THE CHURCH


Resources for better understanding the people, ideas, and events
significant in/to/for the Christian Church.
Articles & Other Resources
ARTICLES & OTHER RESOURCES

Anatomy of a Reformation: The Southern Baptist Convention 1978-2004
An insider's perspective on the conservative resurgence within the SBC. (by Paige Patterson) [pdf]

The Attractions of the New Perspective(s) on Paul
From the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Inc., this paper by J. Ligon Duncan seeks to answer:

  • What is the new perspective?
  • What is the historical background of the new perspective?
  • What are the concerns and agendas of the new perspective?
  • Why is the new perspective so attractive to young evangelicals?
  • What are the problems with the new perspective?
  • What good has or can come out of the debate on the new perspective?
  • What are some good resources for studying the new perspective?

The Baptist Faith & Message (2000) plus commentary
The Southern Baptist Conventions' statement of faith, plus helpful commentary on each article.

The Canon of the New Testament
What is the canon of the New Testament? How does it relate to the authority of God, Jesus, and the apostles? How does it relate to the Church? What is the history of the canon? (by AC21DOJ) [pdf]

Changing Patterns in American Dispensational Theology
An overview of the major developments from Classical to Revised to Progressive Dispensationalism. (by Craig A. Blaising) [pdf]

The Christian Life and Character of the Civil Institutions of the United States
"This volume is committed to the American people, in the firm assurance that the invaluable facts which it records will be grateful to every patriotic and pious heart. In it, as from the richest mines, has been brought out the pure gold of our history. Its treasures have been gathered and placed in this casket for the instruction and benefit of the present and future. We have a noble historic life; for our ancestors were the worthies of the world. We have a noble nation, full of the evidences of the moulding presence of Christian truth, and of the power and goodness of Divine wisdom in rearing up a Christian republic for all time. That this was the spirit and aim of the early founders of our institutions the facts in this volume fully testify." - from the Preface (by B. Sunderland, 1863)

This book offers a tremendously refreshing perspective, particularly in light of modern liberal attempts to revise our country's history and blame America first. [~840 pages; ~ 60 MB pdf]

A Critique of Bart Ehrman's Methodology
A five-part series in Baptist Press, by Mike Licona, a New Testament historian and apologetics coordinator at the North American Mission Board. [all links]

Christmas
What does the Bible teach regarding the birth of Jesus? What is the origin of Christmas? How did key Christmas traditions come about? (by AC21DOJ)

The Church
What is the "Church" and how does it compare to the local church? How did the Church begin and spread? What is the connection between the Church and Israel? How is the Church related to God's kingdom? How is the Church like a body? What are the different forms of church structure and government? Are we called to submit to all church leaders and all church teaching? What is the purpose of church discipline? (by AC21DOJ)

Darwin's sad legacy
"Darwin's ideas concerning 'molecules-to-man' evolution have left a significant negative legacy on society. For many secularists, his ideas were ammunition to eliminate any consideration of the supernatural." (by Ken Ham) [link]

The Deity of Jesus Christ
When it comes to the deity of Jesus Christ, what are some: Challenges? Claims? Proofs?

From decline to decision
"It is time for the Southern Baptist Convention to move from denial to decision." (by Ed Stetzer) [link]

A Historian Looks at Jesus
"Christianity, like the Judaism from which it sprang, is a historical religion, or it is nothing. It does not deal in myths and metaphors and symbols, or in states of being and cycles. It deals in facts. It presupposes a linear flight in time, through a real universe of concrete events. It sees humanity as marching inexorably from an irrecoverable past into an unprecedented future. The march is not haphazard. It proceeds according to a divine plan, in part revealed to us." (by Paul Johnson)

Inerrancy, Interpretation, and Application
From the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy. Includes the three Chicago Statements: Biblical Inerrancy (1978); Biblical Hermeneutics (1982); and Biblical Application (1986). **Used by permission of the Dallas Theological Seminary Archives.** [pdf]

"The authority of Scripture is a key issue for the Christian Church in this and every age. Those who profess faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior are called to show the reality of their discipleship by humbly and faithfully obeying God's written Word. To stray from Scripture in faith or conduct is disloyalty to our Master. Recognition of the total truth and trustworthiness of Holy Scripture is essential to a full grasp and adequate confession of its authority." -- from the Preface to the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

An Introduction to the Bible
Is the Bible trustworthy? How did we get the Bible? What is the Bible's basic message? How can we know and apply the Bible to our daily lives, and what will happen when we do? (by AC21DOJ)

