ONLINE CHURCH! The very words bring strong emotion to the hearts of many Christians and ministry leaders.

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Eventually, Christian leaders will have to do what they’ve done for 2,000 years. We will have to lead the flocks to which Christ Himself has made us overseers. We cannot permanently abdicate responsibility to temporal powers.

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. You could be a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan and find that you’ll agree with a Philadelphia Eagles fan, at least on this one point. Even the redneck and the socialite will find common ground here. I think we can all agree. During this COVID-19 […]

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301 years ago, Robinson Crusoe, widely considered the First English Novel, was released in England to enormous praise.  Audiences loved the simple story of a castaway who spends 28 years on a remote tropical island near Trinidad.  Poor Crusoe encounters prisoners, mutineers, and even cannibals during his adventurous stay.  Yet the first foes he would face would not come […]

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Today’s Blog is a guest post from my wife, Heather. Enjoy! “Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as […]

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Six Degrees of Separation

December 11, 2017

Six Degrees of Separation (and the rapid crumbling of the IFB)   Years ago an actor named Kevin Bacon was so ubiquitous that we had a cultural moment with a game called The Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.  Basically, the game works like this.  Anyone in Hollywood could be connected to Kevin Bacon by simply […]

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The Answer to America’s Dilemma

October 17, 2016

Who will save America, Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? There is not an evangelical Christian who wouldn’t immediately respond with the obvious answer, “Neither – Jesus Christ is the only one who can save this country!” We truly believe that He is the answer but we live, react, worry, post, retweet, and rage as if […]

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The Idea Talks – Episode 08 – The History of the Independent Baptist Movement

August 3, 2016

In this episode Pastor Josh Teis sits down with Pastor Matt Lyon to discuss the history of the Independent Baptist Movement. Pastor Matt is an expert in this area, and provides incredible insight into the leaders, history, and focus of the Independent Baptists. Connect with Matt Website – www.matthewleelyon.wordpress.com Twitter – www.twitter.com/MattLeeLyon

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The Idea Talks – Episode 01 – The Independent Baptist Movement

December 21, 2015

In this month’s talk Dr. Dave Teis and Pastor Josh discuss the pas, present, and future of the Independent Baptist Movement. You can watch or listen to this talk on this page. We would also encourage you to subscribe to the monthly audio podcast in iTunes. Feel free to share this post below.     Audio […]

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The Old Independent Baptist

December 14, 2015

Recently I wrote an article called The New Independent Baptist. The response was warm and wonderful. Ministry leaders ranging from newly minted college-graduates to long-established veteran pastors contacted me with kind words and full agreement. Across the age spectrum it appeared that we had accomplished our goal of encouraging the next generation of leaders in […]

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Replacing the Jews?

June 13, 2014

One of the great theological tragedies of some denominational traditions is that of replacement theology. The belief that the Church has replaced the nation of Israel in totality is both unbiblical as well as dangerous. Those who hold to replacement theology teach that promises made to Israel in the Old Testament will be fulfilled as […]

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Jew & Christian – A Modern Parable

June 5, 2014

There once was a little boy who had a big brother. As they grew up they did not always get along. The older brother picked on the little boy until the little boy began to outgrow his older brother. Now it was time for revenge. At every opportunity the embittered younger brother attempted to overshadow […]

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My Pilgrimage – Day 2

January 10, 2014

What an amazing experience this has been. Let me share what I mean… The Sermon on the Mount In Matthew 5-7 we read that Jesus went up into a mountain and taught the disciples. Perhaps its because I’m from the Western United States that I have such high standards for the usage of the word […]

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Four Views of Baptist Origins

July 16, 2013

I pastor a Baptist church in Southwest Las Vegas. The name of the church is Southern Hills Baptist Church. We have many members from many different backgrounds including Atheism, Roman Catholicism, Lutheranism, Pentecostalism, Presbyterianism, Judaism, Buddhism, and Mormonism. In our ranks we have those who have been raised as Muslims, Baptists, Jehovah Witnesses, Anglicans and […]

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Baptists: Defenders of Religious Liberty

March 29, 2013

Of the many things that make this nation exceptional, loyalty to liberty is high on the list.  Freedom is something that seems part of the American soul.  It would be an easier task to separate a Frenchman from his baguette or an Englishman from his tea than to take the innate desire for freedom out of the […]

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