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RSS Bart Barber
  • Tragedy and Injustice
    Earlier today I tweeted the following: How tragic! The death of #PhilandoCastile, no matter the officer's state of mind, is a great injustice. It's a deep and controversial subject, and the subsequent conversation has motivated me to teach a bit more about the question of tragedy and injustice. I'll start with a table and some examples.   Just […]
RSS Dan Barnes
  • Racism Is Stupid
    Thanks to Charlottesville, the country is divided and tearing itself apart because people are full of hate and lack common sense. Let's just say it, racism is stupid. First off, let's be clear on something, the idea of race is made up. We are all human, we are part of the human race, the idea that we are all part of different races was created to s […]
RSS Denny Burk
  • God and the Transgender Debate
    Andrew Walker’s important new book has just released today. It is titled God and the Transgender Debate, and it is a must-read. That is in fact what I wrote in my endorsement for the publisher: The post-Christian West says that we are what we think we are, not what our bodies reveal us to be […]
RSS David Brumbelow
  • Confederate Statues, History, and Racism
    Some of my thoughts on Confederate Statues, history, and racism. Racism is wrong and sinful.  Period.  Racism on any side or from any racial group is wrong and sinful.  Falsely charging someone with racism is also a serious wrong.  The violence, injuries, and murder in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend is unjustified, wrong, and should be punished.  […]
RSS D. A. Carson
  • 1 Samuel 13; Romans 11; Jeremiah 50; Psalms 28–29
    1 Samuel 13; Romans 11; Jeremiah 50; Psalms 28-29 ROMANS 11 HAS BEEN UNDERSTOOD in mutually contradictory ways. There is not space here to list them, let alone evaluate them. I shall simply lay out the flow of Paul's argument as I see it. (1) Does Paul's argument in Romans 9-10 mean that God has utterly abandoned "his people," that is, th […]
RSS Tim Challies
  • Born in Slavery, Longing for Freedom
    Thomas Johnson was an African-American, born into slavery on a Northern Virginia plantation in the mid-1800s. When he was only ten years old, his mother was sold to another plantation. The one person in his life who brought him a sense of stability and peace was suddenly gone. The separation produced in his soul a bitter hatred for his captors, and an insati […]
RSS Ronnie Floyd
  • When is Enough Going to Be Enough? Racism Needs to End in America
    Former President Ronald Reagan once said, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table.” I believe that great change can’t happen unless someone sets the table for tough conversations. Will Washington and our leaders in America set this table for tough conversations, or will it be set by the pastors and churches in […]        
RSS J. D. Greear
  • What Should Christians Do with Unanswered Questions?
    Many people—even Christians—who are struggling with some difficult circumstance in their lives often look to God and feel like my 1-year-old daughter did when she got her vaccines. They wonder, “When will this end? Why is this happening to me? Why would a good God allow this bad thing to happen to someone he loves?” The world often doesn’t seem like it’s bei […]
RSS Ken Ham
RSS Jim Hamilton
  • J. K. Rowling Tells the Truth . . . In Her Fiction
    J. K. Rowling tells the truth in her fiction. Her twitter feed is another matter. Perhaps the limitations of the genre don’t allow her to communicate the nuance, sensitivity, and charity that characterize her fiction. Whatever the case, there’s a chasm between what she writes in her novels and what she tweets. In her fiction, […]
RSS Ken Hamrick
  • Realism & Retroactive Identity in Christ April 17, 2017
    By Ken Hamrick John Murray’s treatment of sanctification, particularly his essay, “The Agency in Definitive Sanctification,” makes some surprising inroads toward grasping the believer’s retroactive, realistic identification with Christ.[1] He does not go as far as to acknowledge that the reality of the spiritual union of Christ in the believer brings a title […]
RSS Doug Hibbard
  • Sermon Recap for August 20
    Here is what you'll find: after each sermon title, there's an "audio" link that allows you to play or download that sermon's audio file. Then there should be an embedded Youtube Link to the sermon.If you'd like, you can subscribe to the audio feed here: […]
RSS Mike Leake
  • Why This Solar Eclipse is a Sign of the Last Days
    Today a line from the west coast to the east coast will experience a total solar eclipse. This is the first time this has happened since 1918. Many are wondering if this is a sign of the last days. I… Continue Reading → Advertise here with Beacon Ads The post Why This Solar Eclipse is a Sign of the Last Days appeared first on Borrowed Light.
RSS John MacArthur
  • The Four Soils: Among the Thorns
    Most of us have endured the tragedy of watching people we counted as spiritual brothers and sisters leave the church and turn their backs on Christ. It is heartbreaking to see friends and loved ones reject the Savior and instead pursue sin. When we think of apostasy, we generally think of blatant and outspoken rejections of Christ and the gospel. But much mo […]
RSS Wm. Dwight McKissic, Sr.
  • Untitled
    President Young’s Statement on Charlottesville, VA By President Jerry Young |  August 19, 2017 Dr. Jerry Young, President of the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. Statement on Recent Events in Charlottesville, VA, the Alt-Right, and President Trump’s Remarks “For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle.” (1 Cor. 1 […]
RSS Scot McKnight
RSS Albert Mohler
  • Letter from Berlin: The Lessons of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority
    The lessons of history are warning enough. The lessons of heresy are even more pressing. Brothers and sisters in Christ, we dare not miss the lessons of history and heresy. God will judge us. This we know. The post Letter from Berlin: The Lessons of History and the Heresy of Racial Superiority appeared first on
RSS Albert Mohler – The Briefing
  • The Briefing 08-21-17
    Is the left winning? Why America seems to be moving in only one cultural direction || What does a divided America tell us about disappearing political and theological centers? || Partisan divide grows when it comes to abortion, but it’s much more than a partisan issue The post The Briefing 08-21-17 appeared first on
RSS Russell Moore
  • How I Write
    In this episode of Signposts, I talk about my approach to writing. From keeping track of ideas, to writing books and articles, this podcast offers you a look at the whole process. You can find the full transcript and links... Read More The post How I Write appeared first on Russell Moore.
RSS Ray Ortlund
RSS J. D. Payne
  • Characteristics of Early Moravian Missionary Activities
    The Moravian Church has been described as “one of the most remarkable missionary churches in Christian history” (Ruth Tucker, From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya). In a day and time when few people were thinking about missionary activities, the Moravians were going to the most remote places on the globe and working among the most resistant […]
RSS John Piper
RSS Thom Rainer
RSS Joel Rainey
  • Four Ways to Know if Your Church is Out of Touch
    "We want to reach our community!"  In 24 years of ministry, I've never served or consulted with a single congregation that didn't say this.  But for too many churches, they just weren't getting it done. For many years, church leaders have attended conferences, listened to church growth "experts," and copied strategies that […]
RSS Lee Saunders
  • The Difference Between Robert E. Lee and George Washington
    The President made some remarks today about Robert E. Lee, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, basically an ongoing attempt to divert the negative publicity he has been getting because he can’t seem to get it right when it comes to the Alt-Right, the Neo-Nazi movement, and the issue of white supremacy.  Among the many levels of … Continue reading The Dif […]
RSS Scotty Smith
  • The Total Solar Eclipse, International Anguish, and Jesus’ Return
         "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. […]
RSS Ed Stetzer
  • One-on-One with David Hatcher on Theological Education for All
    The Church in Brazil is growing through reproducible training. Ed Stetzer: Tell me a little about your burden for theological education in Brazil. How did that come about? David Hatcher: Jesus created the Church to be His school, from pre-school to PhD. Unfortunately, Christian education—Bible education and knowledge—is really shallow in churches all over th […]
RSS Owen Strachan
RSS Justin Taylor
  • The 8 Beliefs You Should Know about Mormons When They Knock at the Door
    The following is a brief overview of the beliefs of Mormonism (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) believe, along with what the Bible really teaches, printed among the many articles and resources in the back of the ESV Study Bible (posted with permission).   1. Apostasy and Restoration Mormons claim that “total” apostasy overcame the church foll […]
RSS A. W. Tozer
  • Memorization Priority
    Certain cultures have stressed memorization to a point where education consists largely in learning by rote a few of the classics. . . . About this two things may be said: One, that great skill in memorizing is found almost exclusively among peoples where books are scarce and where a certain limited few important classics are about all the reading matter req […]
RSS Trevin Wax

