Common Slaves

Common Men; Uncommon Master



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
Place: Lifespring Church, Crosby


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

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

“A Place for Truth” Zoom Conversation: Tuesday, April 6, 7:30-9:00

You are invited to join us for our next “A Place for Truth” online Conversation with experienced Christian Pastors and Intellectuals on a frontline issue of today.

Tuesday, April 6, 7:30-9:00 CST

“God’s Creational and Redemptive Reality:  Masculinity and Femininity in an age of Passivity, Effeminacy, Feminism and Transgenderism”. Meeting ID: 882 0017 9743

Some thoughts on the introducing of “Social Justice/Cultural Marxist” categories into the church

By Eric Anderson

I can think of a no more self-destructive thing, in a local church (or denomination) today, than introducing and teaching Marxist categories or ethnicity-dividing labels into an assembly though the pulpit or teaching ministry, whether it be “white/black,” “privileged/minority,” victimhood, gender identity, or sexual preference labels.

Consider this: Are sexual sins (affairs) and abuse sinful and terrible? Yes, of course. But these sins, though destructive, should be judged and rooted out as contra to the church’s teaching and behavioral expectations’ (I Cor 6). In clear violation of the Bible’s moral law and church’s covenantal statements, usually these sins are isolated to an individual or family, and fall under “church discipline,” which requires courage and clarity, but will not change the make-up of the church.

However, Marxism (identity politics, social justice, multi-culturalism, sexual identity, gender identity, rich/poor), is wicked, because it creates entirely new standards upon the Bible itself, which color everything, every text of Scripture, every relationship, even the Gospel itself. Moral categories are upended and permanent conflicts introduced which cannot be resolved within a local church. Normal thinking and normal people are seen as “privileged,” or “victim” in this new way of thinking. It makes statutes out of, and permanently rewards the sins of partiality (James 2).

For Marxist thinking is not just downstream application to particular problems, it proports a new foundational, creational way of thinking, by masking Satan’s voice of “Did God really say,” under the siren-sounding guise of Social justice. “Is Christ’s Work really finished in order to be unified,” the demonic voice whispers to those who will now need to repent of their skin color, for which they cannot change and was given to them by the Creator.

In Summary, Marxism is a direct assault upon both the creator and his good creation and I cannot imagine a local church, which has embraced these “cultural Marxism” categories, under the guise of “outreach or justice” returning to any normal without serious, specific and whole-sale repentance from it’s leaders, unto God and then to his people. But repent they must.

If you are a Pastor or are part of a church which has been willfully seduced by the worldliness of Marxism, Repent. Fear and turn to the Living God and Judge, the only author of truth and Lord of Truth, Jesus Christ, who died, once for all, the Righteous for the unrighteous, to bring us to God.

The Glory of the Gospel is both it’s extent and it’s simplicity. Real people, alike in their inherited sin nature, are freed together by the Work of the Cross of Christ to actual unity and reconciliation, living upward, outward, and forward, as men and women, boys and girls, with simple creational-categories’, regardless of human standards, under the Lordship of Christ, towards the new Heavens and new Earth.

Isaiah 66:1-2 But this is the one whom I will look, He would is contrite in heart and trembles before my Word.

A Place for Truth Zoom Conversation on Tuesday, February 9, 7:30-9:00 CST.


Join us for our next “A Place for Truth” Zoom call and be a part of a smashing good conversation regarding the Christian life under President Biden’s Administration. Let us provide you with thoughtful Christian analysis and encouragement.

Come on, Man!

Save the date 👇
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30-9:00 p.m. CST

The Place 👇
Meeting ID: 882 0017 9743

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Six Convictions I hold today, on Inauguration Day, which are all true at once, all at the same time:

Six Convictions I hold today, on Inauguration Day, which are all true at once, all at the same time:

by Pastor Eric Anderson

1. Joe Biden is now President Biden, and I will refer to him by this Title. This is important for me do so, and for my witness. I honor the office which is God ordained, even if I am less-than-optimistic regarding the one who holds the office. (I Timothy 2:2, Romans 13).

2. Joe Biden as US President is God’s secret will revealed (Daniel 2:21). I opposed his election, for many reasons. I have serious question regarding election integrity. I also understand now that, above all this, it is God’s will revealed that Joe Biden is President. I can rest in this because God alone is the Sovereign, and President Biden’s heart is like water in the Lord’s Hand (Proverbs 21:1), to turn as He so wills.

3. This does not mean I agree with his Platform and positions and that I will go along with them, cart blanch. We should work for election reform, and for courageous leaders to elect in the next election. We should oppose, resist, and speak against evil. (I am against almost everything, both as written and unwritten, on Biblical grounds, which the DFL stands for today)

4. The election of President Biden and all of the destruction which, (predictably) will probably come from his administration is what we deserve, not what we should or do want (Romans 1:17-31)

5. This is a great time for the church, as both an heavenly and earthly reality. There is much we can do, many things to teach, to speak, to practice, which are the will of God for our lives, regardless of our nation or circumstances, whether in the the promised land, or back in Egypt (Colossians 3:23).I hope we appreciate anew each and ever freedom and opportunity we have beforehand taken for granted, and get to work.

6. God’s Providence, of which He is the first cause, using secondary causes, both human and natural, is surprising at every turn. Under God’s Providence, we should be specifically thankful for any good that happens during this Administration while speaking against the bad. Practicing discernment is good, making and listening to acute and specific prophetic predictions is unwise.

“All Things will work for the good of those who love Him and are called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28)

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