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Southern Baptists are “People of The Book.”
By that, this oft-repeated claim contends that Southern Baptists are committed to the Bible. We believe it to be true, “without any mixture of error,” as our Baptist Faith and Message says. We pattern our doctrinal convictions according to the Word of God as the “supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried,” again, according to the BFM.
NASHVILLE (BP)—You’ve heard it suggested the United States is simply Europe on a 50 year delay. Supposedly most churches will be museums before our grandchildren reach adulthood.
I am often asked about my theological position—especially in the current climate of discussion concerning theological systems among Southern Baptists. I have been approached–sometimes positively, other times negatively–about my theological stance with questions such as: “Are you a 5-Point, 3-Point?” “Are you quasi some other theological persuasion?”
Dave Says is a column featuring the financial advice of nationally syndicated radio host Dave Ramsey, the Dave Says column is filled with timely, relevant questions and answers taken from actual calls on Ramsey's radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show.
Calvinists and Arminians agree on many points of theology. Both groups affirm the necessity of God’s grace for the salvation of humans. Regrettably, Arminians and Calvinists depart company in understanding grace beyond the common agreement of the necessity of God’s underserved grace. Arminians affirm God extends grace to every individual, a grace that enables the believer to respond to the Gospel invitation, while humans may resist God’s gracious call to salvation. Calvinists, on the other hand, distinguish between two kinds of grace: a general call to salvation that humans resist and an irresistible grace, or efficacious grace, that actually brings an individual to salvation.
It was back in 1997, when I was practically a kid writer here at BreakPoint, that I first heard about Prison Fellowship’s amazing Angel Tree program.
JACKSONVILLE (FBW)—Hogan Baptist Church in Jacksonville has been a center for church league sports since the mid-1970’s. In a new venture, the church has offered its 13-acre campus on the city’s southside to host the Upward Flag Football and Cheerleading program of First Baptist Church in downtown Jacksonville.
Hogan Baptist Pastor Peter Copeland said the partnership was “just one of those word of mouth things.”
RICHMOND, Va. (BP)—Stories for the 2012 Lottie Moon Christmas Offering Week of Prayer the Florida Baptist Witness will include in the next several issues of the paper remind Florida Baptists that engaging people groups in the hard places comes with risk and sacrifice, not just for missionaries but also for all who obediently choose to be His heart, His hands, His voice.
Nepalese pastors brave threats and bombs to see Christ’s name glorified in the Himalayas. Believers in West Africa bury a Christian woman, uniting in a strong witness to the Songhai community that refused her a proper burial.
Have you noticed how differently an innocent phrase can mean to someone else? In some Muslim dominated cultures, to hit the streets could be a call to incite a riot to protest some perceived insult. To us, however, it calls for us to get involved in an attempt to correct by peaceful means, perhaps by the ballot box, a trend or condition we believe can be harmful in some way. Good examples could be the harm caused by drug addiction, the tragedy of broken homes, or inept teaching in the public schools. In a time when our country faces major changes in social and moral standards, we are helpless to address personally most of the problems. How shall we decide what to do? Our text for today can offer guidance for us.
For the benefit of our younger Christians an explanation of the word Yahweh may be helpful. First, we note a characteristic of the ancient Hebrew language in that the alphabet had no vowels. Further, some of the consonants do not have precise English equivalents. To illustrate, in the most exalted name for God, the four consonants could be JHVH, JHWH, YHVH, or YHWH.