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Why I Put My Flag at Half-Mast…and why you should think about joining me

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“Things are about to change. It’s show-time.” – Todd Friel Todd Friel joined me for breakfast on June 26, and broke from conversation long enough to check his phone. He received a text message that the Supreme Court had spoken on the issue of gay marriage. He, myself, and another brother at the table were mostly devoid of emotion. It was a foregone conclusion. We knew that. We knew the day had come. And Todd was right. This changes things. Oh, the Supreme Court didn’t change everything. Marriage is still an institution created and defined by God as between a man …

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Response to Russ Moore’s Flawed ‘Evangelical Declaration of Marriage’

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Russell Moore, who said he would attend a gay wedding celebration, created an ecumenical document to dissent from the Supreme Court ruling mandating gay ‘marriage’ across the land. It’s receiving many signatures, but not all are pleased. Robert Gagnon, associate professor of the New Testament and Pittsburg Theological Seminary put up a stellar response to Russell Moore’s document… First, the unnamed author of the document (Russell Moore?) erred in claiming that Christians should not express outrage at this decision: “Outrage and panic are not the responses of those confident in the promises of a reigning Christ Jesus.” Jesus expressed outrage …

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Pastor Woods Responds to Barnabas Piper’s Encouragement of Criminality

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Civil Disobedience or Cerebral Damage? I’ve been wanting, wishing, waiting and praying for my white brothers & sisters in Christ to respond biblically and come out of their fear closets regarding the racial tensions that have been fanned and flamed by the liberal media and the race-baiters, whose agenda is to unequivocally create further chaos and confusion in our society, all for the purpose of gaining media attention and applause. But no sooner than I wish, one of Christianity’s well known preacher’s sons (Barnabas Piper; son of John Piper), goes on Twitter and makes one of the most inflammatory, asinine …

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Sundays are for Sabbath Rest

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[Editor’s Note: Some P&P Contributors hold to the 1689 Confession, some are Calvinistic dispensationalists that do not, and one rowdy contributor isn’t even a Calvinist – the horror. We may not all agree on the sabbatarian nature of the Lord’s Day, but we would all like you to enjoy this day of rest and worship in Jesus Christ] Do you notice the editor’s note above? For this Sundays are for Sabbath Rest post – a weekly affair here at Pulpit & Pen, we’re going to draw your attention to someone who probably wouldn’t prefer the term Sabbath in reference to …

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Barnabas Piper Encourages Criminality, Follows Through On Promise to Bail Out Vandal

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Barnabas Piper, son of John Piper and Lifeway employee (does anyone know what he does there, other than serving as celebrity-son-in-residency?) threw this suggestion out on June 18.   It appears that Lifeway employees – along with no shortage of Southern Baptist leaders – are busy conspiring to blame an innate sin problem on a flag. Rush Limbaugh said on his program this week, “[Focusing on the Confederate flag] is what politicians do when they can do nothing real.” The same is true for evangelicals. Ra-ra-ra. Racism is bad. Yes, we get it. Finding no cheap applause in the tough social issues, …

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RefMT Update: Roundtable Discussion on Supreme Court Ruling

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On account of the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage today, there will be a roundtable discussion on that topic and how the local church should respond to it. The discussion will take place this evening at 9PM, immediately following Todd Friel’s session. Participants will include Phil Johnson, Chris Rosebrough, JD Hall, and Mike Abendroth. We will post the audio here as soon as we can. [Editor’s Note: The audio has now been uploaded. You can find it at SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below]

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Podcast: [Click-Bait] Just listen

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This episode was pre-recorded. I am at #RefMT2015 and uploading this while Mike Abendroth is preaching. I completely forget what the episode is about, so I click-baited it with catchy title. You can listen above or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.  

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Ed Stetzer Says Preaching Verse-by-Verse Through Bible is Risky

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In a roundtable discussion sponsored by Lifeway’s Gospel Project curriculum discussed the upsides and downsides of expository, verse-by-verse preaching. The SBC-owned propaganda wing, the Baptist Press – in a story entitled Preaching through Bible has Risks, Pastors Say – reports… Many pastors believe tackling Scripture verse by verse from the pulpit is the only acceptable approach, said moderator Ed Stetzer, general editor of The Gospel Project. But that view may be different from the pews, the four panelists agreed. Continuity is broken if people don’t attend every service — and “I can guarantee you during football season you’re going to have …

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Mohler Says He Will Not Remove Racist Names, Still Demands Removal of Flag

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In an article by Baptist News Global (come on, you know the Baptist Press wasn’t going to run the story), Bob Allen reports that the concerns in Pulpit & Pen’s previous post – Southern Baptists, Tear Down These Buildings – have been relayed to Albert Mohler and he has refused to remove names of Confederate slave-holders from buildings at Southern Seminary, while yet still joining Russell Moore in demanding that the Confederate Flag be removed from South Carolina’s government buildings. If you recall from the above P&P post, Albert Mohler said the following… “Gospel-minded Christians should support taking down the flag. Love …

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Tchividjian, Sin and the Cult of Celebrity

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So by now you are probably aware of the news surrounding Tullian Tchividjian. Judging by the fact that the various attempted spellings of his name combined to be the second most numerous Google search term for a time a couple of days ago, a lot of other people are too. Numerous discussions have already been had of Tchividjian’s soteriology and hamartiology (not to mention his associations), which sometimes appear to be staring wistfully over the border into Antinomianism (and other times go ahead and execute full-blown insurgencies therein). In the wake of the holiness fail of this very prominent proponent …

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Foolish, Ignorant Controversies

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2 Timothy 2:22-26  “So flee youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with foolish, ignorant controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone, able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” …

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Podcast: The Modern Day Downgrade

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  In this episode, JD answers a number of questions, including one about the Sinner’s Prayer and then plays his message, Modern Day Downgrade: A Call for Repentance to Southern Baptists and Other Evangelicals. This sermon has been played by Chris Rosebrough and Brannon Howse on their respective programs and listened to hundreds of thousands of times. If you haven’t heard it yet, listen it. If you have heard it, listen again (or at least the first half of the program). You can listen above, or download and listen from SermonAudio or iTunes by clicking the links below.

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Southern Baptists, Tear Down These Buildings!

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Russell Moore, to the echoing sound of cheap applause, has called for South Carolina to remove the Confederate Flag in light of the recent shooting in Charleston. Moore has stated… “The cross and the Confederate flag cannot co-exist without one setting the other on fire…” As Pulpit & Pen argued previously, the problem is not mere imagery of what some would argue symbolizes racism. The problem is the hateful heart of sin and a culture of death that is pervasive in America. To focus the discussion around a flag (or guns, for some) is not a Gospel solution to a sin …

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