Theology is for everyone. Michael Dellaperute investigates how average Christians and their pastors can change their attitude and approach to theology.
The best way to report on this past year of serving our fellowship of churches is to break the year down as pre–COVID-19 and post–COVID-19.
Joe is an average Christian. He is the first to admit he’s not pastor or deacon material.
Thirty-three years ago, the Lord privileged me to become the pastor of Wheelersburg Baptist Church, in Appalachian southern Ohio, where I presently serve.
Growing up, I never knew my biological father and was totally clueless about my paternal bloodline.
How was I supposed to reach people all over the world when engagement with people wore me out?
Legendary football coach Paul W. “Bear” Bryant famously preached that “defense wins championships.”
In these times of turmoil and uncertainty, Christians can look to Jesus, learn from Him, and redeem the time.
Never once have I heard my father use a swear word, which I think is significant.
As another election approaches, Christians will be confronted with hard decisions.
What a blessing it is to know that our God remains in sovereign control (Ps. 103:19; Eph. 1:11).
Did you know that practicing gratitude can rewire your brain?
One of the great encouragements of our day is a renewed focus on the mission of the church.
A midlife crisis is usually described as a period between ages 35 and 60 when a person goes through a slump or questions the direction of his or her life.
Myron Houghton (1941–2020)
Too many Americans, including many Christians, believe science is best suited over other disciplines to reveal truth. It is past time to reconsider the limits of science.
Even in Christian circles we use oxymorons, and some can be unhelpful: “dead church,” “boring preaching,” “lifeless singing,” “fruitless Christian,” and—the one I believe severely hurts our testimony as followers of Christ—“joyless Christian.”
Several years ago, while on a lengthy flight to a conference, I found myself sitting next to a young neurobiologist.
In many ways, James is a typical seven-year-old boy. He loves superheroes, Boy Scouts, and pretend sword fights. Unfortunately, his divorced parents agree on very little, including his gender.
Have you ever received a phone call that both surprised you and ended up turning your life upside down? If so, you will relate to my experience.
Previously, we argued that the soundest hermeneutical approach is what we are calling originalism. In this final installment, we will address some objections and questions that commonly arise from critics of originalism.
Gracious. This word covers a lot: kindness, courtesy, good taste, tact, compassion. Today churches need to be gracious in every avenue of communication.
By Mike Hess If you’ve been in any kind of relationship, you probably know what it means to drift apart. The phenomenon of social media …
“This whole thing started because I didn’t get my way,” says Pastor Pat Nemmers, lead pastor of Saylorville Church in Des Moines, Iowa. “And that’s why I love telling this story, because it puts me in my place.”
David Gunn examines an originalist interpretation of Scripture and non-originalist hermeneutical approaches that are in vogue today, offering reasons why originalism is far superior.
A new generation is emerging right before our eyes. The Millennials are now adults, and today’s current youth culture is dominated by members of Generation Z.
In recent American politics, we have been introduced to the concept of quid pro quo, a Latin phrase which refers to an exchange of goods or services that is offered with a contingency or expectation of receiving something in return.
It’s popular these days to say Biblical prophecy doesn’t matter in the larger scheme of Christian living in the 21st century. This issue of the Baptist Bulletin considers why dispensationalists disagree with that opinion.
This past June, with unanimous approval, the Council of Eighteen voted to move forward with a new purpose statement for the GARBC.
Systematic theologies traditionally cover 10 topics of Christian doctrine. Almost without exception, the last one is eschatology, or the doctrine of end-times.
Two times in the last five decades dispensational theology—with its attendant views on the rapture of the church, the restoration of the nation of Israel, and the judgments of the Tribulation—has had a massive cultural impact.
Far too often we like to discuss theology or Christian living without first addressing the more fundamental issue: hermeneutics, the art and science of interpreting the Scriptures.
Every believer experiences the steep learning curve involved with first-time Bible study.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been a little sketchy about crossing bridges—especially ones that span a massive body of water.
How to say what you mean without being mean in how you say it.
Enter the celebrity pastor syndrome. Fame and stardom need not be restricted to Tinseltown—ultra-famous megachurch pastors are preaching, writing, and tweeting at a venue near you!
While our world is full of devastation, decay, and death, redemption is coming! One day King Jesus will return and make all things new (Rev. 21:5). In the meantime, how are Christians to relate to planet Earth?
