Baptist Catholicism (What the Altar Call, Sinner’s Prayer & Pope Have in Common)


Baptism, Christian Life, Church Life, Romans, The Gospel

The typical Baptist suffers from Catholiphobia: the fear of all things Catholic. We Baptists often know more about Catholics than Catholicism, which is probably true of any religious tradition.  We tend to define religious traditions by the few people we know who practice them rather that what that tradition has historically confessed. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take […]

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July 9, 2015

The Danger of “Christianness”


Quotes of Interest, The Gospel

Gripped by this selection from Rejoicing in Christ by Michael Reeves: “. . . we naturally gravitate, it seems, toward anything but Jesus–and Christians almost as much as anyone–whether it’s ‘the Christian worldview,’ ‘grace,’ ‘the Bible’ or ‘the gospel,’ as if they were things in themselves that could save us.  Even ‘the cross’ can get […]

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April 7, 2015

Jesus Makes Nothing out of Something (and That Means Everything)


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Church Life, Galatians, The Gospel, Theology

Paul wrote Galatians to confront and combat the attempted Judaization of the church.  Such was arguably the backdrop behind many of the New Testament letters. Intoxicated by the air of religious supremacy, Jews sought to enslave (Paul’s word for it) Gentiles under the burdensome yoke of Torah (cf. 4.7, 25; 5.1). Anyone wanting to be part […]

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February 7, 2015

Moonlight Graham & Christ’s Field of Dreams


Biblical Meditations, Christian Life, Philippians, Romans, The Gospel, Theology

Archibald Wright “Moonlight” Graham was a baseball player.  He was also a doctor.  He was immortalized in the classic American baseball film Field of Dreams.  And he can illustrate the glorious mystery of Christ’s incarnation. Moonlight Graham spent seven seasons in the minor leagues, even having a cup of coffee with the Memphis Egyptians in […]

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January 1, 2015

Carol of Joy, Eileen Berry


Hymns, The Gospel

We recently enjoyed the annual Festival of Carols at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis.  During it we sang this beautiful poem by Eileen Berry entitled “Carol of Joy” (2007, Beckenhorst Press) set to music by Dan Forrest. It’s nearly impossible to add anything substantial to, much less improve upon, the church’s traditional coterie of Christmas hymns but this is […]

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December 17, 2014