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Calling Our New Lead Pastor – Meeting Minutes

by Donnie Hale

Due to the seriousness of the occasion, I thought it best to document our meeting minutes in a form that is easy to access as often as may be required. Janette Baker, who served as Recorder for the Pastor Search Committee, recorded the minutes. Gethsemane Baptist Church Congregational Meeting Minutes June 28, 2020 11:45 AM […]

An Update on Our Pastor Search

by Donnie Hale

Brothers and Sisters of Gethsemane, At our congregational meeting on February 23, Andy Evans updated you on the search committee’s efforts. One step I had taken was to reach out to several pastors for counsel on the documents we had drafted as well as other aspects of our search. I updated you all on the […]

Sexual Abuse in the SBC

by Donnie Hale

Last Sunday (February 17, 2019), I addressed the issue of sexual abuse in the SBC. A three-part series of articles in the Houston Chronicle put a light on this problem. Houston Chronicle – Part 1 Houston Chronicle – Part 2 Houston Chronicle – Part 3 You can listen to my comments from last Sunday here, […]

2019 Prayer Focus

by Donnie Hale

Gethsemane Baptist Church 2019 Prayer Focus As we announced during our service on February 10, we will focus on two congregation-wide prayer requests this year. (1)  Pray that God would use the collective efforts of Gethsemane Baptist Church to see one person come to saving faith in 2019. (Acts 1:8; Acts 20:24; Romans 1:16) We […]

Baptist Covenant Theology & Infant Baptism

by Donnie Hale

Introduction I’ve been asked a number of times about the Baptist view of baptism and infant baptism (frequently called “paedobaptism,” from the Greek word for infant) and its relationship to covenant theology. I appreciate these important questions. The strongest argument (and if I may say gently but sincerely, the only argument) for infant baptism arises […]

The Nature of Marriage – A Recap

by Donnie Hale

This past Sunday (June 17, 2018), in our series in Paul’s epistle to the Romans, we reached Romans 1:24-28. To try and lay a foundation for our understanding of this challenging passage, I preached a sermon called The Nature of Marriage, from Matthew 19:3-12. In that passage, Jesus answers a question from the Pharisees about […]

2018 G3 Conference – A Brief Review

by Donnie Hale

G3 Conference in Atlanta, GA, January 18-20, 2018 The 2018 G3 Conference was entitled, “Knowing God – A Biblical Understanding of Discipleship.” Notice the order of the title and subtitle. Knowing God doesn’t begin with discipleship. Discipleship begins with knowing God. Or, our growth as disciples is proportional to our growth in knowing God. The […]

Regarding Age-Segregated Children’s Instruction

by Donnie Hale

Gethsemane Baptist Church is unreservedly family-integrated when it comes to the Sunday morning worship service. Sunday worship is for the body of Christ, and regenerate children are part of the body of Christ. Unregenerate children need to hear the gospel as it is presented in the reading of the Scripture, prayer, song, and the preached […]

Why “Foundations of the Faith”?

by Donnie Hale

How would you respond to someone who points out (correctly) that there are more differences between the New Testament manuscripts than there are words in the New Testament? What about if someone claims that there is no proof for the existence of God, therefore why should anyone believe? Or perhaps the recent controversy over “The Gospel […]