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I’m not a presbyterian, but these are pretty good. They summarize in large measure what a baptist church covenant states. The following are taken from the Presbyterian Church in America’s Book of Church Order in section 57-5: Do you acknowledge yourself to … Continue reading

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Six Sample Church Covenants

I just read of a consultation videos that is being advertised to help churches renew membership processes to revitalize their churches. I saw that most of the content being sold or advertised is online for free. So I wanted to … Continue reading

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9marks on Church Membership at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Session 1: Jonathan Leeman Jonathan Leeman, editorial director for 9Marks, starts this years 9Marks at Southeastern conference by teaching from the book of Matthew. Download Audio Download Video Session 1 Panel Discussion Speakers gather together to discuss topics explored in … Continue reading

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Mark Driscoll, John Piper, and a Problem in Evangelicalism and its Lack of Churchmanship

Image credit: Mark Driscoll has relaunched his former website as You might think he was changing the name because he is no longer a pastor. If you do, you’re wrong. Apparently, Mark Driscoll is still promoting the … Continue reading

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A Response JD Greear’s Biblical Argument for Multi-site Churches

JD Greear argues that multi-site churches can be biblical. His two thoughts in response to the critique of multi-site churches are: (1) The question—our primary point of disagreement with ‘single service only’ advocates—is whether the New Testament mandates that we must all … Continue reading

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Quick Thoughts on Mark Driscoll’s Recent Resignation from Mars Hill Church

Mark Driscoll resigned from Mars Hill Church. While I personally think that was the right decision, I’m not sure that was the most important need. I think the most important need is public repentance confessing sins in specificity regarding the fellow … Continue reading

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A Response to Danny Cortez for my Fellow Los Angeles Southern Baptist Association Pastors and Messengers

A response to “The Third Way: A Response to the Southern Baptist Convention” by Danny Cortez. Danny Cortez and New Heart Church have clearly communicated their stance to Southern Baptists in Danny’s most recent blog post. Here’s a response from … Continue reading

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9Marks at Southeastern Seminary 2014 – Membership

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Great Commission Baptists: Reaching the World for Christ

Meet the Great Commission Baptists [Taken from with the use of the alternate descriptor] For almost 170 years, Great Commission Baptists have sought to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all people everywhere. The Great Commission Baptists formed with … Continue reading

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The Old Acts 29 Doctrinal Statement

Old Acts 29 Doctrine What does Acts 29 believe? The short answer is that we are first Christians, second Evangelicals, third Missional, and fourth Reformed. The more lengthy answer is included below and intentionally omits some finer points of doctrine … Continue reading

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