Devil in a Baptist Church


Devil in the Baptist Church: Bob Gray’s Unholy Trinity
By Tim Gilmore
JaxbyJax Literary Arts, 2016, 333 pp.

3 Stars

Four decades ago, the “Sword of the Lord” bi-weekly newspaper was the standard of the independent fundamental Baptist (IFB) movement and I was a loyal subscriber. Transcripts of Pastor Bob Gray’s sermons were regularly featured in the Sword along with a photo of Gray and his distinctive, black-rimmed glasses. Gray took over pastorship of Trinity Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida in 1954. Trinity eventually became the first mega-church in Florida and one of the largest churches in America with a membership of approximately 6000. The fiery Gray was considered one of the preeminent leaders of the IFB.

Above: A photo of “Pastor” Bob Gray, an image very familiar to the readers of the Sword of the Lord forty years ago.

But rumors began spreading of Gray’s sexual abuse of children at Trinity…

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The Impeccable Timing of God — Devotionary

16 Moreover, Manasseh shed very much innocent blood, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another, besides the sin that he made Judah to sin so that they did what was evil in the sight of the Lord. 17 Now the rest of the acts of Manasseh and all that he did, and the sin…

The Impeccable Timing of God — Devotionary

Causes for Penance – Part 2 of 5 — SaintlySages

Continuing Father Geiermann’s discussion of six things that occasion the practice of penance, we mention these three: The third cause for penance is tepidity, which is “habitual negligence in doing good and in avoiding evil.” It is “a stagnation in the spiritual life, that enervates the mind, smothers charity, extinguishes devotion, weakens virtue, and darkens […]

Causes for Penance – Part 2 of 5 — SaintlySages

I almost slipped…

Beholding Him Ministries

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold. For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. Psalm 73:2-3

Blessings today! I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise will continually be in my mouth!

Psalm 73 was referenced in a sermon on yesterday and it was a great reminder to let God be God without worrying about things that are above my understanding!

God is Sovereign and His ways, plans, and purposes are always good and always perfect.

Psalm 73

A psalm of Asaph.

1Surely God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.

But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.

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Teaching Presuppositional Apologetics to Kids: Discussion with Eli and Joel

The Domain for Truth

Photo by nappy on

This is an apologetics discussion between two apologists about how to teach Presuppositional Apologetics to Children.

What a fascinating topic! The hardest things to teach often is to teach to kids something that is new to the kids for the first time. And teaching theology and apologetics is even more difficult!

Who are the speakers?

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Helpful Horror

Steve A. Wiggins

It’s pretty obvious when you meet one. A horror fan, that is. For one thing, they’re mostly decent people who often feel like outcasts for their tastes. They also tend to have a well-developed critical sense for films. While I’ve never actually met S. A. Bradley, I feel like I know him after reading Screaming with Pleasure: How Horror Makes You Happy and Healthy. This is a must-read for horror fans and it comes with enticing descriptions of movies you’ll want to see afterward. Bradley’s range is truly exceptional. Not only that, but his taste in films leads to an inherent trust that he won’t steer you wrong. The movies he recommends—the ones that I’ve seen—wholly bear him out. The man’s a connoisseur.

Perhaps it was because I, like Bradley, was raised in a very religious household, but his recognition that horror and religion are closely related really spoke…

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Good morning ya’ll ministry messages: April Short Story (continued)

Only Heaven Knows

Psalm 139:2 “You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.”
Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding.”
As the two of them found a small two person table at the restaurant just a few blocks away from Jamie’s apartment, Jamie took notice of the mystery man’s eyes. They seemed to hold a deep sense of innocence while also dancing with a joy like no human being she’d ever met. She flagged down the waiter to get a few menu’s and together the two of them carefully reviewed the food choices. Once Jamie finally settled on getting an order of fully loaded nachos and an ice cold Dr. Pepper, she put down her menu and waited as the mystery man worked on making his choice.
“Are you sure you want to stick with…

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What is Man? – Yaroslav Viazovski,

The Battle Cry

We constantly speak about man in theology. But is it legitimate in the first place?Theology, as you know perfectly well, consists of two Greek words that mean “God” and “word.” It is the word about God. This is the shortest and the truest definition of theology. Only R.C. Sproul’s definition can compete with it in sharpness: “Theology is the study of God.”

Theology is about God and emphatically not about man. Theology is not even about any abstract God but about the concrete God revealed in the history of Israel and in the person of Jesus Christ. The focus and intention of the Bible and, consequently, of theology is very narrow and highly specific. So “how dare you” speak about man? Do we have an explanation and justification for the intrusion of anthropology into theology, for the intrusion of the word about man into the word about God?

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The Just God: The Nature of Deity in Psalm 82

Dr. Claude Mariottini - Professor of Old Testament

In the third chapter of his book The God of the Old Testament: Encountering the Divine in Christian Scripture, R. W. L. Moberly deals with “The Just God: The Nature of Deity in Psalm 82.”

For the complete review of the book, visit my previous post, Book Review: “The God of the Old Testament.”

In Chapter 3, Moberly presents a detailed study of Psalm 82, a psalm that J. Clinton McCann Jr. called “The Single Most Important Text in the Entire Bible.”[1] Moberly says that Psalm 82 is “a core expression of the Old Testament understanding of God” because it “deals with the moral nature of God and the issue of justice.”

Psalm 82 is an amazing psalm because of what it says about the God of the Old Testament. Psalm 82 is a psalm of Asaph; the psalms of Asaph are comprised of eleven psalms, Psalms 73-83…

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Monday’s Verse, 4/12/21

Real Christian Women

“Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous;
    you surround them with your favor as with a shield.” Psalm 5:12 NIV

With Love, Cindy

Click this link to learn more about Jesus: Who Is Jesus?

Photo by Jonatan Pie on Unsplash

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