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April Walk in Truth Newsletter

  Walk in Truth Newsletter April 2011   In This Issue Featured Article Question of the Month Baucham Family News Event Update Family Discipleship Corner Special Offer   Featured Article:  The Church, The Family, and Discipleship:  Part Two,  by Dr. Voddie Baucham, Jr. (From the upcoming book, Family Shepherds, due out in October from Crossway)   Biblically Functioning Homes The third and final leg of the discipleship stool is the biblically functioning home.  This is seen directly in Paul's warning in 1:10-11 concerning the urgent need for rebuking those who contradict sound doctrine: "For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers ...

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10 Things I Hope We Learn from John Piper’s Leave of Absence

John Piper has taught me much over the years.  I consider it an honor to count him as a friend, and I am deeply saddened by his recent announcement that he will be taking a leave of absence for the remainder of 2010.  In explaining his leave of absence, he writes:   The difference between this leave and the sabbatical I took four years ago is that I wrote a book on that sabbatical (What Jesus Demands from the World). In 30 years, I have never let go of the passion for public productivity. In this leave, I intend to let ...

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A New Old Hymn

As Pastor of Preaching at GFBC, part of my responsibility has been leading us to worship in a manner fitting our theology and philosophy of ministry.  This has included developing a theological and practical approach to music that fits our doctrine.  Most of this task now rests on the capable shoulders of Richard Rector, who has matured into a fine worship leader.    Our goal at GFBC is to sing music that is rich in theology, melody and lyric.  As a result, most of our music consists of hymns written in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.  We are not opposed to ...

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Sam Waldron’s Open Letter on the FIC

Back in September, Sam Waldron wrote an article on the Family Integrated Church that set off a firestorm of criticism of the “movement” within Reformed Baptist circles and beyond.  Many of our opponents relished the thought of a respected scholar taking the FIC to task.  As a result, many linked to the article, drew unwarranted conclusions, and/or used it as validation for their criticisms.    Recently, Dr. Waldron wrote an open letter commenting on his blog post.  I am heartened by Sam’s words, and more so by his pursuit of truth, clarity, and charity in this discussion.  His letter ...

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James White on Dave Welch’s Worldnet Daily Article

On December 22nd, my friend, Dave Welch of the Houston Area Pastor’s Council wrote an article defending the Manhattan Declaration.  Welsh’s article was a response to opposition in general (which would include me), and John MacArthur’s opposition in particular to the Declaration.   I addressed this issue in our December Newsletter.  One of the articles to which I linked was an article by one of my favorite apologists of all time, James White.  White’s article speaks for itself, however, this video response to Welch may help those of you who are having a hard time understanding why ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Three)

Although we have little doubt that there is a need for new church plants, we are not Naïve concerning the potential advantages and disadvantages of launching a new work.   As such, we are trying to walk into this endeavor with our eyes wide open.  We are also working hard to minimize the disadvantages maximize the advantages.  Nevertheless, there are risks involved. Potential Disadvantages of Planting a New Church One disadvantage of planting a new church is loss of momentum and continuity we may experience.  We have seen God’s life-transforming work among us.  People are being converted, marriages are ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part Two)

The Need for New Churches Of all the options available to us --multiple services, bigger buildings, satellites, and church plants-- we have chosen to plant a new church. As stated in part one, it is not our contention that all of the other options are necessarily wrong in every circumstance, but that they are less than ideal for what we wish to accomplish. The Demographic Need There are over 2.5 million unchurched people in the greater Houston area. This is a fact lost on most people because of the sheer number and size of the churches in our city ...

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New GFBC Church Plant in North Houston (Part One)

Word is out about the new GFBC church plant that is scheduled to launch January 31, 2010.  GFBC launched on April 7, 2006, just over three and a half years ago.  However, since then, we have seen significant growth.  Most of that growth has occurred in the past year.  A year ago we had a little over 140 members, and our average Sunday morning attendance was about 220.  This October, our membership is about 250, and our average attendance is between 420 and 450.  Of course, these are not significant numbers for churches in our area.  Houston is home to ...

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Important New Book

Paul Renfro, my fellow elder at Grace Family Baptist Church, has joined with Timothy Jones (editor), Brandon Shields, and Jay Strother to write a very important book.  Perspectives on Family Ministry, takes a careful look at the very important question, “How should the church organize it’s efforts to disciple children and teens?”  I am very excited about this project.  So many people have dismissed family integration as a “fad”, or an “overreaction” to specious data.  However, Southern Seminary professor, Timothy Jones, has taken the FIC seriously from the beginning, and this book makes it clear that the FIC is ...

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Fuller Youth Institute: Right Questions... Wrong Presuppositions

By Matthew Hudson   Recently, editors of Leadership Journal, Marshall Shelley and Brandon O'Brien, interviewed the executive director of the Fuller Youth Institute at Fuller Theological Seminary and a former youth pastor, Dr. Kara Powell (Ph.D., Fuller). It was so refreshing and encouraging to hear them ask one of the most critical questions effecting the church in our time. The question was asked in the title, "Is the Era of Age Segmentation Over?"   With the opening lines heralding the statistical verification that as many as eight out of ten of the most ministered-to generation are apostatizing, it is clear ...

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