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  • The Reformation was a missionary movement

    by Michael Haykin, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- It is well known that the Reformation entailed a recovery of core New Testament doctrines regarding salvation and worship.

    Did it also involve a recovery of the Great Commission?

    In one sense, no. The Roman church had been involved in a variety of missional enterprises throughout the Middle Ages. But in another, much deeper sense, yes -- the Great Commission did have to be recovered because medieval missions all too frequently involved forcible conversions like those of the Saxons by Charlemagne in the eighth and ninth centuries and the Albigensian Crusade in the early 13th century. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: Why the Reformation still matters

    by Daryl Cornett, posted Tuesday, October 31, 2017 (one year ago)

    The Reformation, Daryl Cornett notes, "is not dry, dusty irrelevant history" involving the Bible's authority in the church and how to find favor with God. "We would be wise to renew our commitment to that for which they sacrificed so much," he writes. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: One verse of Scripture

    by Randy L. Bennett, posted Monday, October 30, 2017 (one year ago)

    Randy Bennett tells of a young but neurotic and fearful Augustinian monk who came across a Scripture verse 500 years ago that changed his life and impacted the world. Read More

  • 500 YEARS: 'Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise'

    by Joshua Crutchfield, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (one year ago)

    Martin Luther's battleground "also is our battleground -- the authority of Scripture," Joshua Crutchfield writes, underscoring the Bible "not as a book of suggestions or good advice, but as words spoken from the very mouth of God." Read More

  • Seminary Reformation tours leave pastors inspired

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, September 07, 2017 (one year ago)

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    WITTENBERG, Germany (BP) -- Renewed commitments to expository preaching and teaching theology were among pastors' takeaways this summer from Reformation tours of Europe led by Southern Baptist Convention seminaries.

    "After going and seeing the tour of Martin Luther [sites] -- all that went into his life, the risks he took -- why would you ever do anything other than preach the Bible?" said Clint Pressley, a North Carolina pastor who participated in Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Land of Luther Study Tour in Germany Aug. 14-21. Read More

  • 'MLK50' conf. set on anniversary of King's death

    by Tom Strode, posted Wednesday, April 05, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A racial unity conference on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. has been announced by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and The Gospel Coalition.

    The event -- "MLK50: Gospel Reflections From the Mountaintop" -- will be held April 4, 2018, in Memphis, half a century to the date of King's slaying in the city. Announced Tuesday night (April 4) at TGC's National Conference, the event will focus on the status and pursuit of racial unity in the American church and culture. Read More

  • Reformation's 'Solas' highlighted at NRB in Orlando

    by Erin Roach, posted Wednesday, March 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- The five "solas" of the Protestant Reformation were highlighted during the National Religious Broadcasters' "Proclaim 17" convention to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther's 95 Theses.

    Tony Evans, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, preached on "Sola Gratia" (by grace alone) during the NRB International Christian Media Convention, Feb. 27-March 2 in Orlando, Fla., with Erwin Lutzer, pastor emeritus of Moody Church in Chicago, addressing "Sola Fide" (by faith alone); Mac Brunson, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Fla., on "Solo Christo" (through Christ alone); R.C. Sproul, founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, on "Sola Scriptura" (by Scripture alone); and Barry Creamer, president of Criswell College in Dallas, on "Soli Deo Gloria" (glory to God alone). Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: The Reformation & Baptists

    by Ray Van Neste, posted Friday, February 24, 2017 (one year ago)

    Baptists should celebrate the Reformation, Ray Van Neste writes, noting: "Here is why: At its heart, the Reformation was a rediscovery of the Gospel." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Celebration & challenge

    by Ronnie Floyd, posted Thursday, January 19, 2017 (one year ago)

    Ronnie Floyd takes note of three points of celebration and challenge over the course of seven days: the remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr.; the inauguration of a new president; and the sanctity of human life. Read More

  • 1957 SBC president drew MLK's praise for stand

    by David Roach, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (BP) -- Though Southern Baptists were not known for their advocacy of racial justice 60 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. once told a fellow black Baptist minister that the 1957 Southern Baptist Convention president "suffered with us" in the cause of civil rights.

    King's reference was to the late U.S. Rep. Brooks Hays, D-Ark., who served as SBC president from 1956-58. After helping to mediate a conflict over integration at Central High School in Little Rock, Ark., Hays lost his bid for reelection to a ninth term in Congress to a write-in segregationist candidate. Read More