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Issue 92 (Spring 2013)
Be Strong in the Lord
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Editoral Introduction: Be Strong in the Lord (Ken Puls)
Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical and Balanced Perspective (Brian Borgman and Rob Ventura)
The Fight of Your Life (Tom Ascol)
Know Your Enemy (Tom Ascol) 


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Tom Ascol on the Calvinism Advisory Committee Report
 from the Founders Ministries Blog

SBC Last week Frank Page, Executive Director of the Southern Baptist Convention, released a report from the Calvinism Advisory Committee that he appointed last year. I was asked to join the committee after their first meeting. I attended the second (and last) meeting last November and participated in some email exchanges last month as the report was being finalized.

I signed the report, entitled, TRUTH, TRUST and TESTIMONY in a TIME of TENSION, acknowledging that I support it as a helpful consensus document for Southern Baptists as we continue to navigate the waters of serious doctrinal differences among us. As the name of the committee indicates, the bulk of those differences center on the biblical doctrines that are associated with what has historically been known as "Calvinism."

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Tom serves as Executive Director of Founders Ministries and Senior Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida.
Coming This Summer
 from Founders Press

Mont Blanc An updated edition of the first book published by Founders Press:

From the Protestant Reformation to
the Southern Baptist Convention:
What Hath Geneva to Do with Nashville

by Tom Ascol

Includes: The Charleston Confession of Faith
and A Summary of Church Discipline

For all of the important distinctives that separate us from the leading Protestant Reformers, Baptists owe a debt of gratitude to God for those faithful leaders of the sixteenth century. With all of their shortcomings, they were nevertheless used of God to return to the Scripture alone for their authority. By doing so they rediscovered the blessed gospel of God--that gospel that reveals salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone and brings glory to God alone. To this, surely, every Southern Baptist can say, "Amen!"

"It is hard to write a classic, but that is what Tom Ascol did in 1996 when he first published this succinct and accurate summary of Baptist life from the Reformation to the SBC. This new edition is all the more valuable because it makes available classic documents from the Charleston tradition. Highly recommended!"

Timothy George is the founding dean of Beeson Divinity School at Samford University and general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture.

A Guide to The Pilgrim's Progress
by Ken Puls

Pilgrims Progress "The Neighbors also came out to see him run; and as he ran, some mocked, others threatened, and some cried after him to return; and among those that did so, there were two that resolved to fetch him back by force...."

A Lesson in Loving Our Neighbors

No sooner had Christian taken leave of Evangelist to pursue eternal life than his actions were noticed by the world. He was forsaking the pleasures and ways of the world to find "an inheritance incorruptible, undefiled, and that fadeth not away" (1 Peter 1:4). Not willing to lose one of its own so easily, the world pursued him, to mock and ridicule, and if possible "fetch him back by force."

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From "A Guide to John Bunyan's The Pilgrim's Progress"
Originally published January 1993 to December 1997.
New posts added weekly.
Where Circus and Church Meet
A Plea for the Recovery of Sola Scriptura in Worship
by Jeff Robinson

Puritan Chapel ... what is the root issue with such contrivances as "Gospel clowns" and worship that is heavy on plucky familiarity with God and light on theologically informed proclamation? It is a loss of the Reformation principle of sola Scriptura ("Scripture alone") or the absolute sufficiency and authority of Scripture in the corporate worship and life of the local congregation. Evangelicals desperately need to recover this regulative principle in order to remove unbiblical worship and fanciful worship and outreach elements from their midst, to build healthier Christians and healthier congregations.

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Upcoming Events

Check out these upcoming events in 2013:

The Founders Fellowship Breakfast 2013
       Tuesday Morning, June 11, 2013
       6:30 AM
       Southern Baptist Convention
       George R. Brown Convention Center
       Room 352 D/E/F - Level 3
       Houston, Texas

Theme: The Reformation We Need
Featured Speaker: Voddie Baucham

Saved by Faith Youth Challenge
     Join us this summer for the 2013 Camp
     July 29 to August 2, 2013
     At Southwestern Baptist University
     In Bolivar, MO

Theme: The Gospel Imperative
Featured Speaker: Zane Pratt
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Save the Date:

Southern Baptist Founders Conference Southwest
     September 26-28, 2013
     At Heritage Baptist Church
     In Mansfield, Texas

Theme: Being a Disciple of Jesus Christ
Featured Speakers: Tom Ascol and Fred Malone
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