What is the role of civil government?

Historically, American Calvinistic Baptists have been fairly unified on their understanding of the role of civil government. They expressed their views in various confessions but the the Second London Baptist Confession was their mother confession. In Chapter 24, Of the Civil Magistrate, it provides the historic Calvinistic Baptist understanding of the role of civil government. …

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How are we thinking about Sunday during COVID-19?

Here is the letter I sent to our church (with some slight modifications and clarifications). Dear beloved church family, We are in uncharted waters, and your elders are trying to think biblically and serve you and our Lord faithfully. The elders have had many phone conversations about these matters, and we wanted to let you …

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When does forgiveness not lead to reconciliation?

Forgiveness is at the heart of the Christian faith. Christ died to forgive our sins and to reconcile us to God. And Jesus taught that His disciples must forgive those who sin against them. He said, “if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matt 6:15). Forgiveness is …

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What are the duties of church members?

John Owen (1616 – 1683) wrote a wonderful little booklet titled, Duties of Christian Fellowship: A Manual for Church Members. Our church’s pastoral intern, Andrew Graham, has been teaching it to our youth on Wednesday nights. We’ve also made it available to the whole congregation. The book is among the clearest and most concise works …

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