A Biblical View of Environmental Responsibility By Christopher Cone The climate changed (pun intended) dramatically in 1966 when medieval historian Lynn White presented a groundbreaking …
By Ken Fields On a muggy May evening in 1982, a dozen 10-, 11-, and 12-year-olds with big league aspirations were fielding ground balls on …
By Larry Vardiman It’s tough as a Christian these days to know what to believe about the controversial issues in the news. So many voices …
By Al Franklin We believe in young earth creation because we believe in the authority of Scripture. Since the Bible is the Word of God …
By David Doran In the 1990s God used a string of biographies to burden my heart for a conference to promote missions among college students. …
This issue of the Baptist Bulletin explores how theologically rooted evangelism can become the natural outflow of believers’ lives.
National Representative Mike Hess is encouraged by what the Lord has done in the past year and is eager to see what He will do as we press forward to “Make Disciples through Healthy Local Churches.”
The gospel is displayed through our lives, but it also must be proclaimed and explained by our words.
We don’t have to choose between the substance of the gospel and the beauty of the gospel. We are called to both.
Now is the time to tell your story. Because you do have a story. And it matters.
Remembering the High Cost of Unholy Living By Jeff Straub Editor’s note: The May/June issue of the Baptist Bulletin explored the phenomenon of ministry collapse …
A critical review of Andy Stanley’s Irresistible: Reclaiming the New that Jesus Unleashed for the World.
Pastors are making news, and not always in a good way. This issue of the Baptist Bulletin considers three measures pastors and churches can use …
Funny thing about secret sins: they tend not to stay secret forever. And when God sovereignly brings to light the things that we would prefer to conceal, the consequences can be devastating. They certainly were for two highest-profile megachurch pastors.
The GARBC’s relationship with the National Association of Regular Baptist Camps plays an important role in “Making Disciples through Healthy Local Churches.”
The public demise of pastors should provoke us pastors to examine our hearts and to subject our own lives to scrutiny.
Pastor, what are you preoccupied with? Rather than preoccupying yourself with the day-to-day stuff that typically characterizes the role of pastor, what would happen if you were preoccupied with following Jesus?
Evangelicalism has been plagued in recent days by several well-known cases of ministerial malfeasance.
Well into adulthood we carry a tendency to always search for the greener grass, which can be particularly harmful within ministry contexts.
Dr. Myron Houghton, longtime theology professor at Denver Baptist Bible College and Seminary and Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary, has retired after almost 50 years of teaching.
The March/April Baptist Bulletin takes a look at the sufficiency of Scripture—even for dealing with today’s unique problems, as well those that have plagued every generation since Adam and Eve.
Many Christians see the Bible as a book about how to be saved and walk with Jesus, but don’t see it offering real insight into the most serious counseling topics.
If our goal is to bring the lost to Jesus and to help believers become more like Christ, are we equipping ourselves to apply Biblical solutions to modern problems like technology?
Drug addiction has a new face and is touching the families sitting in our church pews.
No one wants to become experienced with suffering. Yet for the last three and a half years, our family has walked through many times of suffering, as ordained by our sovereign, wise, and good God.
Witnessing a son or daughter charging hastily into destruction is a burden so heavy even the most resolute parents despair of bearing it.
The response of Christian leaders to abuse often betrays a superficial understanding of Biblical forgiveness.
Has God ever asked you to give up something precious to you? In my own life, God asked for three of my children.
By Mike Hess “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be …
This issue of the Baptist Bulletin looks at gender roles, Biblical womanhood, and discipleship.
How one woman changed her life’s path from planning to be a neurosurgeon to attending seminary with her husband.
Today the average pastor has hundreds of options when it comes to spending his conference budget. Consider the following excellent reasons for attending the GARBC Conference in June.
The #MeToo movement has shaken the ground beneath the feet of modern American culture. We now find ourselves trying to regain our equilibrium as cracks have emerged in the foundation of virtually every institution.
The plot of the The Handmaid’s Tale forces us to ask, How do we as Christian husbands and wives interpret and implement the teachings of the Scriptures in our marriages?
As an unmarried female missionary, I am often asked to share my views on both singleness and women in ministry.
Two announcements tend to suck the life out of a congregation: the pastor’s announcement of resignation and the search committee’s announcement that a qualified candidate has not been found to fill the pastoral vacancy.
In the flurry of interest and activity for discipleship programs, churches may overlook the strongest discipleship ministry they already have—the Sunday School.
