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The Incarnation: Why Does it Matter?
Dec24

The Incarnation: Why Does it Matter?

As we celebrate Christmas, we focus on one of the most important Christian doctrines—the incarnation. Jesus was “Emanuel,” “God with us” (Matt. 1:23). So why does the incarnation really matter so much? (1) The incarnation matters because it reminds us that the body is not evil. God created the physical world, including the human body, and He described it as “good” (Gen. 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). The Bible’s affirmation that the...

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Bible Q&A: Translations, which one should I read?
Aug04

Bible Q&A: Translations, which one should I read?

Bobby Kelly is the Ruth Dickinson Professor of Religion at Oklahoma Baptist University You are probably aware that the Old Testament was written almost exclusively in Hebrew and the New Testament in Greek. This fact justifies the “why” of Bible translation. First, few English speakers are able to read Hebrew, Aramaic, or Greek. So, it must be translated. The reason it matters so much that people have the opportunity to read the Bible...

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Baptist Beliefs: The Christian and the social order

Jesus told the disciples that we are “the salt of the Earth” and the “light of the world” (Matt 5:13-16). He gave us the reason and the priority for this teaching in the Great Commandment, “…You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind” and the second command that “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 22:37-39). Our efforts to obey these commands should lead us to active...

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Baptist Beliefs: Cooperation

Baptists hold to voluntary cooperation with others for the proclamation of a common Message and the fulfillment of a common Mission. Their message is the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ and, in a more comprehensive way, the Christian Faith or, as Jude 3 states, “the faith which was once for all handed down to the saints.” Their mission is the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ and all that this mission entails. They...

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Baptist Beliefs: Religious liberty

Religious liberty is truly a Baptist distinctive. Baptists were instrumental in the inclusion of the religious liberty requirements in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ironically, the greatest violation of human rights in the world today is quite likely the persecution and violation of religious liberty of Christians. There are also attacks on religious liberty in the U.S. The Bible provides a basis for religious liberty....

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Facing the Calvinism question: New SBC report aims for unity, answers tensions
Jun25

Facing the Calvinism question: New SBC report aims for unity, answers tensions

Truth, trust & testimony in a time of tension: A statement from the SBC Calvinism Advisory Committee Southern Baptists are Great Commission people. We are also a doctrinal people, and those doctrinal convictions undergird our Great Commission vision and passion. We are a confessional people, who stand together upon the doctrines most vital to us all, confessed together in The Baptist Faith and Message. Within this common...

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