In the Nick of Time

  • The Minnesota Baptist Association

    July 31, 2015
    Very few of the current organizations within Baptist fundamentalism existed before the 1920s. Of those, I know of only one that was actually founded before the Northern Baptist Convention (now the American Baptist Churches in the USA). This grandfather fellowship among fundamental Baptists is th...

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  • The GARBC in Omaha

    July 24, 2015
    This summer I was able to attend the annual meetings of three Baptist fellowships. One of those was the annual conference of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches. The conference was held Monday through Friday, June 29-July 3, in Omaha, Nebraska.Of the three groups whose meetings I ...

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  • The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship Association

    July 17, 2015
    Among the benefits of my summer schedule is the opportunity to visit several Baptist associations and fellowships. This June and July I have attended three in particular: the Minnesota Baptist Association, the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches, and the Fundamental Baptist Fellowshi...

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  • Friendship

    July 10, 2015
    Philosophers and poets have waxed eloquent on the subject of friendship, but one verse from the Bible says more than all their panegyrics combined. It is Proverbs 17:17, “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” What haunts me from this verse is the expression, “at all ...

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  • Change or Die

    July 02, 2015
    In a recent blog post, Pastor Travis Smith attributed the closing of Clearwater Christian College largely to a change in its position and standards. I agree with Pastor Smith that those matters certainly played a role. Still, the “change and die” narrative does not really explain why fundamental...

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  • Change and Die?

    June 26, 2015
    I don’t know Pastor Travis Smith, but I like and respect him. For one thing, he has ministered at the same church for thirty years—an exceptional achievement, and one that I believe glorifies God. For another, he has a pretty decent blog, “From the Heart of a Shepherd,” in which he specializes i...

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  • Adoration

    June 19, 2015
    The adoration of God is one of the most neglected practices in American evangelicalism. Many evangelicals could not even describe what adoration is. This neglect is unfortunate. Adoration is the most fundamental aspect of biblical religion. It is the goal of both creation and redemption. The prac...

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  • Providence

    June 12, 2015
    Most of the time I write these essays either in my study during working hours or else sitting upstairs at home in the evening. This one is different. I’m writing from home, but I’m writing after midnight. As I write, my wife and son are playing piano duets downstairs—not for artistic purposes, b...

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  • How To Think About Israel

    June 05, 2015
    The state of Israel is in the news at least weekly, sometimes daily. The United States is still the greatest supporter of Israel, but public perception is that the Obama administration’s backing is less than enthusiastic. In spite of this assessment, the Obama administration was the first to sell...

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  • Some Reflections on Pastoral Love: Part 2

    May 29, 2015
    Michael Riley Last week, I wrote of several ways in which Paul evidenced his love for the very difficult congregation of Corinth. Now, I will add one more item to that list and suggest one very practical application of pastoral love.In Paul’s great excursus on Christian ministry in 2 Corinthian...

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