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  • Reformers urged learning of biblical languages

    by Benjamin Hawkins , posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Discussions among Southern Baptist seminary professors about the importance of the biblical languages is nothing new.

    In fact, it's simply the continuation of a conversation that began well before the Reformation era. Lively interest in the biblical languages -- that is, Greek and Hebrew -- was "in the air" when Martin Luther called for the reform of the church 500 years ago, noted Timothy George, dean of the Beeson Divinity School at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. Read More

  • Greek refresher said to make sermons 'exciting'

    by Benjamin Hawkins, posted Monday, February 20, 2017 (one year ago)

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) -- Especially in this information age, pastors and other seminary graduates have no excuse for letting their grasp of New Testament Greek slip away, say Greek scholars at multiple Southern Baptist Convention seminaries.

    Having a firm grasp of New Testament Greek was the emphasis of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary's Jan. 13-14 Alumni Academy. And it also has been a theme of publications by professors at other Southern Baptist Convention seminaries.

    "It's never been easier to both maintain and to grow in your Greek skills," Robert ... Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Ethics -- more important than theology?

    by Andrew J. Spencer, posted Thursday, February 16, 2017 (one year ago)

    Christian ethics, Andrew Spencer writes, entails "a foundation of orthodox Christian doctrine. We cannot do ethics apart from theology. … Unless you believe rightly, there is little hope you will live rightly." Read More

  • Music & worship draw focus of Baptist theologians

    by David Roach, posted Thursday, January 05, 2017 (one year ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- A biblical argument for congregational singing, insights for planning worship and a case for multigenerational worship services are among the music-related topics being discussed by Southern Baptist theologians.

    Such topics were featured in at least eight presentations on biblical worship at the most recent meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society. At least five of those presentations were given by scholars affiliated with Southern Baptist-related institutions. Read More

  • Thomas Oden, 'hero of orthodox conviction,' dies

    by David Roach, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NASHVILLE (BP) -- Thomas C. Oden, a prolific Methodist theologian whose midlife turn from theological liberalism inspired a generation of Southern Baptist scholars, died Dec. 8. He was 85.

    Among those to cite Oden's influence on their lives are Southern Baptist Theological Seminary President R. Albert Mohler Jr., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Provost Jason Duesing, Beeson Divinity School Dean Timothy George, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School President David S. Dockery and Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission President Russell Moore. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: A tribute to Thomas C. Oden

    by David S. Dockery, posted Monday, December 12, 2016 (one year ago)

    "Thomas C. Oden was one of the most prolific and influential theologians of this generation," David Dockery writes. Not only was Thomas, who died Dec. 8, one of the most prolific and influential Christian thinkers of our time, Dockery notes, but his theological journey was also certainly one of the most interesting. Read More

  • Trinity discussion focus of ETS meeting

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 21, 2016 (one year ago)

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    SAN ANTONIO, Texas (BP) -- The Trinity theme of last week's Evangelical Theological Society annual meeting spurred the continuation of an online debate and provided a venue for application of the Trinity to a variety of disciplines.

    According to a count by Baptist Press, some 175 of the Nov. 15-17 meeting's approximately 600 presentations were offered by scholars with ties to Southern Baptist churches, Southern Baptist Convention seminaries and colleges that partner with Baptist state conventions. Read More

  • Jesus' purported tomb unearthed for study

    by David Roach, posted Monday, November 07, 2016 (one year ago)

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    JERUSALEM (BP) -- Archaeologists' discovery of what may be the original burial bed on which Jesus' body was laid have been deemed "hugely significant" by a Southern Baptist archaeologist.

    The burial bed -- which has not been studied by archaeologists previously -- was unearthed Oct. 28 inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, a site regarded by some as the burial place of Jesus, National Geographic reported. Two days earlier, researchers from the National Technical University of Athens removed marble cladding from the traditional burial site inside a shrine known as the ... Read More

  • Reformation differences persist, statement claims

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016 (one year ago)

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    ROME (BP) -- While Protestant-Catholic cooperation on social issues is laudable, according to a statement released today (Nov. 1) by an international coalition of evangelicals, persistent doctrinal divides should give evangelicals pause about cooperating with Catholics in missions and evangelism.

    "Is the Reformation Over? A Statement of Evangelical Convictions" was published by the Italy-based Reformanda Initiative, which seeks to educate evangelicals about Roman Catholicism. The statement has been signed by some 70 pastors, scholars, missionaries and apologists. Read More

  • Trinity debate continues with JETS article

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, October 19, 2016 (one year ago)

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A theological debate concerning the Trinity that crescendoed this summer has continued in the latest edition of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society and likely will garner "a tremendous amount of additional discussion" at ETS's national meeting next month, says the journal's editor. Read More