On Accusation and Rebuke
A bishop has to meet stringent personal qualifications, the broadest of which is that he must be “blameless” (1 Tim. 3:2). Of course, blameless does not mean sinless, but it does require at minimum that no credible charge of scandal can be lodged against him. In other words, a minister’s reputation is one of his most precious earthly possession. To destroy his reputation is to destroy his ministry. The responsibility for protecting a [more]
Blurring doctrinal distinctives with Church Growth
Last week I discussed how the Praise and Worship movement has blurred important doctrinal distinctives between churches and denominations by making musical style the predominant issue for church identity and for choosing a church. The church growth movement built off this tendency to define a church’s identity by musical style and recognized it as a technique to grow a church. ((Walwrath, The Message in the Music, 14.)) Church growth leaders such as Ed Dobson insisted [more]
Weep With Those Who Weep
Jeff Straub Ecclesiastes 3:4 reminds us that there is a “time to weep.” If ever there was a time for weeping in our independent Baptist world, it is now. Last week, a 280-page report was published on the serial sins of a trusted Baptist missionary doctor and the apparent malfeasance of his mission which, despite repeated signs of serious moral failures(!) of the doctor, allowed him to remain in good standing, returning to his field of service. Signs of questionable behavior were evident to some as early as the late 1960s. People began to alert the mission of inappropriate [more]
100 free hymns now available for download!
We now have one hundred hymns available for free download on our online hymnal. These hymns are available in full page and half page formats. Each hymn PDF is embedded with keywords, so you can place all of your downloaded hymns into one folder on your computer easily search by keyword. We are offering these hymns free of charge, but they are not free to produce. Before we can produce any further free hymns, we need to raise more money! If you have benefited from these hymns or plan to in the future, please consider donating. It costs approximately $35 to [more]
Tozer’s Third Concern – Worship and Entertainment
Perhaps Tozer used more ink on the topic of worship than on any other. As [more]
Blurring doctrinal distinctives with Praise and Worship
Over the past several weeks I have been showing that, while differences over worship theology [more]
Carnal Christians: A Pastoral Perspective
Michael Riley I have read with interest the recent exchange in this newsletter on the [more]