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  • FROM THE SEMINARIES: SBTS to strengthen apologetics focus; SWBTS family leads teen to faith in Christ

    by SBC Seminary & BP Staff, posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 (one month ago)

    In today's From the Seminaries: Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to strengthen apologetics focus; Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary family leads teen to faith in Christ.

    SBTS to strengthen apologetics focus

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Theological Seminary has created a single master of divinity degree in apologetics in its Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Ministry, consolidating two current apologetics programs. Read More

  • In marijuana-ripe region, church defends the faith

    by Karen L. Willoughby, posted Thursday, March 16, 2017 (8 months ago)

    REDWAY, Calif. (BP) -- "At one time there were three very healthy churches in Redway and now we are the last church standing."

    Dave Seaford, pastor of First Baptist Church in the northern California town of 1,200, ventured to one of the nation's most fertile regions for growing marijuana, legally and illegally, in 2014.

    The small congregation -- some aging, others part-time workers -- felt a burden for Redway's secularity and "sacrificed to bring us here," said Seaford, former pastor of a North Carolina church founded by Norm Geisler, one of the leading experts in the field of apologetics. Seaford, likewise, is a seasoned defender of the Christian faith, with a reach of more than 2,500 Facebook friends. Read More

  • Apologetics on display at Defend 2017 conf.

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Monday, January 23, 2017 (10 months ago)

    Photo by Travis Milner
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- Abdu Murray was a devout Muslim who rarely encountered Christians who could defend their faith. His journey from Islam to faith in Christ began after meeting the few "annoying" Christians who could.

    Murray, North American director for Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, told of his nine-year journey at Defend 2017, an annual apologetics conference sponsored by New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary's Institute for Christian Apologetics. The Jan. 2-6 conference, with 250 participants, brought together noted apologists to address issues and worldviews prevalent in today's culture. Read More

  • 7 principles for sharing Gospel with East Asians

    by Jonathan Martyn, posted Friday, January 13, 2017 (10 months ago)

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    EAST ASIA (BP) -- Somewhere in East Asia, a man steps onto a crowded bus after a busy day at work. As usual, there is nowhere to sit and his wearied legs find no rest on the long commute home.

    People in East Asia have more freedom, more income and more material possessions than past generations. But this abundance does not always lead to a higher quality of life. Long commutes, high costs of living, endless hours at work, overcrowded cities, and polluted environments have left many people like the man on the bus -- without peace, hope or fulfillment. Read More

  • NOBTS adds Ph.D. apologetics major, 3 new faculty

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Thursday, June 09, 2016 (one year ago)

    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary’s trustee executive committee approved a doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) major in apologetics and elected three new faculty members during their June 7 meeting.

    “Apologetics is an area of strength at NOBTS,” NOBTS Provost Steve Lemke said, adding that the Ph.D. major builds on the seminary’s three master’s degrees in apologetics and has generated “great student interest.” Read More

  • 'Apologetic Cafe' takes to radio airwaves

    by Caleb Yarbrough/Arkansas Baptist News, posted Tuesday, March 01, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Caleb Yarbrough
    SHERWOOD, Ark. (BP) -- Baptists may say they love hearing God's Word preached on Sunday mornings, but sometimes a sermon may raise more questions than answers, notes Arkansas pastor Joe Manning.

    Manning, pastor of Bethel Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Ark., is a self-proclaimed apologetics junkie who holds a doctorate in the field from Trinity Theological Seminary in Newburgh, Ind. Manning first recognized the need for a time of open conversational dialogue about God and the Bible when he was pastoring a church in Hawaii. Read More

  • Defend the Faith underscores privilege & duty

    by Marilyn Stewart, posted Thursday, January 21, 2016 (one year ago)

    Photo by Marilyn Stewart
    NEW ORLEANS (BP) -- The need for Christian apologetics -- the clearing of obstacles to faith -- has never been greater, attendees were told throughout the annual Defend the Faith conference, Jan. 4-8, at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary

    "Every age presents unique challenges to the Christian faith," said Defend the Faith director Rhyne Putman, NOBTS assistant professor of theology and culture. "We face moral shifts in our culture, religious pluralism, other competing worldviews and assaults on religious liberty." Read More