Today I would like to recommend that the blog's readers check out the new Reformation City ministry. This ministry was begun by three young people who are seeking to use their God-given gifts and talents to share the Gospel and to reform the Church. Two of them, Dan and Laura Murphy, are a part of … Continue reading New Reformation City Ministry
Grace Bible Church of Conway, Arkansas, where I am privileged to pastor, is starting a church based seminary called Grace Bible Institute of Pastoral Studies. See here. This is truly amazing. Planting the church over fifteen years ago in my living room, I never thought this would be something God had in store for us. … Continue reading A New Seminary
As I wait for my flight back to the great state of Arkansas, I am filled with many emotions. I am here at the Bogota Airport, and I miss my family. I cannot wait to kiss and embrace my wife and swoop up my three boys into my arms. I can already see their smiles … Continue reading My Journey, My Friends, and God’s Work in Colombia
Ligonier Ministries has published the results of a survey conducted in order to assess the theological understanding and awareness of our fellow citizens. Here is the description of the survey: It is Ligonier's desire to serve the church in fulfilling the Great Commission. This survey has helped to point out common gaps in theological knowledge … Continue reading "The State of Theology: Theological Awareness Benchmark Study" by Ligonier Ministries
Last Wednesday Doug Phillips resigned from his position as president of Vision Forum Ministries and discontinued his speaking responsibilities as well. Here is the official statement of resignation from the ministry's website: With thanksgiving to God for His mercy and love, I have stepped down from the office of president at Vision Forum Ministries and have discontinued … Continue reading Doug Phillips Resigns From Vision Forum Ministries
Today I received an email from Ligonier Ministries informing me that the entire Crucial Questions eBook series by R.C. Sproul is now being made available for free forever. Here is what the webpage announcement says: To further help Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it, and how to share … Continue reading Download R.C. Sproul’s Crucial Questions eBooks For Free
In this two part video interview, John MacArthur discusses the way some prominent pastors claim to be Calvinistic in their view of soteriolgy but operate in their ministries as though they are actually Arminian. He correctly questions how fully committed they really are to a Scriptural Reformed theology. Whether or not you agree with every point he has to make, his criticisms … Continue reading John MacArthur Predicts a Reversal of the Reformed Revival
Back on June 26 R. Scott Clark wrote A Gentle Rebuke to Brother John criticizing John Piper for inviting Doug Wilson to the September Desiring God Conference. Although I agreed with Scott in his confrontation of John on this point, I did not agree with everything he said in that post. I especially did not agree with … Continue reading Continuing Debate Over Baptist Usage of the Word "Reformed"
As the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church in Bloomington, Illinois, which has been the only Reformed Baptist church in our part of central Illinois, I was very excited (to say the least) to discover that a new Reformed Baptist church has been planted in Germantown Hills (just east of Peoria), which is only about 40 minutes … Continue reading Welcoming a New Reformed Baptist Church to Central Illinois
Back in July I posted a brief defense for Why I Call Myself a Reformed Baptist. In that article I also mentioned a poll I had conducted in 2007-2008 that revealed some significant diversity among those who would call themselves Reformed Baptists. I have also previously cited a paper by Jim Savastio entitled What is … Continue reading What is a Reformed Baptist Church?