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  • 'Left Behind' author Tim LaHaye dies at 90

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 25, 2016 (one year ago)

    SAN DIEGO (BP) -- Tim LaHaye, author of the bestselling Left Behind novels who helped stir a national interest in end-times prophecy, died today (July 25) of a stroke. He was 90.

    In addition to his end-times novels, LaHaye was a pastor, evangelical leader and author of more than 60 other books with 14 million copies in print on topics ranging from family life and sexuality to secular humanism and God's will, according to an obituary from Tim LaHaye Ministries. Read More

  • Hell defended amid National Geographic's challenge

    by David Roach, posted Monday, July 25, 2016 (one year ago)

    Screen Capture from NationalGeographic.com.
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The doctrine of hell, claims an article in National Geographic, "isn't as popular as it used to be."

    But evangelist David Stockwell apparently hasn't received the memo. He has preached on hell at every single one of his evangelistic meetings through 45 years of fulltime evangelism and told Baptist Press he sees people respond "with conviction and a great desire to get right with God."

    Stockwell, president of the Conference of Southern Baptist Evangelists, is among ... Read More

  • Trinity issue not tied to CBMW pres. resignation

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, July 13, 2016 (one year ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary professor Owen Strachan has announced his resignation as president of The Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, citing a need "to step back" from "filling two vocational roles" simultaneously.

    A theological debate this summer regarding the relationship between God the Father and God the Son -- a debate that has included criticism of CBMW -- "played no part" in Strachan's decision to resign, he told Baptist Press in an email. Read More

  • Center for Public Theology launches at Midwestern

    by T. Patrick Hudson, posted Thursday, June 23, 2016 (one year ago)

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (BP) -- The new Center for Public Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary aims to equip the church "for theological engagement in a fallen order and a secularizing public square," as described by MBTS President Jason Allen.

    Allen has named Owen Strachan as the center's director. Read More

  • Parents in gorilla case express 'praise' to God

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, June 01, 2016 (one year ago)

    Screen capture from YouTube
    CINCINNATI (BP) -- Local Baptists have expressed support for the Cincinnati Zoo's decision to shoot and kill a 450-pound gorilla in order to protect a 3-year-old boy who fell into the animal's enclosure over Memorial Day weekend.

    Much of the reaction was released to Baptist Press the same day the boy's family shared a statement with media outlets expressing "praise" to "God for His grace and mercy." The child, whose name has not been publicized, suffered only "a concussion and a few scrapes" after being picked up and dragged by the gorilla, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

    "We continue to ... be thankful to the Cincinnati Zoo for their actions taken to protect our child," the family said in a June 1 statement, according to the Enquirer. "We are also very appreciative for the expressions of concern and support that have been sent to us." Read More

  • 'But seriously folks': Humor's role in pulpit assessed

    by David Roach, posted Tuesday, May 17, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Cartoon by Joe McKeever
    NASHVILLE (BP) -- The legendary British preacher Charles Spurgeon was once rebuked by a woman in his congregation who felt he used too much humor in his sermons. As Baptist historian Michael Haykin recounts the story, Spurgeon replied, "Well, madam, if you knew the number of things that I refrain from saying, you would give me more credit."

    Humor abounds in the human mind, but the question for preachers is how often, if ever, to employ it in sermons.

    Chris Osborne, a Texas pastor who is writing a Ph.D. dissertation at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary on the use of humor in preaching, told Baptist Press there are three general views on the subject. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Both/and: Campus ministry & a local church

    by Russell Moore, posted Thursday, May 12, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Russell Moore's advice to college-bound high school grads: You need the church, not just a campus ministry. "Your attitude toward the church reveals your attitude toward Jesus," Moore, president of the SBC Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, writes. Read More

  • FIRST-PERSON: Training for the souls of men

    by Paige Patterson, posted Tuesday, April 19, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Even more important than training for Special Ops or for life-saving surgery is training for the souls of men, Paige Patterson, president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes of the need for ministers to go to Bible school and/or seminary. Read More

  • Archaeologists buttress early dating of OT books

    by David Roach, posted Wednesday, April 13, 2016 (2 years ago)

    "Believers can believe the Bible when it says that 'Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord.'"

    -- Stephen Andrews

    NASHVILLE (BP) -- A study suggesting widespread literacy among ancient Hebrews before 600 B.C. has been dubbed "one more nail slammed in the coffin" of liberal theology's argument that Old Testament books could not have been written during the lives of David, Moses and other scriptural authors.

    The finding from a team of Israeli archaeologists and mathematicians counters notions that literacy was rare and isolated before the Jews' exile to Babylon. Read More

  • CULTURE: Not just naughty behavior

    by Owen Strachan, posted Thursday, April 07, 2016 (2 years ago)

    Owen Strachan compares contemporary culture's view of sex to God's "brilliant and gracious design." It is "a gift of God, part of a worldview of delight," Strachan, a Christian theology professor at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, writes. "To a neo-pagan society, we say: Your view of sex, of love, is not too big. It is too small." Read More