In the Nick of Time

In the Nick of Time
  • The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches

    July 25, 2014
    During June and July, I attended the meetings of three significant Baptist Fellowships: the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and the Minnesota Baptist Association. Taken together, these three meetings provide a glimpse into the cu...

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  • The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International

    July 18, 2014
    From their earliest days, Baptists have erected organizations to assist them in coordinating ministries that are beyond the ability of most individual churches. Among these organizations are both church associations and individual fellowships. Over the past month, I have had the opportunity to a...

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  • Schadenfreude

    July 11, 2014
    The word Schadenfreude first caught my attention during the mid-1980s, well before it was popularized by Lisa Simpson. The term designates the satisfaction or joy that comes from considering the troubles of other people—especially the misfortunes of one’s opponents. Schadenfreude may be one...

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  • Radical Monotheism, Part Five: The Problem with Polytheism

    July 04, 2014
    This essay was originally published on August 26, 2005.Yahweh is a jealous God. He insists that we worship Him alone. He is not willing to be one god among many, not even if He is the most important among many. To worship any other God is to reject Him as God. The Lord is right to be jealous. H...

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  • Hot Off the Press

    June 27, 2014
    No comprehensive history of Baptist fundamentalism has ever been published—until now. Regular Baptist Press has just released One in Hope and Doctrine: Origins of Baptist Fundamentalism 1870-1950. It is the first of two projected volumes, the second of which will bring the story up to about...

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  • Subtractions and Additions

    June 20, 2014
    The Gospel of Matthew 20:29-34 records an event that happened as Jesus was leaving Jericho. Two blind men began to call upon Him, begging for mercy. When the crowd tried to silence them, they simply cried louder. Jesus was moved with compassion and touched their eyes, healing them so that they c...

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  • Tilting to the Other

    June 13, 2014
    Under Christ, the local church of the New Testament operates with dual authority. The congregation selects its own servants and calls them into account. It defines its own doctrines in accordance with what it perceives to be apostolic teaching. It admits members, disciplines them when they err, ...

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  • Tilting to One Side

    June 06, 2014
    According to the New Testament, Christian churches ought to operate with dual authority. Ultimate authority for making decisions rests with the congregation. The church itself has the final word in matters of selecting leaders, defining doctrine, and both admitting and excluding members. Authorit...

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  • Until the Morning Star Arises

    May 29, 2014
    During the early- to mid-1990s I was busy with doctoral work while planting and pastoring a church in a small town outside of Dallas. One of my best friends from seminary pastored a Regular Baptist congregation in Leavenworth, Kansas. During our conversations he began to talk about meeting a bril...

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  • What's a Pastor to Do?

    May 23, 2014
    Through His authoritative apostles, Christ revealed how He wished His churches to operate. They were to be led by pastors (the name is interchangeable with bishops and elders) who would exercise their leadership primarily through their example and their teaching. Under the leadership of these pa...

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