Ex-Pastor Ham

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July 14, 2017 Resources: Fundamentalism vs. Ecumenicism; Information Overload; Three Great Conservatives

This is a fantastic summary of the history of the rise of Christian Fundamentalism to meet the challenges of theological liberalism in the early 20th century, and the rise of the ecumenical movement that undermined Fundamentalism and the Gospel in the mid- and late-20th century.

This article addresses the idea of judging the trustworthiness, or ‘authority,’ of the information we are exposed to every day. Cut adrift in an endless sea of information, how does a person living in our age judge what is true, and good, and beautiful?

Here is a very good introduction to three great conservatives of the 18th century, written by perhaps the best one of the 20th.

May 12, 2017 Resources: Mangled Words; Broken Wolves; Relevance

David DeBruyn explains proper authority in contrast to authoritarianism. However, his essay goes further and gives an excellent summary of how those in authority must sometimes act in ways that appear to be self-serving. Because of this, godly leaders will at times be accused of selfish motives even while acting faithfully and sincerely. But the preservation of one’s reputation is secondary to obeying God, and false accusation is a wound that a godly leader must be willing to bear.

Beware of Broken Wolves

An excellent essay arguing that Christianity needs to be relevant . . . . and also not relevant.

September 30, 2016 Resources: Foundation of Faith; Voting Principles; Ancient Scroll

The Bible is the inspired Word of God and the foundation of the Christian faith. Christianity stands or falls with God’s Word. These truths deserve clear and zealous defense, not confusing and undermining statements motivated by “evangelistic zeal.”

I don’t often repeat links, but I want to re-post this video series once more before the 2016 Presidential Election. Dr. Kevin Bauder has put together a brief two-part guide on principled civic duty and voting that is excellent. In Part 3, Pastor Matt Morrell closes out the series with some further biblical admonitions. Thanks to Fourth Baptist Church of Plymouth, MN for hosting this discussion and for sharing it online.     |     Part 1     |     Part 2     |     Part 3     |

A fascinating recent archaeological discovery of an ancient scroll from the Book of Leviticus points again to the trustworthiness of our modern Bible texts.

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