Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Dr. Bob Overton; Funeral Service

The Funeral Service for Dr. Bob Overton (Robert Morris Overton) AD 1934-2019, pastor and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor, will be today, February 26, 2019. 

Bob’s family will receive friends and loved ones for a

Visitation from 1:30-3pm, followed directly by a

Funeral Service at 3 pm
on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at

Rice Temple Baptist Church
6409 Greenbriar Dr.
Houston, Texas 77030.

More on Dr. Bob Overton later. 

Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”  -Revelation 14:13

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 26, AD 2019.  

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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Church Covenants, Doctrinal Statements, and Alcohol

Some ask about the issue of alcohol and other drugs being included in a Doctrinal Statement.  Doctrinal Statements usually do not speak to this issue because they are focused on foundational truths of the Bible.  While I oppose the recreational use of dangerous mind-altering drugs, I agree this issue does not rise to the level of the inerrancy of the Bible or the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ for our sins. 

Nevertheless, the issue of drugs is important and should be spoken to.  The old Church Covenant that dates back to the 1850s speaks to this issue.  While it is a little dated, it is a good clear statement on this and a number of other issues.  Many churches still use it and it is available in various forms at LifeWay.  See links to the Church Covenant below. 

Some churches write their own Doctrinal Statements and Church Covenants and would like to include a statement warning about drugs.  Our church uses the following statement:

We believe abstaining from the recreational use of dangerous drugs (alcohol, marijuana, opioids, etc.) is both safe and wise.  Drugs should only be used for strictly medicinal purposes, and even then, with great caution. 
(Proverbs 20:1; Proverbs 22:3; Proverbs 23:29-35; Mark 12:30; 1 Corinthians 6:19; 1 Thessalonians 5:6-8; 1 Peter 5:8)

Anyone interested is welcome to incorporate this statement in their own Church Covenant or Statement of Faith. 

For more details, or a defense, concerning this statement on alcohol and other drugs, see the book Ancient Wine and the Bible: The Case for Abstinence, as well as other articles here at Gulf Coast Pastor. 

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 20, AD 2019. 


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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Links You May Find Helpful

Following are a number of links or websites you may find useful.  Some provide a balance to the usual fare found in the media. 

I do not, however, agree with everything at these sites.  They are here for your interest and information.  Read with Christian discernment.  For details of what I believe, read the Articles / Labels here at Gulf Coast Pastor. 

These diverse sites are listed in no particular order. 

Baptist Press – Official news agency of the Southern Baptist Convention.  News on Baptists, Christianity, missions, religious liberty, ethics, general news, etc.  Usually there are new articles every afternoon, Monday through Friday. 

Southern Baptist Texan – News of the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention (SBTC).  You may also want to subscribe to their print copy. 

Fox News – National, international news. 

Townhall – Generally conservative, political news, commentary, political cartoons. 

Bible Gateway – Great Bible study site.  They make the Bible available in numerous English Bible translations and, in several other languages.  You can also do a search for key Bible words (Concordance). 

Pre-Trib Research Center – Numerous articles from the Premillennial view of the Second Coming of Jesus Christ.  Presents and defends the Pre-Tribulational Rapture.

National Rifle Association (NRA) – Gun rights, gun safety, self-defense, church security. 

Texas Handbook Online – Everything you wanted to know about Texas history.  Interesting stuff. 

Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine – Learn about Texas outdoors.  Hunting, fishing, camping, state and national parks, etc. 

Fur-Fish-Game – The magazine for the practical outdoorsman. 

Texas Gardener Magazine – Gardening in Texas. 

Cornwall Alliance – For the Stewardship of Creation.  The other side concerning Man-Caused Global Warming. 

 WORLD Magazine – News on all subjects, from a conservative Christian view. 

Samaritan’s Purse – Great missions organization.  Christmas Shoeboxes (Operation Christmas Child), disaster relief, and more.  Bible believing, sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. 

Gideons – Christian businessmen distributing Bibles around the world. 

Mission:Dignity – Helping retired pastors and pastors’ wives. 

GuideStone Financial Resources, SBC – Every pastor and church staff member should be regularly putting ten percent or more into their personal retirement fund.  Churches, as much as they are able, should contribute to their pastor’s and staff’s retirement.  GuideStone can tell you how.  They also have personal investment funds. 

LifeWay Stores – Christian books, music, gifts, church supplies. 

Focus on the Family – Christian help and information on family issues. 

American Council on Addiction and Alcohol Problems - Organization warning and educating about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs. 

Josh McDowell – Christian Apologetics.  Explaining and defending what we believe and why we believe it. 

Norman Geisler – Christian Apologetics.  Defending the Bible and what Evangelical Christians believe.  

Leighton Flowers – Deals with issues on Calvinism or Reformed Theology, from a non-Calvinist or Traditionalist point of view.  Answers many common questions. 

Institute for Creation Research – Research, books, from a literal biblical viewpoint on creation.  Discovery Center in Dallas, TX.  Acts & Facts magazine. 

Answers in Genesis – Research, books, from a literal biblical viewpoint on creation.  They have the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter in Kentucky. 

Pregnancy Resource Center

Love Worth Finding – Sermons, books, devotions by Adrian Rogers, pastor and SBC president. 

Sharper Iron – Independent Baptist site.  You will find Independent Baptists are about as diverse as Southern Baptists. 

W. A. Criswell Sermon Library – Pastor, Author, SBC President.  Wealth of sermons. 

Baptist Faith & Message 2000 – Doctrinal Statement of the Southern Baptist Convention

Southern Baptist Convention

Conservative Baptist Network

Vance Havner (AD 1901-1986)

-David R. Brumbelow, Gulf Coast Pastor, February 12, AD 2019. 


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