Helps For The Pastor Search Committee

February 15, 2017

By Kyle B. Gulledge, editor

Honesty.  It really is the best policy.  Integrity and honesty are important in the home, important on the job, and  are certainly important in the ministry.  However, that is not always practiced as the case.  Most of the time the problem is not a case of outright lying as it is a case of withholding information.  This is especially true as it relates to the issue of Soteriology.  I believe that a potential pastoral candidate should be open and up front with the pastor search committee and the congregation as to whether he is a Calvinist or a Traditionalist, in the realm of Soteriology.  I have had good friends express a desire to recommend me to a particular church and once I find out that the church is not a good fit for me (which may be in worship style or the church might be a Calvinist/Reformed church) I decline their offer to be recommended. Continue reading

The Virtue of Suffering

February 14, 2017

By Michael Wilkinson, Dean of the College at Southwestern and Assistant Professor of Bible
at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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

Last year saw the release of the film “Me Before You,” a movie about a man who ends his life after an accident leaves him disabled. In response, Christian radio host Joni Eareckson Tada raised very serious concerns with the message of the film. An article on reports on her podcast interview with The Church Boys in which Joni expressed great concern over the danger of the film’s message, one which radicalizes individual rights while removing the moral component from those rights.[1] Tada encouraged Christians to respond to the film by proclaiming that “life really is worth living,” so “face circumstances courageously.”[2] She added that affliction is an unavoidable part of life. Continue reading

Raising Kids In Jesus Rather Than In Church

February 13, 2017


By Kara BarnettePastor’s Wife
Faith Baptist Church Faith, North Carolina

I’m a child of the 80’s.  Give me a can of aerosol hairspray, a Sony Walkman, a pair of stonewashed jeans (pegged at the ankles) …and all is right in the world.

Life was easier then.  Phones were attached to walls, not hands.   Men used men’s bathrooms, women used women’s.  America was good and Russia was bad.  And there wasn’t a problem on Earth that enough blue eye shadow and a Peter Cetera ballad couldn’t solve. Continue reading