Category Archives: Bible

Defending the Cause of the Fatherless, the Poor, the Widow, and the Oppressed

"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed. Rescue the weak and needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked." Psalm 82:3-4                           "Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatheless, plead the case of the widow." Isaiah 1:17        "He (the Lord) defends the… Continue Reading

The Weakness of a Privatized, Individualistic Gospel: Moving Toward a Southern Missiology , Part 2

In my last post, I asked readers what they thought a missiology for the South might look like.  I appreciate the comments, Mike, Bob, Les, and Rick. I was hoping for a little more discussion, but, let's face it, I'm not talking about the latest political brouhaha amongst Southern Baptists or anything exciting like that. I'm just talking… Continue Reading

Baptist Identity and the Witness of the Church, pt. 1

Last Friday I posted an essay that was asking questions about the Baptist position on closed vs. open communion.  Based on the evidence that I have seen, I am leaning toward an open position, which would mean that we should share communion with anyone who has professed faith in Jesus Christ as their Savior, even if… Continue Reading

Which View of Communion Best Reflects Our Spiritual Unity In Christ?

Over the past few months, there has been a great deal of debate in the Baptist Blogosphere on the issue of Communion. Who can take Communion in Baptist churches? What does the Baptist Faith & Message (BF&M) say about this? Concerning Baptism, it says, Being a church ordinance, it is prerequisite to the privileges of church membership… Continue Reading