Manhattan Declaration
"Because the sanctity of human life, the dignity of marriage as a union of husband and wife, and the freedom of conscience and religion are foundational principles of justice and the common good, we are compelled by our Christian faith to speak and act in their defense. In this declaration we affirm: 1) the profound, inherent, and equal dignity of every human being as a creature fashioned in the very image of God, possessing inherent rights of equal dignity and life; 2) marriage as a conjugal union of man and woman, ordained by God from the creation, and historically understood by believers and non-believers alike, to be the most basic institution in society and; 3) religious liberty, which is grounded in the character of God, the example of Christ, and the inherent freedom and dignity of human beings created in the divine image." [pdf]

Martin Luther King's Letter from the Birmingham Jail
Written April 16, 1963 and now considered a modern classic, this was King's response to a group of prominent Alabama clergymen who had published a strong statement in the local newspapers urging blacks to no longer support King because of his protest methods. (See more from/about King at The Martin Luther King, Jr. Research and Education Institute.)

N. T. Wright on Justification
Article by Charles E. Hill critiquing N. T. Wright's idea of justification as connected with/to the "New Perspective on Paul." [link]

The Prosperity Gospel | Called to be Rich?
What is the "prosperity gospel," and why is it so popular? Does the Bible really teach that any/every Christian is entitled to abundant wealth and pristine health?What are some of the Bible verses misused/abused by prosperity gospel proponents, along with their correct interpretation. (by AC21DOJ)

The Resurrection of Jesus
What evidence do we have that Jesus rose from the dead? What are some popular theories set forth to explain away the resurrection, and how can we refute them? What is the meaning and significance of Jesus' resurrection for us today? (by AC21DOJ)

'The Shack' & the missing art of evangelical discernment
"When it comes to The Shack, the really troubling fact is that so many readers are drawn to the theological message of the book, and fail to see how it conflicts with the Bible at so many crucial points." (by R. Albert Mohler Jr.) [link]

The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses
"The first five books of the Old Testament were written centuries before the birth of Jesus. Yet they intricately involve Him. Here Vern Poythress explores Genesis through Deuteronomy, demonstrating how the sacrifices and traditions of the Hebrews graphically foreshadow Christ's relationship with His people. Dr. Poythress also explains how the penalties of the law prefigure the destruction of sin and guilt through Jesus." (CBD). NOTE: The link is to the first draft of the book, which is under a different title ("Understanding the Law of Moses"). [pdf]

Straight talk to church members about pastors
"I know. Pastors aren't perfect. But they do have one of the toughest jobs in the world. Regardless of the church polity, they do have to answer to every church member. Please allow me to speak to you who are church members. I know most of you love your pastor. I know most of you respect your pastor. But you may not know how you can best help your pastor." (by Thom Rainer) [link]

Thirty-Five Things Worth Knowing About the Bible
How can we know about God? Why isn't general revelation enough? How can we know the Bible is historically reliable? Hasn't the Bible been translated and copied so many times that what we have today cannot be trusted? Are there any ancient sources other than the NT that speak of Jesus? What is so special about Jesus? What are some benefits of studying and applying the Bible? (by AC21DOJ.org)

TrueLife.org
TrueLife ...

  • Is a unique non-profit Christian organization dedicated to showing the world that the Bible is true and reliable.
  • Desires to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ effectively and lead people to a Bible-teaching church in their area.
  • Uses online videos and other media, local conferences and evangelistic events to bring individuals to faith in Christ.

(from the About section of the TrueLife website)

The Twelve Rules of Christmas
"Unfortunately, Christmas has become a time of controversy over what can or cannot be done in terms of celebrating the holiday. In order to clear up much of the misunderstanding, the following twelve rules are offered." (from The Rutherford Institute)

NCC wrong on Christian Zionism
What is "Christian Zionism" and how is the National Council of Churches wrong in its treatment of the topic? (by Tammi Reed Ledbetter)

Use 'secret worshipers' at your church
"Do you ever wonder how your church looks to a first-time guest? Are you curious about why some guests attend once and never return? What if a 'secret worshiper' anonymously visited your church and completed a survey to describe the visit?" (BP feature article by Diana Davis)

Who Are the True Baptists? The Conservative Resurgence and the Influence of Moderate Views of Baptist Identity
Article from The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology. (by Gregory A. Wills) [pdf]

 

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