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Common Slaves

Common Men; Uncommon Master

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Joe Reed

Follower of Jesus, husband of Michele, father of the greatest kids, associate pastor at Lewis Lake.

As you head into the weekend, just wanted to encourage you to consider attending the Common Slaves Fall Conference next weekend, held at Lifespring Church in Crosby, MN. We’re looking forward to great fellowship, great singing, and above all, a great time sitting under the ministry of the word and the instruction of our brothers as they open up to us those Wonderful Doctrines of Grace that have nourished and refreshed the souls of the saints throughout the ages. They are significant enough to have served as part of the core of the Reformed tradition and the unity of the Common Slaves, and we look forward to their exposition. Conference starts at 8:30 Friday morning and will conclude in plenty of time to get you home.

Registration is free and required; further details are also free and highly recommended. They can both be found here: 2021 Common Slaves Fall Conference: The Wonderful Doctrines of Grace

2021 Common Slaves Fall Conference: The Wonderful Doctrines of Grace

This Fall’s conference is an examination of the doctrines of grace from both a theological and pastoral perspective. We’ve asked our presenters to wrestle through some of the tensions and practical implications of these doctrines which are definitional in Reformed soteriology. As is our custom, we’ve sought out men with decades of faithful pastoral ministry to open the Word for us.

The fall conference is designed with pastors and elders in mind, but all are welcome. Registration is free but required for planning purposes, and you can do so below. We’ll receive any voluntary gifts at the conference if you wish to help defray some of the costs. We are so grateful to the saints of Lifespring for once again graciously hosting and underwriting this conference. Conference details are below the registration.

Conference details:

Date: Friday, October 29, 2021
Time:
8:30AM-4:30PM
Place: Lifespring Church, Crosby

Schedule:

8:30-9:00 Welcome & Sing

9:00-9:40 Session 1 – Dale McIntyre (Cornerstone Community Church, Grand Marais): Totally Depraved: Sweet Old Ladies Can Still Go to Hell

9:40-10:00 Break

10:00-10:40 Session 2 – Bob Dalberg (Berean Baptist Church, Ely): Responsibility of Man and the Unconditional Election of God

10:40-11:00 Break

11:00-11:40 Session 3 – Ivan Fiske (Quamba Baptist Church): The Infinite Christ and His Limited Atonement

11:40-1:00 Lunch Break (Celebrity guest speaker?)

1:00-1:20 Announcements / Sing

1:20-2:00 Session 4 – Kevin Sorenson (Albion E-Free Church): Ungatherable Chicks and Irresistible Grace: How the Spirit Overpowers the Will

2:00-2:20 Break

2:20-3:00 Session 5 – Dan Erickson (Chisholm Baptist Church): The Active Role of the Believer in Persevering to the End

3:20-4:00 Kevin Carr (retired from First Presbyterian Church of Hinckley [PCA]): Praxis of Grace: How the Doctrines of Grace Shape Pastoral Care 

4-4:30 Closing

Thanks to all who came and participated in our evening of Worship this past Sunday afternoon at Quamba Baptist Church. Here is the recording of Dr. Caneday’s sermon on Forgiveness and Repentance, taken from Matthew 18:21-35. Enjoy! Use the player below or download the audio file here

Matthew 18:21-35, Dr. Ardel Caneday

Upcoming Events

Just wanted to give you a heads up and invite for two events coming up in the near future (if God wills!):

First, it’s been a while since we’ve had what we call our “Combined Worship Service,” where we invite members of all the churches who participate in the Common Slaves to come together for an evening of simple worship: Singing, Scripture, Preaching, and Fellowship around a meal. We’ve got one coming (finally!), so here’s the details:

Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Time: 4:30PM
Place: Quamba Baptist Church
Speaker: Dr. Ardel Caneday
For a text, we’ve assigned Dr. Caneday The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant from Matthew 18:21-35

Secondly, our fall conference is coming up in October. This one is generally geared toward pastors and elders, though any who wish to attend are certainly welcome. We’re getting back to the basics of Reformed theology, and have assigned five of our own members each a different petal of the TULIP, concluded by a pastoral exhortation from the recently retired Dr. Kevin Carr. More details to follow, and even the scant ones I’m offering now are subject to change:

Friday, October 29, 2021
Common Slaves Fall Conference: The Wonderful Doctrines of Grace

Time: 8:30AM-4:30PM
Place: Lifespring Church, Crosby
Theme: The Doctrines of Grace

Speakers / Assignments:
Dale McIntire (Cornerstone Community Church, Grand Marais): “Totally Depraved: Sweet Old Ladies Can Still Go to Hell” 

Bob Dalberg (Berean Baptist Church, Ely): Responsibility of Man and the Unconditional Election of God

Ivan Fiske (Quamba Baptist Church): The Infinite Christ and His Limited Atonement

Kevin Sorensen (Albion E-Free Church): Ungatherable Chicks and Irresistible Grace: How the Spirit Overpowers the Will

Dan Erickson (Chisholm Baptist Church): The Active Role of the Believer in Persevering to the End

Kevin Carr (formerly of First Presbyterian Church of Hinckley [PCA]): Praxis of Grace: How the Doctrines of Grace Shape Pastoral Care 

Judge Me!

Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
Psalm 139:23, ESV

You’ve heard it said, “Nobody likes to be judged.” But I say to you, “Everyone wants to be judged.” Or at least, if they’re in their right mind they do. How do I figure?

Continue reading “Judge Me!”

Spring 2021 Conference Recordings

We’re pleased to offer the video recordings of our Spring Conference, held on April 17 at Lifespring Church in Crosby on the theme, Christ is King: the world according to its creator. You’ll enjoy Dr. Sandlin’s helpful, insightful, and riveting explanation of Gnosticism and its deep influence both in the world and in the church, and why it’s important to never abandon the biblical account of God’s role as creator and the goodness of his creation.

Many thanks to Dr. Sandlin for making the journey from Eastern California, many thanks to Lifespring Church for its tremendous hospitality, and many thanks to all who attended to make this a memorable day.

Videos can be found under the “Conference Media” tab, or at our YouTube channel here

Playing Heaven

Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.

Revelation 19:9

Deep in every soul is an instinctive yearning to be in a world we don’t yet inhabit. The yearning for this world is so inescapable and so powerful that, from time to time, we can’t help but pretend that we do live in it.

Puppies appear to lead a pretty happy, fun life, so it’s not surprising little kids like to enter the puppy world, bouncing around the house on all fours, barking, panting, clawing their way up your legs, or, if you’re caught unprepared, clawing your pants down. In any case, these precious little ones look up at you in their best puppy face and eagerly, shamelessly, joyously beg for attention. Kids play house, they play castles, princesses, and Robin Hood, they create and inhabit imaginary worlds built from Legos or maybe some sticks, scrap lumber, and crooked, rusty nails.

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Rights ’n Stuff

I have received several kindly criticisms of my previous article, good and responsible criticisms deserving a good and responsible response. I’m thankful for the pushback. Dangling a sword in the still waters of a quiet lagoon will never make it sharp, you gotta heat the thing up and give it a good smiting with a hammer. A good friend wounds, but faithfully. So yay for getting a loving thump and a friendly wound.

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Long-term Neighbor Loving

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is,Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”

Mark 12:28-31, ESV

Whenever a biblical phrase goes viral across the Christian landscape, I get a little suspicious. And when that phrase is employed in a moment of confusion to help Christians reach the exact same conclusion as those who hate Christ, I add some natural crotchetiness and unnatural cantankerosity to my suspicion and this, quite naturally makes me a very pleasant person.

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