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  • Reformed theologian, pastor R.C. Sproul dies

    by WORLD News Service and Baptist Press, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (9 months ago)

    ORLANDO, Fla. (BP) -- Robert Charles "R.C." Sproul, the Reformed theologian, pastor, teacher, and lecturer who founded and chaired Ligonier Ministries and authored close to 100 books, including "The Holiness of God," died Thursday (Dec. 14). He was 78.

    Sproul was known for delivering uncompromising messages on the holiness and sovereignty of God in his writing, video teaching series, and as a regular speaker at Ligonier's national conferences in Orlando, Fla. Ligonier's mission is "helping Christians know what they believe, why they believe it, how to live it and how to share it," he once said. Read More

  • Pope critiques Lord's Prayer translation

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 11, 2017 (9 months ago)

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    VATICAN CITY (BP) -- Pope Francis' comment that "lead us not into temptation" is a poor translation of a famous line from the Lord's Prayer has generated discussion of Bible translation and the differences between Protestant and Catholic beliefs about Scripture.

    Theologians R. Albert Mohler Jr. of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and Benjamin Merkle of Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary both said the pope made a good theological point in denying God tempts humans to sin. But Mohler called it "almost breathtaking" that Francis would suggest revising a time-honored ... Read More

  • Baptist view of theology to mark new B&H series

    by Aaron Wilson, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (10 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new series of theology resources conveying a distinctly Baptist perspective has been launched by B&H Academic.

    The new series, "A Treasury of Baptist Theology," is edited by Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and Jason G. Duesing, provost and associate professor of historical theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

    "With plans for over two dozen volumes, this series will feature the work of Baptist theologians and church leaders on a wide range of topics written from a Baptist perspective," Duesing said. "The vision for the series comes from Paige Patterson, and I count it an honor to join him as the 'Treasury of Baptist Theology' series editors." Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Obviously God

    by Dan DeWitt, posted Thursday, November 30, 2017 (10 months ago)

    The creation, Dan DeWitt writes, reveals both God's glory and His wrath. "It's a matter of vantage point. The believer sees glory. The unbeliever sees wrath," he writes. Read More

  • Greek NT edition commended for pastors, others

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 21, 2017 (10 months ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A new edition of the Greek New Testament, biblical scholars say, may help pastors and other Bible students gain new insight on the way early manuscripts rendered Scripture.

    Released Nov. 15 by Crossway, the Tyndale House Greek New Testament (THGNT) aligns with the wording of previous Greek New Testament editions more than 90 percent of the time. But it utilizes unique spellings, book order and methods of indicating paragraph breaks that mirror the earliest available manuscripts and depart from the rendering of other modern editions. Read More

  • Patterson-Humphreys atonement debate remembered

    by David Roach, posted Friday, October 20, 2017 (11 months ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A 1987 debate on Christ's atonement between Paige Patterson and then-New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary theology professor Fisher Humphreys may have had "greater significance" in the Southern Baptist Convention's Conservative Resurgence than some have thought.

    That's the conclusion of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary provost Jason Duesing, who has published an essay to commemorate the debate's 30th anniversary in the Midwestern Journal of Theology. Read More

  • Protestant unity is new confession's focus

    by David Roach, posted Monday, September 18, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A confession of faith aimed at expressing "interdenominational unity" among Protestants on the 500th anniversary of the Reformation has drawn endorsement from professors at all six Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and staff members at the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission.

    The "Reforming Catholic Confession" also has been signed by professors from at least eight colleges affiliated with state Baptist conventions and by Southern Baptist pastors including Matt Chandler, J.D. Greear and James MacDonald. ERLC President Russell Moore was the only SBC entity president among some 930 ... Read More

  • Pew: Reformation theology waning among Protestants

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, September 06, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Five hundred years after the start of the Protestant Reformation, a majority of U.S. Protestants reportedly reject the Reformation doctrines of sola fide (the belief men and women are saved by faith alone) and sola scriptura (the belief Scripture is the only infallible guide for faith and practice).

    That's the finding of the Pew Research Center, which also found a majority of western European Protestants reject sola fide and that theological differences between Protestants and Catholics seem to be narrowing in many cases. Read More

  • Eclipse offers 'tremendous opportunity' for witness, worship

    by David Roach, posted Monday, August 21, 2017 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Distribution of nearly 7,000 Gospel tracts by a Wyoming church, an outdoor baptism service in Kentucky and a watch party on the roof of the Southern Baptist Convention Building in Nashville were among the ways Southern Baptists celebrated the first total solar eclipse in the continental U.S. since 1979.

    The eclipse -- whose 70-mile-wide "path of totality" was visible in 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina -- also led some evangelicals to theological reflections on God's faithfulness, sovereignty and coming judgment. Read More

  • ETS regional meetings: 'a joy' for SBC seminaries

    by David Roach, posted Monday, May 08, 2017 (one year ago)

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    Three Southern Baptist Convention seminaries were among the host institutions this spring for Evangelical Theological Society regional meetings.

    A total of more than 650 theologians and theological students attended meetings at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Gateway Seminary of the SBC. As the world's largest society of ... Read More