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  • The Pythian of Acts 16:16 and Ancient Divination

    Jun 18, 2018 | 15:01 pm

    The Pythian of Acts 16:16 and Ancient Divination "The greatest blessings come by way of madness, indeed of madness that is heaven sent." Socrates on The Oracle of Delphi.The Pythian Oracle at DelphiWhen the ancient peoples around the Mediterranean Sea basin wanted wisdom from the gods, they went to oracles. An oracle was a person who spoke (orated) for the gods in various temples. During the time Israel was in Babylonian captivity (6th century B.C.), a ruler in Smyrna, Lydia (modern Turkey) named King Croesus wanted to find the best oracle in the world, one with powers to divine the future better than all others. So in 560 B.C., Croesus sent his emissaries on a 100-day journey to the seven most popular[…]

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  • Gifted Women in Leadership Among Men and Boys

    Jun 18, 2018 | 06:53 am

    Gifted Women in Leadership Among Men and Boys I will sometimes hear Christians say a woman cannot have leadership in the church or teach men in the church because the Apostle Paul said, "I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet" (I Timothy 2:12).These Christians fail to understand that Paul's instruction to Timothy in I Timothy 2:12 is a specific and temporary prohibition against a woman in Ephesus instead of a general prohibition against all women everywhere.Some Christians, however, try to make a distinction between "women in authority" over men "in the church" as compared to "in the[…]

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  • The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message Is Selectively Ignored by Southern Baptist Pastors and Churches

    Jun 16, 2018 | 09:04 am

    The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message Is Selectively Ignored by Southern Baptist Pastors and Churches The 2000 Baptist Faith and Message is a poorly thought out document on several fronts. I've been saying this for years.The 2000 BFM is supposed to be "the doctrinal parameters of Southern Baptist missionary cooperation," but the truth is, most Southern Baptists ignore the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message except in the areas they wish to emphasize.It's more a confession of convenience than it is a confession of conformity. As it should be. Baptists place preeminence on the Scriptures. God's Word alone is infallible. Our confessions are not.We ought never to mistake our interpretation of the Bible with God's inspiration of the Bible.So,[…]

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  • Dr. Al Mohler, a Baptist Woman Home Missionary Teaching the Bible to Pastors, and Drunkenness

    Jun 14, 2018 | 11:24 am

    Dr. Al Mohler, a Baptist Woman Home Missionary Teaching the Bible to Pastors, and Drunkenness During the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention, I stepped to Microphone 6 to ask Dr. Mohler and the other Southern Baptist seminary Presidents a question.Before I tell you what I asked, let me give you some background.I, like all Southern Baptists, believe the Bible is God's infallible and inerrant Word. What I've discovered over the last dozen years is that men in control of the Southern Baptist Convention desire to tell you what the Bible means and don't like people disagreeing.There's nothing wrong with giving others an interpretation of God's Word. Pastors do it all the time. It's called exegesis or "a[…]

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  • Full Circle: Welcome to My World Dr. Bart Barber

    Jun 14, 2018 | 06:59 am

    Full Circle: Welcome to My World Dr. Bart Barber  Bart Barber at Mic 6 (Photo: rmallison@star-telegram.com)Yesterday was a historic day at the Southern Baptist Convention. And it brought back to me many memories.In January 2006, without previous notice, and without anyone saying a word to me, the Executive Committee of the International Mission Board of trustees, led by chairman Dr. Thomas Hatley entered into Executive Session and made a motion to remove IMB trustee Wade Burleson.I was caught by complete surprise.When other IMB trustees asked the Executive Committee for the rationale of their attempt to remove me, Thomas Hatley responded, "Trust us." The Executive Committee gave me 24 hours to consider[…]

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  • An Attempt to Punish SWBTS Executive Committee

    Jun 12, 2018 | 19:19 pm

    An Attempt to Punish SWBTS Executive Committee On May 22, 2018, the Board of Trustees of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary met for 13 hours considering the future of SWBTS President Paige Patterson.After a vote to terminate narrowly failed, the seminary trustees adopted measures that would give Paige Patterson the title of President Emeritus, the opportunity to live his retirement years on campus, and a salary. These actions were portrayed by the media as "the removal of Paige Patterson as President of SWBTS," but in many Southern Baptist eyes, it was more of a promotion than a termination. A few days later, the Executive Committee of the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary met and unanimously rescinded the[…]

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  • Arrive Early Tuesday for the 2018 SBC in Dallas

    Jun 11, 2018 | 06:48 am

    Most messengers are unaware that a flood of business occurs beginning at 8:35 Tuesday morning. Motions that will be dealt with later Tuesday or on Wednesday will be introduced, major announcements from the Committee on Order of Business will be made, and a host of other matters will be addressed very early Tuesday morning.Arrive early. Be registered and in the arena by 8:30 am.

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  • Pay Attention to the SBC Resolutions Committee

    Jun 9, 2018 | 11:50 am

    Pay Attention to the SBC Resolutions Committee I am in Dallas, Texas for the 2018 Southern Baptist Convention. I will not be blogging much during the Convention, but if you'd like to know my thoughts, I'd encourage you to follow me on Twitter by clicking on the link below and press "Follow."Wade Burleson on TwitterThe Resolutions Committee of the Southern Baptist Convention has been tasked with collecting, editing, and recommending different "Resolutions" for the Southern Baptist Convention to approve. These annual Resolutions help the general public understand how "determined or resolute" the Southern Baptist Convention is about certain issues (the definition of "resolution").It will be interesting to see which[…]

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  • Complementarianism Is a Good Word that Has Been Hijacked to Wrongly Mean Authoritarianism

    Jun 8, 2018 | 07:17 am

    Complementarianism Is a Good Word that Has Been Hijacked to Wrongly Mean Authoritarianism I am a person who believes the Bible. Every word of it points me to Jesus Christ. The Bible is our canon (ruler) for life and death, for the Scripture reveals the Truth, and you shall know the Truth, and He shall set you free.But the Bible is often poorly interpreted.For example, many modern evangelicals read prophecies in the Bible and wrongly interpret them to be about the "end of the world," and don't realize that these biblical prophecies are vivid, Hebrew apocalyptic writings foretelling the end of Old Covenant Israel (A.D. 70 and the destruction of the Hebrew Temple), and[…]

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  • Dr. Shawn Madden and the Southeastern Archives

    Jun 6, 2018 | 06:30 am

    Dr. Shawn Madden and the Southeastern Archives Shawn Madden, Ph.D., Major, USMC (retired), Librarian, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary (1994-2013). A Guest Post____________My brothers show no partiality, as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory (James 2:1 ESV)Paige Patterson once said to [Unnamed Saint] who sought advice as to how to resolve an unrighteous severance: “[Unnamed Saint], drop this and look for God's next exiting step in your own life. Life is too short to fiddle with what is ultimately a futile confrontation. Leave them to God who is far more able to deal with them." PaigeThe Unnamed Saint to which Paige Patterson directed his sage advice[…]

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