Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses

3.20.2017

Group gives Protestants competition for souls, but also an ally on religious freedom.

CHR Comment: Russian legal process typically distinguishes between traditional religions, such as Baptists and Lutherans, and non-traditional groups that are new to the country.

Source: Russia’s Plan to Ban Jehovah’s Witnesses Puts Evangelicals in a Tight Spot | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

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Small Church Focus in Southern Baptist Convention

2.21.2017

An “average” church pastor is the president of the 2017 Southern Baptist Convention Pastors’ Conference.

CHR Comment: The article describes the election of a smaller church pastor to the presidency of the Pastor’s Conference and highlights differences between leadership from larger churches and from smaller churches, where most Southern Baptists attend.

Source: One on One with the Small Church Pastor who “Took Over” the SBC Pastors Conference to Highlight Smaller Churches | The Exchange | A Blog by Ed Stetzer

“Amen Corner” in American Culture

Campaigns occasionally get compared to religious movements, so it’s not surprising to see the term ‘amen corner’ in greater use.

CHR Comment: The phrase refers to the practice in Baptist and similar traditions of affirming point in the pastor’s sermon by saying aloud, “Amen.” A related term would be “Preaching to the choir,” which is usually a well-spring of Amens.

Source: When things get tough, politicians look to the ‘amen corner’ – CSMonitor.com

Thinking about the Church Fathers

An essay by Baptist theologian John Aloisi on how he, as a modern Evangelical, thinks about the church fathers. When Aloisi writes that you would be hard pressed to find pre-Reformation Fathers saying we are saved by grace through faith alone, he might recall Ephesians 2:8-9, “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” The Fathers knew this passage and commented on it.

» Thinking about the Church Fathers.

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