Theology

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The Briefing 03-18-14

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Homosexuals don’t just demand participation, but celebration; God-optional synagogue? Either religion is a human construct, or it is revealed truth; Unitarian…Read this essay →

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Ask Anything: Weekend Edition 03-15-14

1) Should Christians shelter young children from homosexual friends and relatives? 2) What are your thoughts about J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings and who is your favorite…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 03-10-14

A deep desire to know why as Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 disappears; Mother trying to kill children by driving into ocean points to universe in…Read this essay →

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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 01-07-14

Same Sex Marriage in 2013: A Review; Little Sisters of the Poor win temporary stay on contraception mandate; Church of England removes the devil from…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 12-18-13

Mass evacuation of Christians from Middle East: “Christians are finished here”; British Supreme Court says belief in God not necessary to qualify as a religion;…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 11-15-13

Not just a morality debate – Society increasingly doesn’t even understand moral traditionalists; 2013 a “watershed” year for transgender rights, but the wave is only…Read this essay →

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Theology and the Future of the Southern Baptist Convention: A Conversation with R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Eric Hankins

Southern Seminary was glad to welcome Dr. Eric Hankins, Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church in Oxford, Mississippi, as our chapel preacher for Thursday, November...Read this essay →

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Christianity and the Dark Side—What about Halloween?

Over a hundred years ago, the great Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck predicted that the 20th century would “witness a gigantic conflict of spirits.” His prediction...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-18-13

Words matter – Malaysian court restricts word “Allah” to Muslims; Calling homosexuality a sin is now a sin; Polyamory – The new “sexual orientation”; New…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-10-13

Obvious research alert: Parenting is exhausting and highly rewarding; When governments prey on their own citizens: Casino gambling predatory on the poor; Dogs are people…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 10-08-13

New York Times Editors give their opinion on how Supreme Court should rule; Originalism, Textualism, and Theology in Scalia’s historic interview; California Governor signs law…Read this essay →

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The Briefing 09-24-13

Female theology professor at major Christian college comes out as transgender man; For the first time, more Americans 50 and older are divorced than widowed;…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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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 06-07-13

1) Surveillance state revelations force Americans to ask what it means to live in a Democracy U.S. Is Secretly Collecting Records of Verizon Calls, New...Read this essay →

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The Briefing 05-22-13

1. The "Storm of Storms" raises many important worldview questions. Christians should be prepared to give an answer. Crews Search for Survivors in Oklahoma, New...Read this essay →

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The Goodness of God and the Reality of Evil

Every thoughtful person must deal with the problem of evil. Evil acts and tragic events come to us all in this vale of tears known...Read this essay →

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The Briefing Special Edition: Moore Oklahoma

What is the proper Christian response to the tragedy in Moore, Oklahoma? How do we understand the difference between moral and natural evil? What are...Read this essay →

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Confessional Integrity and the Stewardship of Words

In the beginning was the Word. Christians rightly cherish the declaration that our Savior, the crucified and resurrected Lord Jesus Christ, is first known as...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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Recommended Reading: The Summer Reading List for 2012

Reading has its own seasons and rhythms. For much of the year, leaders and other busy people put off a great deal of the reading...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 Ugly American — Sex Trafficking and Our National Humiliation

The sexual revolution of the last several decades has transformed any public conversation about sex and sexuality. The revolutionaries directed their attention to the dismantling...Read this essay →

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The Challenges We Face: A New Generation of Gospel Ministers Looks to the Future

"I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." [2 Timothy 4:7]  Writing to Timothy, the Apostle Paul...Read this essay →

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The Devil is in the Details: Biblical Inerrancy and the Licona Controversy

It is not enough to affirm biblical inerrancy in general terms. The integrity of this affirmation depends upon the affirmation of inerrancy in every detailed…Read this essay →

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What Makes Evangelicalism Evangelical? A New Book Joins the Argument

The evangelical movement in America emerged in the twentieth century as conservative Protestants sought to perpetuate an intentional continuity with biblical Christianity. While the roots...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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Is God a Problem? Modern Theology Faces its Alternatives

Their obituaries may have been published side by side, but — in the truest sense — Gordon Kaufman and John Stott were never on the…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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