First Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious LibertyFirst Freedom: The Beginning and End of Religious Liberty
Challenges to religious liberty are increasingly common today as historical Christianity comes into conflict with a new, secular orthodoxy. In this thoroughly revised second edition of First Freedom, leading evangelical scholars present the biblical and historical foundations for religious freedom in America, and address pressing topics such as:

* Religious freedom and the exclusivity of the gospel
* The Christian doctrine of religious liberty
* Religious liberty and the public square
* Religious freedom and the sexual revolution
* Baptist contributions to religious freedom, and much more.

The contributors equip churches, pastors, and Christian citizens to uphold this “first freedom” given by God and defended by Christians throughout our nation’s history.


Baptist Foundations Book CoverBaptist Foundations: Church Government for an Anti-Institutional Age
Ours is an anti-polity age, perhaps more than any other time in the history of the church. Yet polity remains as important now as it was in the New Testament.

What then is a right or biblical polity? The contributors to this volume make an exegetical and theological case for a Baptist polity. Right polity, they argue, is congregationalism, elder leadership, diaconal service, regenerate church membership, church discipline, and a Baptist approach to the ordinances.

Each section explores the pastoral applications of these arguments. How do congregationalism and elder leadership work together? When should a church practice church discipline? How can one church work with another in matters of membership and discipline?

To be read sequentially or used as a reference guide, Baptist Foundations provides a contemporary treatment of Baptist church government and structures, the first of its kind in decades.


Preachers Sourcebook, Volume 4 book coverNelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook, Volume 4
Preach great sermons and plan innovative worship services with the newest edition of Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebook. This is the same sermon planner you have come to depend on for more than ten years, now with a disc included for your convenience! In this volume, look for sermons, articles, and sermon starters by Dr. Greg Thornbury, Dr. Ronnie Floyd, Dr. Thomas White, Dr. Jason Allen, Dr. Robert Jeffress, Pastor Greg Laurie, Dr. Mac Brunson, Pastor Jim Cymbala, Dr. Robert Sloan, Dr. Albert Mohler, Dr. Russell Moore, Dr. Jason Duesing, Dr. Jamie Rasmussen, and Dr. O.S. Hawkins, general editor. These outstanding pastors provide an entire year’s worth of preaching and worship resources with a new, topical focus. Look for a new volume every fall.

Features include:

  • Sermons, creative outlines, illustrations, and quotes
  • Worship helps, including hymns, prayers, and Scripture texts
  • Inspirational thoughts and preaching techniques
  • Sermons for special occasions and holidays
  • Disc containing all sermons and sermon starters

Nelson’s Annual Preacher’s Sourcebooks sold to date: More than 140,000.


Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists book coverThe Anabaptists and Contemporary Baptists: Restoring New Testament Christianity
According to the scholarly and pastoral authors of this essay collection, sixteenth-century Anabaptists have much to teach Baptists and other Free Church evangelicals.

A study of the lives and theology of evangelical Anabaptists encourages a reader to dig deeper into the Bible, count the cost of discipleship to Jesus Christ, and commit oneself to engaging the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. The theological commitment of Anabaptists like Balthasar Hubmaier to the supremacy of the Word of God encourages us to live by the motto that “the truth is unkillable.” The example of Leonhard Schiemer, who understood that following Jesus meant taking up the cross of Jesus Christ, prepares one for the joyous difficulty of a life of discipleship. The loving attitude, missionary fervor, and desire for communal integrity of leaders like Hans Denck and Michael Sattler draws us into a stronger commitment to share the gospel from an authentically Christian heart and life.

Finally, such great contemporary leaders as Paige Patterson and Rick Warren have drawn upon the legacy of the evangelical Anabaptists to build great churches and seminaries. Their thoughts and stories are included here to encourage the recovery of the Anabaptist vision among Baptists and other free churches today.

These papers also serve as a Festschrift honoring the lifelong work of Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, in the study of the Radical Reformation. Indeed, he has inspired the recovery of the Anabaptist vision as a means of restoring New Testament Christianity.


Upon This Rock

A recent conference at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary featured speakers addressing topics set forth in the article on “The Church” in the Southern Baptist Convention’s Baptist Faith and Message statement. Upon This Rock gathers those presentations and answers such questions as:

  • What is the basis for our denominational distinctives?
  • Are they merely a collection of faded traditions or true doctrinal necessities rooted in the Bible alone?
  • Are they theologically rich cornerstones of faith that easily transcend time, culture, and preference?

