A Tip For Seminary Students

Disclaimer: This works for me. It might not work for you. If you flunk out of seminary after taking my advice, I’m sorry. I came to The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in the fall of 2009. I was excited to be able to learn from some of the world’s greatest professors. I figured I would […]

Do you know much about Baptist Global Response?

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One of the more recent creations connected with Southern Baptist life is Baptist Global Response. Although it was created in 2006 and has almost a decade of history, I never hear much about it but the reason for that might be that I don’t get all the usual mailings that go to Southern Baptist churches. […]

A Model for Charitable Theological Discussion: 4 Take-Aways

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As long as there are Southern Baptists, there will be disagreements about doctrine. The Baptist Faith and Message unifies us around a common core of gospel imperatives and Baptist distinctives. At the same time, our statement of faith allows for a variety of views on important aspects of church practice, eschatology and soteriology. Because of […]

Trying to Find the “Private Only” Option in Scripture

My position makes sense to me. I think it would be wrong to forbid speaking in tongues. I just have never encountered anyone actually doing that, as I understand the biblical gift: miraculously speaking in an actual language (a system of meaning-conveying sounds used to communicate ideas) that one has not naturally acquired. And so, […]

Meditation on Ezekiel 21:1

It is easy when reading the Bible to overlook many magnificent things that are contained within. We know and yet often forget that what is said in the Scripture, if they are true, is truly astonishing. One astonishing truth occurs in the short verse of Ezekiel 21:1: “The word of the LORD came to me.” […]

“Well, I sometimes get mad…”

…so the prospective pastor told the search committee in answer to the second of the pair of questions that every search committee asks. The first question was, “What is your strong point?” “Preaching, I suppose” answered the candidate. Fair enough. The man might indeed be Spurgeon or he might be unable to preach his way […]