What doctrines affect the character of your church services? Should signs and wonders be the norm for believers today? How do we discern the genuine …
By Mike Hess Recently Christina and I became members of the local church we have been attending. During the membership interview process, our pastor, Mark …
By David Gunn Numerous controversies have gripped the fundamentalist and evangelical worlds in the last century. Debates have raged over a whole panoply of issues: …
Does God Speak through Dreams and Visions Today? By Flip Michaels My first book, Five Half-Truths: Addressing the Most Common Misconceptions of Christianity, has moved …
Innocuous Circus or Insidious Campaign? By Brennan Wilson People crave excitement. With no shortage of available streams to drink from, entertainment—and the excitement it promises—finds …
Dealing with Accusations Biblically By David Strope Life was simpler when I was a child in the 1960s. No PlayStations, iPads, or computers. My brothers …
Waiting for Inestimable Glory By Bob Stevenson When I was young, Christmastime held a kind of reverent expectancy. The decorations, music, gifts, food, candlelight service …
Dr. Turk wrote three major academic papers in his lifetime. This brief survey of them will demonstrate his commitment to exegeting Biblical truth for the …
Dr. Jeremy Estrema was a student at Faith Baptist Theological Seminary from 1999 to 2002—Dr. Turk’s final years of ministry—and developed a special bond with …
Do you know a dying or plateauing church? How can new life be breathed into it? To help answer, Marshall Fant III lays out “A …
By Mike Hess One of the rich comforts of knowing that God is sovereign is the assurance that He rules over transitions and seasons in …
What comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “church revitalization”?
Regular Baptist Builders Club believes that local churches can change the world.
Do you remember when your church was started? When the movement began?
“The mission of our church is to make more and better disciples,” one pastor says. “We want to do that . . . everywhere.”
Clare Jewell, director of Regular Baptist Builders Club, discusses church revitalization and how a consultation typically works.
The preaching and teaching legacy of Dr. Ralph G. Turk has the ability can people in service to their Lord.
Change—it has come to the GARBC once again, as John Greening ends his tenure as national representative and Mike Hess begins his.
John Greening wanted to complete several tasks before turning over the role of national representative to his successor. “By God’s help,” Greening says, “mission accomplished!”
John and Daria Greening talk about their life and ministry as they exit their role at the helm of the GARBC.
Fellowshipping with the GARBC means that churches are also fellowshipping with one another. And when congregations work together, God can accomplish much.
As we enter a new era of GARBC history, we would do well to look back at the men whose lengthened shadows still influence us today.
The psalmist, writing long before the beginning of the New Testament era, left us an important reminder: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!”
Lupe Menzoza was preparing to teach the teen Sunday School class when he was informed of suspicious behavior in the church parking lot: “Someone’s in the parking lot, and I think they’re going through cars.”
While parents, like sherpas, have a responsibility to guide their children up the mountain of faith, ultimately it is their own two feet that bring them to the summit, where they must decide for themselves whether to trust Christ.
Mike Hess, GARBC national representative candidate, shares his objectives for the association.
Read the most up-to-date information about the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.
What is the “right” music for worship? What constitutes “wrong” music for worship? These questions, and the ensuing debates, have driven a polarizing wedge between otherwise like-minded churches.
What are the best practices for choosing church music? How can we find more unity in the Body of Christ and disagree without calling into question each other’s faithfulness to Christ, to orthodoxy, and to orthopraxy?
A pastor makes the case that musical form conveys meaning and that traditional forms are better suited to convey Biblical truth.
The Council of Eighteen recommends Mike Hess as the next national representative of the GARBC.
For some time John Greening had been telling the Council of Eighteen, “I am planning to retire soon, and I would prefer a search process begin sooner rather than later. Don’t wait to seek God’s man.”
Mike Hess shares his journey toward accepting his nomination as the next GARBC national representative.
The Council of Eighteen shares answers to common questions about its recommendation of a national representative.
When it comes to congregational worship, what are we actually doing and why are we doing it? Is there a right way? Is there a better way?
With the conclusion of his tenure just around the corner, the GARBC national representative is completing a few final initiatives, including investigating the possibility of helping churches provide for pastors’ retirement needs.
Read the most up-to-date information about the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches.
By John Greening Since the GARBC’s inception, solid expositional preaching and doctrinal purity have been association hallmarks. During the fellowship’s formative days, its leaders and …
Regular Baptist Press firmly believes God’s Word is living and powerful and more effective than any idea or philosophy man could ever dream up.
Three writers remember Billy Graham, “the man who should receive a lot of credit for my coming to Christ,” one writer says.
Baptists place a priority on the autonomy of each local assembly, and generally, this polity works well.
The 1950 photo of Billy Graham and Bob Jones III hints at a complicated story, full of colorful personalities reduced to a typical mid-century palette: black and white.
In the book of Ephesians, Paul encourages believers to be servants of Jesus Christ even in the midst of trouble.
This issue of the magazine offers insight in ministering to various generations.
Individual verses of Scripture realize their greatest potential when taught in their context that explains their true and full meaning.
One of the great challenges and blessings in a church family’s life is connecting and ministering to the generations.
A better understanding—through loving Jesus and sharing our stories—will help bridge the gap among generations.
In Batavia, New York, Pastor Don Shirk and Deacon Frank Klimjack have formed a tag team to train their local police department.