Congregational Authority (Part 2)
Last time I wrote, I gave the first of three points that demonstrate the authority of the congregation. Here is a second way that the Bible describes the congregation exercising authority. (2) The congregation is involved in the selection and election of deacons and elders. That deacons are selected by a congregation finds clear precedent in Scripture. When the first deacons were chosen, ((This is a debated point. See Merkle, 40 Questions about Elders and Deacons (Grand [more]
The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches
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 current state of Baptist fundamentalism. I am presenting one brief report on each organization and meeting. The General Association of Regular Baptist Churches was organized in 1922 as the Baptist Bible Union. Originally a fellowship of [more]
Prayer to a Sovereign God
In Ezekiel 36:33-38, the Word of God gives us a glimpse at the mystery of prayer: [33] “Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will cause the cities to be inhabited, and the waste places shall be rebuilt. [34] And the land that was desolate shall be tilled, instead of being the desolation that it was in the sight of all who passed by. [35] And they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden, and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are now fortified and [more]
The most significant misconception about music in worship
Here's one of the most important concepts about music in worship I think needs to be communicated to pastors and parishioners alike: Music in the context of corporate worship is not primarily about giving people an authentic expression through their preferred musical style. Music in worship is (as is liturgy and preaching) formative. It shapes right spiritual responses to God's truth. It is as part of teaching and discipleship as preaching is. Most Christians today assume that the styles of music chosen for worship are merely preference, like whether we put in red carpet or blue carpet, and thus accommodation [more]
Part II. A New Nature – The Gospel and a New Heart
Let all our employment be to know God: the more one knows Him, the more [more]
The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International
From their earliest days, Baptists have erected organizations to assist them in coordinating ministries that [more]
The Much-Requested Timeline Song
I keep getting emails requesting our timeline song, which I promised awhile back that I [more]