The ongoing divide between the reformed and non-reformed camps seems to be unending. I spoke recently with the editor of a Christian newspaper who lamented that it seems to ebb and flow, but never go away. The debate saddens me mostly because it is often less akin to debate among peers and more like lobbing theological hand-grenades at perceived enemies. This division (call it what it is) is bad for the church.
After spending some … Continue reading
Here are a few quotes from W. A. Criswell to get your week off to a good start.
- “To lift Him up, to preach His name, and to invite souls to love Him and to follow Him is the highest, heavenliest privilege of human life.”
- “The word we preach from our pulpits ought to be like the Word of God itself–like a fire and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces.”
- “After … Continue reading
My favorite T-Shirt has a picture of Charles Spurgeon on the back with this quote:
I am never ashamed to avow my self a Calvinist; do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist; but if I am asked what is my creed, I reply, ‘It is Jesus Christ.’
Somewhere along the way, it seems that Christ has ceased to be creed enough for us Baptists. It is sad that today, a claim to be … Continue reading
The nature and question of true conversion is a hot topic in the church today. At the Southern Baptist Convention this year, David Platt found himself in a bit of hot water by questioning the validity of the “sinner’s prayer.” The debate there hinges on the exact usefulness of a canned prayer to bring about salvation. No one questions whether or not … Continue reading
I heard recently of a pastor who was censured by his deacons because he refused to allow a woman to sing in the church choir who was living in open and unrepentant sin. Odd to consider that a group of leaders who are supposed to use the Bible as their guide opposed the biblical mandate and their pastor. Would this have happened if the church … Continue reading
The New Calvinism is a hot issue in the world today, and especially in evangelicalism. It’s big for those who are Calvinists and it’s galvanizing for many who aren’t.
Many opponents view Calvinism as anti-evangelism and ant-missions and many proponents view those on the the other side of the debate with something akin to disdain. In this melee, brotherly love and … Continue reading
Two recent articles from Trevin Wax and Brad Whitt highlight a growing divide in Southern Baptist Life. Trevin writes on the importance of Being Southern Baptist Among and For Evangelicals. Whitt, on the other hand writes representing the branch of Southern Baptists who seem very intent of late on establishing a stronger and more isolated Southern Baptist identity in an article titled, What … Continue reading
Missional is a big catch-word in church growth circles these days, and in the SBC. In conversation with some friends recently, I suggested that maybe the divide between many churches was ideological in part and could be defined along a missional line, ie. missional verses non-missional churches. The problem, as pointed out in that conversation, is that no church will admit to being non-missional, and most (if not all) Baptist churches would claim defiantly that … Continue reading