Contributors include Malcolm B Yarnell III (“Upon This Rock I Will Build My Church: A Theological Exposition of Matthew 16:13-20”), Paige Patterson (“Observing the Two Ordinances of Christ”), Thomas and Joy White (“Church Officers and Gender: Can Women Be Pastors? Or Deacons?”) and Bart Barber (“A Denomination of Churches: Biblical and Useful”) as well as Jason G. Duesing, David Allen, Emir F. Caner, James Leo Garrett, Jr., and Byron McWilliams.

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Franchising McChurch

We live in a fast-food nation, where the service is efficient, the products are predictable, and size is king. Unfortunately, this consumer-driven approach is seeping out of our happy meal and into our church.

Across the country, churches are creating entertaining, pop culture-savvy services that feel more market-driven than ministry. On the menu? A proven blend of dynamic music, high-tech dazzle, and topical teachings. And just like any successful product, churches are launching campuses that build on their brand.

But is the franchised church of today leading to the disenfranchised believers of tomorrow? Is this approach harming local congregations? Though thousands flock to these services, how many lives are truly being changed? Have we traded real truth for relevancy?

Franchising McChurch takes an honest look at the rise of consumer-minded ministries. Authors Thomas White and John Mark Yeats tackle a spiritual shift that is raising provocative issues such as:

* The blurry line between entertainment and evangelism
* A marketing approach to ministry
* The warped yardstick for measuring church success
* Feel-good messages that avoid tough truths

Candid and compelling, Franchising McChurch calls us back to the heart of Christ’s church, and shares the Biblical design for delivering meaningful, life-changing ministry in a fast-food world.

Mark Dever, senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and director of 9Marks.org says, “What’s wrong with multisite churches? Thomas White and John Mark Yeats have written a book that tells us. The book tackles current, thorny issues with both criticism and grace–inflated membership statistics, plagiarizing sermons, multiple services, and video pastors. White and Yeats say that consumerism is killing churches. This is the best, most thorough treatment of these topics that I’ve read. In fact, it’s the book many of us have been waiting for. I couldn’t put it down.”


ResIntegrity_FrontPageRestoring Integrity in Baptist Churches
Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches brings together notable contributors to discuss a central question facing the church today: How does the local church – which is often influenced by a consumer-driven, numbers-oriented society – restore integrirty and establish purpose?Contributors include: John Hammett, Mark Dever, Daniel Akin, David Allen, Jason Lee, Emir Caner, Gregory Wills, R. Stanton Norman, Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Jason G. Duesing, and Thomas White.”My favorite verse in the Bible is found in Proverbs 20:7, which magnifies integrity. The church will be blessed by our Heavenly Father in direct proportion to its integrity. This book will chart the path that leads to the place of knowing His hand on the church’s work. What we are in the inward parts is what matters most.”Johnny Hunt
Pastor
First Baptist Church of Woodstock
Woodstock, Georgia

“Restoring Integrity in the Church. Formidable Assignment! Formidable scholars! Formidable proposals! I believe the Lord will use this book by committed conservative scholars to return our churches to New Testament integrity.”

Jerry Vines
Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Jacksonville, FL
Two-time President, Southern Baptist Convention
and President, Jerry Vines Ministries

“The loss of a biblical vision of the local church – indeed the collapse of biblical ecclesiology in many congregations – is the greatest threat to the Baptists. Restoring Integrity is a book urgently needed and well timed. The writers of this book are some of the brightest theologians and scholars in Baptist life today, and they are deeply committed to the recovery of integrity in Baptist life and in Baptist churches. We have needed this book for a long time.”

R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
President
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary


FirstFreedom_FrontPageFirst Freedom
First Freedom is an important gathering of messages from a 2006 conference on religious liberty held at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. One of the editors, Jason G. Duesing explains:”The purpose of this collection is, first, to provide an introductory look into the biblical and historical foundations of religious liberty combined with several instances of contemporary expression and defense for the purpose of instruction, edification, and encouragement to all who take the time to read this volume. Second, however, we wish to remind Baptists in the twenty-first century of the price that was paid by their forefathers for the establishment and defense of religious liberty. To be sure, there were people of various religious and denominational preferences that providence used to implement the religious freedoms now enjoyed by all, but for Baptists to overlook the contribution of their own would be a travesty.”Contributors include: Barrett Duke, Paige Patterson, Malcolm B. Yarnell III, Richard D. Land, Craig Mitchell, Daniel R. Heimbach, Russell D. Moore, Emir Caner, Paul Pressler, Jason G. Duesing, and Thomas White.


Pendleton_FrontPageSelected Writings of James Madison PendletonEditor with Introduction: Selected Articles of James Madison Pendleton. 3 Volumes. Paris, Ark: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 2006.



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