Jesus & the Gospel

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The Briefing 02-17-14

Virginia federal court strikes down gay marriage ban as judges rush to “ratify society’s progress”; Romantic love, in the modern age, sought after to replace…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 12-13-13

Sandy Hook one year later – The answer to “Why?” may not be answered in this life; Center of Christianity has moved from Europe to…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 09-20-13

Pope says Church must stop “obsessing” over homosexuality, abortion, and contraception; What Roe v. Wade legalized: Unvarnished, unevasive celebration of sex-selection abortion; Moral wisdom from…Read this essay →

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The Wrath of God Was Satisfied: Substitutionary Atonement and the Conservative Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention

Current controversy over the nature of Christ's atonement for sin points to a truth many younger evangelicals may not know, i.e., the substitutionary nature of Christ's...Read this essay →

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Islam—The Great Challenge to Christian Evangelism of Our Times

The issue of Islam is never far from our headlines. Early in his administration, President Barack Obama put the issue of Islam front and center...Read this essay →

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“By What Power or by What Name Did You Do This?” The Question Every Minister of Christ Must Long to Be Asked

And so, you graduate. The Seminary Lawn is filled with hundreds of graduates, faculty, family, and friends. Everyone is playing his or her part. Parents...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 04-16-13

1. The Boston Marathon Bombing and the Christian worldview Boston Marathon Blasts Kill 2, Police Say, New York Times (John Eligon and Ken Belson)2. Recent...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 04-04-13

Story 1 - Basic Human Decency Includes Celebration of Homosexuality Chipotle Sets an example with Boy Scouts, USA Today (Bob Garfield) Gay Man Says Catholic Parish...Read this essay →

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The Dark Night in Denver — Groping for Answers

The news hit the airwaves like a sudden onslaught, and the truth began to sink in. It has happened again. This time, 50 people shot...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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A Laboratory for Christianity’s Destruction

A church that lacks the doctrinal conviction and courage necessary to prosecute an atheist pastor for heresy is a church that lost its Christian identity…Read this essay →

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False Start? The Controversy Over Adam and Eve Heats Up

The denial of an historical Adam and Eve as the first parents of all humanity and the solitary first human pair severs the link between…Read this essay →

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Theology, Therapy, Twitter, and the Scandal of the Gospel

It is a non-negotiable of the Christian faith, deeply rooted in the teaching of Christ that he is “the way, the truth, and the life,”…Read this essay →

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An Unmitigated Theological Disaster — Kirby Godsey Strikes Again

Is God a Christian? presents a trajectory and set of theological arguments that reveal what happens when biblical authority is denied and the faith once…Read this essay →

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The Church and the ‘Clobber Scriptures’ — The Bible on Homosexuality

When the Bible, in part or in whole, is dismissed as “clobber Scriptures,” it is not only the Bible that is subverted, but also the…Read this essay →

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Of First Importance — The Cross and Resurrection at the Center

The cross and the empty tomb stand at the center of the Christian faith. Without these, there is no good news — no salvation.Read this essay →

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What He Wanted All Along: The Real Scandal of Pastor Terry Jones

The case of Florida pastor Terry Jones presents Christians with an easy judgment but a difficult dilemma. This publicity-seeking pastor of a tiny congregation deserves...Read this essay →

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We Have Seen All This Before: Rob Bell and the (Re)Emergence of Liberal Theology

In this new book, Rob Bell takes his stand with those who have tried to rescue Christianity from itself. This is a massive tragedy by…Read this essay →

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The Christian Worldview as Master Narrative: The End that is a Beginning

The Christian doctrine of eschatology provides the Christian worldview with its mature understanding of history.Read this essay →

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The Christian Worldview as Master Narrative: Redemption Accomplished

The Gospel of Jesus Christ declares salvation and redemption to all who believe in him.Read this essay →

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Martyrs in a Modern World

Christians -- especially those enjoying the safety of the West -- often think of martyrdom as a part of the distant Christian past. But a...Read this essay →

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Must We Believe the Virgin Birth?

In one of his columns for The New York Times, Nicholas Kristof once pointed to belief in the Virgin Birth as evidence that conservative Christians...Read this essay →

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For the Mouth of the Lord Hath Spoken It

This is a commencement message preached Friday, December 10, 2010 by R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.Read this essay →

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On Exorcism and Exorcists: An Evangelical View

We should respect the power of the Devil and his demons, but never fear them. We do not need a rite of exorcism, only the…Read this essay →

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The Glory of God and the Life of the Mind

Christianity honors the life of the mind, not because it celebrates the power of human intellect, but because Christ himself instructed Christians to love God…Read this essay →

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No Pass from Theological Responsibility — The BioLogos Conundrum

BioLogos is a movement that asserts theological arguments in the public square in order to convince evangelical Christians to accept their proposals. They now have…Read this essay →

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Bankruptcy in the Cathedral

It turns out that Robert Schuller offers the best analysis of this crisis with his own words. “No church has a money problem; churches only…Read this essay →

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Between the Boy and the Bridge — A Haunting Question

I am haunted by the one question that seems so obvious and clear in the account of Tyler Clementi’s tragic death. In those days of…Read this essay →

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The Black Church and the Prosperity Gospel

The scandals surrounding Atlanta's Bishop Eddie Long now center on allegations of sexual immorality put forth by four young men who had been teenagers under...Read this essay →

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