Hell, Hate, and the Peril of Christian Witness


A few years ago, a friend of mine got in trouble. This time, my friend got in trouble for doing the right thing. In solidarity with his union brothers, my friend was walking a picket line because the company he was working for had been taking advantage of employees. My friend was enjoying conversation with... Continue Reading →

Who Is a Disciple of Jesus Christ?


Working from Matthew 28:18-20, I would say that anyone who is baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and who is obeying everything that Jesus taught—that person is a disciple of Jesus Christ.  No doubt, there is room for dispute. But the bottom line is that we must be able to... Continue Reading →

Why (some) Stubborn Baptists Still Fence the Table of the Lord’s Supper


As a pastor, I have often had folks close to me ask (in separate—and as far as I know—unrelated incidents) for me to explain why Baptists don’t allow Presbyterians to fellowship with us in the Lord’s Supper. [The questions were not all that succinctly worded, but they were all to the same effect.]  So, I... Continue Reading →

One Night for the World


For 11 years, Cedar Grove Baptist Church has been working to get Christians together on One Night for the World.  Sunday night, November 11, is the one night we have set aside this year to pray for persecuted Christians. We will be praying for Christians in Nigeria. The entire event will be streamed live at... Continue Reading →

Baptists Join Catholics in Fighting Uncle Sam


Kathryn Jean Lopez of National Review Online has recently conducted an interview with Samuel "Dub" Oliver concerning the recent court filing by East Texas Baptist University against the Health and Human Services mandate in Obamacare. I have listed just a snippet from the interview so you can get a feel for the motive behind this... Continue Reading →

Grace and Controversy


Presently, a small group of Southern Baptists have stirred a mini-controversy over the issue of Calvinism (just in time for the convention).  This group (mostly affiliated with the seminaries in New Orleans and Fort Worth) have undertaken an effort to exclude or diminish the impact of Calvinism from "traditional Baptist soteriology." I have strong opinions... Continue Reading →

Russell D. Moore: Where Have All the Presbyterians Gone? – WSJ.com


Russell D. Moore: Where Have All the Presbyterians Gone? - WSJ.com. How timely this piece is that Russell Moore wrote for the Wall Street Journal.  Denominations are "dead" according to the article.  In many ways, this dying of denominationalism is a good thing.  However, denominations have a purpose.  Dr. Moore demonstrates that there remains a... Continue Reading →

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