Interlude: The Unexpected Assistant of Fasting
While discussing loving God in creation, it might seem contradictory to speak of the abstinence that fasting calls to mind. However, fasting is not merely an exercise in self-control. While fasting requires self-control, and may even strengthen it, if that’s all we’re doing when we fast, then it can be a temptation for the flesh to boast (Colossians 2:23). Fasting is not an act of spiritual significance on its own. Apart from communing prayer, [more]
A Homeschool Mom Reads: July
After the fun beach and car reading of June, I was ready for some nourishing fare this month, and that was just what I got. I have rarely had such an encouraging and refreshing month of reading, in terms of the books themselves, as I had this month. I started about three or four books that I just couldn't get into until I went to the library one day... Hannah Coulter by Wendell Berry This [more]
The Minnesota Baptist Association
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 the Minnesota Baptist Association. For decades, the legal name of the MBA was the Minnesota Baptist Convention. It used to be the state Baptist convention in Minnesota. For some years, it did business as the Minnesota Baptist Association until the legal name was changed to match the label that everybody knew. Two men deserve much of [more]
Applications from <i>By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture</i>
Ultimately, this book is not meant to address very specific application; rather, I have sought to lay the biblical groundwork that will allow church leaders to make informed, practical decisions regarding the relationship between worship and culture as they seek to reach an increasingly pagan culture. However, I will draw several general conclusions and applications from the arguments I have presented. Christians should resist equating culture with race. As I have suggested, the idea most likely associated with culture today is “race,” and any attempt to critically evaluate a particular cultural expression is, therefore, judged as racism. Yet as this [more]
The GARBC in Omaha
This summer I was able to attend the annual meetings of three Baptist fellowships. One [more]
Is Self-Love Always Selfishness?
We all say we're against selfishness. But what is selfishness? And if God hates selfishness, [more]
Summary of <i>By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture</i>
How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? If I forget [more]