Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part II/II)
Oct19

Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part II/II)

by Kevin L. Hester This is part two of two. See part one here. Implications of Sola Fide The distinct understanding of salvation embodied in Sola fide continues today in those committed to their reformation heritage. The history of this thought is an interesting story surrounding a particular reading of Scripture which led to an event that would usher in the modern world. But that was 500 years ago. What relevance does it have for...

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Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part I/II)
Oct16

Sola Fide (Faith Alone): The Past, Present, and Future Hope of the Gospel (Part I/II)

by Kevin L. Hester Outside of sola scriptura, the reformation principle of sola fide stands as the most central and divisive doctrinal distinction between Protestants and Roman Catholics today. In addition, the development of the Protestant doctrine of justification by faith alone impacted soteriology and pushed Christian doctrine forward in ways not seen in the Church since the great ecumenical councils.[1] Luther’s ressourcement of...

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Book Review: Sexuality, Gender, and the Church
Aug21

Book Review: Sexuality, Gender, and the Church

by Zach Vickery “We’re living and ministering in an era of swift and unprecedented change, especially regarding the definition of sexuality, gender, and marriage,” writes J. Matthew Pinson in Sexuality, Gender, and the Church.[1] Though these issues are not unique to our day, many changes concerning sexuality and gender have arisen in recent years that have forced the church to reaffirm and strengthen its historical positions. While...

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ANYONE CAN BE SAVED: Book Review
Jun26

ANYONE CAN BE SAVED: Book Review

by Richard E. Clark From General/Arminian to Particular/Calvinist, Baptists have struggled to locate themselves along the theological spectrum. Some have unsuccessfully tried to avoid the debate, labeling themselves Calminians.[1] Others, however, have attempted to escape the paradigm altogether and articulate a unique theological identity for themselves. Anyone Can Be Saved (Wipf & Stock, 2016) is a collection of essays...

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How and Why Pastors Should Study the Biblical Languages
Apr27

How and Why Pastors Should Study the Biblical Languages

by Zach Vickery In today’s age, countless translations of the Scriptures exist. Some translators attempt to convey the most literal meaning of the original text while others try to contextualize Scripture in ways that help the English-speaking, modern reader understand what the text is saying. Some translations are mostly word-for-word while others are thought-for-thought. Though each method serves its purpose, nothing plumbs...

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