(Tim, w/thanks to Jake) Would you understand me if I said Baptists seem to have courage Presbyterians lack? Maybe it's a byproduct of being despised by Presbyterians, but whatever its origins, it's a wonderful gift from God to them and all of us.
Speaking of manly preaching, I give you Russell Moore. if you don't make a habit of listening to what he has to say or readingwhat he writes, you're missing out big-time. A few years back, Russ and I met at a conference. His work's been a great encouragement to me since then.
Here's a message he gave this past week at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary titled, "Joseph of Nazareth Is a Single-Issue Evangelical: The Father of Jesus, the Cries of the Helpless, and Change You Can Believe In." One of our ClearNote Pastors College students, Jake Mentzel, summarizes the message...
"Moore argues that the murder of children has been at the heart of Satan's attack on the Kingdom of God since the Garden of Eden, citing Pharoah, Molech-worship, and Herod. He then levels his aim at confessing Christians--particularly pastors--who say there are other issues to consider, and believe it's "missional" to avoid the subject; men whose aim is really to proclaim "I'm not Jerry Falwell" from their pulpits. Comparing them to southern pastors a few decades ago who preached against card playing and movie-going while black men hung from the trees, Moore then argues that failing to protect unborn children is to deny the Fatherhood of God and the redemption that is in Christ. Moore goes on to say the most counter-cultural, missional thing any pagan could hear in our churches may well be the sound of crying babies."