• Baptist Identity: The Interconnected Nature of Baptist Theology

    by Tom Hicks on August 21, 2014

    1. Scripture Alone (Sola Scriptura)

    The Bible alone is sufficient special revelation in the life of the individual and in the life of the church (2 Tim 3:17; Prov 30:6; Matt 15:6; Jn 17:17). This doctrine was the “formal cause” of the Reformation. Tradition and personal experience do not have authority equal to or above the Bible. Sola Scriptura is the sine qua non of Baptist identity because without it, Baptists would never (more…)

  • What Are You Reading?

    by Reid Ward on January 23, 2013

    I do not read nearly as much as I would like. Part of that is the result of the mound of important tasks that I have to accomplish on a week to week basis, and part of that is the result of other chosen distractions. However, I am almost always (more…)

  • Where Were You

    by Reid Ward on September 14, 2012

    “Where Were You (When the World Stopped Turning)” is a song written by country music artist Alan Jackson in the wake of the September 11 attacks. All of us who were alive in September 2001 remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. I remember standing in the conference room of the church where I was serving, watching the images of commercial airplanes flying through a clear, cool New York sky and into the towers of the World Trade Center.

    As I sit here writing this article on September 11, 2012, I am reminded of how important it is to remember. Remembering is important to society because as Edmund Burke, the 18th century Irish statesman said, “Those who don’t know history are destined to repeat it.” History is important for the sake (more…)

  • The Spirituality of Work

    by Tom Hicks on September 6, 2012

    How do you think about your vocation in this world?  Since we’ve just celebrated Labor Day, I thought it would be worth examining some of what the Bible teaches about work.
    Work is a spiritual discipline of the faith.  That is, the Holy Spirit commands us to work in the Word of God, and it’s part of our faithful devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.  When God created Adam, He “put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it” (Gen 2:15).  Work is one of the original three “creation ordinances” (marriage, work, Sabbath), and it’s one of the ways human beings reflect God’s very nature.  God worked for six days when He created the world, and when we work in this world, we are identifying with Him, reflecting His image to the world around us, and if we work faithfully, we glorify Him.

    More evidence for the spirituality of work comes from the fact God commands us to work in the Ten Commandments.  The fourth commandment says, “Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.”  The words “you shall labor” are (more…)

  • Should Christians Be Involved In Politics?

    by Tom Hicks on August 21, 2012

    The political season is here again, and come November, we’ll cast our votes for various political candidates.  But some Christians wonder whether we should be involved in politics at all.  They think of politics as “worldly” and that we should only engage culture by doing evangelism and missions.

    I would suggest that Christians need to avoid two extremes in their thinking about politics.  At one extreme, some Christians put too much confidence in politics.  They think that by electing the right government, we can eradicate most social evils.  But people who think that way are setting themselves up for great disappointment.  Psalm 146:3 says, “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation.”

    At the other extreme, some Christians (more…)

  • The Fatherhood of God

    by Reid Ward on June 13, 2012

    When the privilege of writing this article fell to me on the week of Father’s Day, I took it as inspiration to draw us back to the idea of the Father in Fatherhood.  While we have a great deal of instruction in Scripture concerning fatherhood, we need a model of fatherhood. As children of God, we find that prefect model in God the Father. The idea of calling God “Abba” is almost unthinkable. In fact, Scripture tells us that it is a Divine privilege, But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God (John 1:12). Later,  1 John 3:1 makes clear that this privilege is the result of God’s love for us,  Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!

    Nothing should be clearer to the believing father than the fact of the perfection of His heavenly Father. However, there has been an evangelical (more…)

  • God’s Promise of Grace is Greater than Your Doubts

    by Tom Hicks on May 9, 2012

    Fears, doubt, and guilt often distract true believers from God’s great promise (or covenant) of saving grace.  In Genesis, Abraham’s doubts led him into sin and sorrow and caused pain in his life and in the lives of others around him.  God’s merciful help to Abraham came in the form of repeated promises of grace, which finally led Abraham into trust and covenant faithfulness to God’s good commands.  Consider Abraham’s doubts and how God’s promise overcame them.

    Abraham’s fear of man led him to doubt and sin. Even though God had promised to give Abraham a great name, a great nation, and a great land, Abraham still feared that Pharoah might kill him in order to take Sarah for himself (Gen 12:12).  Abraham’s fear of Pharoah led him to remain silent about the fact that (more…)

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