Church & Ministry

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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 02-15-14

What is the difference between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology? Should you leave a congregation if a woman is ordained as an elder? Which theologians and…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 11-13-13

Ministry Opportunity: Millions of Filipinos in U.S. mourn loss of family and friends; Hawaii just a signature away from legalizing same-sex marriage; For gay marriage…Read this essay →

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As One with Authority: The Mandate of Biblical Exposition

At the 2013 Expositors Summit at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, I preached on Matthew 7:28-29. In that passage, the crowds were astonished at the...Read this essay →

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Falling on Deaf Ears?—Why So Many Churches Hear So Little of the Bible

“It is well and good for the preacher to base his sermon on the Bible, but he better get to something relevant pretty quickly, or...Read this essay →

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Stronger Together, Serving Together, Sending Together—The State Baptist Conventions and the SBC

Fall brings the opening of the new school year, the energy of the season of autumn and, for Southern Baptists, the meeting of the state...Read this essay →

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The Man from Issachar—An Address at the Inauguration of Russell D. Moore

THE MAN FROM ISSACHAR An Address Delivered in the City of Washington, D.C. upon the Inauguration of Russell D. Moore as President of the Ethics and Religious Liberty...Read this essay →

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Preaching with Authority: Three Characteristics of Expository Preaching

Authentic expository preaching is marked by three distinct characteristics: authority, reverence, and centrality. Expository preaching is authoritative because it stands upon the very authority of...Read this essay →

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Martin Luther King, Jr. at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

On April 19, 1961, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered the Julius B. Gay Lecture at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. As historian Gregory A. Wills...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 08-20-13

Gov Christie bans sexual orientation therapy: “If born that way, hard to say its a sin.”; Worldview Reveal: Blaming increased cost of adult consumption on…Read this essay →

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Has God Called You? Discerning the Call to Preach

Has God called you to ministry? Though all Christians are called to serve the cause of Christ, God calls certain persons to serve the Church...Read this essay →

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Truth, Trust, and Testimony in a Time of Tension — The SBC and its Future

As the 2013 Southern Baptist Convention convenes this morning in Houston, theological issues will be ever close at hand. This is as it should be,...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 06-06-13

1) Recent trials a horrible reminder of murderous humanity Soldier charged in Afghan massacre: ‘Not a good reason in this world’ for what he did,...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 06-03-13

1) Tornadoes and wildfires threaten as we remember the grace and mercy of an omnipotent God 'Unpredictable' storm in Oklahoma turned on three chasers, CNN...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-31-13

1. 3/4 of Americans say religion is losing its influence Poll: America losing it's religion, CNN Belief Blog (Dan Merica) Most Americans Say Religion Is...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-30-13

1. Women are now the primary breadwinners in 4 out of 10 families Nearly 40 percent of mothers are now the family breadwinners, report says, ...Read this essay →

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No Truth Without Love, No Love Without Truth: The Church’s Great Challenge

The church's engagement with the culture involves a host of issues, controversies, and decisions–but no issue defines our current cultural crisis as clearly as homosexuality....Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-29-13

1) Celebrating the child rescued in China, but what of the child whose cries are never heard? China's Baby 59 left in sewage pipe evokes...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-28-13

1) Boy Scouts widely criticized for new policy not going far enough Boy Scout anti-gay movement to meet in Louisville, Courier-Journal (Andrew Wolfson) Kentucky church...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-08-13

1. Relief in Cleveland reminder of global sex slavery problem Three Women Reunited with Families After Years of Captivity CNN (Michael Pearson and Martin Savidge)...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-01-13

1. In the War Over Christianity, Orthodoxy Is Winning Viewpoint: In the War Over Christianity, Orthodoxy Is Winning, Time (Mary Eberstadt) 2. Sexual Messaging and...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 04-26-13

1. Finding our sense of place in the nation's history Convergence of Presidents at Bush Library Dedication, New York Times (Peter Baker)2. Obama to address...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 04-18-13

1. While technology has revolutionized Boston investigation, morality remains unchanged Investigators Say Video Points to Boston Bomb Suspect, New York Times (Katharine Q Seeley and...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 04-03-13

Story 1 - Living in a Violent World Death Penalty Sought in Colorado Shooting Trial, Wall Street Journal (Donna Bryson and Ashby Jones) Japan Shifts...Read this essay →

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To Utter What Has Been Hidden Since the Foundation of the World

We humans are creatures of days and dates, though most fade quickly into the fog of memory. Researchers have recently identified a newly discovered phenomenon...Read this essay →

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Is the Megachurch the New Liberalism?

The emergence of the megachurch as a model of metropolitan ministry is one of the defining marks of evangelical Christianity in the United States. Megachurches...Read this essay →

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The Deep Limitations of Digital Church

Do you go to the Internet for church? Cathy Lynn Grossman of USA Today reported this week on the increasing use of digital technology by...Read this essay →

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Appointed to His Service — The Gospel as the Foundation for Christian Ministry

Certain events require ceremony, and graduation is one of these events. In an institution like Southern Seminary, commencements seem to come with astonishing velocity. The...Read this essay →

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For Christian Men: The Lessons of Herman Cain

For Christians, the lessons of Herman Cain are too important to leave in the history books of the 2012 presidential campaign.Read this essay →

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The Tragic Lessons of Penn State — A Call to Action

What would prevent this scandal at your school or church?Read this essay →

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That Our Joy May Be Complete: The Essence of the Christian Ministry

This is the season of commencement. High schools, colleges, and universities mark graduation at the end of the academic year. Auditoriums, chapels, convention centers, stadiums,...Read this essay →

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