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Institutional Alignments and the Unity of the Spirit

Institutional Alignments and the Unity of the Spirit

Ephesians 4:4 requires every Christian to endeavor to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. This exhortation assumes that Christian unity comes from the Holy Spirit. Christians do not create unity, but Christians can either damage it or maintain it. Parachurch organizations often specify the kind of churches to which they… Continue Reading

I’m OK With This

I’m OK With This

The Fundamental Baptist Fellowship International is giving thoughtful fundamentalists an occasion to reflect upon our principles. It is also giving an occasion for thoughtless critics to say, “Gotcha.” What is the occasion? The FBFI has invited Clarence Sexton to return to its platform. Some leaders of the FBFI have been friends with Sexton for years.… Continue Reading

The Future of Protestantism

The Future of Protestantism

This is a fascinating and informative discussion between Peter Leithart, Carl Trueman, and a few others. I appreciate some of what Leithart says, but I think Trueman rightly directs the conversations to questions about the necessity of drawing doctrinal boundaries for what constitutes “Christian” and “church.” Well worth the view/listen: The Future of Protestantism Continue Reading

A Response to Pastor Kevin Hobi

A Response to Pastor Kevin Hobi

The two great calamities feared by every author are being ignored and being misrepresented. Of these two, most see the first as the greater calamity. Better to be distorted than not to be talked about at all. For that reason, I am grateful to Pastor Kevin Hobi, who has reviewed Four Views on the Spectrum… Continue Reading

Charismatic?

Charismatic?

There are different varieties of Charismatics, just as there are different varieties of Baptists and different varieties of fundamentalists. Holding one variety of Charismatic responsible for the views or deeds of other varieties of Charismatics would be uncharitable and unethical. Responsible critics hold people accountable for their actual doctrine and practice, not for the beliefs… Continue Reading

Is It Time to Join the SBC?

Is It Time to Join the SBC?

Over the past month, I’ve been immersed rather deeply (around ten hours per day) in the history of early Baptist fundamentalism. Working from the documents, I have vicariously relived the attempts to sell The Baptist (the liberal rag that the Northern Baptist Convention sent into the homes of church members by using funds that had… Continue Reading

What kinds of differences affect cooperation?

What kinds of differences affect cooperation?

Last week I suggested that differences of worship and music philosophy will sometimes necessitate withholding cooperation, but that depends upon (1) the particular difference and (2) the particular situation. I also pointed out that when we do express those differences, we should be sure to accurately portray our opponent. Today I would like to address… Continue Reading