Healing A Biblical Perspective

The following is intended to summarize our seven week study of the biblical teaching on healing and examination of the claims of modern day faith healers in light of Scripture.  I encourage you to listen to the entire series on healing if you were not present when we studied this together. 
 
The series on healing is really a part of a larger study of 1 Corinthians 12-14 and other related biblical passages.  This study examines these verses in their historical and biblical context.  Continue reading →

Velvet Elvis: Not worth having!

Years ago when Gina and I were first married, I passed by an art display—I use that term loosely—on the side of the road.  All of the renderings were pictures on an imitation or cheap velvet.  One of them that I was particularly enthralled with was the King of Rock, Elvis Presley. 

Immediately I envisioned “Velvet Elvis” prominently displayed in our living room; however, when I told Gina about my rare find, she responded with a look that shouted, “Did I really marry him?”  Consequently, Elvis never found lodging in our home and my first encounter with “Velvet Elvis” ended in disappointment.  The message was clear; “Velvet Elvis” is not worth having. For those of you who are wondering whether I would still decorate with such works of “art”, the answer is no, I have seen the light and “Elvis has left the….”

However, once again I have encountered a “Velvet Elvis”, but this time it is not a painting but a book written by Rob Bell.  This encounter with “Velvet Elvis” has not left me disappointed but appalled and alarmed.

Rob Bell’s book “Velvet Elvis” is an example of some of the dangerously unbiblical leanings and musings of the “Emergent Church”. 

A friend of mine, Mark Park, has written an excellent brief theological critique of the book, which I include here so that you will not be taken in by a creative title or the musings of a postmodernist masquerading as biblical truth.  The simple truth is that, “Velvet Elvis” never was nor never will be worth having.velvet-elvis-critique-by-mark-park-8-07.pdf

Coming in View of a Call

The elders are excited about recommending Chris Haynes to serve as Minister of Ministry Development and Discipleship at Trinity Baptist Church.

Chris is 35 years old and has served as Minister of College, Singles & Recreation at Southern Hills Baptist Church in Oklahoma City since 1995. He and his wife, Valerie, have been married for twelve years and have three children Christopher (5), Caleb (3) and Levi (1). Continue reading →

Shall this plebe return a prince?

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Well, by the Grace of God, and your love and support, we are off to the old country—for those of you who still confuse Miami (OK) with Miami (FL), that’s England.

Last time we went to Oxford, we stayed in London a few days as we will be able to this time as well.  While in London, we went to the Queen Mother’s palace—referred to in Arkansas, as the place with indoor plumbing.  Although we did find her residence extraordinarily comfortable, we were a little peeved by a couple of things.  For one, she wasn’t home.  Secondly, when I explained to one of the gentlemen standing around that we had traveled a long distance to talk with her, he did not even respond.  Continue reading →

The Baptist Faith and Message: “Our only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs” ??

Messengers to the annual meeting of the Southern Baptist Convention approved a motion June 12 to affirm the Baptist Faith and Message as the SBC’s “…only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs”.  The motion was offered by Rick Garner, pastor of Liberty Heights Church in Liberty Township, Ohio, and is, in part, as follows:

“I move this Convention adopts the statement of the Executive Committee … found in the 2007 Book of Reports … which reads: ‘The Baptist Faith and Message is neither a creed nor a complete statement of our faith nor final or infallible. Nevertheless we further acknowledge that it is the only consensus statement of doctrinal beliefs approved by the Southern Baptist Convention and as such is sufficient in its current form to guide trustees in their establishment of policies and practices of entities of the Convention.'”

