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April / May 2005

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Articles

Essentials and Distinctives (Part 3)

Our question in this study of essentials, you may remember, is this: What is a Christian? Last time we saw how the Bible answers that question by teaching that a Christian is someone who has been regenerated, born of God's Spirit. Another essential of being a Christian is trusting in Jesus Christ for salvation. [READ MORE]

If you missed Parts 1 or 2 of the series, visit our eNews Archives online.


Music and Worship Resources

Feature Hymn: In Thy Name, O Lord, Assembling

The words to this hymn by Thomas Kelly (1769 - 1855) are from a collection of hymns published by William Gadsby in 1838. The tune was composed by Tom Wells who serves as director of the Heritage Chorale at Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas. [READ MORE]


News

Hear R. C. Sproul at the 2005 Founders Fellowship Breakfast

"Reformation Now: A Passionate Call for
Reformation in Our Churches"

R. C. Sproul

June 21, 2005
7:00 a.m.
Southern Baptist Convention
West Ballroom on Level One
Nashville, TN

Tickets $5.00 (includes breakfast)

REGISTRATION DEADLINE. MAY 31, 2005

Limited Seating, so register now.


Sound Theology on the High Seas!

Founders Cruise
November 12-19, 2005
"The Practical Implications of Calvinism"

Speakers include Tom Ascol, Executive Director of Founders Ministries and Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral, Florida; Fred Malone, Pastor of First Baptist Church, Clinton, Louisiana and Roy Hargrave, Senior Pastor of Riverbend Community Church in Ormond Beach, Florida. Steve Camp, Contemporary Christian music artist, will be helping lead in worship.

A pre-cruise conference is also planned for November 11-12 in Tampa, Florida. The theme will be What Is the Gospel.

Click Here to learn more!
 


New from Founders Press

Founders Study Guide Commentary: Galatians

By Curtis Vaughan

"Dr. Vaughan's commentary on Galatians is a model of careful, respectful handling of the text. He packs a lot in a short space, surveying opinions and moving to the heart of the text. The including of references, at the end of sections, to particularly helpful sermons on the specific text by Spurgeon and Maclaren is a great feature of this work. This will be a helpful resource for pastors and bible study leaders."

Dr. Ray Van Neste
Assistant Professor of Christian Studies
Union University, Jackson, Tennessee

Introductory Special Price: $6.99 (must place order by August 1, 2005)

Now Available from our Online Bookstore

The Life of William B. Johnson

First President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1845-1851)

By Hortense C. Woodson

Charleston Association Series
Particular Baptist Press 2005
Originally published by Broadman Press, 1950
253 pages (hard cover)
Founders Press Price: $19.95

The Baptists (Vol. 1)
Key People involved in forming a Baptist Identity

By Tom Nettles

Christian Focus Publications 2005
ISBN: 1 85792 995 0
392 pages (hard cover)
Founders Press Price: $19.95


Coming this Fall to the Founders Study Center

You asked for it . . .

This fall the Founders Study Center is pleased to include in our course offerings two new courses requested by our students: a course on worship and a course on systematic theology.

Worship with audio lectures by Dr. Bruce Leafblad

"God is the first priority of the church. Not people. Not ministry. Not growth. Not success. God and God alone occupies the place of ultimate and absolute priority in the church. However, this biblical idea does not receive much attention in the highly people-centered, growth-dominated, success-oriented American church of today. From our preaching, our writing and our lifestyle, it would appear that today's church is preoccupied with other matters." True worship begins with a right understanding of God and a right view of ourselves in light of who He is and what He has revealed in His Word. "The great need of the church today is neither to cling to the old or to create the new forms and formats. Our greatest need today is to recover the priority of God in our worship and in the whole of life."

Dr. Bruce Leafblad is Professor of Church Music and Worship at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

This course meets for 10 sessions. Students will have access to course material online until December 2, 2005 (14 weeks to complete the course). Cost: $50 (A $15 discount is provided for subscribers of the Founders Journal)

Systematic Theology I with audio lectures by Dr. Roger Nicole

This will be the first in a series of courses on systematic theology. Topics included in this first course include: the Place of Systematic Theology, Divine Revelation and the Authority of Holy Scripture.

