Books to Buy: Dockery on SBC and Dutcher on Idolatry

Two books to highlight in this installment of Books to Buy.  This is not a review post, but a quick summary designed to put good books on your radar screen. The first is Union University president David Dockery’s new Southern Baptist Identity: An Evangelical Denomination Faces the Future (Crossway, 2009).  The text is an edited [Read More...]

The Link 8.8.09: Sweeney’s Edwards, Together for Adoption, Getting Crammed On

1. You may remember this from a little while back, but Doug Sweeney’s excellent Jonathan Edwards and the Ministry of the Word is now out as of a week ago.  Terrific overview of Edwards’s life and thought. 2. Have you checked out the Together for Adoption website?  If not, you really should.  It’s working toward [Read More...]

The Link 7.17.09: Fetuses Have Memories, Redemption Groups, and Obama on Responsibility

1. This just in: fetuses have memories.  If enough time passes, the personhood of fetuses will be a fact, one demonstrated by science.  What will that mean for the pro-choice movement? (Picture: Gray’s Anatomy) 2. Mars Hill Church of Seattle has a cool program going: Redemption Groups.  Love the attention they give to reaching lost [Read More...]

At SBTS, Fidelity Matters: A Friendly Response to Dave Doran

For those of you who did not follow my post about the Southern Seminary sesquicentennial and the subsequent discussion it sparked, Andy Naselli put together a nice blog about the two sides related to the McCall Pavilion controversy at Southern.  I’ll skip a lengthy summary and say this: Greg Gilbert and Mark Rogers agreed with [Read More...]

The SBTS Sesquicentennial: Recapping A Celebration of Faith

Today Southern Seminary–or, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary–celebrated its 150th anniversary.  This is known in fancy chronological language as a sesquicentennial. The day was an eventful and meaningful one.  Events at SBTS included a lunch at 12:30pm that drew way over 1000 people; a time for campus tours and fellowship afterwards; and a ceremony at [Read More...]

Rumbling in the SBC: 2009 Convention Dispatches

I’m in the River City (Louisville, KY) for vacation.  My trip has coincided with a number of fun events: first, the annual Southern Baptist Convention, and second, the 150th anniversary of Southern Seminary, my alma mater.  The SBTS extravaganza is tomorrow, so I’ll talk about that then.  For now, here are a few thoughts from the [Read More...]

Review: Russ Moore’s “Adopted for Life”, a Book to Change Lives

Theology is alive.  It should be felt, not merely taught.  It should reach into all areas of our lives, bringing light and health to them.  The heft of God’s teaching transforms both the way we think and the way we live. Theologians who embody this kind of approach are rare (though increasing in number, I [Read More...]

Mohler on Christianity: Modernity Demands a Defense

Found this brilliant quotation in Al Mohler’s essay “Modern Theology: The Disappearance of Hell” in the noteworthy book Hell Under Fire, edited by Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson: “Modern secularism demands that anyone who would speak for God must now defend him.  The challenge of theodicy is primarily to defend God against the problem of [Read More...]

The Link 5.8.2009: Girls Gone Wise, Full-Court Presses, and “Tweeting” the Gospel

1. Just heard about the Girls Gone Wise website.  I think from Tim Challies.  Looks like a terrific resource.  Anything Mary Kassian has going on is beneficial for women, I find.  I once sat in on a radio show she did with Al Mohler and was impressed with her wisdom and comportment.  It’s no small [Read More...]

The Hard Work of New England Ministry: A Report from a Recent Conference

Some will recall that I blogged about a pastors’ conference with pastor-theologian Steven Lawson in New England in early April 2009.  Here’s a report from the organizer, Dave Ricard, the man who runs the New England Center for Expository Preaching, an internship program that brings interns to preach in a variety of New England churches [Read More...]