Mark Minnick - The SharperIron Interview | Part 1- "The Pastor and His Study"

Note: In anticipation of this interview, two free sermon series downloads have been released by Mount Calvary here.Mark Minnick
Dr. Mark Minnick serves as senior pastor at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina. He became the senior pastor in 1989 after long-term pastor Dr. Jesse Boyd stepped into the role of pastor emeritus. God took Dr. Boyd home two years later. Since 1989, Dr. Minnick has faithfully exposited the Word of God, and his ministry has multiplied through his recordings. Dr. Minnick is not only a pastor to his congregation but also a “pastor’s pastor” to preachers around the world. In addition to his pastoral ministry, he teaches at Bob Jones University, serves on the boards of Gospel Fellowship Association Missions and the Fundamental Baptist Fellowship, and serves as a member of The Committee on the Bible’s Text and Translation. Mark is a contributing editor to Frontline Magazine, where his “First Partakers” column encourages and challenges men in the ministry. Read more about Mark Minnick - The SharperIron Interview | Part 1- "The Pastor and His Study"

The Illiberality of Liberalism

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Last weekend I had occasion to attend a commencement exercise at the University of St.Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. St. Thomas is, as you might guess, a Catholic institution of higher learning. About half of the students are non‐Catholics, however, and the professors are all over the ideological map. Even the theology department has room for liberal Protestant feminism.
Ben KesslerAt each commencement, the university designates one senior as “Tommie of the Year.” This student, selected for academics, leadership, and character, is given the opportunity to deliver one of the two main addresses at the commencement ceremony. The “Tommie of the Year” for 2006 was Mr. Benjamin Kessler, a football star, philosophy major, and student in the undergraduate seminary affiliated with the University of St. Thomas.
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A Soldier Writes from Iraq

NOTE:The note written below is from Captain Steve Davies. He is a Captain in the Army on his second tour in Iraq. He served four years as prior enlisted in the Air Force. He accepted Christ during those years. When he left the Air Force, he enrolled at International Baptist College and over the next five years received both his BA and MA degrees in Bible. Steve married the former Carrie Stephens after graduation, and they have two young sons. This is a letter he wrote his father-in-law, who is a deacon at Tri-City Baptist Church in Tempe, Arizona. If you would like to encourage Steve, you can contact him at

–Mike Sproul

Hey dad,

Thanks for the email. I lost all my email addresses on my computer a few weeks ago and I was hoping that you would email me soon.

Things are going pretty well here. I am ready to come home and see Carrie and the boys. Work is not so bad, but I am a little burned out.

I got a bunch of letters from Tri City. Please tell them all thank you for remembering me.
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"Your Problem Is . . .": A Biblical Approach to Confrontation

Some people in the body of Christ, at least in their own minds, seem to have the gift of confrontation. These are the folks most other Christians try to dodge. However, sometimes they sneak up on one of their brothers or sisters and utter those dreaded works. “May I speak with you for a minute?” Two questions immediately arise in the affronted brother’s mind: (1) What have I done this time? (2) Why is he confronting me when he has problems with …  Usually, the issues these “gifted” people deal with are frivolous. On top of that, they often have issues they need to deal with themselves.

In spite of its bad connotations, Christian confrontation is commanded in Scripture. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word confront “to cause to face or meet; as, to confront one with the proofs of his wrongdoing.” In spite of Cain’s words, believers are “their brother’s keeper” (Gen. 4:9).

Galatians 6:1 defines Christian confrontation as the practice of Spirit-filled believers going to an erring brother in love and helping him to get right with God. We can use this verse to formulate a biblical model for Christian confrontation. The verse provides qualifications for the confronter, the purpose of confrontation, and the spirit of confrontation.

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Touching Lives at 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™

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Eighty believers (including soccer teams from Maranatha, Northland and Pillsbury Baptist Bible Colleges) are partnering with Baptist Mid-Missions missionaries and five German churches in an evangelistic thrust during 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™. Our effort will take place in two two-week periods, beginning May 29 and ending July 3.

Ministries will include book tables, street-witnessing, soccer games, and soccer clinics. Evangelistic literature has been prepared in five different languages. SharperIron will receive updates during the four-week period. You may get updates by visiting http:/ or http:/ We would sincerely appreciate your prayers for strength, wisdom, boldness, open doors, and open hearts.

Jeff Brown serves as a Baptist Mid-Missions missionary in Germany.

“Miss Judgment’s” Misjudgment

I peered out the window as I heard a van pull up outside. I was curious about the other couples who were attending the Christian family conference over the weekend. As a woman emerged from a gray van, I gasped. “Honey,” I called to my husband who was putting away some of his things, “You won’t believe this woman outside! Her hair is buzzed, and she has a bald stripe shaved on the top of her head!” I kept looking out the window, wondering what kind of Christian woman would have a hairstyle like that. I imagined she was probably a feminist…or maybe a punk rocker. Either way, I knew I wouldn’t be making friends with her over the weekend. I let my eyes wander around the parking lot of the resort. I saw a kind-looking woman with long, curly red hair and another nice-looking person with shoulder-length blonde hair. I suspected I’d be making friends with some of the nicer-looking ladies I saw meandering around the premises. I couldn’t imagine how the bald-stripe woman fit into this conservative-looking group of people.
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Separation: Non-Fellowship of Convenience (Part 2 of 4)

In Part 1, I argued that the term separation should be used only for situations involving sin or false teaching. This means that “departing” without censure is sufficiently dissimilar from separation that it should be considered as a different category. It should not be called “separation.” This category would include those times when we do not label our brother as “in sin,” but we still choose to “depart.” I suggested Non-Fellowship of Convenience (NFC) as a label for this category. This paper isn’t really about “separation,” in my opinion. But it is about something that several people like to call “separation,” so it is important to address it in this series. In this paper, I want to explain NFC. If you have not read Separation: Split or Lump (Part 1 of 4), then just realize that I do not believe that situations that lack censure (either sin or false teaching) should be called “separation.” The phrase I use for “separation without censure” is Non-Fellowship of Convenience.

Two types of situations do involve non-fellowship but are not biblical separation: NFC (Non-Fellowship of Convenience) and NFI (Non-Fellowship of Impossibility).
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