Study theology under one of the preeminent theologians in America. Dr. Roger Nicole is a retired professor of theology emeritus at both Gordon-Cornwell Theological Seminary and Reformed Theological Seminiary in Orlando, Florida. He is also a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society and a founding member of the International Council on Biblical Inerrancy.

This course meets for 16 sessions. Students will have access to course material online until January 13, 2006 (20 weeks to complete the course). Cost: $75 (A $25 discount is provided for subscribers of the Founders Journal)

Additional courses offered this fall:

Intro to the Puritans with audio lectures by Dr. Mark Dever, Dr. J. I. Packer and others

The Puritans have provided a rich and profitable heritage of doctine and devotion. They lingered long in the Word of God and sought to apply its truths to every aspect of life and worship. This course offers students a brief historical overview of the Puritans and thier value to us today.

This course meets for 10 sessions. Students will have access to course material online until December 2, 2005 (14 weeks to complete the course). Cost: $50 (A $15 discount is provided for subscribers of the Founders Journal)

Preaching and Preachers with audio lectures by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Hear one of the greatest preachers of the twentieth century share his vision of preaching.

This course meets for 16 sessions. Students will have access to course material online until January 13, 2006 (20 weeks to complete the course). Cost: $75 (A $25 discount is provided for subscribers of the Founders Journal)

Registration for the fall will begin on June 15, 2005. Fall orientation for students will open August 8, 2005; courses begin on August 22, 2005. Students pay a fee for each course they take through the Study Center. New Students (as well as returning students who have not participated in a course within the past twelve months) must also pay the admissions fee of $25 to enroll in the Study Center.

Find out what's new at the Founders online Study Center. Click here to visit our website to learn more.
 


Upcoming Conferences

Southern Baptist Founders Conference

July 12-15, 2005 at Riverbend Church, Ormond Beach, Florida
"The Gospel and the Family"
Keynote speakers: Tedd and Paul David Tripp

Saved by Faith YOUTH Challenge

"Evangelizing the Last Frontier--Boldly going where no one has gone before"
Featured speakers: David Sitton and Steve Henry

July 4-8, 2005
Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, Missouri

July 18-22, 2005
Laguna Beach Christian Retreat, Panama City Beach, Florida

Mid-South Regional Founders Conference [additional information will be posted as it is available on our website]

October 6-8, 2005 in Memphis, Tennessee
"The Work of the Holy Spirit"
Speakers include Joel R. Beeke and Daniel I. Block

Southwest Regional Founders Conference [additional information will be posted as it is available on our website]

September 22-24, 2005 at Heritage Baptist Church in Mansfield, Texas
"Covenant Theology"
Speakers include Fred Malone and Jim Renihan


Ministry Projects

Below is an email from a ministry to Nigeria requesting resources. We receive requests like these frequently and it is our desire to help as we are able. Please read this email and pray for this ministry. If you would like to give toward one of these special projects (or ones like it), please designate your gift for "overseas ministry projects." Click here for information on how to give to Founders Ministries.

Dear Dr Ascol,

I am writing to thank you for your book Dear Timothy. This was shown and sold to me recently by Dr. Joel Beeke. I am delighted with it, not only for the benefit of my own soul, but because of my interest in providing it for my students in Nigeria.
I am a missionary from Northern Ireland, where I served for 9 years as a minister of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, and now lecturing in Nigeria at the Theological College of Northern Nigeria. I love the reformed and puritan tradition as you evidently do.
My particular interest in Dear Timothy is due to my work with Africa Christian Textbooks (popularly known as ACTS) - a literature ministry directed to theological students. We have a branch of ACTS at the Nigerian Baptist Theological Seminary, Ogbomosho. The story of how the Lord opened the door there will have to wait for another time. But we have a golden opportunity now to make sure that sound evangelical and reformed literature is available at the heart of the leading seminary of the Nigerian Bapist Convention, one of Nigeria's largest denominations with more than 4,000 congregations.
If you can help us by donating some books, we'd commit to distributing them free of charge to more than 350 Bible Colleges, seminaries, schools of mission and other training programmes on our mailing list.

Yours by grace alone,

Rev. Dr. Sid Garland
Executive Director, Africa Christian Textbooks


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