Editorial IntroductionThomas K. Ascol
The human instrument that God used to establish what is now Founders Ministries was Ernie Reisinger. He is the one who had the vision and burden to see a conference established that would be based on the doctrines of grace and geared toward pastors and church leaders. It was at his invitation that six men met with him twenty-two years ago to plan the first Founders Conference. To the very end of his life, Ernie remained very interested in and supportive of the work of Founders Ministries. Even after his physical health prevented his active participation in most of our efforts, his counsel was sought and willingly given.
This issue of the Founders Journal is dedicated to the memory of Ernie. He is the one who proposed the beginning of this journal in 1990 and served as its Associate Editor until his death. All of the articles in this issue are written by men who have benefited from the life and ministry of Ernie Reisinger. The topics addressed are those that were emphasized by Ernie in his preaching and writing.
Fred Malone served as an Associate Pastor with Ernie at North Pompano Baptist Church in Pompano Beach, Florida. His article on law and gospel addresses a subject that was at the very heart of Ernie’s understanding of the Bible. Tom Nettles met Ernie on the campus of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary during the “Boyce Project” in the late 1970s. Tom writes on one of the most pastorally important issues that Ernie regularly stressed: assurance of salvation. Matthew Allen co-authored several books with and became a valued friend to Ernie over the last several years. His article on confessional Christianity captures the appreciation of good confessions that Ernie demonstrated throughout his ministry. Joe Nesom served with Ernie on the Founders Board. He writes on biblical evangelism, a passion in Ernie’s life. Ray Van Neste’s book reviews also reflect concerns that Ernie emphasized: a concern for covenantal theology and love for children.
My opening article is adapted from the address given at the memorial service for Ernie at Grace Baptist Church in Cape Coral. Many of Ernie’s books and other writings are available on the Founders Ministries website (www.founders.org). May the burdens of his heart for the revival and advance of true Christianity be shared by all who read the following pages.