus the Honorable in my office doorway. This was a delightful surprise. Normally when he comes to my office, I can hear him running down the hall to burst in with a big grin and hug. Then he gets into the “Poppy snacks,” which, like any good grandparent, I have stashed out of the way in plain sight. But this time. he didn’t do any of those things. He just stood there quietly. Continue reading

Court Order Returns Baptist Property To Original Owner Over Failure To Have Trustees’ Vote Confirmed By Messengers At Convention

October 12, 2017

Editor’s Note:  Kirk and Susie Tompkins are  the plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed against Lifeway over the sale of the Glorietta Conference Center.  He has shared this information regarding a similar type lawsuit over the sale of a Baptist property in Missouri.  Might this serve as precedence for his case against Lifeway?  What might the implications be of The Tompkin’s lawsuit given this recent court order?
The Tompkins’ are asserting that LifeWay Christian Resources misrepresented facts and withheld information to defraud property owners of fair value for homes built on leased land at the encampment.

Though the original lawsuit was thrown out, a renewed lawsuit has been filed in New Mexico.

This is an issue of trust and openness between the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), it’s entities, and the fourteen plus million members that comprise the SBC.

By: Kirk Tompkins
Little Rock, Arkansas

October 10, 2017 — The Glorieta Conference Center ‘litigation’ is about one family making a Christian Stand for 100 families and churches owning 65 residences and lodges who were paid “zero dollars” by LifeWay according to a 10th Court transcription. This same court transcription records the judge questioned why LifeWay was without any “feelings of moral responsibility’. Continue reading

Freewill As Taught In Scripture

September 20, 2017

Editor’s Note: This article originally appeared at Soteriology 101 and is used by permission.

By Brian H. Wagner, Ph.D.
Instructor of Church History, Theology and Biblical Languages
Virginia Baptist College

How often have I read in various Facebook theological discussions the declaration of a Calvinist – “Freewill is not taught in Scriptures”?  Of course, the freedom of will to go against one’s nature, even for God, is not possible.  It is impossible for God to lie or to deny Himself (Titus 1:2, Heb 6:18, 2 Tim 2:13).  And it is impossible for me to fly by just flapping my arms. But the ability to freely make decisions commensurate with the limits of one’s nature and with the opportunities provided for such decision making is logically part of God’s and man’s nature and experience.  The exercise of that ability by God and by man is also well documented in Scripture.  And I can fly… if I decide to get on an airplane and allow its power to transport me through the air! Continue reading