December 2011 
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Tom Nettles Honored with Festschrift
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Giving Books from Founders Press
Update from PLNTD
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Tom Nettles Honored with a Festschrift
Jonathan Edwards Southern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Thomas J. Nettles was given a Festschrift November 10 at a seminary event, honoring a 35-year teaching career that helped influence the Southern Baptist Convention's conservative resurgence. A festschrift is a volume of writings contributed by different authors presented as a tribute to a scholar. Read more from the Baptist Press.

Photo: Tom Ascol presenting the Festschrift to Tom Nettles at Southern Seminary (photo courtesy of Steve Weaver).

Related articles and tributes:   


From the Founders Ministries Blog (Tom Ascol)
From Towers (SBTS)
From the Midwest Center for Theological Studies
From Christian Thought and Tradition (Nathan Finn)
From Between the Times (SEBTS)


Special Offers from Founders Press

New from Founders Press Available for a very limited time!

Purchase both Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles, edited by Tom Ascol and Nathan Finn (Retail Price: $29.95) and By His Grace and For His Glory:Revised and Expanded 20th Anniversary edition, by Tom Nettles (Retail Price: $34.95) at one special price: #32.95.
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Giving Books from Founders Press this Christmas?
Founders Journal 83 Our online store has many titles to choose from.

Titles added recently include:

On Earth As It Is In Heaven: Reclaiming Regenerate Church Membership by Wyman Richardson

Ministry By His Grace and For His Glory: Essays in Honor of Thomas J. Nettles (edited by Tom Ascol and Nathan Finn)

 Your Child's Profession of Faith by Dennis Gunderson.

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Update from PLNTD 

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Over the past couple of months, the PLNTD church planting network has seen some significant developments.  In September Tim Brister and Johnny Grimes began working full-time with PLNTD as network director and coordinator.  Last month, PLNTD participated in the Church Planting Leadership Forum in Nashville and launched a new website. We are really excited about the current and future developments of PLNTD and anticipate 2012 being a full year of resourcing, training, planting, and revitalizing churches to be gospel-centered, missionally-driven, distinctively-Baptist, and confessionally-Reformed.  Right now, PLNTD is in the final stages of the network launch and needs your support.  Would you consider leading your church to prayerfully and financially support the work PLNTD is doing to create and multiply confessional churches?  Visit us online and donate to PLNTD that future churches may be thoroughly equipped and prepared for planting the gospel, making disciples, and shepherding God's people for the glory of God!

Sing a New Song (Psalm 98)
 Joy to the World, Isaac Watts, Handel's Messiah
 And why the church must sing a new song

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Psalm 98 begins in with a command addressed to the people of God: "O Sing to the LORD a new song!"


The remainder of verse 1 and verses 2 and 3 then give us six reasons to sing.


  1. Verse 1 speaks of the Lord's work: "He has done marvelous things."
  2. And the Lord's victory: "His right hand and holy arm have gained Him the victory.
  3. Verse 2 declares the Lord's salvation that He Himself has made known.
  4. And His righteousness that He has revealed in the sight of the nations.
  5. Verse 3 then points to the Lord's mercy and faithfulness to His people. He Himself has established a people and raised them up to be vessels of mercy and a display of His goodness.
  6. And God has done this marvelous work on the world stage that all might see His salvation displayed. God demonstrated His love to the world in this way--in so much that He gave His only begotten Son that each one who believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. God has made known the way of salvation in Christ.

These are reasons for the church to sing! This is cause for a new song!


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Upcoming Events

Check out these upcoming events in 2012:

Deep South Founders Conference (January 12-14) in Clinton, MS
     Theme: The Doctrine of Man
     Speakers include: Paul Washer, Thomas Winn, John H. Innabnit and Mark Gervais

Founders Conference Midwest (February 28-29) in St. Peters, MO
     Theme: Elect of Every Nation
     Speakers: Joshua Wilson, Roger Duke, Curt Daniel, Walt Chantry and Bruce Walker

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