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Mar 2018 14 Mar 14, 2018
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In a blogpost earlier this week I identified ten things that we should all know about covenant membership in the local church. But there are still people who object to the idea and resist it at all costs? Why? There are several reasons, all of which share one thing in common. I wonder if you can identify what it is. What follows is the response I provided to those at Bridgeway Church here in OKC who were hesitant about our implementation of covenant membership. (1) If w...Read More

Mar 2018 12 Mar 12, 2018
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Membership in a local church is very much in the minds of Christians these days. Is it biblical? Is it necessary? Is it helpful? These and other questions lead to the following ten things you should know about what church membership means and entails. [In addition to my own research, I’ve drawn heavily on the writings of John Piper, Michael McKinley, Jim Elliff, Mark Dever, and Kevin DeYoung.] Perhaps the best place to begin is by asking the question: What do you ...Read More

Mar 2018 7 Mar 7, 2018
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Once again an extremely popular worship song is coming under scrutiny. This time it is Cory Asbury’s song, “Reckless Love.” We sing it regularly here at Bridgeway and I encourage you to do so as well. I was more than a little surprised when a few people pushed back, wondering if it was biblically and theologically appropriate to speak of God’s love as “reckless.” Then I was informed that similar questions were being raised by others a...Read More

Mar 2018 5 Mar 5, 2018
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The fact that your immediate and instinctive response to this topic is probably somewhat (or considerably) negative reflects how far removed we are today from the spirit of the New Testament. As we’ll see, a commitment to discipline in the local church is indicative not only of one’s love for holiness, as well as those lingering in sin, but most of all for the Lord Jesus who “gave himself up for her [i.e., the Church], that he might sanctify her, having...Read More

Mar 2018 2 Mar 2, 2018
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The reality of hell and eternal punishment is not a popular topic, even among Christians. Part of the problem is that the nature of hell has been horribly distorted in our culture and portrayed as an experience that is far from what we read in the NT. When I’m asked why I believe in hell, my response is three-fold. First, I have such unshakable and robust confidence in the inerrant truth of every word in the Bible that the matter is already settled before I even r...Read More

Feb 2018 28 Feb 28, 2018

I’ve been surveying the doctrinal statements of numerous churches of late and I continue to come across a familiar mistake. It is also found in the Baptist Faith and Message of the Southern Baptist Convention. It reads, as do many statements in churches of other denominations: “At the moment of regeneration He [i.e., the Holy Spirit] baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ.” I agree with the BFM that Spirit baptism occurs at the moment of ...Read More

Feb 2018 26 Feb 26, 2018
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The spiritual gift of speaking in tongues remains controversial in our day and is a subject deserving of our close attention. This short article is not designed to argue that tongues are still valid but simply attempts to describe the nature and function of tongues speech. (1) The “tongues” spoken on the Day of Pentecost were real human languages. The variety of nations represented (vv. 8-11) would certainly confirm this. The word “language” (vv....Read More

Feb 2018 22 Feb 22, 2018

I’ve just posted six articles (sermon manuscripts) from my series on Worship that I preached about a year ago here at Bridgeway. Go to Resources and click on Articles. The articles are listed under Theological Studies. ...Read More

Feb 2018 21 Feb 21, 2018
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Although I’ve written on this subject before, I think it would be helpful if we revisited Revelation 13:16-18 and the so-called “mark of the Beast.” As you know, this is an issue that continues to inflame debate concerning the end times and contributes greatly to the overall hysteria that serves only to discredit the Christian community in the eyes of the world. I have in mind the belief by many that the “mark” of the Beast is a literal tat...Read More