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Saved by the Blood of the Lamb

July 8, 2017 by

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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 by

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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

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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

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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

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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 by

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Admonitions to a Disappointed Young-Earther

August 23, 2015 by

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This article was also published at SBC Voices by Ken Hamrick Recently, I came across a paper in the Journal for Baptist Theology & Ministry, written by Dr. Kenneth Keathley in 2013, entitled, “Confessions of a Disappointed Young-Earther.”[1] The piece is well done and gives an informative summary of the various arguments and supposed problems of the […]

Awakening to an Asymmetrical Reality

August 19, 2015 by

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by Dr. James Willingham The truth is that we are seemingly tied to a logic of consistency, not realizing that he who is consistent with himself is consistent with a fool.  As there is the rational, so is there the suprarational. based on factors, as the saying goes, that transcend the rational.  Actually, I don’t […]

The Awakening Reality

August 16, 2015 by

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by Dr. James Willingham “Surely the Lord is in this place; and I knew it not.”(Gen.28:16).  In a lonely place where he made his pillow of stones, Jacob awoke to the realization that Another was also present in that location, namely, the Lord Himself.  The presence of God and His omnipresence and, in particular, His […]