Although this motion passed, 2,137 (57.7 percent) to 1,565 (42.2 percent), I must admit that I am a bit troubled by its wording. Particularly disquieting are the words, “only” and “sufficient”.  My uneasiness is due not only to what the words mean grammatically, but also what they may have been intended ((see comments made by Dwight McKissic and Bob Cleveland)) to mean in light of the context of what I think prompted such a motion; and what some may infer from them both today and in the future. Continue reading →

Why Religious Ideas Matter: Even in Public Debate

As you probably have heard, I am going to be a participant again in the Oxford Round Table this summer.  This time it will be held at Harris Manchester College in Oxford.  I will be presenting a paper entitled, “The Decline of Religion in Public Education and The Decline of Public Education”.  As a part of my presentation, I included an argument in support of the validity of “religious arguments” in the public marketplace of ideas like education, politics, law and morals.  Although I am not quite through with the argument, I thought I would share it with you before I leave on vacation. 

As you know, I am a strong proponent of Christians going into the public domain and presenting “the truth in love”.  Hopefully, the following will help you be better equipped to do that in even the most secular of forums. 

Secularists summarily dismiss religious arguments from the public square simply because they are religious, which they define as being associated with supernatural religion or anything non-secular.  In addition, an opinion is determined to be religious and therefore unworthy of public policy because it is either a part of a religious worldview, is derived from one’s religion, there is an element of faith involved, it is partly based on religion, or because it is merely consonant with religion. 

The context of the discussion concerning the appropriateness of religious arguments and their influence upon public policy may be considered from the vantage point of historical precedence, constitutionality, morality and rationality, or spiritual mandate for adherents.  The following is intended to addresses only moral and rational considerations.  Thus, the question is, “Is it moral to exclude religious opinions from a democratic public marketplace of ideas just because they involve an aspect of faith—a faith assumption?”  For the following reasons, my answer is NO.  Continue reading →

VBS—Very Best Servants

Oh I know, VBS means Vacation Bible School; but each time I see our VBS, I am absolutely overwhelmed by the amount of work that our people pour into making it the best in decoration, teaching, spirit, fun, and environment.

Each year, it is evident that you truly seek to produce an excellent VBS, and this past week was no exception.  Your heart, soul and love is seen in the decoration of every site, heard in every teaching and felt throughout the week.

Someone remarked, that Trinity’s VBS “Is the best bar none” and I concur. 

Thank you for your labor and sacrifice in order for the children who come to have a par excellent week of spiritual growth, excitement and love.  I am always amazed.

Consequently, while it will always be known as Vacation Bible School, and rightly so, I also remember it as a week of watching THE VERY BEST SERVANTS!!!!

Indebted, A Very Grateful Pastor

Ronnie W Rogers

The Bridge Over Troubled Theology: From Evangelicalism to Catholicism

Francis J. Beckwith, a wonderful Christian apologist and former President of The Evangelical Theological Society, has taken his stand with the Roman Catholic Church.  I have just a few comments.

Dr. Beckwith is an outstanding Christian scholar, and from what I know about him, quite a gentleman.  Consequently, my comments are not intended to be an attack upon the man, but rather his decision and concerns I have with the ETS and Baylor University. Continue reading →

The Conservative Resurgence: Worth defending then and NOW!

Recently, some of our college students visited Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Some of them will be attending there in the fall, and others are seeking the Lord’s direction with regard to going to seminary.

As a part of their excursion, they attended classes, chapel and joined Mrs. Patterson at Pecan Manor, the president’s home. 

This afforded our students the opportunity to become familiar with one of our great seminaries, and it also provided a stimulus to questions and discussions about the Conservative Resurgence. 

Dr. Patterson and Judge Paul Pressler led the charge to call the SBC back to fidelity to the Scripture as the Word of God without error.  Even as I write, they continue to be vilified by moderates, liberals and everyone who despises the full counsel of the inerrant Scripture.

Sadly, as in the past, there are those who personally avow their belief in the inerrancy of Scripture, all the while using one reason or another for not taking the necessary steps to actualize the restoration and continuance of biblical fidelity throughout our agencies and on the mission field.  In fact, they actually attack those who do have the spiritual courage and fortitude to initiate and maintain the necessary changes. Continue reading →