Ecclesiastical Hypochondria: An Argument Style that has Grown Very Old

Maybe one cure for the EH that can infect an assembly or a local church or a session is to retire some of those fantasies of creating a perfect structure or a church that is immune from all possible exposures. Sin will recur, and as long as we live in this world, we will need to adapt to our illnesses. That’s normal.

Institutions Consider Plagiarism Intellectual Theft; Could apply to Richard Land Case – by Greg Horton

SWBTS houses the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement. Land, head of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, is also a visiting professor at SWBTS. An ERLC committee is scheduled June 1 to release the findings of its plagiarism investigation of Land.

‘Just Listen’—The Lausanne Movement and Global Theological Education – by Mike Milton

He went on to say that the Church in that Middle Eastern nation is growing. But the congregations there, the underground Church, require that their pastors be grounded in God’s Word and in a very robust theological and Biblical program of three year study before they are ordained (in secret) and begin to serve (bi-vocationally) as the pastor of a congregation

Review: Ross Douthat’s ‘Bad Religion’ – by Tim Padgett

What is remarkable is that with Ross Douthat being who he is and having the prominence that he does, there are a great many people who will take the time to take this in when they otherwise would not come near these ideas with a ten foot pole. Douthat is an accepted member of the American elite, and they will listen to him more so than they would from others hailing from ‘flyover country.’

‘Non-Calvinist’ Southern Baptists issue statement of beliefs – by Staff

We deny that this atonement results in salvation without a person’s free response of repentance and faith. We deny that God imposes or withholds this atonement without respect to an act of the person’s free will. We deny that Christ died only for the sins of those who will be saved… We deny that any person is regenerated prior to or apart from hearing and responding to the Gospel.

Observations on RUF at a southern campus…by an Alabama RUFer.

One assistant pastor…noticed a contrast between the RUF’s and the other campus ministries…. His observation, which I wholeheartedly agree with, is that a “subculture of license” seems to accompany RUF. This especially manifests itself in the topics of conversation and language used. Students in RUF do not give a second thought to using crude language and crude jokes.

2012 Associate Reformed Presbyterian General Synod Faces Tough Decisions – by William B. Evans

In other words, at death the person ceases to exist, but at the final resurrection God creates a new and improved version of the sae person. This extinction-re-creation view was held by Norman’s intellectual hero, the Scottish brain scientist Donald MacKay, and is defended by Norman himself.   This upcoming meeting of the Associate Reformed... Continue Reading

The Regulative Principle of Worship

Thus, the regulative principle as such may not be invoked to determine whether contemporary or traditional songs are employed, whether three verses or three chapters of Scripture are read, whether one long prayer or several short prayers are made, or whether a single cup or individual cups with real wine or grape juice are utilized at the Lord’s Supper. To all of these issues, the principle “all things should be done decently and in order

Ecclesiastical Architecture (6) – by Rebecca VanDoodewaard

“God is light, and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Our sanctuaries should reflect this, even as we look forward to the day when we will not need windows or light fixtures: “And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Rev. 21:23).

PCUSA/ECO Pastor in Fort Pierce, Fla. To lead Evangelical Covenant Order – by Zaimarie De Guzman

"I can't follow a church that is going to take scripture and adapt it to the way of the world," said 71-year-old church member Carolyn Swayze.