FBFI Resolution 09-01

Note to the Readers:

Resolutions are applications of the core values of the FBFI at a particular moment in time.  They are voted upon by the executive board of the FBFI at its winter board meeting in February of each year.  The accompanying articles are intended to be support and/or further explanation for the resolutions.  They are not voted upon by the executive board.

All of our resolutions are available for perusal at the FBFI website.  Some of the resolutions from years past do not reflect the positions of the board members today but they do remain available as a historical record of the FBFI at a particular moment in time.

The key documents for the FBFI are the doctrinal statement and core values.  Those core values are reflected in the 2008 list of resolutions.

—Kevin Schaal Read more about FBFI Resolution 09-01

Confessions of a Recovering Legalist

Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted by permission from Getting Somewhere.

Don't ListHi, I’m Brent. And I am a recovering legalist. I’m looking for a support group for people like me.

I grew up in a Christian home, had parents who loved me and loved God. I went to church every Sunday, learned all the stories, gave my offerings—even went off to a Christian college. And I loved God—and I still do. But I had a problem— legalism. I didn’t know it was a problem, at least not for a long time.

I was addicted to “the list.” The list was made up of all the things that you were supposed to do and not supposed to do if you wanted to keep God happy with you. Most of the things on the list were good things—some of them even came right out of the Bible. But some of them didn’t. They were passed along to me from several sources, but mostly from the traditions of the church. Since I am not much of a rebel by nature, I had no problem with keeping the list. The problem was what the list did to my Christianity. It became way too much about performance, and not enough about reality. And “spirituality” became more of an issue of conformity than obedience.

And the list led to “the line.” The line was somewhere on the list. When a person kept enough of the list to make it to the line, he could feel good about himself, and about his supposed relationship with God. By measuring up to the line, a person could feel like he was good with God. And he could also feel like he was better than others. Think of it as spiritual arrogance. Read more about Confessions of a Recovering Legalist

The Death of “Doctor Death”

Editor’s Note: This article is reprinted with permission from Doug Kutilek’s free newsletter “As I See It,” a monthly electronic magazine, and appears here with some editing. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com.

Dr. George TillerOn Sunday morning, May 31, 2009, around 10 a.m., Dr. George Tiller, perhaps the most notorious practitioner of late-term abortions in America, was killed in the lobby of a Lutheran church in east Wichita by a lone gunman who fired a single shot into Tiller’s head. Tiller quickly passed into eternity on the floor of the church lobby. He had survived a previous assassination attempt outside his east Wichita abortuary some fifteen years earlier. (Photo credit: L.A. Times)

The perpetrator fled the scene. A suspect, alleged to be the assassin, was apprehended in the Kansas City area (where he lived) less than four hours later and was returned to Wichita where he was subsequently charged, along with other crimes, with first degree murder. Under Kansas law, this offense does not carry the death penalty.

Though I never met George Tiller, I once met his father, Dr. Jack Tiller, who had a family practice at Oliver and Kellogg in east Wichita back in the 1960s and early 1970s. In high school and for a time in college, I was an afternoon delivery driver for a small pharmaceutical company and occasionally made deliveries to Jack Tiller’s office.

When Jack Tiller died in a plane crash in the early 1970s (I don’t recall the precise year), George, not long out of medical school, came to Wichita to take over his father’s practice. This development was close in time to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that opened the floodgates to American infanticide. I don’t know if George Tiller ever practiced any kind of “medicine” other than abortion. If so, he soon abandoned it, and the whole of his practice was dealing death to the unborn in cooperation with the mothers of these innocents. Read more about The Death of “Doctor Death”

A Man Sent from God

John Monroe Parker

June 23, 1909-June 23, 2009

Monroe ParkerEditor’s Note: Today marks the one hundredth anniversary of Dr. Monroe’s birth. He went home to glory on July 17, 1994.

“There was a man sent from God, whose name was John” (John 1:6). John Monroe Parker was born June 23, 1909, in Thomasville, Alabama. His parents, Jacob and Lucy Parker, named him after John Parker, a paternal uncle who was a Baptist preacher, and Monroe, a maternal uncle who died in infancy. He was always known by his middle name. Before he reached school age, Parker’s parents moved the family to Texas. When he was thirteen, his parents returned to Thomasville, Alabama, and in 1925 the family moved to Birmingham. There the robust young man, an outstanding athlete, finished high school and entered college.