SBC Open Forum Articles:

The 3rd Rail: The Call to Believe is Not Without a Promise

August 19, 2017


By Ken Hamrick Imagine how sinners would react if the gospel offered no promise of eternal life to those who believe. If there were no amazing grace, no opportunity for forgiveness, no loving heavenly Father to welcome us into His family, no Savior who gave His life to save us, but only a proclamation that […]

The 3rd Rail: Why the Middle View is Here to Stay

August 2, 2017


By Ken Hamrick Calvinists and Traditionalists have been arguing, with varying degrees of amity and enmity, since the SBC was formed. But between these two (with slight overlap of both) is a less argumentative and more cooperative middle view. Because this middle view has commonalities with both Calvinism and Traditionalism, this group has little problem […]

Saved by the Blood of the Lamb

July 8, 2017


Also published at SBC Voices By Ken Hamrick Throughout the Old Testament, a spotless animal was permitted to die in place of the sinner. Sin required death—either the death of the sinner or the death of an allowed substitute. No person in the Old Testament was qualified to be a sin sacrifice, as Jesus was, […]

Beyond Traditionalism: Reclaiming Southern Baptist Soteriology

July 6, 2017


Reposted from the archives… By Ken Hamrick [15,400 words…] In May of 2012, Eric Hankins published A Statement of the Traditional Southern Baptist Understanding of God’s Plan of Salvation[1]. It has created quite an uproar. The statement does not provide any real depth of argument, and my initial impression was that it was strongly leaning […]

Should Christians Watch TV?

