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Nineteen Reasons Baptists Should Stop Voting on Stuff

I'm not seriously calling for the abolition of voting among churches, just a severe reduction in the practice. I'm a strong believer in the autonomy of the local church, but I'm the first to admit, I don't like church "business." I was once the Pastor of a church in central Arkansas that had battled years of political scheming and the resulting resentment. We once moved an old metal desk out of the auditorium into a side room and I got in huge trouble because the moving of …

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The Lord Who Heals and the People Who Worship

I must confess, as a Baptist, it took me a rather long time to come to understand the healing nature of God. We Baptists, as Adrian Rogers put it, "believe in miracles, but trust in Jesus." I still believe this is best. But I also freely admit that in our reaction to the extremism of "healing evangelists" like Binny Hinn and other obvious hucksters and false prophets, that we have a tendency to write off all supposed healings as a mere charade. Scripture, however, clearly …

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Thank God For the BMA of America

I grew up in a staunchly conservative Southern Baptist church, where I first heard the gospel and received Christ as my Savior. I was baptized by Doug Riley, a man who was committed to the faithful proclamation of God's inerrant Word. Many of my heroes in the faith are or were Southern Baptist leaders.I have benefitted greatly from W. A. Criswell's heart for the preaching of the Word of God in its perfect entirety. I've been inspired to be a more wise and well-equipped leader …

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Standing in Confidence

“And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen."—2 Timothy 4:18Do you stand in spiritual confidence today? A couple of days ago a young lady stopped by our office to ask for some gas money. After giving her what little cash we had on hand I asked her if she was sure that she had a relationship with Christ or if she was going to heaven. She suddenly plopped down in my office chair …

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