Tag: Southern Baptist

“Claims, Clarity, Charity – Why the Traditional Baptist Statement on Soteriology is not and cannot be Semipelagian.”

“Claims, Clarity, Charity – Why the Traditional Baptist Statement on Soteriology is not and cannot be Semipelagian.” David L. Allen Dean, School of Preaching Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Distinguished Professor of Preaching George W. Truett Chair of Pastoral Ministry   Periodically over the past couple of years I read a post at “The Baptist Review”   …Continue Reading

Paige Patterson: . . . the Way Forward?

Having known Paige Patterson for forty-three years as mentor and friend, and serving under his leadership at SWBTS since 2004, first as the Dean of the School of Theology and currently as the founding Dean of the School of Preaching, I am compelled to speak. As a student (1978-1981), later as a trustee (1992-2004 and   …Continue Reading


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


Five years ago this week, Whosoever Will: a Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism, which I co-edited along with Dr. Steve Lemke, was published by B&H Academic. http://www.amazon.com/Whosoever-Will-Biblical-Theological-Five-Point-Calvinism/dp/0805464166. The book is a collection of papers delivered at the 2008 John 3:16 Conference held at First Baptist Church, Woodstock, GA. Each paper dealt with one of the letters of   …Continue Reading


NOTE: This is Part 3 of a series on “Baptists and Baptism.” One of the clearest facts of church history is from shortly after the founding of the first Baptist Church on English soil to the present time, Baptists have affirmed immersion as the only biblical mode of baptism.[1] From the 17th century until today,   …Continue Reading

July 4, Baptists, and Religious Liberty

When you look up the term “religious liberty” in anybody’s dictionary, there you will find the collective picture of Baptists. The insistence on religious liberty by Baptists has resulted in misunderstanding, criticism and even persecution. In the past, governments have punished Baptists as traitors, and some have condemned Baptists as heretics. Pope Pius IX in   …Continue Reading

Look Out, Baltimore, Here Come the Baptists!

You have heard of those “darn Yankees?” [Baptists don’t cuss, so it’s “darn.”] No doubt, many in Baltimore today will be saying “Here come those darn Baptists!” To some Protestants and Catholics alike, we Baptists are the country cousins who show up at the ecumenical family picnic…not quite sophisticated and barely theologically domesticated. Mention the   …Continue Reading