MXGuarddog

In the last year or so, the levels of spam on mine and my wife’s email addresses have been getting enormous. In defense, I’m trying a new service called MXGuarddog for spam filtering. I’ll let you know how it goes! MXGuarddog:  spam control

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Mormonism, Gnosticism, and a Response Informed by the Church Fathers

Mormonism shares much in common with the Gnosticism that the early church faced. Here I will examine Mormon commonality with the Gnostic beliefs confronted by the early church, and draw applicable principles from the teachings of early church fathers to apply to the false teachings of Mormonism. Introduction to Mormonism Mormonism originated with Joseph Smith, who records its inception in 1830 as the result of multiple encounters with spirits, including

Pious Desires for the Postmodern Baptist: The Current Climate for a Resurgence of Spenerian Pietism

Let us remember that in the last judgment we shall not be asked how learned we were and whether we displayed our learning before the world; to what extent we enjoyed the favor of men and knew how to keep it; with what honors we were exalted how great a reputation in the world we left behind us; or how many treasures of earthly goods we amassed for our children

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Doorkeepers of the Church: An Examination of Believer’s Baptism by Immersion as a Prerequisite for Membership

It has always been common practice for Baptist churches—a defining characteristic, in fact—to insist on believer’s baptism for membership in the church. Since the 17th century, the mode has been agreed to be specifically by immersion, excluding pedobaptists and other modes of baptism such as sprinkling or pouring.[1] The practice of “rebaptizing” the infant-baptized who join the church can be traced back to the Anabaptists of the sixteenth century. Leonard

Faithfulness and Legacy: An Exegesis of 1 Samuel 2:33-35

Spring of 2011 was my last semester of seminary, and in it I completed Exegetical Hebrew. The big project for this class was an exegetical paper from a Hebrew text demonstrating a competence in text critical, philological, syntactical, literary, and theological concerns. This paper on 1 Samuel 2:33-35 is not devotional reading or a pastoral commentary, but is instead almost entirely focused on translational issues such as syntax, text-criticism, etc. 

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Book Review: The Reformers and Their Stepchildren by Leonard Verduin

The Good: The Reformers and Their Stepchildren is interesting and accessible, and will engage the average reader with an admiration for the tenacity and devotion to doctrinal truth of both early rebels and later radicals that opposed the secularization and corruption of the church. The Bad: The broad brush of history Verduin paints with tends to gloss over any weaknesses in doctrine or practice of the schismatics and leaves the

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Book Review: Simple Church by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger

The Main Idea: Simple Church presents and defends the premise that churches should establish a simple process for maturing believers and model every aspect of their ministries after that process. The Good: A solid book that gives good insight and practical ideas for streamlining a church to have the greatest effect on lives for Christ. The Bad: Research-based books are always dangerous in that they can take bits and pieces

‘We are Penn State’ evokes a range of emotions – Dan Le Batard – MiamiHerald.com

‘We are Penn State’ evokes a range of emotions – Dan Le Batard – MiamiHerald.com. A well-written article with an excellent perspective on the mess at Penn State&#

Book Review: Breakout Churches, by Thom Rainer

Thom Rainer’s Breakout Churches is the result of an extended research study into churches that have experienced significant and extended evangelistic growth after a period of plateau or decline. After surveying, contacting, gathering information, and comparing, Rainer examined 50,000 churches for the book (13-14). His selection process required that churches retain the same pastor through both the decline and the growth, that they have had at least 26 conversions annually