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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 […]

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 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 The Theology

February 25, 2015 by

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by Dr. James Willingham The ground work or foundation for awakening prayer as well as for the visitation that we call an awakening is to be found in the theology we find linked to the First and Second Great Awakenings and the Launching of the Great Century of Missions as the late historian, Kenneth Scott […]

Awakening to Pray

February 24, 2015 by

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by Dr. James Willingham Our one great need today is for an awakening to prayer.  Yes, there are many calls to pray, and there are many who pray.  However, we have yet to see a movement of the Spirit of God commensurate with what we seek.  That is why I would like to recommend Jonathan […]

Religion and Politics by Russell Moore | Reformed Theology Articles at Ligonier.org

February 4, 2015 by

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by Russell Moore Tabletalk: How did you come to pursue a career as a systematic theologian and Christian ethicist? Russell Moore: I felt a call to ministry early on and preached my first sermon at my home church in Biloxi, Miss., when I was twelve. I then drifted from that calling toward a career in […]

Leadership and Spiritual Maturity

February 4, 2015 by

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by Jeremiah Johnson New believers, and especially young men, are often very passionate for the truth. The joy of new life in Christ goes hand in hand with the desire to proclaim God’s truth to others and see them come to repentance and faith in Him. But that passion usually exceeds the new believer’s preparedness […]

3 Decisions a Pastor Can Make That Will Help His Family | Ronnie Floyd

February 4, 2015 by

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My wife Jeana grew up in the home of a Pastor, and we have always worked hard together to ensure our family is our #1 priority following our personal commitment to Jesus Christ. To God’s glory, my wife did not ever resent the church as the wife of a pastor, and as our children grew, […]

I’m a Christian. But I’ve Forgotten How to Belong to the Church. | Christianity Today

January 29, 2015 by

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A millennial diagnoses her generation’s complicated relationship to the body of Christ. Interview by Laura Turner/ January 29, 2015 Sometimes, to borrow a phrase, we long to be in the church but not of it. We love Christ, but the church is full of people—and problems—we’d rather avoid. In Lessons in Belonging from a Church-Going […]

CALL TO PRAYER: More than conquerors in 2015 & beyond | Baptist Press | Frank Page

January 12, 2015 by

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EDITOR’S NOTE: This column by Frank S. Page, president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Executive Committee, is part of his ongoing call to prayer for revival and spiritual awakening for our churches, our nation and our world. NASHVILLE (BP) — Wouldn’t it be wonderful if this year was the year during which we live as […]

Assessing the State of Your Church and How It Got There | TGC | Trevin Wax

January 12, 2015 by

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Over the past month or so, I’ve been writing a series of posts on the need for a Christian to know “what time it is” from a biblical (see here, here, and here) and personal standpoint (here). Today, I want to begin to apply some of these insights to an organization. I’m going to consult […]

Teach the Uncompromised Truth of Genesis in Church | Answers in Genesis

January 10, 2015 by

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This month, the pastor of one of the largest churches in Northern Kentucky (and close to our Creation Museum) is conducting a teaching series going through Genesis 1–11 for the congregation. This is the same church that will be hosting our annual Mega Conference, June 24–27. I was present at the service when Pastor Corey […]

America awaits justices’ action on same-sex marriage | Baptist Press

January 9, 2015 by

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WASHINGTON (BP) — The wait for the U.S. Supreme Court to announce it is ready to provide a verdict on same-sex marriage may be near an end. Then again, it may not. The justices are scheduled to meet in a private conference Jan. 9, when they will consider appeals of lower-court decisions in favor of […]

Standards for Shepherds: Sexual Fidelity | GRACE to You

January 9, 2015 by

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by John MacArthur “The NFL’s doing a better job at it. CBS is doing a better job at it. Kmart is doing a better job at it. Virtually every institution on earth is demonstrating that they are doing a better job at restoring people than the Church.” These are the words of a disgraced pastor […]

Racial Reconciliation: Why Most Whites Just Don’t Get it

January 8, 2015 by

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by Ken Hamrick There’s something insincere about any repentant admission that says, “Yes, I’m guilty—and so are you.” I do not admit to being a racist, and neither do I think most Americans—white or otherwise—are. Many are racists, but most—or even, all? Contrary to the popular Evangelical party line these days, that cannot be established. […]

What would Jesus say to someone like Leelah Alcorn? | ERLC.COM

January 7, 2015 by

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On December 28, 2014, a 17-year-old high school student apparently committed suicide after a difficult journey with confusion over gender identity. In his suicide note, Josh Alcorn said that since he was four years old he felt like “a girl trapped inside a boy’s body.” Because of this Josh desired to be called Leelah and […]

Standards for Shepherds: Be Above Reproach | GRACE to You

January 7, 2015 by

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by John MacArthur America’s church culture suffers from an abundance of unqualified church leaders. What’s worse, many of these mavericks preside over a form of church government incapable of restraining or disciplining them. Tragically, in many cases it’s the media that holds these leaders accountable—tragic because the media ends up doing a job that God […]

Racial justice and the gospel | ERLC.COM

January 7, 2015 by

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On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act this year, I was reminded of one of my favorite pictures, which sits on a shelf in my office. It’s a photograph of a line of civil rights workers—in the heat of the Jim Crow era. They’re standing shoulder-to-shoulder, each of them bearing a sign. The […]

Building Effective Global Partnerships | themelios

January 6, 2015 by

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Next week, I’ll be headed to Charleston, SC, where this year’s annual Partnership Mission Coordinator’s meeting will take place. Mission leaders from across the nation will converge on this historic city for several days to learn from one another, and collaborate in ways that will help us better equip churches to be more effective on […]

Are Deeds a Better Sign of Love Than Words? | Desiring God

January 6, 2015 by

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The same apostle who said, “Let us not love in word or tongue, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18), also recorded Jesus saying, “These things I speak . . . that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves” (John 17:13), and, “The words that I have spoken to you are spirit […]