The Child Who Couldn’t Walk (and Then Did)

I just wrote a piece for the Gospel Coalition entitled “We’re All Over-Protected Now.” I tackled our need for risk and a bigger vision of God, themes I spell out in my book Risky Gospel. In the TGC essay, I got to share this powerful story: I recently heard a Southern Baptist Theological Seminary administrator [Read More...]

Are Missionaries the Only People Who Glorify God?

I just answered a form of this question in a just-released interview with Matt Damico of Southern Seminary. We discussed my new book Risky Gospel: Abandon Fear and Build Something Awesome and zeroed in on how every Christian can live a life of “gospel risk.” In short, whether you’re overseas sharing the gospel or at home changing [Read More...]

Albert Mohler Reviews “Risky Gospel”

The president of Southern Seminary and Boyce College, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., just reviewed my new book Risky Gospel. I am deeply thankful for this kind and incisive review. Here’s a snippet: One of the most lamentable symptoms of today’s emotionalist Christianity is its tendency to inaction. … Tragically, throughout their lifetimes many church members and [Read More...]

Brett Favre: “I think after 20 years, God only knows the toll”

I saw these words from former NFL star Brett Favre on memory loss and concussions today. Favre was asked by the St. Louis Rams to come out of retirement at age 44 and play again. Here’s what he said in a radio interview recently: I don’t remember my daughter playing soccer, playing youth soccer, one [Read More...]

Should Low-Church Baptists Observe the Historic Church Calendar?

The December 2012 issue of Southern Seminary’s Towers featured a thoughtful piece on the “Christian year” by Louisville pastor Daniel Montgomery. Montgomery is pastor of Sojourn Community Church and a cofounder of the Sojourn Network. I am from a low-church background. We observed such holidays as Christmas and Easter, of course. But this essay, entitled “Reasons [Read More...]

Al Mohler: Leadership Is the Expression of Conviction

I’m making my way through an exciting new leadership book by my school’s president, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., The Conviction to Lead: 25 Principles for Leadership That Matters (Bethany House, 2012). It is a terrific read, full of deep thinking on leadership driven by biblical wisdom and corroborated through historical examples, with a nice sprinkling of [Read More...]

Christopher Hitchens Was Wrong: Martin Luther King, Jr. on “Cosmic Companionship” at Southern Seminary

This from the archival history of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, a site that has a lot of information on the school (including a section called “Our Lore” that has a number of fun and interesting stories): In April 1961, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, was gaining national fame for his work for racial [Read More...]

TEDS PhD Graduation 2011: Why The Labor & Pain of Seminary Is Abundantly Worth It

Casey Lewis of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas just wrote a nice post reflecting on his MDiv experience (HT: TGC).  It’s worth checking out.  Here’s a snippet from his comments on plugging in at church: Don’t coast through your seminary career thinking you will minister when you take on your first church. [Read More...]


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