regeneration

Why You Should be a Baptist – Part 2

The last post was really an introduction to this discussion. In this post, we begin to get into more of the meat of the matter. And what I want to do is lay out for you 8 truths about the symbolic nature of Baptism. In doing this, I hope to persuade you to be a...

4 Key Truths about Monergism and Evangelism

The following is comes from a manuscript I'm working on entitled, A Change of Heart: Understanding Regeneration and Why it Matters.  Regeneration and Evangelism There is a certain faulty line of reasoning that says if God is completely sovereign in salvation, choosing...

Born of Mercy

In 1 Peter 1:3, Peter gives glory to God highlighting His blessedness and His great mercy for His causing sinners to be born again. "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living...
A Change of Heart — Chapter 2: Mere Christianity (Part 1)

A Change of Heart — Chapter 2: Mere Christianity (Part 1)

For the last year+ I've been working on a new book, A Change of Heart: Understanding Regeneration and Why it Matters. Now that I've finally completed my M.Div, I've taken this project back up again. I thought I would share the first two chapters in a series of blog...

A Change of Heart, ch. 1 — Heart Matters

A Change of Heart, ch. 1 — Heart Matters

For the last year+ I've been working on a new book, A Change of Heart: Understanding Regeneration and Why it Matters. Now that I've finally completed my M.Div, I've taken this project back up again. I thought I would share the first two chapters in a series of blog...

The Immeasurable Greatness of His Power

The Immeasurable Greatness of His Power

We are working through the book of Ephesians at Perryville Second Baptist Church. Recently, we came upon Ephesians 1:19 where Paul prays that the Ephesians would know what is the immeasurable greatness of God's power toward believers. It's a really great prayer. And...

Christianity is Supernatural

Christianity is Supernatural

The following is an excerpt from my forthcoming book — A Change of Heart Christianity is supernatural. Left to ourselves we do not fear God, seek God, truly understand God, or care about God’s glory at all. Without the Holy Spirit, we don’t even want to know the...

Augustine vs. Pelagius

Augustine vs. Pelagius

The Debate In the 5th century — the early 400s — there was a controversy in the church between two men, Augustine and Pelagius, over God’s grace in salvation. Pelagius essentially argued in such a way that would minimize the necessity of regeneration. He taught...

A Primer on Jacob Arminius, John Wesley, and Charles Finney

A Primer on Jacob Arminius, John Wesley, and Charles Finney

Jacob Arminius and John Wesley Jacob Arminius (1560-1609), in response to William Perkins, wrote, “No one believes, without the exercise of his will. But the actual exercise of the will to believe is a different thing from the ability to will to believe; the latter...

4 Conversion Stories

4 Conversion Stories

John Wesley I disagree with Wesley on several important doctrinal points. But consider how he recounts his own testimony from May 24, 1738: “In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther’s preface to the Epistle...

You Must be Born Again: Make Regeneration Great Again

You Must be Born Again: Make Regeneration Great Again

In God's kind providence, it was a biblical understanding of the great doctrine of regeneration that birthed (I'm not sure if I'm intending the pun or not) the evangelical movement of the 18th century. Sadly, it is also a misunderstanding and underemphasis of this...

The Religious Affections and Pastoral Ministry

The Religious Affections and Pastoral Ministry

Recently, I had the opportunity to preach a message at a Jonathan Edwards conference on The Religous Affections. I'd like to share a few practical applications for pastors when it comes to religious affections. But first: What are Religious Affections? One of Edwards'...

A Short Recounting of George Whitefield’s Conversion

A Short Recounting of George Whitefield’s Conversion

Before Lifeway, there was the Sunday School Board of the Southern Baptist Convention. In the Mid-20th Century, this board put out a series of studies for churches to use with their parishioners. One such study was called Soul-Winning Doctrines by J. Clyde Turner...

Brittany the Broccoli Hater

Brittany the Broccoli Hater

It was funny at first. Little two-year-old Brittany’s parents thought it was so cute as she’d spit out the green vegetable and then viciously rub her hands on her tongue as though attempting to erase every shred of taste completely out of her mouth. Well, it was sort...