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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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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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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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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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Question of the Month: August 2011

Can you please explain God having control of who is chosen to go to heaven and if there is grace involved in that? Why would God choose to send any to hell and how is that biblical? - Anonymous "Our God is a consuming fire" (Heb. 12:29) who despises, and is angry with the wicked every day (Ps 7:11; Mal 2:17; Pr 6:16-19; 1 Cor 16:22).   His justice demands that the wicked be punished (Is 13:11), and his infinite holiness, perfection, and righteousness demand that said punishment be infinite as well (Matt 25:41; Jude ...

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Question of the Month: July 2011

Do you consider yourself a "Fundamentalist"?  - Anonymous I am delighted to have an opportunity to answer this question.   I get this question more than you might think.  Fundamentalists ask me this question because they've heard people call me a Fundamentalist, but have not seen evidence of it in my life and/or ministry.  Others ask me the question because they've heard media outlets (or liberal Christians) use the term to describe me and/or my ministry.   Fundamentalism vs. Reformed Evangelicalism.   The easy answer to this question is a resounding no!  I am absolutely not a Fundamentalist.  Moreover, any ...

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February Question of the Month

In every sermon, blog, newsletter, article I have agreed with you on every issue except one, predestination. Although I myself do not believe in predestination in a Calvinistic sort of way, I am curious and many people I hear defending Calvinists, never really answer my questions like I know many Calvinists believe in the Great commission, naturally, but why? If every body already has a spot reserved for them why evangelize, or why pray to change things if things are already set in stone? I guess I'm just confused of why anything matters in predestination such as witnessing? Anyways ...

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Daddy’s Little Girl (February ’10 Edition)

“STRENGTH AND DIGNITY ARE HER CLOTHING” By Jasmine Baucham   Last summer, I spent a week in Louisiana with a dear friend of mine who was there for the summer nannying for her aunt and uncle. I had never been to New Orleans before, and hadn't seen my friend for several weeks; also, it was my first time away from home alone (my family had to leave me in Houston with friends once, when a spur-of-the-moment sinus and double-ear infection kept me from hopping a plane to Georgia with them, but that was the closest I'd gotten until then ...

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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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