Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Calvinist vs. Arminian evangelism

These caricatures are funny. To adapt a phrase from my friend, Voddie Baucham, if you can't laugh, you oughtta say ouch! Enjoy.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

The Southern Baptist Convention Must Change or Die

Yesterday Dr. Al Mohler, President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, gave an address to students on the future of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Mohler's analysis is very instructive. He compares the SBC to General Motors, which had its heyday in the mid-20th century and, because of a failure to adapt to a changing world, saw its fortunes decline to the point of bankruptcy.

I encourage every Southern Baptist to listen to (or watch) this address. For some, his words will resonate as a welcome addition to what has been voiced from various sectors of the SBC for years. For others, what he has to say may be eye-opening or even alarming. Though I could wish it were otherwise, there will no doubt be a few who try to dismiss his warnings as extremist and somehow disloyal to all things conservative in the SBC.

The winds of change are blowing across the SBC. Those who recognize the need for change must stand with and encourage those denominational leaders who are trying to point the way forward with a renewed commitment to the centrality of the gospel. In his address to SBTS students, Dr. Mohler is doing just that.

I have tried to explain these issues for a broader audience of readers in a different forum. At the suggestion of Marty Duren (who has also written on this issue), I have recently agreed to write for examiner.com, a new online news outlet that features local writers for most of its news. My assigned area is "Christian Spirituality Examiner" for the Tampa Bay area. Most of my articles there will be broader than the SBC world and will seek to address issues from a gospel-centered, Christian perspective. If you are interested in knowing more about this new venture, email me.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Celebrating Southern Seminary's 150th with a book sale

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and Founders Press is putting several books related to the seminary on sale until September 4, 2009.

Included are books by Tom Nettles, Michael Haykin and James P. Boyce along with a DVD and CD of the Baptist Catechism by Jim Orrick.

To get more information on these titles go to the sales page of Founders Press.

God Exposed at SEBTS

Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and 9 Marks Ministry are teaming up the Fall to offer the 1st of 9 conferences over the next 9 years. Scheduled for September 25-26, 2009, "God Exposed" is the theme of this year's conference will call pastors and church leader to embrace and defend expositional preaching as a means to strengthen and grow the church. Among the speakers are CJ Mahaney, Mark Dever, Danny Akin and Thabiti Anyabwile.

For more information on the schedule and registration, follow the link above.