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Thursday, February 01, 2007

The Baptist Banner

“The Baptist Banner is an independent ministry whose purpose is to inform readers and in particular Virginia Baptists concerning issues and events relate to Baptist life from a biblically conservative perspective.”  Banner Statement of Purpose

I look forward to the arrival of each edition of the Banner.  It’s not just that I am biased because I am the pastor of the editor, T.C. Pinckney; I am biased, but it is more than that.  In my first pastorate, a much embattled time of ministry, a time of growth by trial (trial and error—lots of trial and persecution and a fair amount of error on all sides), the Banner was a bright light arriving at an often dark time in my life, and an anchor of hope that all of Virginia hadn’t turned its back on God and His Word and slipped into darkness (okay, okay, maybe that is a bit dramatic, but there were days).  It was a reminder that all across this state, this country, and the world were men of God proclaiming and standing for the truth.  It was a source of encouragement, and for that I am grateful to T.C. and the supporters of the Banner.

As we begin a new month, I would like to recap the fare provided by the Banner for the month of January.  On the front page is a Wrap for State conventions for 2006 with a focus on five states: Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  Following is a summary of state budgets.  The greatest portion of the article is devoted to a roster that attempts to classify the current states leadership in relation to their willingness to support the SBC.  It is important in this section to pay attention to the first paragraph where terms are defined.  On the following pages are two more state related articles; one concerning the forming of an investigative committee in Missouri and another about a church in Alabama that has been disaffiliated from their local association after hiring a female associate pastor.

Returning to the front page there is an article by Dr. Al Mohler on “The perverse logic of abortion.”  Dr. Mohler reminds us that “the issue of abortion is not merely a major front in the nation’s culture war,” but that it concerns the termination of human life (life that bears the image of God), yet most Americans live as if nothing wrong is going on.  He also draws attention to an article that offers a candid look at the life and logic of one of our nation’s most notorious abortion providers, a man who cloaks his deeds in religious language.  Also along this both sad and shameful topic is an article by Dr. Russell Moore that focuses on Catholics and Evangelicals who are a part of the abortion machinery, either as patients or operators, their flawed doctrine of grace, and the importance of pastors presenting a biblical understanding of both sin and grace.  On the facing page is a short piece referencing a study published in The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry that showed the increased risk of mental health problems in women who have had abortions.  Most shocking of all is Tom Strodes article on the urging of doctors in the United Kingdom to consider the euthanasia of newborns.

Other contributions in the January issue include an article on the adoption of a statement on inerrancy by the Evangelical Theological Society; a book review of Jack’s Life, The Life Story of C. S. Lewis written by Douglas Gresham; an article titled “How to have a Mundane Marriage” bringing attention to Covenant Marriage Sunday, which is February 11th (for more information go to  There is also a plug for a great website for kids,, another book review featuring Millstones & Stumbling Blocks by Bradley Heath that addresses understanding education in our post-Christian country, and finally a great quote by Southern Baptist father B. H. Carroll on Baptists and creeds.

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