March 26, 2015
In the last part of my interview (and see here) with Dr. Nelson, we touched on the subject of separation. Dr. Nelson was involved in several critical struggles for the fundamentalist philosophy during his ministry. He was in the center of battles over the New Evangelicalism in the Conservative Baptist Association. His experience underscores the need for diligence among God’s people as we are confronted by error in many forms. He speaks to us concerning the approach we need to have when standing for the faith. More information on some of the particulars he addresses can be found in a history of Baptist World Mission, by Fred Moritz, Now Is The Time.
P&D: I want to change topics a bit. I listened to your birthday sermon at Red Rocks Baptist Church, at least the highlights of it, a few weeks ago. That’s where I got the idea to do this interview. You had mentioned the controversy that occurred with the Conservative Baptist Association. I wonder if you could expand on that a bit, maybe offer some lessons that should be preserved from that, and also do you think younger preachers today have an adequate appreciation of these lessons?
Dr. N: No, I don’t think so. I think that they assume it is all about the Billy Graham issue [and nothing more].
March 25, 2015
I know we all are praising the Lord for the great time He gave us at the 2015 FBFI South Region Fellowship at the Wilds. We could not have asked for better weather. As always, the Wilds staff did an exceptional job of serving us by providing delicious meals, inspiring heart-touching music, and comfortable accommodations. I know my heart was blessed by the messages from our speakers. I think for me the best part of our time together was the fellowship. I am now back at it in my local church, but I have returned with my soul refreshed and my spiritual batteries recharged.
March 24, 2015
Revelation 3:8: Behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name.
Before Roger Youderian left his home to join Jim Elliot, Peter Fleming, Ed McCully and Nate Saint in their mission to reach the Huaorani Indians in Ecuador with the Gospel, “Roj” wrote the following poem:
“There is a seeking of honest love,
Drawn from a soul storm-tossed,
A seeking for the gain of Christ,
To bless the blinded, the beaten, the lost.
Those who sought found Heavenly love,
And were filled with joy divine,
They walk today with Christ above…
- All references taken from: Through Gates of Splendor, Elizabeth Elliot. Wheaton, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, 1956. [↩]
March 23, 2015
In my conversation with Dr. Nelson, one of the topics I wanted to cover was church planting. Dr. Nelson’s ministry has been closely connected with church planting in every aspect – as a church planter, as a pastor supporting church planting ministries, and as a member of the board of Baptist World Mission, a mission committed to local church planting on the foreign field and at home. Dr. Nelson served as a church planter in his eighties. He is very well qualified to share his wisdom with us concerning the subject.
P&D: On the subject of church planting, what kind of advice would you give to somebody who was asking today how they should go about it?
Dr. N: This is my conclusion that came about after I’d already started some churches. My recommendation is that the best way to start a church is to have a “mother church.” Have that mother church locate a place, and the church planter be that person who goes out under that mother church. You make that new church a mission of the mother church. The mother church has to understand what its all about. The deacons of the mother church are the deacons of the mission. [Read More…]
March 20, 2015
Dr. Ed Nelson is a man with a long and varied career in the ministry. He has been at the forefront of many aspects of fundamentalism since entering the ministry full time in 1949. He currently sits on the Emeritus Board of the FBFI, has been a well-respected participant in many of the events that shaped the FBFI and other fundamentalist institutions through the years. Recently, he had the opportunity to preach at the church he formerly pastored, now known as Red Rocks Baptist Church, on the occasion of his 90th birthday. On watching highlights of that message (available here), we got the idea of doing an extended interview with him. We thought that we should capture some of his experience for our readers with the idea of preserving some of the wisdom the Lord taught him in the ministry.
We plan to share the result in a series of articles beginning today with basically a testimony of what ministry and ministerial training was like in the middle of the twentieth century. Our times today are not exactly like those times, but Dr. Nelson’s zeal for the Lord and commitment to an active ministry of soul-winning and church planting ought to be something men in the ministry emulate today. We hope that you will find Dr. Nelson’s testimony about the ministry a blessing.
Dr. Ed Nelson On The Ministry In His Own Words