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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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Occupy Wallstreet Assessed

Mark Mellinger, evening news anchor for WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, interviews Pastor Voddie regarding the "Occupy Movement".  For other resources on Worldview, try these resources:     

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Dads: Know the Difference Between What the Gospel Requires and What it Produces

Family shepherds must know the difference between law and gospel. We must know the difference between committing ourselves to leadership in our families because it’s “right,” and looking to Christ as the Good Shepherd who, by his grace, will conform us to the will of his Father as we trust and obey him. We must also know the difference between condemning our family with the law and shepherding them with the gospel. We must know the difference between what the gospel requires and what the gospel produces. WHAT THE GOSPEL REQUIRESAll the gospel requires from us is repentance and ...

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3 Reasons to Prioritize Your Marriage Over Your Children

There is sometimes a tendency to prioritize our children to the neglect of our marriage. There are at least three reasons that make prioritizing our children over our marriage both foolish and dangerous: 1. Our children will eventually leave home. Prepare your marriage for the empty nest:To my knowledge, I’ve never talked to a person who divorced after twenty-five or thirty years who didn’t say something like this: “Once the kids were gone, we realized we really didn’t have much of a marriage.” Building a marriage on the foundation of the preeminence of children is like ...

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What is a good catechism?

What is a Good Catechism? You've probably heard it said that there are no bad questions. Well... that's not exactly true. There are bad questions, and one of them is, "What is a good catechism?" Actually, it is not as much of a bad question as it is an inadequate, incomplete one. Asking "what is a good confession" is a bit like asking "what is a good bait?" Every good fisherman knows that a bait is only as good as its ability to attract the fish we're pursuing. In the same way, a catechism is only as ...

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