June 26, 2017


By Mark Corbett I am hoping to start a discussion here on a topic which I believe is having a huge impact on us as individual Christians, as churches, and as a group of cooperating churches.  I want to talk about an idol that needs to be torn down. That idols is the misuse and […]

A Story about Racism

June 17, 2017


By Mark Corbett I thank God that the SBC continues to take a clear, public stand against racism in all forms.  We have come a long ways, but tragically there are still pockets of racism in our churches and roots of racism in our hearts.  I know.  I got hurt by it.  What follows is […]

Realism & Retroactive Identity in Christ

April 17, 2017


By Ken Hamrick John Murray’s treatment of sanctification, particularly his essay, “The Agency in Definitive Sanctification,” makes some surprising inroads toward grasping the believer’s retroactive, realistic identification with Christ.[1] He does not go as far as to acknowledge that the reality of the spiritual union of Christ in the believer brings a title to all […]

Realism & The Fall: A Response to Steve Farish

April 2, 2017


The hallmark of the realistic view is that the immaterial, moral nature of all men was propagated out of the substance of Adam in such a way as to deservedly implicate us in his sin; and this due to that nature having a real, participative presence in Adam.

Edwards, Necessity & Certainty: Part 1

March 7, 2017


by Ken Hamrick This will be a series of informal posts chronicling my quest to understand and engage Jonathan Edwards on the ideas of necessity and certainty, and to establish where Andrew Fuller departed from Edwards’ view. In this, I’m seeking to expand the argument made in the paper, “Fuller & Inability: A Centrist Response […]

It’s Not Calvinism But Rationalism That Divides Us

May 23, 2016


by Ken Hamrick Having debated Calvinism for many years, I’m beginning to see the wisdom of leaving to mystery that which can never really be figured out—a view espoused by many others before me. Such a position is disdained by both sides as something of a weak and anti-intellectual compromise. But arriving at this Antinomist position […]

Awakening to the End of the SBC

March 26, 2016


By Dr. James Willingham All that has taken place on the nation level, the approval of homosexual unions as marriage, political correctness (which means no more free speech, etc.), the fines and law suits against Christians for their views on marriage, is but the precursor of things to come.  The end of jobs by computerization, […]

Awakening to Corporate Enmity

March 25, 2016


By Dr. James Willingham It is obvious that the  corporations are behind or a significant factor in the PC movement.  Just consider their opposition to any law, local, state, or otherwise that seeks to restore the moral standards concerning marriage and other concerns (i.e. the ten commandments, the Bible in public schools, etc.). The opposition of […]

Awakening to Second Class Citizenship

March 24, 2016


By Dr. James Willingham Awakening to Second Class Citizenship will come as a shock to Christians and members of other faiths which do not buy the current requirements of political correctness.  Having studied Black History for many years, I can say that segregation and slavery were at their best feeble representations of little good and […]

Awakening to Helps

March 11, 2016


By Dr. James Willingham One of the items that the Puritans found to be of value was that of “helps.” By this they meant the writings of other ministers which could provide them with a wealth of insight in a text or a subject.  Such helps provided them with an amount of materials that they […]

Awakening to An Even More Complicated Future

January 24, 2016


by Dr. James Willingham In my recent email edition of gizmag I found a startling fact reported, namely, New York University and some other schools has come up with a new algorithm which enables machines to learn as quickly as humans.  But then I surmised beyond that that it might well be true that we already […]

Awakening to An Overwhelming Future

December 21, 2015


by Dr. James Willingham I have a number of books in my library about what is coming in the future.  Now I do not read them like I read my Bible.  They are simply educated guesses, some good, some bad.  However, there are verses in the Bible which do suggest a future other than the […]

Awakening to the Senior Years

November 15, 2015


by Dr. James Willingham The senior years can come as quite a shock, when one had ill health and all that implies.  One reason why I have not written much lately has been that very fact.  In the last two months my wife was in the hospital twice, and then I felt like I should […]

Awakening to the Possible Implosion of the Southern Baptist Convention

September 24, 2015


by Dr. James Willingham We have just had notice of one of our largest reductions in our missionary force in history.  Could it be the harbinger of things to come?  While we are in economic decline, I would call attention that in at least three areas in my state and in two of them in […]

Awakening to Persuasion as the Only Method God Allows Us to Use

September 3, 2015


by Dr. James Willingham “We persuade men.”  So wrote Paul in II Cors.5:11.  In that instance, he preceded his remark with these words, “Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord.”  However, the term for persuade means that we seek to win people by reason and reason alone.  We do not pull stunts.  We do not […]

The Awakening To The God-Given Faith

August 26, 2015


Originally posted on Awakening a Thousand Generations:
     The Third Great Awakening will involve the awakening to the fact and reality of the God-given faith.   In Mk.11:22 the KJV, ESV, and many other versions render the phrase as, “have faith in God.”  However, the form in the Greek is in the Genitive-Ablative case (if you…

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