Does Your Soul Need Restoring?

February 7, 2017

By : Dr. Tom Elliff

Editor’s Note:  This article originally appeared here and is used by permission.

The Christian’s life is not without its challenges. “In this world you shall have tribulation,” our Master has said (John 16:33). Jesus certainly faced severe circumstances, and then reminded His followers that “the servant is not greater than his master” (John 15:20). Sometimes the exigencies of life so work upon us that we ultimately find ourselves with depleted strength. If we have faced these challenges in our own strength, we will soon discover that our human reserves are spent.. Coming to the end of ourselves we will find that the only answer is spiritual in nature. We need to be “restored.
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Marriage, No-Fault Divorce, and Children

February 6, 2017

By: Waylon Owens
Dean of the Jack D. Terry, Jr. School of Church and Family Ministries and Associate Professor of Church and Family Ministries at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

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

Last month, Matt Krause, a state representative from Fort Worth, introduced a bill to ban no-fault divorce in Texas, “a process that now lets a couple end their marriage without assigning blame to either spouse.”[1] Now, in Texas, it takes only one spouse to divorce, based upon “insupportability” of the marriage, with limited cost or exertion. Krause’s is not the first or only such effort by lawmakers across America to close this door.[2] Continue reading

Russell Moore’s ERLC: A Compendium of Concern

February 2, 2017

 Dr. Rick Patrick, Senior Pastor
 First Baptist Church, Sylacauga, AL
 Executive Director, Connect 316

In the autumn of 2013, the year Russell Moore was installed as the President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, a Wall Street Journal article recorded a perceptively prophetic quote by Al Mohler: “When Richard Land spoke to most issues, he was certain that Southern Baptists were behind him and he was their mouthpiece. Russ will need a deft touch to make sure that Southern Baptists stay behind him.” Today, even Moore’s strongest supporters must admit that his touch has been anything but deft, for a great many Southern Baptists are simply not behind him at all.

In light of the growing collection of essays critical of Moore’s ERLC, this post offers an exhaustive, annotated anthology of literature rebuking his leadership. Numerous readers and pastors have asked, “Where can I find resources explaining all the concerns with Russell Moore’s ERLC that have been raised by Southern Baptists?” The goal here is to provide one-stop shopping for those seeking such answers. Excluded are essays by Moore’s defenders and neutral news accounts merely reporting the existence of the controversy. The task was to digest and summarize every essay registering concern with Russell Moore’s ERLC leadership. The list is chronologically organized. Each headline actively links to the original essay.

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