Monroe’s parents were godly people, and they provided a godly atmosphere in the home. Monroe made a profession of faith at eight years of age and was baptized in Edgewood, Texas. He records that though he gave intellectual assent to the truths of Christianity, “I was a sinner and I knew it.”1 Many of us remember Monroe Parker’s statement about his early college years as a lost church member. He used to say, “I helped make the twenties roar.” 2 Read more about A Man Sent from God

Eating Christ, Part 3

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Body as Bread

After the feeding of the 5,000 men, a crowd followed Jesus across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. There, they attempted to manipulate Him into providing more free meals. Jesus, however, was looking beyond their physical needs. He began to challenge their spiritual needs, presenting Himself as the Messiah who could satisfy the hunger in their souls.

The conversation revolved around three questions from the crowd. The first question was, “What sign do you give?” This demand was tantamount to a rejection of Jesus’ messianic claims. It turned into a crass attempt to manipulate Him into serving the felt needs of the crowd. Jesus refused to offer another sign, however. Instead, He rebuked the crowd for their unbelief. He insisted that He had come down from heaven, and that He Himself held authority to raise the dead in the last day.

This claim led to the crowd’s second question: “How can He say that He came down from heaven?” The question underscores the unbelief of the crowd. Evidently the people understood what Jesus was claiming, but they could not accept His heavenly origin.

Jesus did not answer the question directly. Rather, He pointed out that no one had the ability to come to Him unless they were drawn by the Father. Those who did come, Jesus promised to raise up in the last day. Clarifying what it meant to be drawn by the Father, Jesus stated that absolutely everyone who heard and learned from the Father would come to Him. To be drawn by the Father is to hear and learn from the Father. No one comes until drawn in this way, but everyone who is drawn in this way does come. Read more about Eating Christ, Part 3

Ten Years at SEVBC, Part 1

A Memoir by Pastor Joel Tetreau

The TetreausNote: Several months ago (Sunday, February 8, 2009), the congregation at Southeast Valley Baptist Church (SVBC) here in Gilbert, Arizon, surprised Toni and me for ten years of pastoral ministry. The gifts given and more importantly the love behind the gifts were an incredible blessing for both of us. It has been an incredible emotional journey as I reflect on what the Lord has done over the last decade here in Gilbert. In June, we celebrate ten years of official ministry as a congregation. The ministry here in the East Valley has been a blessing to our family, which includes our three sons, Jonathan Charles, Jeremy Austin, and Joshua James.

In light of our first decade of ministry here, I believe it’s good to reflect on what has happened. This article is kind of an autobiography in four parts, a type of memoir, but more importantly a testimonial to the goodness of God to both our family and the SVBC family.

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Who Is Our "Intelligent Designer"? Part 8

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At Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, multiple thousands of Jews “began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen” (Luke 19:37 KJV).

But again, as with the 5,000 by the Sea of Galilee, out Lord was not deceived! When He saw the city, He “wept over it, Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes” (Luke 19:41-42).

For these people, like Nicodemus, believing in ID – or even DM (divine miracles) was not sufficient! Within hours, this same adoring crowd would be persuaded by their leaders to cry out to the Roman governor: “Crucify Him, crucify Him” (Luke 23:21; cf. Matt. 27:20-26).

Do we really want God’s best for people? Then we cannot settle for the acknowledgment of any god, or the bringing in of any kingdom. With His help, by the illuminating and convicting work of the Holy Spirit, we must lead people to Him alone, because He insisted: “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me” (John 14:6). If we accept His perfect redemption on the cross, confirmed by His bodily resurrection from the dead, He will take us all the way to the Father in heaven, and to a full experience of the kingdom He has promised. Read more about Who Is Our "Intelligent Designer"? Part 8

Marital Loyalty

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections. It appears here verbatim.

The following caption in Sunday’s newspaper caught my attention: Old-fashioned, long-lasting marriage is suddenly trendy. In the article that followed, Baltimore Sun columnist, Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan, presented evidence of a trend toward marital commitment among pop-culture icons.

Tan noted, for instance, that actor Brad Pitt was voted “2000’s Sexiest Man Alive” by People magazine. Indicating a shift in cultural perspective, Pitt attained this distinction not as an eligible bachelor but as newly-wed to Jennifer Aniston. One of Pitt’s female co-stars expressed the new perspective this way: “There’s something gorgeous about his commitment” (Star Tribune, January 21, 2001).

Beyond the popular scene (which seems to change with each wind that blows), there is mounting evidence of a broad-scale interest in marriage. Sociologists are discovering in their research what popular authors are beginning to declare in writing: marriage commitment is on the rise. Read more about Marital Loyalty