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The First Century Church

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Part 2 of an overview of church history. Mr. Wright highlights some of the most important events in the church during the first century.

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Supporting the Work in Zambia

My family and I have gone back and forth as to whether or not we would seek support for our ministry in Zambia. Our initial desire was to find ways to fund the work that did not involve public appeals. However, we have already heard from many people who intend to help whether we ask or not, and, in fact, have already received support from some! Moreover, we have been advised by many that giving people an opportunity to participate in this way will be a blessing to us, to the work in Zambia, and to the cause of global ...

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Following the Call

In 2007, I traveled to Zambia to preach at the Zambia Reformed Family Conference. It was my first time on the African continent, but I knew, Lord willing, it wouldn’t be my last. I knew I would return to Zambia; I just didn’t know when, how, or in what capacity. The work God was doing in Zambia was compelling, the needs there were overwhelming, and I came to see that I was suited for the work there in unique and obvious ways. I would return to Zambia four times over the next six years. Over that time, I ...

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Gay is Not the New Black

This article originally appeared on the Gospel Coalition Website. It's hard to deny that homosexual marriage appears to be a foregone conclusion in America. This is a frightening prospect not only for those of us who understand marriage to be a testimony of the relationship between Christ and his bride, the church, but also for all who value the family and its contribution to the well-being of society and human thriving. And while it's difficult to watch a coordinated, well-funded, well-connected propaganda strategy undermine thousands of years of human history, it's especially disconcerting to witness the use ...

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So Why All the labels?

The recent debate in the SBC (see here, here, here, and here) has stirred up a great deal of controversy.  Questions about who signed the document, who wrote the document, and who opposes the document have filled the blogosphere and the “tweetosphere”.  However, in all of this, there is a familiar refrain that simply will not subside.  “Why all the labels?” some ask.  “I don’t follow men; I follow Christ!” others exclaim.  While still others blame the labels (not the doctrinal distinctives they represent) for the entire matter.  But those bemoaning labels are guilty of begging the question.  They ...

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A Detailed Response to Doug Brown’s Critique of the FICM

Doug Brown has joined a long list of pastors, professors, bloggers, theologians, and otherwise interested parties in writing a critique of the Family Integrated Church Movement (FICM).1   This critique comes from a “Fundamental Independent Baptist” perspective.  His motivation is the fact that “The (FICM) is having a growing impact within fundamental Baptist churches.”  Brown notes: Since the mid-1990s an increasing number of families within fundamental churches have gravitated toward the family-integrated approach. In addition, families entrenched in the movement have been drawn to fundamental churches because of their emphasis on Biblical preaching and conservatism.”2 And of course, like ...

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The Elephant in the Room

This past week a firestorm erupted over the recent “Elephant Room 2.”  The controversy centers around the decision to invite Bishop T.D. Jakes to participate in the event.  The central questions in the debate are 1) whether or not Bishop Jakes holds to the historic, orthodox doctrine of the Trinity, 2) whether it was appropriate to invite (and feature) him without first having clarified his position on this cardinal doctrine, and 3) whether he cleared up the matter.  I was scheduled to speak at Harvest Bible Chapel on the weekend following ER2 which raised significant questions about my stance ...

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Why Ron Paul?

"Voddie, because I have a great respect for you and your opinion I would really like to know why you are voting for Ron Paul ? I have not liked some of the things I have heard him say and I am wondering if I missed something?" -Pamela Wolfe (via Facebook Fan Page) Since posting a passing comment on my Facebook fan page about Ron Paul, I have been inundated with questions and concerns about my support of the Texas Congressman in the current Republican Primary race. In one of my many political posts (frequently, I post videos, news articles, etc ...

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Is Christianity a Religion?

There is a common mantra that has been around for a while, but which seems to be picking up steam.  It goes like this:  “Christianity is not a religion; it’s a relationship.”  We’ve all heard it before.  However, how many of us have bothered to evaluate this ubiquitous saying? I believe we must do just that.  We must evaluate this mantra, and the syllogism by which it is frequently accompanied: Religion is man’s attempt to reach GodChristianity is God’s attempt to reach manTherefore, Christianity is not a religion. I believe this syllogism is not only invalid ...

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Voddie Baucham on Family Shepherds

Voddie Baucham equips men to model and transfer God’s truth within their homes, covering topics that span from marriage and parenting to media habits and overcoming difficult family dynamics. Baucham recently sat down with Dane Ortlund to discuss his forthcoming new book, Family Shepherds. Watch the full video below, or jump ahead to one of these topics: 0:22 – Voddie shares why he wrote Family Shepherds 2:26 – TV’s portrayal of a man versus Scripture’s portrayal of a man 5:05 – The influence of Titus on Voddie’s writing 7:05 – What Voddie hopes will stick with ...

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