Category: Gospel


“DOES REGENERATION PRECEDE FAITH?”

My article, “Does Regeneration Precede Faith?” has just been released in New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry. The journal is online and the article can be accessed here: Does Regeneration Precede Faith? Here are a few excerpts: Why do most Calvinists believe regeneration precedes faith? There are two reasons. First,   …Continue Reading


“Earnestly Contending for the Faith Once for All Delivered to the Saints” – Jude 3-4

NOTE: These are my notes that I used March 2 at the Expository Preaching Workshop on “Preaching Jude” at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. The lecture along with these notes will be posted online within a few weeks at www.swbts.edu. “…I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to earnestly contend for the faith once   …Continue Reading


Missionary Ordination Sermon for Adoniram Judson and Luther Rice

NOTE: Sermon Preached at the Tabernacle in Salem February 6, 1812, on Occasion of the Ordination of the Rev. Messrs. Samuel Newell, Adoniram Judson, Samuel Nott, , Gordon Hall, and Luther Rice, Missionaries to the Heathen in Asia, Under the Direction of the Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions (Boston: Samuel T. Armstrong, 1812), which   …Continue Reading


Where Have You Been?

Since childhood, most of us have heard a parent, family member, friend, or boss ask us a four word question when we arrived late on the scene: “Where have you been?” Several years back I read about George Stadsklev, a missionary in the West African country, Ivory Coast. George Stadsklev was working hard to complete   …Continue Reading


My Christmas Debt – Romans 1:14-16

We are all born debtors. The instant we emerge from the birth canal, we owe someone for 9 months of room and board. Since the national debt just passed $18 trillion, as a United States citizen, that newborn baby will enter the world with a portion of that debt at $56,340.40. In one way or   …Continue Reading


“Wanna Play Catch!”

NOTE: My sermon “Wanna Play Catch?” on 1 John 4:7-11 can be viewed here: http://mbbcirving.org/video-player/not_cached/?videoID=78607641 When my oldest son, Jeremy, was five or six years old, one spring afternoon on my way home from work I stopped by the sporting goods store and bought him his first baseball glove and a youth baseball. When I   …Continue Reading


25th ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF THE BERLIN WALL

  Twenty-five years ago the Berlin wall that separated East and West Germany fell! November 9, 1989, was a day that changed German history. Germans are celebrating a peaceful reunification begun twenty-five years earlier. Dr. Heinrich Derksen, President of the Bible Seminary in Bonn, said that 40 years of communist rule in East Germany destroyed   …Continue Reading


“His Story . . . Our Story”

THE INCARNATION enrolls Him in our needy company. For unto us a child is born; unto us a Son is given. The Word became flesh and dwelled among us. He had to be made like them, fully human in every way, in order that He might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service   …Continue Reading


Reflections on the Oxford Study Tour

For two and a half weeks I was in England and Scotland with 71 students and faculty from SEBTS and SWBTS on our annual Oxford Study Tour. The tour consists of courses taught by faculty combined with trips to some of the important historical sites in Baptist history and church history. I taught “History and   …Continue Reading


Gospel Lessons from a Train Whistle

I have always been partial to train whistles. My grandparents lived about a half mile from the railroad tracks in the little lazy mill town of Lindale, GA. I would hear the train whistle blow day and night. My favorite time to listen was late on a fall night. Everything else in the house was   …Continue Reading